I hope that you were all able to watch the debate Tuesday night. It was both lively and insightful. More than anything, it confirmed what I had already heard about Bill Nye, that he is unabashedly convinced of an evolutionary origin of life.
Although I don’t share his views, I do applaud Mr. Nye’s willingness to take part. As to the winner, I suppose it all depends.
To those of us certain that life began by our Creator, we know that Ken Ham did exceptionally well at defending that position. Since creation was a supernatural event, it is humanly impossible for anyone to prove, but Mr. Ham made excellent points about how the fingerprints of creation are everywhere. I get a good mental picture of Christ standing up after Mr. Ham’s presentation and applauding him.
To those siding with a Darwinian mindset, you are likely as pleased about how Mr. Nye performed. He outlined the typical, naturalistic talking points very well. I doubt God was pleased, though, with Mr. Nye’s repeated assaults as to the veracity of His written word.
Below is a short summary of my take on both of the orators’ viewpoints on science.
According to Bill Nye, science is the joy of finding “extraordinary” discoveries, such as those that he asserts conclusively proves natural selection. To him, science is an end all; it is preeminent. Yet, if science is but a means to help us figure out how we fit into the universe, of what value is life lived on earth other than self-discovery? Is not science, in this sense, nothing more than temporal experiences or arbitrary conclusions?
Science can never answer the deep-seated longing we have for knowing why we exist. It offers no hope for eternity.
According to Ken Ham, science is the joy of making discoveries about all of God’s creation, such as those he asserts are clearly visible in our world, and of how we fit into His plan. To him, God alone offers the reasons for both how and why we exist; He is preeminent. In this sense, science validates itself as a meaningful pursuit.
Only God can answer the deep-seated longing we have about why we exist. He offers the only hope for eternity.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:10
Blessings as you seek, and may your quest lead you to God. The evidences for His existence are clearly visible.