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Creation Debate: Who Won?

 —  February 4, 2014 — 2 Comments

When all is said and done, someone will have “won” the big debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.

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Chances are, whomever that person is deemed to be will be less about the actual presentation and more about the person who proclaimed the winner.

It’s difficult to have an open mind.

Arguably, there may be a third (or more) voice that is missing.

Maybe that’s because we’re not quite sure what an open mind actually means.

  • “Does it mean everything I believe has to be suspended and potentially redone?”
  • “Does it mean I have to acknowledge that someone/something I’ve built a case against could be right?”
  • “Does it mean… could it mean… well, I don’t even want to think about that.”

The Bible itself says to “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” (1 Thes 5:21)

So… test everything. Including your own convictions. Do it through truth and humility… fear and trembling.

You can’t do that by waiting to see if someone else falls on his face.

So on this topic, how do we actually do this?

michaelangeloConsider…

To know Michelangelo, one could read his biography or study his works. Both are needed for a fuller picture. Still, pieces of him would remain a mystery to us.

Why do we forget this when it comes to God? 

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

2 responses to Creation Debate: Who Won?

  1. I watched just about the entiiiiiiiiiiiiire thing. In a nutshell, I thought Ham was truthful, clear, and singularly focused on connecting science with the gospel. As a follower of Jesus, I’m glad for that.
    As I listened closely to Bill Nye (I’ve always enjoyed him), I heard a sense of “I beg you to convince me”, desperate cynicism that I suppose is present in most “secular” scientists. Enslaved to tangible data and nothing more. In the end, I didn’t get any sense of one convincing the other (predictable), but perhaps someone somewhere was given more to think about than they had thought before. And really my biggest desire is that someone turned to the idea of a God, and a loving God, and a giving God, and a present God, and a forgiving God, and even a scientific God.
    I wish both men would have addressed the concepts of ideas, conscience, passion, morality, hatred, and love and where these things come from.

  2. I didn’t watch it. Didn’t seem
    Worthwhile. In a nutshell faith and science are answering different questions. I Find it healthy and useful to step back and look at what I believe and adjust as needed. Useful in both faith and science. This is when we grow.

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