Does God really expect us to worship Him with all our mind? Do you think God is reasonable? Through His prophet, Isaiah, He makes the bold challenge to His listeners to: “Come let us reason together…” (Isaiah 1:18).
Only a fool would argue with the Bible’s claim that “Wisdom is …. The principal thing!” (Proverbs 4:7). God’s promise to His children is that, “When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul; discretion will preserve you and understanding shall keep you” (Proverbs 10-11).
We probably need to remind ourselves that we are foolish to ‘serve pearls to pigs’ but wise to give insights to true seekers of truth. As Solomon rightly guides us, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:9-10).
Here is a simple outline that can prove useful in guiding a listening student to the discovery that he can truly love God with all his mind because he can believe God’s Word with complete confidence.
There are theological reasons to believe the God of the Bible ALONE is capable of producing the universe. Each of these could easily warrant a significant study session.
1 – Jesus had confidence in the clear words of the Torah
Thus Genesis, the first book of the Torah, is included when He said in Luke 16:31 “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rise from the dead.” Also, His endorsement of the reality of Adam and Eve from the BEGINNING, and not billions of years AFTER the beginning is clear in Matthew 19:4.
“Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female.” The creation of Adam and Eve being referred to here is clearly not intended to mean that their creation was billions of years after the beginning of the Genesis six-day week of creation.
There are many passages testifying to Jesus’ absolute endorsement on the principal of the inerrancy of the Holy Hebrew Scriptures.
2 – If Jesus is not all-powerful enough to be our Creator, there is no way He could be powerful enough to be our Savior.
Be sure to know John 1:1, 14, Col. 1:16 & 17.
3 – Christian faith is based on the authority and integrity of Holy Scripture.
So if we cannot trust the foundational statements of Genesis to be clear, unambiguous, accurate, and totally truthful, there is no reason for anyone to place their personal confidence in other passages of Scripture upon which their hope for eternal salvation should rest. Check out Heb. 11:3 and Rev. 14:7.
4 – Paul’s preaching of the resurrection of Christ to pagans at Mars Hill was based on the premise that the same God was also CREATOR and SUSTAINER (LORD) of heaven and earth.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him; And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
5 – The cornerstone of Christian faith is the declaration of God’s law at Sinai,
In that awesome ‘decalogue’ from God it is clear that the literal miraculous creation of God in six normal DAYS is the basis for the timeless order of the law of work and rest. Without this there is no explanation for the historic 7-day week that has transcended cultures worldwide from before the most ancient secular historic records. Exodus 20:11 is one of the most foundational truths of the entire Bible because it was part of a speech made by YHWH Himself in the hearing of all the family of Israel at Mount Sinai.
There are logical reasons to believe the Biblical account of creation is a better explanation for origins than evolution.
1 – Creation is intricately designed, integrated, purposeful, and full of aesthetic beauty.
These attributes can only be satisfactorily explained by virtue of an intelligent, personal, meaningful Creator because the only alternative is randomness with no purposeful or orderly cause.
2 – The natural creation and all living creatures are filled with systematic information…
…that cannot have originated by itself. Information requires an intelligent source. Increasing orders of information are observed from simple levels of life to the most complex and they cannot be explained naturalistically because you can never get MORE information from LESS information.
3 – To exclude the purposeful intelligence of the Creator from the creation requires one to believe…
…that natural physical elements are eternal and that those elements, left to themselves over time, can randomly produce all the vast variety of living things. Such false reasoning is similar to expecting the chemistry of paper to produce the knowledge of the encyclopedia to be written on it without the external application of intelligent creativity.
4 – There are seemingly infinite scientific observations that cause the creation explanation to make more common sense than evolution.
Just consider the amazing design required to transform a caterpillar to a chrysalis and then to a butterfly.
5 – Irreducible complexities in the most basic living systems demand an intelligent designer,
…creator and sustainer. Innumerable complex details must be simultaneously in place for even the most “simple” creatures or their organs to function at all. There can be no “incipient” (incomplete) immune system, reproductive system, digestive system, visual perception system, circulatory system, etc.
6 – The Anthropic Principle,
…witnessed in thousands of ways on planet earth, clearly demonstrates that the creation is designed for life, and particularly man, to thrive here. Earth’s environment is so delicately balanced that even slight adjustments or deletions of certain features would make life and human life utterly impossible. A whole book could be written on this with chapters on the perfect order of features in the cosmos (solar system), the atmosphere, the earth’s chemistry, the geology, the hydrologic cycle, the synergy of life forms, the sizes of everything from tidal variations, to bananas, and the timing of everything from seasons and days to animal growth cycles and migratory patterns.
7 – The computer-like code of all life called DNA,
which carries the genetic information regulating every phase of all living systems, is so exceedingly complex that even pagan scientists have acknowledged their absolute awe at the miraculous marvel of its complexity.
There are general reasons why a thinking person should believe the Biblical account of creation rather than evolution.
1 – The intricate order of nature demands an explanation.
To deny the purposefulness of the Creator requires NOT FAITH (of the Biblical kind in a Supreme Awesome Designer) but GULLIBILITY in simplistic, humanly contrived concepts that ascribe powers to material objects that are totally impossible.
2 – The rejection of divine creation…
…(and its cultural implications of moral accountability) by much of modern society has led to a plague of meaninglessness, moral depravity, lawlessness, and the bloodiest century of death in all of human history.
3 – Every aspect of evolutionary dogma is totally unsupported by ANY facts.
Much of evolutionary scenarios are completely opposite to Biblical and scientific realities. Every evolutionary axiom and supposed proof has been thoroughly controverted by careful scientific exploration and examination. Many hoaxes of evolutionary scientists have been popularized by a seductive popular press for decades, only to be exposed and defeated by serious collective investigation.
So why do intelligent people believe in materialistic evolution?
The Creator, as He has revealed Himself through His Holy Scriptures in the Bible, gives us a plain answer that is consistent with His grace and His providential nature. Read it in Paul’s letter to the Romans in Romans 1:18-32. Also read more insight on His answer in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
“(vs 18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, (23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
(24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, (25) because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
(26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; (27) and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
(28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (29) They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, (30) slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, (31) foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (32) Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”
Here is the passage in 2 Thessalonians.
“(vs. 10) …and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (11) Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, (12) in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”