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The study of origins should not be a battleground. The search for truth should be a joint effort of all people because all people have so much riding on the answer to the question, “What is truth?” Finding the truth about origins is the ultimate treasure hunt. It gives us a foundation for a meaningful, rewarding life. The truth is the truth no matter what we believe. With the divergent views, it is clear someone is wrong. That someone has as much need for the truth as anyone. No one wins if truth gets buried. No one wins if error prevails. Everyone wins when truth is identified as truth and error is identified as error. Working together to achieve this goal is the most desirable and noble cause.
Truth Is An Entity Worth Pursuing: In the courts of our land, there are two standards of truth. In civil cases, the standard for truth is “the preponderance of the evidence.” The court rules in favor of the side that has the most convincing evidence. In criminal cases, the standard for truth is greater because, in America, the courts do not want to convict innocent people. For criminal cases, the standard for determining truth is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is the standard we look for in our study of origins.
The Stakes: When someone says, “It’s a matter of life and death,” they mean the situation is as critical as it can be. But that’s not true. More critical than “a matter of life and death” is “a matter of eternal life and eternal death.” Jesus said, “. . . do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Both in the Psalms and in the book of Proverbs, we read that the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalms 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10)
If someone says to us, “If you don’t take care of this, it could result in a three dollar fine,” most people would pay little attention. If they say, “If you don’t take care of this, they could take your house,” that is more likely to get our attention. If a doctor says, “If you don’t have the surgery, you will die,” most people will have the surgery.” Why, then, are so many people careless about eternity? Is it because most people think that is a long way off and they will have plenty of opportunities to take care of that later? Is it because the just don’t believe in God or the Bible?
If the truth is that God created the heavens and the earth and that he has ruled that how we relate (or fail to relate) to him will determine where we will spend millions and millions of years, there is nothing more important for any person living. If that is the truth, that is what we want to know. If that is not the truth, ignore the Bible – but only after you have established beyond a reasonable doubt the Bible is not what it claims to be. Failure to check into the claims of the Bible personally is unreasonable neglect at the highest level the potential consequences beyond our ability to fully appreciate.
Who Cares? Who has something at stake in the search for truth about origins. Every person on earth – whether they realize it, are willing to admit it, or choose to ignore it entirely. That is a fact. It is also a fact that the “something” we have at stake is more important than anything we will ever need to address.
Given that every person has such so much at stake, the best thing we can do is work together with open minds to find the truth. This is not about who wins by defeating the other side. This is about both sides considering every point brought up by those who agree with our current position and every point brought up by those who disagree with our current position with an understanding that we do not dare overlook any related point.
The Ultimates: When eternity is on the table, we are talking about the ultimates – the potential for ultimate gain and the potential for ultimate loss. Suppose, for instance, that the natural causes community is right. Then we can all relax. While the concept of eternal life was nice (After all, when someone dies we almost always hear, “He is in a better place.” It’s what people would like to believe – even if they don’t really believe it.), knowing the truth is better.
On the other hand, if the Bible is telling us the truth, the book of Hebrews is right when it says, “. . . it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV) and “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31 NKJV) In that case, we move from “it would be nice” to where we understand what King David meant when he wrote in the fourteenth psalm and again in the fifty-third psalm, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalms 14:1 and 53:1)
The Truth: Three key foundational issues tell the story. Three times the natural causes comes up to bat, only to swing and miss. For the origin of matter, they offer us, “it must have just appeared out of nothing.” For the origin of the four essential forces of the universe, they offer us no theory of which they have any confidence at all. Having dismissed the “Grand Unified Theory” as unworkable, they are now working on the more challenging “Theory of Everything.” For the origin of life, the most popular theory now appears to be “Life from Mars.”
This is not science – the basis of which is the scientific method. This is the SWAG theory gone berserk! And for what? What is the payoff of denying the existence of the creator? For a few years on this earth, a life of delusion and then the roof caves in on our personal judgment day.
And then there is the alternative that we all, deep in our hearts, hope one day to enjoy. A better place. A better body. The fountain of youth will be superfluous. No doctors. No dentists. No hospitals. No ambulances. No wrinkles. No cancer. No heart attacks. No need for diets or exercising. No weeds in gardens. No insects biting. No snake bites.
Isaiah wrote the words that some say Winston Churchill credited with enabling him to keep going through the darkest days of World War II: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
It is the ultimate treasure. That’s why they call it, “Heaven”!