Age of Enlightenment?
by Timothy P. Buchanan
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edited: Friday, March 30, 2012
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012
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Letter to the editor shows blatant ignorance
A letter to the Editor appearing in a local newspaper, pleaded for references to the Bible to be stricken from public discourse. The writer, David Benedict, calls the Bible, a “curious collection of mythology, fantasy, Jewish folklore and superstition.“ He then claims that people “in this enlightened age of progressive science and technology,” should use their “God-given ability to reason” in order to solve problems.
How times change. The Holy Bible was the first book ever printed on a printing press, because people then, believed it to be the most valuable and important book ever written. Schools were built, usually by churches, in order to teach children to read the Bible. Hospitals were first built by churches to comfort the dying, when societies would leave them to suffer and die alone. So what about Benedict’s claims?
The Holy Bible is primarily a historic book, accurately copied throughout the centuries. So much so, that whenever “science” has investigated a biblical fact, it always corroborates the scriptures. For example, the giant vessels in which the Egyptians stored grain for the seven-year famine that Joseph predicted in Genesis, can still be seen in that country today. Ramses, Pharaoh of Egypt, really did exist, really was killed and his army was really destroyed by drowning.
Jesus Christ was a real man, not a mythological being, who really was crucified, who really died, and who truly was resurrected. In fact, there is more evidence to prove the resurrection of Christ than exists for any other event in antiquity. More witnesses saw Jesus after he was crucified, than witnessed the death of Julius Caesar, and yet, no one questions the fact or manner of Caesar’s death.
Skeptics often question the accuracy of scripture because of the number of times it was re-written, and yet, a copy of the book of Isaiah, found among the Dead Sea scrolls is identical to the versions we have today. The ruins of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were seen and described by early historian, Josephus, and can still be seen today, along with the round balls of brimstone, or sulfur. Every objective person can plainly see that homosexuality is a deviance from normal, natural sexuality, and the Bible says so. Man may accept homosexuality and lesbianism as legitimate lifestyles, but they will never be anything but perverse, despite how “enlightened“ we become.
The Bible contradicts evolution. When archaeologists uncovered the fossil record of centuries past, they found--not evidence of evolution, but of Noah and the flood. Even noted evolutionists have admitted that all species and vertebrates “appear suddenly,“ not through small changes over eons of time. Today, microbiology proves that the cell is not merely a DNA strip suspended in a body of protoplasm. Living cells are far more complex than has ever been known before. Within them, are tiny organic “machines” such as pumps and motors, without which, the cell cannot live. Therefore, living cells could not have “evolved” from a soup of chemicals. The whole idea of evolution also violates a fundamental natural law--that nature tends toward disorder--not order and structure. Unlike evolution, Christianity, does not require blind faith. We have ample proof that evolution is a farce, and that the Bible is true , but evolution is taught in our public schools, and the Bible is banned.
As an historical record, the Bible is not only accurate, but precise. Prophesies of the life, character, death, and resurrection of Jesus were recorded 400 years before he was born. There are 20,000 known manuscripts that document the New Testament, making it the most reliable document in all of history.
The Bible is not only an historical record, it is also a book of recorded wisdom, something we desperately need more of today, not less. It explains how to identify and avoid dangerous people, how to choose a good wife, how to be a good man, and how to have a happy and full life, and many other valuable lessons. Most importantly, the Bible tells how to know God for yourself, and all who follow it do just that. Contrary to the claims of the unwise, the Bible does not prohibit all judgment, but advises, “judge with a righteous judgment.” We should call right and good, right and good, and call wrong and evil, as they are. In our time, those who do exercise righteous judgment are roundly condemned as “judgmental,” by those who are truly are. Even Thomas Jefferson knew the difference saying, ”The great principles of right and wrong are clear to any reader. To know them requires not the aid of many counselors.”
The writer calls this an “enlightened age of progressive science and technology,” and yet, any scientific discovery, unguided by morality, is a danger to all. As our culture becomes more progressive, it becomes more base, not more noble. Today, all kinds of deviant sexuality are celebrated openly, unlike at any time since the Roman Empire. The Romans used to cast unwanted babies outside the walls of the city to be devoured by wild animals. We kill unwanted babies in the womb, and sentence murderers to life, and we call that justice. How can any serious person call a two-thousand-year moral freefall, progressive?
Critics often point out the abuses of the Church such as the Inquisition, or the Salem witch trials, and condemn the Crusades. But the truth is that the Crusades were rescue missions to defend the Jews from Muslim butchers. And while too many, the total number of people killed during the witch trials and the Inquisition (possibly over 100 thousand) does not come close to the millions of people killed by the “enlightened Soviets,” the “progressive Pol Pot,” or the 40 million American children killed in “technologically-advanced” abortion clinics. Believing something does not make it true . We need more people who know and understand the Bible, and more public decisions guided by biblical wisdom, not fewer, because without it, man becomes more dangerous and barbaric.
It still amazes me how swiftly and viciously the professors of tolerance and progressivism attack those who disagree with their empty nihilistic worldview, or how eager the ignorant are to prove themselves. This should not be surprising though, for Proverbs 12:9 tells us, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.” I just think that people should be more reluctant to condemn something that they obviously know so little about.