Why They Don’t Believe – Part 4

Why They Don’t Believe – Part 4

by Bill Walton

This article reprinted by permission

Some people do not believe in God, and Christ, and the Bible because of their close-minded presuppositions with regard to miracles.

Obviously, if there is a God there is the possibility of miraculous intervention in our world. And, obviously, if God created the universe and life in the universe, and if god inspired men to write the Bible, and if God raised Jesus from the dead, then there has been miraculous intervention in our world.

I believe there is convincing evidence that such miracles have occurred. But some people exclude the possibility of miracles even before they have considered the evidence. In many cases the unbeliever is unwilling to consider the evidence.

Their rejection of anything and everything supernatural is not a conclusion based upon a consideration of the evidence, but a philosophical presupposition. They start with the presupposition that it is not possible that anything miraculous or supernatural has ever occurred or can ever occur.

Randolph Bultmann, in his book Existence and Faith, says: We must

“understand the whole historical process as a closed unity. This closedness means that the continuum of historical happenings cannot be rent by the interference of supernatural powers and that therefore there is no ‘miracle’ in this sense of the word.”

And, in his book Kerygma and Myth, Bultmann says:

“A historical fact that involves a resurrection from the dead is utterly inconceivable.”

Because of this close-minded, pseudo-intellectual blindness,

“If there is a living God who is the Lord of history, who has chosen to act in historical events as the Bible witnesses,”

these so-called scholars have

“no way of recognizing that fact” (George Eldon Ladd, I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, pg. 13).

It’s interesting that while unbelievers consider anything miraculous or supernatural to be ‘utterly inconceivable” they have no trouble swallowing the idea of spontaneous generation – non-life springing to life spontaneously. They cannot conceive of life coming from God by an act of creation. That would be a miracle. But they can conceive of life coming from lifeless, dead matter by magic. Oh, they make it sound scientific by calling it “spontaneous generation” but they’re really talking about magic. And they know it. Robert Jastrow, the well known physicist and agnostic, says:

“The record of the first billion years of the earth’s existence has been erased – the magic period when life evolved here” (Robert Jastrow, Until The Sun Dies).

But their willingness to dabble in magic goes far beyond spontaneous generation. Three highly respected British astronomers (Thomas Gold, Hermann Bondi, and Fred Hoyle), in an effort to defend the idea of a universe that is expanding and eternal, have suggested that

“new material might be created continuously out of nothing in the empty spaces of the universe” (Robert Jastrow, Until The Sun Dies, pg 31).

I suppose they could call that “spontaneous materialization.” Yes, that has a scientific ring to it.

“professing to be wise, they have become fools” (Rom. 1:26). They have rejected miracles and embraced magic.

(to be continued)


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