Secular Scientists Are Attempting to Rewrite History!
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
“… the ground clave asunder that was under them: and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods...” – Numbers 16:31-32
Secularists have a way of ridiculing the unusual things of the Bible – like the “sinkhole” event which occurred in response to the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram against Moses. They apply the flawed thinking that if something hasn’t happened in recent memory according to processes that they understand, then it hasn’t happened.
So when it comes to the great world-changing flood of Noah’s time, for example, and creation of the world less than 10,000 years ago, they rely not on the revelation of God but on their own “uniformitarian”, nature-based philosophy: “All things of the past proceed according to our experience of today.”
But occasionally that experience gets shaken by a catastrophic reminder that the steady processes of nature aren’t all that steady – a reminder that the unusual “earth shattering” events just might occur once in a while.
As you probably know, a few weeks ago, 37-year-old Jeff Bush was in his bedroom on a Thursday night in Seffner, Florida, 15 miles east of Tampa. While he slept, the ground opened up and swallowed him and everything else in his bedroom. His body was never retrieved from the 60-foot sinkhole. It was a sudden and catastrophic change which many people may not have believed – except that it was witnessed and even shown on national TV.
This brings up a key point about biblical revelation and about Christianity. It is based not on philosophy and opinion, but on history and the testimony of eyewitnesses! The fact is that the Bible is a very reliable textbook of ancient history. And what has happened in our day, dominated as it has become by evolutionism and uniformitarianism, is that the secularists have succeeded in replacing biblical history with an attempted “scientific history”. Yet this “scientific history” is not real history. Let me explain.
Science is defined by and limited to the gathering of evidence by experimental observation of natural processes. And when it tries to extrapolate back through time, it has to make some assumptions. This is where the original title for “modern science” is helpful to understand its limitations – modern science was originally called “natural philosophy”. Science, and historical sciences especially, are really just “natural philosophy”.
An atheistic view of history requires the extrapolation of scientific certainty into deep time which, in turn, requires strict uniformity. The “uniformitarian assumption” has become a foundation of modern historical sciences imposed by the secularist/naturalist and atheist worldview. Proposed by James Hutton and Charles Lyell in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, it paved the way for Charles Darwin’s evolution thesis.
James Hutton put it this way in 1785: “The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now.” For example, the slow, steady accumulation of sediments at currently measured rates “must” have occurred over millions of years of “geologic time” to get where they are today. The principle came to be accepted for all historical sciences and is stated simply as: “The key to the past is the present.” The phrase could be restated as: “Everything continues as it has from the beginning” – the very wording of the mistake that the Bible ascribes to those scoffing at the Christian faith!
In 2 Peter 3:3-4, the Bible says that “there shall come in the last days scoffers... saying... all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.” And it goes on to say in verses 5-6, “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that ... the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished...”
A profound dilemma has faced the natural philosophers – they needed a theory of history to support the theory of evolution. With uniformitarianism they found one, and it was able to kidnap history from the true source, the Bible.
What is interesting, though, is that two centuries of examination of the earth’s crust since Charles Lyell has demonstrated that geologic processes in the past operated in many ways unknown and unobserved today. Scientific observation has actually invalidated the uniformitarian assumption – and creationists need to push this point more.
In contrast, scientific and historic inquiry has validated the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, and the evidence of multiple corroborating eyewitness testimony overwhelmingly supports Christ’s resurrection. So let me take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed Easter and Resurrection Sunday!
Among scientists, there is a hard core who are passionately devoted to a naturalistic ideology, a godless or even God-hating ideology, and who are quite prepared to use dishonest means to further that ideology. At Creation Moments we understand this, and we have the resources to help you get the facts – the accurate facts about science as it pertains to evolution.
Won’t you help us proclaim the gospel and information which exposes the errors and deception in a world so caught up with the scientific age? Thank you and God bless you!