- Science, History and Scripture
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 4
- by David Norris
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 1
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 2
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 3
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 4
- Only One Authentic Word - Part 5
- Only One Authentic Word - Conclusion
We need to exercise the utmost caution and be clear in our own minds what is meant, when we read in a 'Statement of Faith' that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of 'faith and practice'. Sometimes one is left with an uneasy feeling that a fence has been erected around those areas of which the Word of God is said to speak, the remainder being left to the vagaries of the human mind to do with it what it will. Territories are marked out where man believes he can operate undisturbed. In other words, human reason is said to be adequate in all areas of non-faith, God only needs to lend a hand with the 'religious' aspects of life. Whatever it is we are studying, be it mathematics, physics, language, you name it, we cannot leave God out of the picture. Unbelievers recognise this, for they will not tolerate His intrusion in any domain they claim as exclusively their own country. Yet God cannot be excluded from the world He created. We are not adding a spiritual dimension to our understanding of the material world. We are not setting up an altar to an unknown God alongside all the other gods in the pantheon. The Lord, He alone is God. God's Word demands of sinners a complete abandonment of their former way of thinking in all things. We cannot lower these demands to make them more acceptable to men without God in the hope they will then seek Him. Salvation reaches us in recognising our own guilt and bankruptcy before God, it means throwing ourselves upon His mercy, seeking life through faith in Christ, but also turning round and walking in the opposite direction, leaving behind our former deeds and ways of thinking. When everyone else is walking one way, we turn round and go in the opposite direction; and in doing this, we shall of necessity be called upon to bear the offence of the Cross. A true believer has "...put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:10 and only the Holy Spirit can bring men to do and think that which they do not do by nature.
We should be clear in our minds that there is nothing that is not touched by God's Word. God has something to say about everything. The reason for this is quite straightforward, God made everything, everything He made belongs to Him, there is nothing He does not know about anything, and He reveals His glory in the things He has made. To know anything about everything, we need to know what God has said about it.
As God is the author of Scripture and the Creator of the universe, there can be no fact or event in the universe that contradicts His Word.
There is nothing likely to appear on the horizon that will once and for all put paid to the Christian faith. Nothing can contradict Scripture and at the same time be true. The Christian will know from Scripture that he is wasting his time looking for a 'missing link' between men and apes. Godless men may entertain curious notions as to the identity of their forebears, we do not. The believer will not talk of the stars as being billions of years old. All things are what they are because of their place in God's creation. They can have no meaning apart from this. Science is not neutral territory to be observed and interpreted from a purely objective standpoint. Everyone interprets what they see around them according to their own belief system. This will either be according to the truth or according to lies, there is no middle ground. If according to the truth, it will accord with Scripture. We do not measure the Bible according to a human understanding of science or history, which in any case is always changing, but we look at the world around us instead with a reliable and truthful Bible in our hands. Science, history, linguistics, or any other field of human knowledge must follow Scripture and not the other way round, if they are to be according to the truth. Let's face it, it is all just a ruse to try to push the true Sovereign, our Lord and Saviour, out of the world He has made, to exclude Him from everyday life. The cry from the rebellious human heart will always be: "We will not have this man to reign over us" (Luke 19:14). One day, every knee shall bow.
Even in Eden, Adam was not left to study nature on his own, simply observing and experimenting without any input from God. There is no way we could discover the nature of the physical universe on our own, its beginning, its meaning, without reference to the Bible. It is because he tries to do just this that the unbeliever comes to grief and ends up with a string of fairytales about monkeys instead of the dignified truth of man being made in the image of God. We can never learn all there is to know about the world simply from observation, just as intense introspection will never tell us all there is to know about ourselves. We need the Word of God to tell us what is in the heart and mind of man. Freud's fraudulent psycho-fables are no substitute for the teaching of the Word of God, but this is all we are likely to get when man looks only to himself. (To find this junk being paraded in evangelical and fundamentalist Bible seminaries as part of 'counselling' courses is beyond belief, and we draw the appropriate conclusions about these places.) In Paradise, Adam would have been able to reason about nature, think about what God had made. He would have known how the worlds came into being, where he and his wife had come from, because God told him. It seems his scientific knowledge was far in advance of his modern counterparts!
Since the fall, revelation has become even more important to us because man interprets everything in terms of his own ability to work things out for himself, leaving God out of the picture wherever possible. Even when he allows for God, he makes Him as dependent on learning for what He knows as he is himself. He always asks, "How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?" (Psalm 73:11). The present situation is not normal and we must recognise the disturbance that sin has brought with it. Man interprets nothing aright on his own, and especially not his own relationship to God. God must show him the true nature of his lost condition and need of Christ. This He does in Scripture. Adam before the fall thought normally, he did not see himself as the beginning and the end of all judgement. It is we who are twisted in the way we see things. As the universe was created by God and is upheld by the word of His power, no ungodly philosopher can ever really come up with a proper explanation of the universe, because he rules out the truth before he even begins. He must then start looking around for an explanation from within the things he is looking at, he employs an immanistic principle of interpretation. Here he will find no explanation. Listen to the words of Job:
"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. ...God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. ...When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:12-14, 23, 26-28
The weather, the storm, the thunder still escape the predictions of man; and thankfully, still less does he have any control over these matters. Yet, God determines and controls it all, every droplet of rain. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding are found only with God, search elsewhere and you will not find it. Do we seek true knowledge? Then it is with the Lord Jesus we must begin, "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). Scripture replaces the voice of God in the garden, no other authoritative word is to be expected. Non-Christians see this as to give up a scientific approach, whilst we see their approach as being closed to the truth from the outset. Despite their protestations to the contrary, godless scientists are in reality quietly drawing upon Christian truths when making any scientific progress. After all, they are working with materials and facts that God has created, they are uncovering what God has placed before them. They watch God at work every day of their lives whilst at the same time denying His involvement, devising instead other explanations for things. Science is dependent on phenomena repeating themselves in the same way given the same circumstances. That an apple always falls to the ground is due to the fact that, in His providence, this is generally the way God chooses to work. This observation of God at work is what men call 'natural law'. How they then go astray is by leaving out God, erroneously assuming that the causal power behind what they observe lies in some way within the 'laws' themselves. God could also just as easily cause an apple to float upwards in the air, as He once made an axe-head to float on water. This out-of-the-ordinary action by God, which we call miracle, is nothing very difficult to the One who already causes everything else to happen. That our world functions at all, that scientists can do their work, formulate their 'laws', is dependent on the fact that God is faithful. Without God's faithfulness, without His longsuffering, His goodness towards His sinful creatures, science would disintegrate. Scientists live in a contradiction, denying the foundation upon which their work depends. They ought to recognise what God has plainly revealed in Scripture. True science rests on Scripture fact.
Sadly, many 'Christians' working in science also operate using this same contradiction. They assume there is a common neutral ground for all men. They may do this to gain academic recognition or to avoid the scorn of their godless academic peers. "God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Probably most great scientists were not Christians in any biblical sense and yet they have known far more about the world than we do as individuals. We must not, however, conclude from this that Christians know about heavenly things, and scientists about earthly things; anymore than we can say the Bible tells us about spiritual matters and everything else is left to human reason.
It has become increasingly common over the last decade or so to find many in Churches where once the Gospel was preached in some purity who now cast doubt on the historicity of the early chapters of Genesis.
The attack on the biblical account of creation is a much wider issue than men, monkeys and the disappearance of dinosaurs.
In fact, as with many controversial matters, the serious issues can avoid exposure to question and discussion when attention is focussed upon lesser matters, and this is not to deny their relative importance. Creation out of nothing by the eternal God is a fact that 'pulls the plug' on all godless philosophies and for this reason invites the hostility of the enemies of the truth. Some find it convenient to seek some kind of rapprochement with the scientific speculations of unbelievers, but this really amounts to gross folly and is neither wise nor scholarly. It is a retreat from biblical Christianity into unbelief. It is to give credibility to the lie. Making such a compromise does not strengthen the Christian position over against unbelievers but undermines it. It makes it impossible to challenge unbelief, it gives credibility to the claims that godless men make about the authority and abilities of their own reason whilst at the same time remaining at enmity with God and at odds with His revelation. Reduce the doctrine of creation, and man's responsibility is also diminished. Deny God as Creator and there is no need for him to live by the revelation of God, then he must not even obey God. This is the whole point of it all.
It should not surprise us that those presently casting doubt on the Bible account of creation are the very same people urging us to ditch the Authorised Version. The reason ought to be obvious, they apply the same interpretative principle of unbelief to what they say about the content of the Bible as to what they say about the Bible itself. No longer are unbelievers called upon to submit, but the contents of Scripture must be so twisted out of shape until they are acceptable to everyone &endash; a gospel to suit all tastes! This is called 'speaking to our age', keeping up with pace of culture, a culture that is rapidly degenerating into a new barbarism before our very eyes! Is the Gospel to go down the drain as well? God forbid it! It means that in the end men still soaked in their sin dictate what may or may not be believed. This is the only 'gospel' godless men will accept. The gospel being preached in many churches is one where it appears that men come to God on their own terms and relinquish very little. It would seem that God has a long wait ahead, perhaps they will choose Him, perhaps they will not! Who can say? What a dreadful travesty of the truth! The sinner is in no position to dictate anything to Almighty God. The sinner can be thankful God still gives him daily breath, when all he does by way of thanks is to use it to proliferate his sin instead of using his days to find the way to repentance and faith. Let the sound go out around the world whilst it is still day, let all men hear the unequivocal word of God.
"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:7
This is the only way and there is no need of another. Why then try to enter by another way that is sure to fail? What a wonderful and merciful God we have who makes such an invitation to those who continually spit in His face! Who can understand it, perhaps those who once did the same?
God's authentic written Word is to be found and is preserved, as it always was, among His people.
Men do not naturally know their need of Christ, so when they hear the Gospel, they do not believe this meets their need. An offer of salvation on its own is not enough to save, men need the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. More than information is needed, the Gospel must be experienced in order to escape eternal death, men must see that Christ has met their need. The Word must come to them in deed and in power. After the entrance of sin into the world, God could no longer walk, talk, and fellowship with man in the way He had done previously. In the days of the Old Testament, God dwelt with man in the tabernacle and the temple. God was approached once a year by the high priest, with blood offered for himself and the people. There was no direct access into the presence of God, there lay between a thick veil. God spoke through His Word, more particularly to His chosen people, custodians of God's revelation, for "unto them were committed the oracles of God" (Romans 3:2). With the New Testament we reach a critical point, when God dwelt among men on earth in the person of Christ. Never was there a greater revelation of God among men. The incarnation was a high point in the history of redemptive revelation.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ...No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." John 1:14, 18
In Christ once more fellowship with God is restored, we "draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:22). As yet we are deprived of the physical presence of Him whom our soul loves, but "...the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For this moment we wait, never more to be parted. Until that time He still speaks to us through His Word, and abides with us and in us by His Holy Spirit, whom He gives to all who are His own. The oracles of God are today still perfectly preserved among His people in the pages of Scripture, for the English reader in the Authorised Version.
As with every scientific fact of the universe, so with every historical event: everything from the dawn of time, the laying of the foundation of the earth, from the time when divine hands created the heavens, until, when having grown old as doth a garment, all is folded as vesture and changed and time shall be no more, but gives place to eternity, everything fulfils in every detail the purposes of God. That which we call history cannot be understood just by looking at any single event in isolation. We need to know the beginning, the fall and its results, the spread of sinful apostasy, the climax of human history in the incarnation, death, and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, His glorious return to vanquish His foes and reign in triumph. We need to see God's redemptive purpose in everything that happens. This is the key that unlocks to us the meaning of history and this we learn only from God in Scripture. Unless we see historical events in this way, we thereby give way to godless alternatives. Everything is what it is according to its place in the eternal plan of God and this we can discover from Scripture. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11
We know from Scripture that God does not change, He is at any point what He always was and ever will be. We do not approach God one day to find Him different to what He is on another day. He does not change His mind about anything, nor does He need to do so. He does not become, nor turn into anything other, neither more nor less, than He already is. He is the "Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). Man is not like God. Instead, he is constantly subject to change, no two minutes in life are ever the same or ever repeat themselves. We should not imagine then, that one bright morning God awoke with this great idea of creating the universe and placing man on earth. The plan of God to create was from all eternity ever in His mind down the very last detail. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." (Genesis 1:1). God is not likely to change His mind as time continues. What God has said and revealed remains for all time the same.
The absolute authority of the Word of God is based upon who God is. We cannot deny or water-down this authority without at the same time be making a statement about who we think God is and what He is like. His works reflect the nature of His being. God is sovereign, He is unchangeable, He is eternal. Were this not so, we could have no authoritative Word from Him. If God were Himself subject to decisions and events outside His control, were anything able to catch Him by surprise, we could never be certain that His Word was utterly reliable. As things unfolded, so He would have to alter His plan; were He to change His mind, a revision of the Bible would be necessary to bring us new truths and revelation.
"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89
We also learn from Scripture that nothing is excluded from creation apart from God Himself. In the beginning only God was there, no one and nothing else, not a scrap of physical material with which to work. The apostle John tells us: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3
It is then, impossible for anything to exist that is not part of His eternal plan. It follows that because He has made everything, nothing can surprise Him, something will not suddenly appear around the corner of which He had no previous knowledge, no incident can happen to catch Him unawares, including the sin of man. The death of Christ was no sad accident and our redemption no wise afterthought to something God could not possibly have foreseen. It was all accounted for long before He actually created the world! There is no escaping the impact of these words: we are redeemed "...with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." 1 Peter 1:19-20
We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ from eternity: "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Ephesians 1:4
We are created to one end: the glory of God.
Nothing is left to 'chance'; indeed, there is no such thing. As nothing exists that God has not made, so nothing can happen that is not part of His eternal purpose, and so nothing created is devoid of meaning. "The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations." Psalm 33:11
The impact of these statements must reach deeply into every area of human life, personal and public, and must guide the way we look at everything we learn and experience. No war, though caused and fought by men, ever did anything other than precisely accomplish God's ultimate ends rather than those of the participants. Every evil deed freely committed by wicked men, even though afterwards frequently punished directly by God, is made to fulfil His purpose. Is it a thing to be wondered at that "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2:4), even when the kings of the earth plot and rage against the Lord, His Son, and His people? Though evil may increase and men may fume and strive against God and each other, God is still on the throne! This is something we all need to remember, whether we enjoy poverty or prosperity, experience good days or bad, all come to us from the hands of our loving heavenly Father. Joseph understood this truth and could speak kindly to his brothers, despite the evil they had done against him. "But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:20
It was only after having been reduced to madness by God that Nebuchadnezzar was forced to acknowledge the reality of God's omnipotence and sovereignty in all things: "And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?" Daniel 4:34-35
May God grant to our modern earthly rulers such an understanding!
Now we need to be very clear what we mean when we speak of God's plan, for there are those who, thinking to defend the sovereignty of God, actually diminish it, or even end up denying the free agency of human actions and consequent responsibility. It is not simply the nature of the human will that such people misconstrue, but they misunderstand rather, the very sovereignty of God they seek to protect. Men are not marionettes manipulated and moved by a sovereign God who pulls the strings. This is little more than deterministic fatalism, and it demeans the sovereign majesty of God. History is not some great chess game where human pawns are moved about willy-nilly on a huge chequered board. There are also those seeking to spare God the embarrassment of being to blame for the evil deeds of men and their refusal of Christ, who go to the other extreme and attribute to the human will an ability it neither possesses nor needs. The Bible makes it very clear why men sin, why they refuse Christ; it is because they will sin and will not have Christ. It is their own free choice, a choice determined only by their own nature, which is sinful. The greatest constraint upon the human will is the will always to do evil. Men end up in the eternal fires because they have chosen to continue in sin and refuse to repent and believe. They are fully to blame and are the cause of their own ruin.
Having said this, we need to remember that God's will and man's will do not operate on the same level. Here too the distinction between Creator and creature must be maintained, the being of man is not the same as that of God and so the nature of his will can not be the same as that of God. Man can never be free in the sense that God is free, but neither must we conclude that if God is free, there can be no freedom for man. The problem for the godless man is that he thinks he can be free of God! The will of man, although acting freely and without outside constraint, is at the same time subject in all things to the sovereign will of God. Free acts of the human will in no way violate the reality of God's sovereign plan, in fact, such freedom is dependent upon the sovereign will of God. The human will can act freely only because it is sustained by God in that way. It can originate nothing that is not part and parcel of God's ultimate plan and, whether good or evil, every human action is made thus to serve His eternal purposes. Indeed, apart from God's sovereign plan and purpose there could be no guarantee of the real freedom of human action. Each runs in a parallel line to the other. Men are only able to act in true freedom and escape a merciless and impersonal determinism, or being thrown about to no purpose by feckless contingency, because human freedom is wrapped around by God's sovereignty. God is sovereign and man's acts are as a result, free. Were God not sovereign, there could be no freedom for His creatures. Writes the prophet Jeremiah
"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23
There can be no denying man's freedom to think and act for himself. Whether a man acts and thinks fully in accord with God's revealed Word, having had his eyes opened to its truth and being empowered by the Holy Spirit; or whether he acts and thinks contrary to it in a condition of spiritual blindness and separation from God, all is done freely and willingly. Yet, let no one think they can escape God, let no one think that their wicked deeds can somehow thwart God, they only serve His ends. When man by the gracious working of the Holy Spirit thinks and acts according to the will of God as revealed only in Scripture, he thinks and acts rightly. When he thinks and acts independently, in opposition to Scripture, or even takes a neutral stance, he acts wrongly. In both cases he acts freely, but in neither case does he act outside God's eternally ordained purpose, without which all human activity could simply not take place. Make no mistake, God's plan has no holes in it. Man can do nothing which is beyond the purposes of God, and we can be very thankful for that as we look back over human history! Anything supposedly outside the plan and purpose of God could have no meaning.
Within the sovereign purposes of God men act freely within the boundaries of their human nature, whether this nature be unregenerate, when his deeds and thoughts will of necessity be as filthy rags before God; or whether he be regenerate, with a will that has been renewed by the Spirit of God, when they will be pleasing to God.
What we must insist upon, however, because here we reach the heart of all godless and infidel thinking, is that it is quite impossible for human thoughts and actions not utterly and totally in tune with the Word of God to be right or true.
This is equally true of thoughts and actions presumed to be 'neutral', but designed to test the veracity of God's Word, the reason being that such thoughts and actions are grounded in doubt and unbelief and not in confidence and faith in what God has revealed. To the godless, submission to Scripture as the Word of God and the exercise of human freedom are thought to be incompatible. They see each one cancelling out the other. The unbeliever assumes without question that he is free to think as he will, he can decide what is what all on his own and still be right! That is rank foolishness. That is precisely what the Bible says, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).
As we look at what is in the world around us, as we watch what is going on, things only are as they are, only happen as they do, because they were from eternity in the mind of God. At the same time this does not deny that men are fully responsible for the wicked deeds they freely commit, but makes those deeds only the more reprehensible. Now this is a very wonderful truth from which we ought as believers to draw great strength and comfort, for not only is it impossible for events in this world to spin out of control, but they are in the hands of our heavenly Father. Every event, every fact in the universe has meaning according to the place it has in God's eternal purposes. Were it otherwise, there could be no understanding of what is past, what is present, what is yet to come, and prophecy would be just a guessing game and not a certainty. He sets rulers in their place. Let not anyone think they can bring any down before God's time; no cruise missile, no Harrier jet, no Apache gunship, not the mightiest army can do it. He restrains the sin of men that the Gospel light may shine in the dark corners of this world. He also in His wrath lets men loose to sin as they will and suffer the consequences. He lets the sinner live, He cuts the sinner off when his cup is full. In His mercy He sends flood and fire, wind, and every disaster to remind us of that last day when no sinner shall escape; He calls men to repent and believe, for time is short; He receives all who come to Him through faith in His Son. All that we need to interpret things temporal and eternal, God has caused to be recorded in the pages of the Scriptures. The Word of God, whether coming directly to man as in Eden, or whether revealed through the pages of Scripture as now, is central not only to matters of salvation, but to every area of life. Does this not call forth from our hearts songs of loudest praise, should we not then take up God's holy Word with yet more reverence than hitherto? "O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens" Psalm 8:1
It is precisely because God's eternal plan and purpose is all- inclusive that His revealed Word is absolutely authoritative. Everywhere the unbeliever turns he is looking straight at the glory of God. There is no escape from God, this reality stares us all in the face every day. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." Psalm 19:1-3
In the world of science then, realities do not exist in a chaotic jumble which the human mind must then marshal into some kind of comprehensible order. As nothing is excluded from God's plan, included in its creation is a God-given purpose and meaning for man to discover in submission to His revealed Word. Also, history is not an ever-revolving wheel, always repeating predictable calamities, relieved only by the caprice of a smiling or frowning fortune. This would be human existence with no beginning and no end, just going on and on, no meaning, little sense of purpose, no final destination. There is no way in which events, great or small, can be wrenched from their place in God's purpose in Christ to redeem to Himself the world He made. Indeed this is the only way they can have any meaning. Language too is a precious gift of God's creation, any theory of translation, understanding of grammar or semantics that takes no account of this, or denies it, will eventually lead to meaninglessness and chaos. Mathematics, physics, and every other field of study, each one is part of God's created universe and thus related to His eternal plan to redeem the world in Christ - and all to God's glory. There is no other way of looking at things, if we are to make any sense of the world in which we live and what goes on in it. Otherwise, we shall not have a clue about anything. There can be no area of life that can be properly understood outside and apart from Scripture. If things were otherwise, our Bibles would be dead in the water.
We must not assume that those who believe in God and trust His Word have faith and those who reject Him do not. Both have faith, the Christian believer has faith in God as revealed in Christ and in Scripture, the faith of the unbeliever is his own reason. Only one of these faith-systems is true, the other is false and blind. We rely either on the authority of Christ or that of man, but not both, the two are mutually exclusive. We do not call upon men to 'decide' about God's truth, but to submit to it.
The kingdom of Christ, and that of Satan are both régimes demand-ing complete submission, there can be no compromise between the two, no peace treaty can be entered into.
To the unbelieving scientist, meaning is derived from the application of the workings of the human mind upon the phenomena it observes without reference to the Word of God; similar principles guide the godless historian. According to textual critics, the Word of God too must also be subjected to such testing.
By what contortion of the imagination can the endeavours of those who dare to measure the Word of almighty God by the operations of their own finite and sinful reason be deemed in any sense to be a work of God?
What God has revealed is treated like any other phenomenon these academics may encounter and it must pass any tests imposed on it by their unregenerate and rebellious minds.