Tying Up Some Loose Enns, part 2

March-Fun-198Following up on my previous post, found here…..

I’m not sure why there is such an intellectual struggle for some when it comes to reconciling science and faith.  It’s a false dichotomy to pit the two against each other.  The Scriptures are God’s divine revelation of Himself and of His works in history.  Science is the discovery of how things work and how they relate to one another.  If creation itself was a supernatural event, why insist upon a natural explanation when it comes to human origins?  Professor Enns insists that modern discoveries in evolutionary theory, particularly the human genome project, prove that man evolved from a common ancestor.  But why is he interpreting such information within a secular worldview?  How does Dr. Enns know the scientific evidence points to a common ancestor rather than to a common design?  It seems to me he is quick to put his faith in scientific consensus (a consensus largely produced within a community of unbelieving scientists) rather than in God’s revelation.

The problem with putting faith in scientific consensus is that science is a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces.  As the pieces are discovered, from time to time, the overall picture changes.  Should we not rather put our trust in the One who created it all?  Should we not rest in the fact that science will say no more in the end than that which corroborates what God has already told us?  Isn’t it already scientific consensus that people cannot be raised from the dead, and that miracles do not occur?  Why doesn’t Professor Enns accept consensus in these areas as well?

I don’t think Genesis 1 – 11 is meant to convey scientific facts about the creation of the world, and therefore anyone attempting to exegete physics and geology from these texts is asking more of them than God intended.  However, it is a historical account of what God did and it records the fact that He specially made Adam and Eve.  If this be rejected, what in Scripture cannot be?  Why isn’t Jesus a divine myth as well?  I have yet to receive an explanation of this from Dr. Enns or his proponents.

C.M. Granger

Related Links at No Extra Charge:

The Explanatory Power of False Theories

Adam, Eve, and Chimpanzees

“My Time is Not Yet…” Some Reflections on John 7:2-6

     While driving down some winding mountain roads in the Adirondacks last August with my family (I remember the clear blue sunny day well), I noticed an enormous rectangle-shaped wooden sign at the front of a Summer camp which read “Jesus is Lord”.  That was actually the name of the camp.  I mentioned to my wife that it’s amazing a man who never left the small environs of Galilee and Judea is named in every corner of the Earth.  His Lordship is even proclaimed from the top of two Cedars in the Adirondack Park (which, by the way, is no where near Palestine).

     What makes it even more remarkable is that Jesus didn’t seek such recognition for himself, at least not in the manner it was sought by the religious and political rulers of his day.  In John 7, the Jewish Feast of Booths was soon to take place.  His brothers offered him what seems like some very sensible PR advice.  They say to him in verse 3, “Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may behold your works which you are doing.  For no one does anything in secret, when he himself seeks to be known publicly.  If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”  To put it in more modern language, “Jesus, don’t stay here.  Go into Judea during the feast when everyone, including your disciples, will be there.  Then show your power.  Everyone will see you!”  Then this comment is added at the end, “If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”  If…. a conditional statement, right after Jesus’ brothers tell him to get out there in front of the crowds and perform.  For, the text goes on to say, “…not even his brothers were believing in him.”

Why do you think that Jesus didn’t heed his brothers’ advice?  We know from the text (v. 1) that the Jewish leaders were seeking to kill him, but Jesus himself answers this question in v. 6, “My time is not yet at hand, but your time is always opportune.”  That is, “you can go to the Feast any time you wish, however I must not go up until the time appointed for me”.  The Lord isn’t operating according to what the world considers to be conventional wisdom.  His exhaltation is not the result of a campaign for glory.  It was through the valley of humiliation, through the weakness of the cradle and the cross, that Jesus obtained the crown.  He “emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men…..he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore also God highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…(Phil. 2:7-10).

As followers of Christ, we should make faithfulness our aim.  God will exhalt those who are His in due time.  Even Jesus didn’t seek a name in this world, yet there is practically no place in it where the Son of God is not proclaimed.  Ironic, isn’t it?  And still amazing.

 

C.M. Granger