Compartmentalized Thinking

The Wind once challenged the Sun to a contest. Below them was a man wending his way down a road. Each would attempt to make the man remove his coat. The Wind blew and blew, but the man merely drew his coat tighter about him. Then the Sun had his turn. He turned his bright beams on the man, and in a few moments he loosened his coat, and then removed it.

It is an interesting characteristic of the human mind that we can accept this story without question when we regard it as a fable, as of course it is. The Wind and Sun can't really think, talk to each other, etc. What we really do is COMPARTMENTALIZE our thinking. Within a fantasy world, anything can happen. So we make no judgments. But in the "real world" we are not so forgiving. We insist, and rightly so, that things make sense, that they agree with what we can observe or at least imagine within a world of logic and reason.

Many people regard religion as completely in this fantasy world. It may have some value, people say, in moral and ethical guidance, but the supernatural aspect of religion MUST be regarded as myth or fantasy.

What we are trying to show is that in FACT there are points of contact between the religious world, and in particular the Bible, and the real world. Why does this disturb people so much? Is it not that it threatens the neat compartments into which we divide our concepts of reality?

Many simply reject the supernatural out of hand. However there is a wealth of unimpeachable evidence supporting faith in the Bible. History and archaeology have consistently proven the Bible to be accurate -- in its history, geography, and where it touches on it, its science. The cities mentioned therein, where it is possible to confirm with the spade, really existed. Its teachings about sanitation and medical practices are consistent with the means the ancient Jews had at their disposal.

Moses grew up in Egypt and had the best education that country could offer. But Egyptian doctors practiced the removal of splinters by spreading dung on the open wound. The splinter would float out in the pus formed by the infection. So it worked! And if the patient lost a hand -- well, you can't win them all. But Moses had nothing like that in his instructions.

Christianity really did start from Jerusalem, and even with such an unlikely teaching as the resurrection, and in spite of the rapidly over the civilized world. Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, has been called one of the most accurate historians who ever lived. He was an educated man, a doctor of medicine, yet did not hesitate to record the account of Christ's resurrection. Attempts have been made to discredit him, but it has not been done.

So where we are able to confirm it, the Bible is consistent with the real world. Why would Luke and the other writers be so meticulous in minor details of history and geography yet supposedly inject what many regard as myth, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ? I am reminded of a question Paul asked of the wise men of his day. "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8)

One of the most obvious reasons to reject evolutionism as an explanation of life is the fact that, had they not been formed fully functional, the millions of species of life on earth could never have formed. The circulatory system, for example, requires a pump, blood, arteries, veins, etc. Each component is extremely complex; each is precisely tailored for the role it is to play in concert with every other part. It cannot be accounted for as the result of an incredible sequence of events leading to its formation.

Recognizing the absurdity of thinking that blind chance could have formed what we see here, some express faith in an unknown and unproven power in matter itself to form life. When conditions are right, they argue, life will just naturally form. This is more blind faith than scientific deduction.

Some attempt to prove life arose by accident in the primitive seas by a chemical process. But chemical processes cannot account for the mechanical marvels of life. What is the chemical formula for an eye, or an ear, or a hand? Each of these had to be formed in working order and all at once, or they would never have formed at all. The unbeliever's problem is not survival of the fittest but arrival of the fittest.

Of course the typical atheistic evolutionist's answer to this is:

  1. It's here.

  2. We KNOW God didn't make it.

  3. So there MUST be a natural explanation. Somehow it must have formed by accident.

There is evidence all around us of the fact that supernatural intelligence formed the universe and maintains it. We need to see some readjusting of our thinking compartments!

Bill Carrell