Bruce Collins, Evangelist

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Meditation for the week of April 20, 2008

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

“None are so blind as those who will not see.” I heard this quote often when I was growing up and my research shows that the author is unknown. But I believe many people are blind spiritually because they have invested too much in what they do not want to believe to change their minds and believe God.

Eve wanted to be as the gods making her own judgment as to what was right and what was wrong. Genesis 3:5 quotes the serpent as saying to her, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Satan said that God had cheated her and blinded her, but he could open her eyes or her understanding. In the new testament God says that Satan has blinded us and understanding comes from believing the Word of God. So who is blinding whom?

Lately, I have been drawn into the debate on evolution verses intelligent design. I never cared much for the debate because to me if my car had to be designed and if my house had to be designed, then surely this world had to be designed. I was never too concerned about figuring out all the ins and outs of how the designer did his designing, but I have always believed that the statement “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1)” made common sense. Now I am being told that such simplicity is ignorant and short-sighted and that “good science” does not support such a statement.

Ben Stein has produced a movie called “Expelled: No intelligence allowed.” The movie is a documentary dealing with the lack of academic freedom in this area. It shows how “defective” people are dehumanized based on Darwinian evolution. However, what I found especially interesting in the movie was an interview with Richard Dawkins, one of the most respected evolutionary biologists in the world today. When asked by Ben Stein where the first living cell came from, Dawkins said he didn’t know. But he knew it couldn’t have come from any god. He had no proof and so when pressed as to where that cell came from, he speculated that sometime in the past a superior life form had evolved someplace and had created the cell that was then planted on this earth. Now my question is (and Ben Stein’s was), doesn’t that allow for intelligent design? My next question is, “Why is it easier to believe the mythical speculation that comes from an intricately designed but proud human being, than to believe God?” The only answer that I can come up with is that if Dawkins were to admit there were a God who designed him, then he would have to admit that he was accountable to that God.

I know that I don’t have all the answers. However, believing that there is a Creator seems to me to be the intelligent thing to do. Dawkins and others say there is no shred of evidence that God exists. I wonder if they have studied the academic science connected with verifying the age of old manuscripts and then have studied the old manuscripts that contain the prophecies connected with Israel. If they then studied the secular history of Israel, they would find a close correlation between what God said would happen to Israel when they disobeyed Him and what actually happened. I would call that at least a shred of evidence that God exists and that He has revealed Himself in the Bible. The intelligent thing to do might be to study the Bible with an open mind. I found God there and I found the Lord Jesus who reveals God there. I found salvation there. Solomon who was wise says in Proverbs 3:7, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.”

Bruce Collins

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