“But what will you do in the end?” (Jer. 5:31b) A Thought About the Nye/Ham Debate.

Sun_Red_Giant-390x285One of the things that struck me most profoundly during the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate last night was Nye’s statement about how belief in a Creator would destroy “the joy of discovery.”

It strikes me that exactly the opposite is true.

As the Christian scientist, like Newton, examines the universe and discovers new things about the creation he is constantly given new reason to wonder and admire the work of the Creator, and confess as David did, gazing in wonder at the stars, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Moreover, he is thrilled that some day he will see the Creator of that handiwork face to face, and have a chance to spend eternity in enjoying the infinitely greater maker of such an amazing creation. With each discovery his desire to find out more about the creation grows, in the same way that someone who has just finished a beautifully written novel in a series can’t wait to start the next one. The idea that someday he will be able to meet and question the author about his work only adds to his delight.

On the other hand, if Bill Nye is right, while the materialist may experience satisfaction at finding something out about the universe he lives in, the facts he discovers are purposeless and eventually, when he faces death, they will do him no good. He will pass out of existence, becoming no different from a rock or a decaying head of lettuce, and his momentary “joy of discovery” will perish with him.

Even if he leaves a record of his discoveries for others, ultimately they too will perish as will the purposeless, directionless, uncreated universe, they occurred in. Nothing he discovers or experiences has any eternal value, none of it will continue on, his entire life was merely a brief absurd blip of life in the constant of death. He was a purposeless product of random forces doomed from the moment he first drew breath to cease to exist and return to the nothingness from which he was brought forth.

In the end only the biblical worldview holds out the possibility of an everlasting joy:

All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
(Psalm 145:10-13)


About Andrew Webb

Andrew James Webb, Pastor Providence PCA, Fayetteville NC. Born: July 29, 1969 Rochford, Essex England Education: MA Modern History, St. Andrews University, Fife, Scotland, 1991 M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA, 2001 Personal Details: Husband of Joy Webb, Father of Margaret (6), Victor (5), Graham (3) and Isabel (10 Mos.) Secular Work History: Upon graduation from University, I returned to the United States and worked for two Madison Ave Advertising Firms in copy writing and advertising space sales. After moving to Northern Virginia, I went into computing. I worked as a Systems Administrator in Washington D.C. for both the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) (a legal publishing firm,) and the International Republican Institute. Experience: Licensed by Potomac Presbytery, May 1997 and Philadelphia Presbytery in 1999. From 1998 to 2001 I did a three year apprentice/internship under Dr. Mark Herzer while working with the Christ Covenant church plant in Hatboro, PA. Ordained as an RE at Christ Covenant PCA in 2000 and as a TE by Central Carolina in 2001 when I was called to be the Organizing Pastor for Providence PCA Mission, Cross Creek PCA's church plant in Fayetteville, NC (home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Airforce Base). In 2005 when the Providence PCA Particularized I was blessed to be called by the congregation to be their Pastor. Presbytery Committees: Assistance and Membership (Philadelphia), Candidates (Central Carolina), Nominations (Central Carolina) GA Committees: Bills and Overtures, Covenant Theological Seminary Other: I have had a number of my essays on theological topics published including What is the Reformed Doctrine of Divorce? and Five Reasons Not To Go See The Passion of the Christ Why I Don't Have an English Accent: I don't have an English accent because my parents moved to New Jersey when I was six!
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2 Responses to “But what will you do in the end?” (Jer. 5:31b) A Thought About the Nye/Ham Debate.

  1. Michael Snow says:

    Amen. Everlasting joy. The debate seemed cordial. Both these guys have a B.S. Neither guy is well qualified to debate the science. It was a PR event for both. And Ham adds to what the Bible says. Most Christians do not accept his YEC view. http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/in-the-beginning/
    Here was a recent debate by real scientists.

    • Andrew Webb says:

      I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Ham and find he often speculates almost as much as the evolutionists do (for instance, I see no reason to believe that animals, after the fall but prior to the flood were all herbivores) and where the scriptures are silent, I tend to be silent as well. But I would never go as far as saying that he “adds” to the bible. Why do you say that?

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