RE: Black Sea Flood

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 07:56:47 EDT

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    >From: Walter Hicks []
    >Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 4:54 PM
    >To: Glenn Morton
    >Cc: Asa@Calvin. Edu
    >Subject: Re: Black Sea Flood
    >I don't want to sound critical Glenn, but it will be hard not to come
    >across that way given my question.
    >I have read number of your posts and your articles. In just about every
    >one there is a discrediting of many beliefs that people extract from the
    >Bible -- all in the name of science , of course. Yet I know that you are
    >a sincere Christian and I wonder if any of web pages are written with a
    >positive outlook towards the "history" of the Bible.
    >I have a Jewish friend, for example, who does a lot of archaeology (As a
    >hobby.) he talks repeatedly about aspects where the Bible is shown to be
    >accurate in terms of ancient settlements, idols, etc. Don't you have
    >anything along these lines?

    YEs, but no one likes it.

    The reason I spend a bunch of time correcting errors is precisely because of
    the attitude presented here. Rather than looking for the truth, we want
    people to tell us we are right. And because of this, we fall prey to
    charlatans who tell us we are right using absolutely false data. Looking
    back on my YEC experience, I had lots of people telling me we Christians
    were correct. Henry Morris, Duane Gish, Jody Dillow, etc ad nauseum. The
    problem was that they were not telling me anything containing truth about
    the natural world--not a single thing they told me which at the same time
    disagreed with conventional intepretation turned out to be true. I have
    cited this poll before but I once tracked down most of the Christian
    Heritage College graduates who had gone into the oil industry about 10 years
    after they entered the business. Christian Heritage is a college associated
    with the INstitute for Creation REsearch. I asked them one single question:
    Is there anything you were taught at CHC which differs from modern geology
    that you still consider to be true? Not a single one could name a single
    fact that fit this description.

    So, the question is, what are we doing in apologetics? Telling the truth or
    telling ourselves that we are 'correct' when that means using false data,
    and fooling ourselves into blissful ignorance. We are like Ahab:

    2 Chr. 18: 5So the king of Israel brought together the prophetsfour hundred
    menand asked them, Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I
    Go, they answered, for God will give it into the kings hand.
    6But Jehoshaphat asked, Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can
    inquire of?
    7The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, There is still one man through
    whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies
    anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.

    Ahab felt much better with what the other prophets were telling him just as
    you are much more comfortable with people who tell you you are correct.

    Thus, I will tell you, you are correct! Feel better?


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