False Knowledge

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’ [science, KJV] – which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith” (1 Timothy. 6:20-21).

Tonight I was able to watch Ben Stein’s movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It is a documentary about the efforts to silence and discredit those who offer an alternative to the theory of evolution – namely, Intelligent Design. It was very well done and I highly recommend you see it.

During the movie, one scientist described how adopting the theory of evolution led him to give up his belief in God. How sad that one would stop believing in God due to pressure to believe an improbable, unproven, and unprovable theory. Yet this was what Paul warned Timothy about – some straying from the faith by following after bogus knowledge.

We must have faith in God and His word, realizing that all of the Bible is true (Psalm 119:160). Many scientists mock the Genesis account of God creating the universe from nothing. Some of our own brethren have questioned the days of Genesis 1 being literal, the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and the universal flood. But what does the word of God say? And will we believe it, or try to explain it away?

If one can justify in his mind the belief that the days of Genesis 1 are figurative, there was no real serpent in the garden, or that the Genesis flood was only regional, what part of the Bible is safe from reinterpretation? Where would one draw the line? Or how could one draw a line?

If we want to be saved, we must love and believe the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10, 12). This means we must simply accept what the Bible teaches, even if others disagree. So when we read in the Bible about Creation, the flood, the virgin birth of Jesus, His resurrection from the dead, or any other topic, let’s just believe what the word of God says. It is the simplest course. And it is the only safe course.

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