People today must judge between two contradictory worldviews: the biblical worldview and the evolutionary worldview.
I’m a lawyer, so I think about this like a legal case. Juries have to judge between opposing litigants, like we have to judge between worldviews. Juries do it by weighing the evidence. Let me give an example from a case I worked on.
The power of an eyewitness account
The case turned on whether the plaintiff’s wind turbine functioned properly on a certain date years earlier. The wind turbine no longer existed, so we couldn’t run tests to establish whether it worked. Therefore, this dispute couldn’t be solved by operational science, which involves questions that may be answered by repeatable and observable tests. It was similar to historical science, which involves using information currently available in attempting to figure out something that happened in the past.
Each side had a well-qualified expert witness testifying on its behalf. The experts gave exactly the opposite testimony: one said the turbine worked on that critical date; one said it didn’t. I think both believed their testimony. So what led to the different opinions?
They had different views of the case. One expert viewed the case through the lens of the plaintiff, while one viewed it through the lens of the defendant. That influenced their conclusion.
Surprise evidence emerged two weeks before trial—a personal journal kept by a man who helped build the wind turbine. The journal suggested that the turbine wasn’t operating perfectly on the critical date.
The journal was powerful evidence because it claimed to be an eyewitness account. While it’s possible someone would make up such evidence, the journal included lots of irrelevant, personal information that gave it a ring of authenticity. The journal’s eyewitness account swayed the jury to decide the turbine had not worked on that critical date.
The Bible claims to be an eyewitness account
What does this lawsuit have in common with the question of biblical creation versus evolution? Quite a bit:
- A question of historical science rather than operational science. We can’t run any tests to conclusively establish whether apes evolved into humans or dinosaurs evolved into birds. We decide this historical question based on the facts available to us today.
- Each side has expert witnesses—scientists in the relevant fields. Each side’s experts interpret the same raw facts to support their view: fossils, canyons, DNA, distant starlight, etc.
- Each side’s experts interpret the data through their respective worldview: a biblical worldview versus an evolutionary worldview.
But, like my litigation, one side has key evidence that the other does not. The Bible claims to record God’s eyewitness account of creation. The evolutionary worldview, by its very (atheistic) nature, can offer no such account.
Imagine you’re the jury deciding whether the Bible is the eyewitness account it claims to be. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it. You are the jury. Except that you don’t judge the word of God. The word of God judges you. John 12:48.
Is the Bible an eyewitness to creation?
The Bible claims to be the Word of God. What evidence do we have supporting that view? I will briefly discuss just a few types of evidence.
Internal consistency. The Bible was written over 1,500 years by more than 40 diverse authors—from fishermen to kings. Yet the Bible’s 66 books present a consistent ‘big picture’ from start to finish.
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