Read the following paragraph and ask yourself how much of this is based on fact and how much is supposition:
From the evidence, we know that a lion was stalking a herd of antelope. At one point, the lion paused in the grass and watched as the antelopes grazed on the tall lush grass that blew in the wind. Being downwind from the antelopes, the lion slowly crept through the grass until it got close enough to pounce upon the nearest antelope, bringing it to the ground. After the lion had gorged itself on his kill, he laid down in the shade of a nearby tree to rest. A large male leopard approached as it could smell the fresh blood and meat in the air. The leopard had only gotten a couple of bites when the lion charged, protecting its prize. After a short skirmish, the leopard retreated to another nearby tree where he sat up in the braches, watching and waiting for his turn to feed off the downed antelope.
Can you tell if this account was taken from an eyewitness account, from a video of the event, from several still photos, or just from evidence left behind?
What if I told you that this account was made from reading the animal tracks left behind, the partially eaten antelope, impression in the grass from an animal and claw marks on a tree?
Is it possible that the leopard killed the antelope and the lion chased it off and ate some of it before lying down under the tree?
Is there any way for me to know what really happened without having an eyewitness? And what if someone had actually been there and saw what happened and wrote it down and it turned out that the leopard had killed antelope first and lion chased it off and my summation from the evidence was wrong?
This is what happens every day in the realm of historical science. We find evidence of a past occurrence and do our best to explain what happened. But our explanations are clouded by our presuppositional beliefs and the limited amount of knowledge we have.
For example, when you and several others are standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon and look across to the other side and the several thousand feet of sedimentary layers. You all look at the sign in front of you and read the matter of fact account of how the layer represent millions of years of geological deposition and that the tiny Colorado River carved the mighty canyon over millions of years.
How do they know that is what happened? They look at the evidence, like I looked at the evidence on the African plain, and made their assumptions based upon the evidence and their belief in millions of years. Their sign is written as fact and if it were an eyewitness of what happened.
But we have an eyewitness account of how the massive layers of sedimentary rock were laid down in the matter of a year’s time only 4,400 years ago. God provides that eyewitness account in Genesis 6-9. He was there and saw everything that happened and had that account written down for us so that we would know for certain what happened.
Now if you had an eyewitness account of an event and another account that was only the supposition from someone who wasn’t there, which one would you be more apt to believe?
Remember this the next time you read a report or article that is describing something that supposedly occurred in the past. Train yourself to discern what the report is based upon and to look for the religious bias of the author, i.e. millions of years of godless evolution or a few thousand years of history based upon God’s eyewitness account.
Young Tyler Cray has been looking forward to going on vacation to the Canyon for such a long time! When he finally arrives the sight of it is far more splendid than he imagined. He learns much about this incredible, scenic place (including some terrific faith-building, scientific information.