Just recently CBN founder Pat Robertson said to Christians that if you fight science that “Your going to lose your children”. This was said in the context of Mr Robertson disagreement with Creationist who hold that the world is less than 6000 years old. You can find the statement and the discussion in an article recently published in the Huffington Post “Pat Roberston disagrees with Creationists view of a young 6,000 year old earth.”
Well, I’m a little confused by Mr Robertson’s statement, as I truly respect the man and he has done a wonderful work at CBN, and no doubt a great man who has touched the lives of millions all over the world. However, I’m concerned – has he lost his child like faith.
Troubled by Mr Robertson’s statement, I thought I’d run it by Rufus, my happy hour bar drinking buddy. (And he’s still trying to get on some Obama Care, and still with no luck)
Anyway, I looked at Rufus and told him the whole story about Pat Robertson and his conflict with the Creationist view on the age of the earth and his recent statement that “we are going to lose our children if we fight science”. Now Rufus doesn’t have a lot of education, just a laid off construction worker, but I’ve always thought he always had a wise perspective on almost any subject.
And as Rufus begins to ponder, he then proceeds to give me his perspective on the matter, “Deacon..You know I’m not known as an intellectual, but I kind of take issue with Mr Robertson’s statement”. And I reply, “Well Rufus..What do you mean by that”. And Rufus replies. “Well, let me explain”.
And as Rufus continues to explain, “You know there’s nothing wrong with science, why it was science that proved the world wasn’t flat after hundreds of years of seriously false thinking, and these scientists are definitely smart folks with lots of formal education, but when you make spiritual matters conform to scientific laws you run into problems.” And I question, “ What do you mean by that Rufus”.
And Rufus continues, “Well Deacon, a lot of things happened in the Bible that just have no scientific explanation. Christmas day is right upon us, and the virgin birth of Jesus just doesn’t conform to any science, neither does raising the dead, healing the blind or feeding 7000 people with a couple of baskets of fish and bread. You see sometimes God does things that defy science. And, of course, he can do that because he created the laws of science, and if he wants to do something that scientists can’t explain, he doesn’t have to ask for the scientists approval.”
And I respond as I take a a big swallow of brew from my frozen mug, “Rufus, that’s something worth thinking about”. And Rufus continues, “ I really don’t want to appear anti-science, those engineers, and nuclear physicist have far more smarts and educated knowledge that I’ll ever have. I’m just a simple man, but you know if God create the universe, he might of just made the earth to scientifically look six billion years old, when it is only six thousands years old. And when the trumpet sounds and the truth is found out, those arrogant smart guys might not look so smart. I’m just kinda like a little child on the matter..If God wanted to get us where we are at in 6000 years, I think that would have been a piece of cake for him, regardless of whether science agrees or not”.
And after another big swallow of brew I look at Rufus and say, “You know Rufus, I think you are a lot smarter than you think you are”. And Rufus replies. “Yea, now if I can just get on this Obama care”.