The World As It Really Is

There is a brutality present in this world that is breathtaking, if you have the courage to take just a few seconds and meditate on it every so often.

I just made an obvious statement, but the thought came to me the other day. In downtown Austin, Texas, on business, I marveled at the beauty of the city. Having never been there before, I sat at the hotel that overlooks a lake and I watched joggers, birds, and work on high-rise buildings. A very pleasant breeze blew through the trees at the water’s edge.

Yet…something cold ran through me; no mean feat in the 100-degree temps.

Seeing the world the way it really is — forgetting the temporary facades man erects over a decaying world — I thought about my aches and pains. A man in a wheelchair motored along the walking trail below the hotel. Glancing at the paper on my table, I read a few lines about Michael Jackson’s death. Farrah Fawcett’s death. Obituaries run in the paper every day.

I thought about friends who are agonizing over broken relationships. A divorce or two. The failure of businesses and the anxiety of families.

But even in all this misery, I thought about how it confirms the Bible. If the Bible is true, we would expect to see a diseased and dying world. A physically dying world. Pollution. Corruption. Illness.

We don’t like it, but we can understand it.

The Bible’s early books contain the history of Earth’s beginnings. Genesis contains the historical account of man’s spiritual and physical fall. In those brief verses, we can know enough to figure out our world. God gave man free will, then set in motion a plan for man to be reconciled to Him. And further in Scripture, we see that God has a glorious plan to create a new world in the end. Which will be our beginning!

This is the message lost on a lost world. Thousands of brilliant scientists follow a story that was born in death, celebrates and demands death, and leads to death. Charles Darwin’s philosophy of life stretched its bony fingers over everything. Biological evolution led to belief in everything evolving, even man’s spiritual longings. Astronomy. Botany. Geology; especially geology!

The study of beginnings always fascinates me. That includes the beginnings of modern evolutionary thought, which has destroyed millions and millions of people, and now has America’s children in its grip.

We err if we think evolution was proved by dispassionate, truth-seeking scientists who developed sophisticated instruments that dated rocks, etc. Evolutionary philosophy was developed long, long ago by men who rejected the Creator’s historical overview. Darwin was just another knuckle-dragger in that long line of atheists.

Richard Dawkins is perhaps the most famous atheist in the world today. He is surely the most aggressive and mean-spirited evolutionist walking up and down in the earth in our time. The author of the best-seller, The God Delusion, Dawkins lectures widely and mocks Bible-believers by calling them, among other things, “ignorant fools.”

You’ll notice of course that the name-calling saves him from true debate that might lead to the demise of his world view.

But Dawkins is merely the latest in a long line of God-haters. Many appeared to be genteel scholars, such as Darwin or Teilhard de Chardin, but attacking the credibility of the Bible has been the unifying factor among them. A fascinating task is uncovering these old biases and discovering that personal world view has been responsible for the cultural acceptance of evolution, not scientific investigation.

The “Dawkins of his day” was the British scientist Thomas Huxley. His perpetually sour expression was the perfect mask for an aggressive anti-Bible campaign. Huxley was known as “Darwin’s Bulldog,” for his outspoken support for naturalism.

A biography of the man, written by Adrian Desmond, uncovers key factors in not only Huxley’s world view, but the atheistic tendencies that were birthed by these British thinkers of the 19th century:

“Tom recoiled into a fantasy world, escaping into a secret realm of science, ‘dreaming my own dreams’. At 12, rummaging through his father’s library, he encountered James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth, that aimless eternal earth, wheeling on, with no signs of a beginning and ‘no prospect of an end’.” 

This quotation is loaded with relevance!

Notice first that Huxley began crafting his own story of how the world began; like many privileged young men of his time, Huxley was set on the path of unbelief by his father. Left to his own devices, young Tom found the book that would profoundly affect his life. Hutton, along with other thinkers like Charles Lyell, opened up the idea that the Genesis accounts were not wholly historical. This idea that the earth was eternal, random, and — notice this especially — without end, perfectly fulfilled the prophecy found in 2 Peter 3. There, the apostle predicted that in the last days, “scoffers” would come and ask, Where is the promise of his (Jesus) coming? Everything continues as it always has.

In that short verse, these scoffers are identified as men who will deny both origins and last things. In other words, their attack lines were linear and consistent: Genesis isn’t true, and neither is the Revelation.

These books in Europe were influential. They were carried across the Atlantic to America in the late 19th century and infected our universities and Bible colleges and, I would argue, permanently damaged them. We now have entire generations of pastors raised on this stew of unbelief. Many seem unaware of it, although no doubt many know exactly what they are doing. They are destroying the faith of many by denying the Bible.

This, my friends, is why young people today are not interested in church. There have been half-hearted, lukewarm attempts in the churches to teach them something (values, ethics, Mom, apple pie, the flag), but public education then sweeps even that away.

At his core, Huxley was an anarchist. I believe he succeeded in his efforts to undermine Western civilization.

Everywhere, there are conversations, conventions, and contentions over the question of, How did our society get this way? Most look in the wrong place for answers. Again, if you want to know why we are in a cultural revolution, look to Huxley, Herbert Spencer, James Hutton, John Tyndall, etc. Those “enlightened men” of Europe sowed the seeds of unbelief 200 years ago. The resulting philosophical tsunami has just now overtaken us.

What is left to us, to believers, is to make sure our own houses are in order. Teach your children that their faith is defensible, satisfying, complete, and wholly true.

That is your task.

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Originally published in One News Now, Prophecy Matters. July 2009