By Leonard Lauriault: QCS Religion Columnist
On April 7, Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News Anchor, recapped three of the week’s stories he thought might shake some people’s faith in God. I found more information on the news stories at the NBC Nightly News Web site (www.msnbc.com).
The first story reported how some oceanographers speculate that Jesus could’ve walked on water (Matthew 14: 13-33; Mark 6: 30-52; John 6: 1-21), or rather ice sheets that might’ve formed in the Sea of Galilee when temperatures in Israel might’ve fallen to 25 degrees during a cold spell 1500 to 2500 years ago, something possibly occurring once every 10,000 years.
It’s providentially coincidental this would’ve happened just when Jesus needed to walk 3.5 miles from shore. But probably the greatest miracle in this account was that 5000 men plus women and children stood out in 25 degree weather to hear Jesus preach and then sat on frozen green grass to eat frozen (?) bread and fish. No wonder Jesus was recognized as God’s prophet, even truly his Son. We also should understand that rather than try to explain away his miracles as natural, but uncommon phenomena.
The second news account highlighted by Brian Williams was about a fossil found in the Arctic thought to be a missing link between sea and land creatures. Apparently, scientists have long known fish evolved into land creatures, but had “precious little” evidence to prove it. Knowing anything with insufficient evidence is totally unscientific.
The story says the researchers think the missing link took excursions out of water, probably moving around like a seal. Seals are still doing that, but they’re not changing into another life form and aren’t thought of as a link between sea creatures and land animals. Why did all the evolution take place hundreds of millions of years ago and then stop?
Interestingly, another article published to the NBC Nightly News website that week, reported several new species found in the Himalayan Mountains. These animals weren’t described as possible missing links, maybe because they aren’t extinct. Couldn’t all “missing links” just be species that went extinct? Will future scientists view species that have died or will die off during our millennia as missing links?
The Internet article about the supposed missing link first indicates that several specimens were found. Then, it says only the front half of single specimen was found. For anything to be a link between two species, shouldn’t we find both genders, and their parents, and their offspring? We’re missing too many links for evolution to be plausible.
This theory of evolution (it’s still only theory, not fact, because there’s “precious little” evidence to support it) is a mountain built out of a mole hill. The “precious little” speculative evidence, like half a single specimen, has been mixed with a much greater proportion of missing links for the sole purpose of denying the existence of God.
It’s more sensible (and scientifically accurate) to just believe in God. That faith and the orderliness of the Universe itself are evidence that there’s a Creator God (Hebrews 11: 1-3; Romans 1: 20: 3: 3, 4). Genesis 1 says what really happened (we’ve forgotten the root word of “creature”). There are no new species; we’re merely finding species we never found before because we’re looking in places we’ve never looked before.
The third NBC Nightly News story Brian Williams thought might shake people’s faith concerned the Gospel of Judas, which contradicts scripture, claiming Jesus secretly promised Judas honor above the other apostles for handing him over for crucifixion to free him of his fleshly body. If the secret conversation, supposedly between Judas and Jesus, had taken place, it’s more likely one masquerading as the angel of light spoke to Judas than the light himself bringing about Judas’ downfall (Luke 22: 1-6, 21, 22; John 8: 12; 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).
Anything contradictory to the Bible is bad news rather than good news because following it always leads to condemnation (Revelation 22: 18, 19; Matthew 15: 7-14; 1 Timothy 1: 3-11). Comparing the Gospel of Judas to the standard of God’s word shows it to be among the different gospels denounced by inspired writers (Acts 17: 11; Galatians 1: 6-12; 2 Peter 1: 16-2: 3; 1 John 4: 1-6; Jude 3, 4).
Attempts to scientifically prove or disprove the existence of God or any teaching that contradicts God’s word shouldn’t shake our faith. The Bible says these things will happen (2 Thessalonians 2: 10-15; 1 Timothy 4: 1, 2). That in itself should actually bolster our faith, which also becomes stronger as we become more well-grounded in the truth (2 Timothy 3: 13 – 4: 5).
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the church of Christ