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    Make Believe and Biblical Truth


    My dear theologians, 


    We owe much to the world’s great physicists: Archimedes, whose study of hydraulics and hydrostatics changed science forever; Sir Isaac Newton, who uncovered the Law of Gravity; and Albert Einstein, whose Theory of Relativity explains how…well…you know.


    But the most imaginative of all physicists have to be the Warner Brothers. Their cartoon characters have rewritten every physical law known to man. None of these well-tested laws of physics is sacred to these innovative neo-scientists. Deep within their creative laboratories, with sketchpad and drawing pencil in hand, they’ve taught us how:


    • ·         A body suspended in mid-air will remain in mid-air until the subject is made aware of his plight. At this point the Law of Gravity will kick in.
    • ·         The Law of Gravity is selective. Everything falls faster than an anvil.
    • ·         A body, if moving fast enough, can pass through solid matter, leaving a perfect cookie-cutter hole in said matter.
    • ·         During rapid motion, some objects will momentarily appear in a stationary position while the balance of the body continues to move. This is particularly true during ferocious fights in which a participant’s head will suddenly appear while the dizzying skirmish continues.
    • ·         During high-speed chases, certain bodies (most often a roadrunner’s) can pass through solid mountains which have been previously painted to resemble a tunnel. Other bodies (most notable a coyote’s) cannot.
    • ·         Cats possess a cosmic glue that allows them to quickly recover when they’ve been disassembled, accordion-pleated, dynamited, scared furless, or after they’ve assumed the shape of any small container into which they have fallen.


    Rewriting physical laws in cartoons is fun and harmless. But only a Looney-Tune would deny the real thing.


    The same thing is true when it comes to Scripture. Changing or ignoring God’s Word is a dangerous proposition. And yet many have tried. History is littered with attempted rewrites of biblical truth – or doing away with it altogether, hoping to outsmart the Creator.


    In our lifetime, try Carl Sagan, the noted astronomer, whose bold first sentence of his bestseller, Cosmos, states, “The Cosmos is all that there is or ever was or ever will be.” Sagan died in 1997. If he could rewrite his book today, I’m sure Dr. Sagan would tell about a whole new dimension of the cosmos that he never considered before.


    There will always be dissenters to the truth. Skeptics will continue to critique the Bible as antiquated, naïve, out of touch and irrelevant. But they’re simply playing the role of cartoonist. Make-believe is still just make-believe. Truth will always be truth.


    No matter how loud or clever our culture may be, two things remain true: 1) Roadrunners cannot pass through solid mountains, and 2) God’s Word is always reliable.


    Study well.


    In Your Debt,


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    Reader Comments (1)

    I too wonder how Carl would speak today about the cosmos.

    February 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJan

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