The Bible is true and trustworthy, no matter what those incredible nature documentaries say.
Recently my wife and I were watching a documentary on the national parks of Colorado. It discussed four parks in particular, highlighting the unique geography of each. One valley is the size of Connecticut! From “a rainbow of red” as they called one park, to golden sand dunes rising 700ft high, the scenery was breathtaking.
Their lame evolution-based explanations of how it all came to be, however, were not.
But one detail they ignored caught my attention: that the pueblo structures in one park were built with brick and mortar. The photo with this post is of those same pueblos, built around 1200 AD.
Wait a minute, I said. How is that every civilization around the world came up with the idea of baking clay into bricks and setting them with mortar?
The Half-Baked Ideas of Men
Secular scientists and anthropologists have all sorts of explanations and ideas for how ancient cultures migrated to where they were. Growing up, I was taught in school that ancient peoples crossed from Siberia to what is now Alaska at some unknown time when the Bering Strait that separates them was iced over (mind, you at its narrowest, that’d be an ice bridge 53 miles wide).
Watching the documentary I couldn’t help but pause the show to comment to Amy how absurd their “facts” were. Even taking them at face value, it all seemed so incredible, illogical, and impossible. “These are Pre-Cambrian rocks–before there was life on earth,” they’d say before continuing on about the layers above and everything after.
Hold on there just one Mesozoic minute, pal. And just how exactly did “Life” happen? What brought it about? What was the first thing to become “alive”? How did it know to reproduce? With what did it have to reproduce with? Where did all the diversity come from? I could go on with a thousand such questions, and I’m only asking them by “following the money” of their statements. Somebody’s done cooked the science books.
It would be one thing if every civilization came up with the idea of forming bricks from clay. Even the odds of that happening would be unlikely, but to also universally invent securing them with mortar? Now we’re really into the territory of mathematical improbability.
A Better Foundation: The Word of God
I’m no architect or engineer, but the fact that every society seemed to know about bricks and mortar–just like they all knew about crushing grain into flour to make bread–is further proof of one thing:
The Bible is True.
As I looked at the pueblo buildings I thought about all this. I thought about how the only way every society could all have the same idea would be if, at one time, they weren’t actually separated.
And that is exactly what the Bible says. That after the worldwide flood (which also happens to be a much better explanation for the geographic wonders the show highlighted), Noah and his sons and their wives left the ark and went their separate ways. But that’s not all.
What happened next? The tower of Babylon. Sorry for the long copy/paste here, but look at Genesis 11:1-9, particularly the parts I highlighted:
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.Genesis 11:1-9 (ESV)
The Bible is True Because It Is God’s Word
Just because we find cities, details, or other evidences in the natural world doesn’t prove the Bible is true. Even if we found nothing it’d still be true.
The Bible is true because it is God’s inspired, authoritative Word. Whatever evidences we find in the natural world around us only agree with what is already objectively true.
Even when we are just watching a documentary on TV, we shouldn’t be turning our brains off. God calls us to be thinking people. We ought to be “fact-checking” everything we hear and see. By what standard? By God’s Word, with that copy of God’s Word you are hopefully storing inside of you little by little as you read it each each day.
Even when we are just watching a documentary on TV, we shouldn’t be turning our brains off. God calls us to be thinking people. We ought to be “fact-checking” everything we hear and see. By what standard? By God’s Word
Hiding God’s Word in our hearts each day (Psalm 119:11) and applying it to our lives equips us. It equips us not to ignorantly believe the hypotheses of men and women who hate their Creator.
It also makes watching a TV program like this, despite its junk science, enjoyable because we can be blessed as we marvel at God’s wondrous handiwork.
Lastly, the beauty in nature is a pageant of God’s good providence. Every aspect is uniquely cared for, and that should remind and encourage us how much more he lavishes his care and providence on us. His love is most supremely evident in Jesus and his willingness to come, suffer, die on the cross, blameless, to pay the penalty for our sins, then rising from the dead on the third day and now offering us pardon and eternal life.
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.Psalm 29:1,2
Such scientists can keep their foolish theories. Let’s you and I “ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.”