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Geskryf deur Daniel Louw   
Donderdag, 24 Junie 2010 22:00

Baie mense is bereid om die eerste 11 hoofstukke in die Bybel nie te glo nie – dit sluit Adam en Eva en Noag in tot net voor Abraham. Die probleem met so ’n siening is hoe besluit ’n mens waar die lyn getrek word? Wie besluit daaroor: “Can’t the Bible be like the river that brings down nuggets of pure gold, while the river itself is just a muddy, uncertain stream? The problem with that is, who decides what is true and what is not? Which part is river and which gold?”

“If you concede that there is only 0.0001% error in the Bible1 as originally revealed to mankind,2you have opened up the floodgates. Logically there is no stopping point to the slippery slope, because there is no reason why someone else could not suppose it contains 0.0002% mistakes, or 2%—or 20%, for that matter. In fact, it could be 99% mistakes, and 1% truth—who is to decide? Perhaps you believe that God is love. Why? Because the Bible says so? But if it contains mistakes, why couldn’t that part be one of the mistakes? Who is to say otherwise?”

“It may not be instantly obvious, but if you allow for a moment that the Bible is not totally true and trustworthy, then suddenly nothing else in Christianity matters.”

In die verlede kon ‘n mens nog met sulke sieninge wegkom, maar nie vandag meer nie:

“In the past, preachers and evangelists could expect that their unbelieving audiences would at least share a general respect for the pronouncements of the Bible, and the absolute authority of at least its moral commandments; but no longer. After all, the public constantly gets the message that the “facts of science” plainly contradict the Bible. And if leading church spokesmen are frequently seen distancing themselves from what the Bible says about history, thus undermining its truth and authority, how can we be surprised if the culture increasingly distances itself from what the Bible says about morality.”

 

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In die artikel French creation het Ken Ham ’n onderhoud met Franse wetenskaplike dr André Eggen. Hier volg ’n gedeelte van die onderhoud:

Eggen: I grew up in a Christian family; my father is a missionary in a part of France. I was taught the Genesis account of Creation from the Bible. But at school I had to learn evolution, so when I was about 12–13, the conflict began. If the Bible was true, then it was clear that God created in six ordinary days, but that was completely contradicted by what I was being told at school. So I had a hard time accepting the Bible, and went further away from the Bible as I reached high school. By the age of 17, I knew that I had to make a decision, so during the summer I took several books on the topic of evolution/creation to study the subject carefully and to reach my own conclusions. Several of these books helped me to see that I could comfortably believe in biblical creation from a scientific point of view. This was a huge discovery for me, and it pushed me to become a Christian.

Ham: So evolution was a big stumbling block in your life to believing the Bible?

Eggen: Sure—it’s a massive problem. Especially at that crucial age of 12–14 years, when you have a tendency to reject the authority of your parents anyway. So you tend to believe more of what you learn in school than at home.