This is not a ‘defend Ben Stein blog’. This blog is dedicated to the glory of God as revealed in the face of His Son, Jesus Christ, with the intent that we worship the only true God to whom worship alone is due.
That being said, I am happy about Ben Stein’s newest project. And I think that the response that he has received on his blog only serves to prove what his ‘documentary’ explains. Theists are not welcome in the scientific community. This is especially true if you go beyond the ‘Intelligent Design’ arguments and actually embrace ‘Creationism’.
Now here’s your news flash. Ben Stein is not a Christian. He’s a Jew. He doesn’t believe what I believe about most things. He may be a Creationist (I don’t know), but I do know that he doesn’t believe the same things that I believe about Creation. I know what he should believe, because I’ve read the first book of the Bible, as I am sure he has. And he may have read the New testament for all I know…but he rejects the New Testament. That’s how I know that he doesn’t believe what I believe about Creation.
The New Testament teaches us that all things were created by and for Jesus Christ.
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV)
You see, I believe that the world came into being, not out of anything that was or existed, but that an eternal God, who is self-sufficient, not needing any creator for Himself, by only His own Word created everything that is or ever will be. Before there was Earth, Sun, Moon, stars, sky, air, water, asteroids, or any other thing, there was God who was by and with Himself, in the glory of the Trinity, complete and happy. This God created the whole world. He created physical beings as well as spiritual beings. He created physical matter as well as spiritual realms. And everything He created was for Himself.
This is the message of Genesis chapters 1 and 2. God was (and is), God created, God was content with His Creation. In chapter 3 of Genesis, something bad happens. God good creation is tainted by sin. Creation is no longer the way God had originally created it. By the disobedience of Adam and Eve, humanity and the Earth have been cursed by separation from God. This separation is depicted as death. Adam and Eve began to die physically, as we all will, but more importantly, the experienced an immediate spiritual death. Death is the ultimate reality for everyone. No matter who you are, where you live, what you believe, or how long you live, one day you will die. That’s not just a hasty generalization…it’s a fact of life.
But here’s the great thing about Christianity…God is not content to just let His creation devolve into ‘hell on earth’. He does something about it. He sends His only Son into the created world to become a creature, so that He can reconcile the created world to Himself. The way this must be accomplished is by the death of His own Son.
God sent His Son to die in our place, as our substitute. He who never sinned died the death of a common criminal on a cross outside of Jerusalem. That’s what the cross is. An instrument of punishment for criminals. Criminals are people whose sin is condemned by other sinners. Jesus was no criminal. He was the perfect man. But He died a torturous death at the hands of sinners because we are criminals. Me, you, your friends, and everybody else who have ever lived are criminals. Our crimes are against the rightful ruler of all there is, God. Jesus died because of our crimes against God.
But Jesus’ death was not just for us. Jesus died to reconcile all of Creation to God. That means that Jesus doesn’t merely save us out of this world, but that He has plans for the restoration of this world. He has removed the curse by His cross. And since God was so satisfied with Christ’s reconciliation of the world to Himself, he raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the place of Lordship over all things.
Now, all that is left is for you to bow before Jesus as Lord and turn away from your sin as you ask for forgiveness and He will give you eternal life.
If you have questions, you are free to either comment publicly or email me privately. (Warning!!! If your private email is hateful in tone it may be posted publicly!)
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3 ESV)
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