Fools and Experts

chess-691437_960_720The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1 NIV

I was watching a talk show on Youtube where participants debated the existence of God. The friendly host spoke of Darwin’s theory of evolution, as though it were a proven fact. Few evolutionary biologists would actually make such a bold claim – they talk in terms of probability – it still remains a theory; and one with ever widening gaps.

Some of the experts were openly disdainful of participants who believed in the God of the Bible – smirking and rudely interrupting their comments. One of them, a so called biblical scholar, seemed of the view that, if someone was mentioned in the Bible – for example, King David or Jesus – then that person could not have existed. Now one of David’s descendants, King Hezekiah, has also been mentioned in contemporary Assyrian accounts. Yet, based on our historian’s assertions, one might conclude that Hezekiah had no human ancestors and if he did, certainly not anyone who was a king of Israel, and if a king, then not one called David – since only the Jewish Bible mentions the genealogies of the royal families of Israel and Judah.

Incidentally, the Assyrian records that corroborate the biblical accounts are not subjected to similar scrutiny – they apparently need no further validation. Double standards in applying historical checks and balances!

The problem with such shows is that they present experts who work within extremely narrow fields of expertise. While it is not difficult to find other experts working in the same fields who hold diametrically opposing views, only those who subscribe to the current politically correct opinions are invited and they are held up as absolute authorities to debate street preachers and housewives, whose understanding of the topic is unlikely to be based on archaeological evidence or DNA studies. These invited experts, unchallenged as to the specifics in the area of their expertise, are quite happy to give the impression that their knowledge extends well beyond their actual fields – often aided by derisory sneers at those who differ.

One of the experts in the show scornfully remarked to an older man, “You may not know much about the DNA, but I know quite a lot…” He replied, “Sir, you know so little… you need to be more humble.”

In the Bible, we find Job and his friends holding a long and heated debate on the subject of God’s dealings with mankind. At the close of the debate, God revealed Himself and challenged them, “Where were you, when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

Then God showed Job the vastness of the universe, with all its marvellous workings and the ways of His diverse creation – some creatures fearless and powerful, others foolish, the marking of seasons and the elements, the boundaries of the ocean waves, all beyond the understanding or control of those wise debaters.

And today, how much do we actually understand? Or control? Could we put together an amoeba, the most basic of living forms?

“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world … For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men?” (1 Corinthians 1:20,25 ESV)

Yet, we boast of our understanding of science. If the earth endures for another millennium – and all of us are forgotten, and Darwin’s theory consigned to the dustbin of history – will there not be others who laugh at our certainties, as we laugh at the ‘experts’ who challenged Galileo and Copernicus? There is an infinite universe – planets and galaxies – and our laws of Physics and archaeological studies have barely skimmed the surface. Yet, how arrogant are some experts, who hold a doctorate in a tiny corner of an endless field? An ant might equally claim ownership of a mountain, where it has its anthill.

“Father, we thank You for all that You have revealed to us of Yourself, and also for the things You have chosen to conceal. We trust Your infinite wisdom and love for us. As we commit our lives into Your hands, we ask that You will help us live our lives well – for the service of others and the glory of Your name.”

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