Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of days, there was a debate between Billy Nye and and Ken Ham about science verses creation. I watched the event live, but for those who haven’t and are interested, you can see it here.
I couldn’t help but find it fascinating and this particular debate is one that I’ve had numerous times and figured I’d weigh in. I love hearing and watching debates, but I have to say, Ken Ham didn’t really answer many questions and dodged others. Three things that really got to me about him were these:
- He said that no matter what proof was given, he would never change his opinion.
- He picks and chooses what he believes and follows from the bible.
- He kept saying that no matter what anyone else shows him, all the answers about any life on earth are found in the bible.
Meanwhile, there’s Bill Nye saying things like, “this is what we know, this is what we don’t know.” What’s so wrong about not knowing something? If we knew everything already and just went by what the bible says, there would be no new discoveries. Bill Nye even said that if he is shown by research that what he believes is wrong, he’ll change his belief.
Now, in my opinion, if you want your kids to only know creationism, that’s fine. Home school them or send them to a private school. For everyone else who wants their children to be taught actual science, they should be allowed to as well. It shouldn’t have to be strictly one or the other.
I’d also like to take this time to point out something that I’ve always questioned. Now, Ken Ham was holding up the bible like the holy grail of all answers, but let’s think for a moment. The bible was written by man. After, I might add, a telephone game was played for thousands of years. The hand of God did not come down and hand write the text that he so diligently refers to today. Also, how many times has the bible been translated?! Plus, let us not forget that there are books that are missing and/or not included in the bible. Don’t believe me? Look it up.
Now, let’s think about this. The bible says that the world was created in seven days. Okay, but is that seven human days or seven days in God’s eyes? What if God’s days are longer than ours? What if God’s days are like, millions of years to us? Billions or years? We don’t know. Just sayin’. The world is only a few thousand years old? Uh… no.
So, that’s some of my view point on the matter. I won’t go into more, nor is that entirely where I stand on the subject, but I was inspired to write this after a discussion with a few friends via Skype, and thought it would be fun to blog about. If you’d like to discuss this, by all means, feel free! Leave a comment! 😀