Mighty God or mighty Mickey Mouse?

Does God and Mickey Mouse or Superman fall in the same category?  Is Richard Dawkins right when he reminds us that God is a ‘myth?’  The reason we ask is a comment we had from an atheist friend who claims that, Atheists do not hate god any more than they hate Superman or Micky Mouse. 

Another similar version goes like this: We atheists believe in one less god than you Christians.  You don’t believe in Zeus, Venus, or presumably Superman.  But you believe in God.  We just believe in one less, namely we don’t believe in the God of the Bible.  Note that atheists like to write ‘god’ to demonstrate their disdain.  But they write Zeus or Superman’s name with a capital letter.  That immediately demonstrates their ‘impartiality.’

What makes the God of the Bible different?

It can be summarized in one word: Israel.  The country and nation of Israel stands as an indisputable historical proof that God is no myth and the history of the Bible is true.  Can Mickey Mouse, Superman or Zeus produce historical, visible and real evidence that they exist?

The nation and country of Israel show the mighty works of the ‘myth:’ 

The God of the Bible is intimately connected to the long history of Israel and the Jews.

  • Around 2,000 BC God called Abram from Ur of the Chaldeans, to leave his country and his people and go to what was then known as Canaan.  Abram, 77 years old, his wife Sarai, Lot, his deceased brother’s son, servants and possessions left and settled in Canaan.
  • God’s promises to Abraham were, ‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 1  Another promise in Genesis 12:7, “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.'”  God gives this promise at least 20 times in the Old Testament.
  • The promise was only fulfilled around 1,400 BC when the descendants of Abraham, the Israelites (later the Jews), conquered Canaan.
  • Israel divided into the Northern and Southern kingdoms and in 722 BC and 586 BC the Northern and Southern kingdoms were exiled out of Israel.  Some returned around 538 BC when the ruler of the Medes and Persians who conquered the Babylonians, gave them permission to return.  The returnees began the construction of the second temple (the first was destroyed by the Babylonians).
  • In 70 AD and again in 135 AD the Jews revolted against the Romans, but they were overpowered.  Especially during the 135 Bar Kochba revolt, the Jews suffered tremendously.  Hundreds of thousands were killed and others sold as slaves.  They were forbidden to enter Jerusalem, except on one specific day.  Jerusalem’s name was changed to Aelia Capitolina and Israel’s name to Palestine.  The Romans wanted to destroy any resemblance of a Jewish country or nation. The second temple was destroyed by Titus’ soldiers in 70 AD and it was never rebuilt.  It is because Jesus Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb, replaced the sacrifice of animals.

The modern history of Israel shows how real God is.

  • On May 14, 1948 (more than 1,800 years later), Israel was declared a Jewish state.  It was a miracle.  The Jews still existed as an exclusive nation, even though they had been scattered throughout the globe.  Nothing like that has ever happened in the history of the world.
  • The next day five Arab nations attacked the newly born state of Israel.  This was followed by the Sinai war in 1956; the Six Day war in 1967; and the Yom Kippur war in 1973.
  • Despite the fact that the Jews survived, the attacks and harassment against them from the Arab nations and the Palestinians never stopped.
  • The fight is not territorial, because Israel is a small country of about 8,000 square miles (about as big as New Jersey in the United States of America).  The countries of its enemies are huge.  Iran is 636,294 and Saudi Arabia 830,000 square miles.
  • So what is the hostility about?  The Bible explains it.  When God said to Abraham, ‘…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you,’ 2 God meant that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be born from the descendants of Abraham.
  • So the hatred is actually against God’s nation because the promised Messiah came from them.  The chief hater is Satan, the ruler of this world.  Why does he hate Jesus?  Jesus crushed his head at Calvary, as predicted in Genesis 3:15, ‘…He [Jesus] will crush your head, and you [Satan] will strike his heel.’
  • The hostility against God’s people existed from the beginning, ‘And I [God] will put enmity between you [the devil] and the woman, and between your offspring and hers….’ 3  In Genesis 4, Cain who rejected God’s ways and belonged to the devil, 4 killed his brother who followed God’s ways and was a righteous man.

The God of Israel is no Mickey Mouse.

Atheists who believe that God and the Jews are similar to Mickey Mouse, Superman and Zeus, should answer the following:

  • Which other nation of antiquity was conquered by an enemy, driven from their homeland and survived with their national heritage intact?
  • Which other nation was ever so sure that a specific country belongs to them?  The Jews base their belief on the promises of God to Abraham.
  • Which other nation ever suffered so long for no other reason than that they are the people of God?
  • Which other nation ever revived their dead language (Hebrew) and installed it as their national language?
  • Which other country daily faces the hostility of the Arab nations?  For what reason?
    • The Koran teaches that it is the last revelation of ‘God’ (Allah).
    • So especially the Old Testament, is inferior to the Koran.
    • If that is true, the promises of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob must be nullified.  The Jews must be destroyed and removed from Israel.
    • The Palestinians are just the pawns, because it is the Koran that fuels the hatred.  Allah, does not love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • Do Mickey Mouse, Superman or Zeus have unique nations and people that show their care and planning of events in history over thousands of years?

Supernatural hatred against God’s people

Unfounded Jewish hatred is no modern phenomenon.

  • The Bible book, Esther, tells the story of Haman.  He was a high official in the court of Xerxes, the Persian monarch.  He focussed on one man who irritated him, a Jew, Mordecai.  He decided to kill not only Mordecai, but all the Jews in the Persian kingdom.  That was most of the Jews.  With the help of queen Esther the disaster was averted.
  • The same hatred was displayed through the ages, for example by Hitler, the modern Haman.
  • Jewish hatred has a basis in Psalm 83.  Verses 4-8 say, “‘Come,’ they say, ‘Let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’  With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you – the tents of Edom, and the Ishmaelites [descendants of Isaac’s half brother Ishmael]….’   The passage mentions various nations that all conspire together to destroy Israel.  They actually want to get rid of God.
  • The key verses are 1-2, ‘O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.  See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.’
  • Psalm 2:1-3 also shows the hatred against God and His Messiah, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Holy One.  ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.'”

Do people hate Mickey Mouse and Superman like they hate God?

  • Unless a person totally lives in a fantasy world, he or she cannot deny that there is a united effort in the Western World to get rid of God.  For example the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United and many, many atheistic organizations and individuals are mute testimony to this hatred against an invisible real God and His plan for man.
  • Are there many laws and court cases to remove Superman, Mickey Mouse or Zeus from schools, universities, the media, et cetera?

Conclusion

Israel is a testimony to the work and promises of God.  Where are the historical proofs that Mickey Mouse and Superman are real?  If God is a myth, how does one explain why Israel is so different from all other nations?  Why are they separate from the world especially in the way other nations treat them?  People have very fine sounding arguments to disprove God.  To look the fact of Israel straight in the face takes courage.  Atheists like Richard Dawkins doesn’t have that grit.  He and other atheists are usually silent about Israel, the history of the Jews, and the Bible’s witness about it.

References

  1. Genesis 12:2-3
  2. Genesis 12:3
  3. Genesis 3:15
  4. 1 John 3:12

Does modern ‘science’ erode your faith?

According to polls the Christian faith has lost ground in the Western World. 1, 2  Let us look at the BioLogos Foundation as one reason for the erosion of biblical faith.  The purpose of BioLogos is, ‘to invite the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation. 3     

#  Genesis 1 is the proof that God is real.

Genesis 1 is the most fundamental and important doctrine in Scripture.  God created in six days and therefore He is all-powerful and will establish His Kingdom on earth.  Without Genesis 1 the whole Bible tumbles like a house of cards.

#  Biblical faith stands on the foundation of Genesis 1. 

Darrel Falk says, ‘It is a travesty that young people who begin the journey of following Jesus are told that they have to believe something which a little science education makes clear cannot possibly be the case.’ The science he refers to is definitely not operational science.  What happens is that people realize that if Genesis 1 is about an evolved creation, there is no reason to believe there is a God.  They just discard their faith in God.

#  To change Genesis 1 requires major changes in Scripture. 

BioLogos has to adapt the Bible to fit evolution.  The inevitable conclusion is, ‘At the end of the day, the theological modifications required by the acceptance of evolution are vast and utterly disastrous for biblical Christianity.’ 5   Scripture is composed of 66 interlocking ‘pieces.’  If you change one you have to change all the others.  That erodes faith eventually.

#  Evolution does not stand on a scientific foundation.

Science is an investigation into the workings of nature and is based on testable, observable, repeatable experiments.  Logic tells us that evolution, an idea of where life came from, cannot be tested repeatedly, neither observed, nor measured.  Creation is a past event, not open to scientific investigation.  It is a lie that science proved evolution true.

#  Science leads to technological advances.

Scientific innovations (TV, cellphones, electricity, et cetera) are based on laws of nature discovered by scientific investigations.

  • To prove that the idea of evolution is useless for that, do a search on the most well known evolutionist, Richard Dawkins.
  • Skip past all his accomplishments, the books he wrote to trash the Bible and promote evolution, and see if he has any scientific patents to his name?  Has he formulated any significant laws of nature and patented innovations based on them?  After all, he calls himself a scientist.  We could not find any evidence of his prowess as a scientist.
  • With all his active ‘research’ into evolution, he should have earned at least one or two Nobel prizes.  None are mentioned. 6

Conclusion

BioLogos is part of the propaganda machine to destroy people’s faith in the Bible.  ‘Normal’ thinking people realize that if evolution is true, God is not.  This is a massive modern lie: ‘Science has proved evolution.’   

References

  1. Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, More Americans now believe Bible is a book of fables, not literal Word of God: Gallup. May 16, 2017
  2. Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, Dramatic Fall of Christianity in UK continues: 26 Christians abandon faith for every new convert. May 15, 2017.
  3. Wikipedia, BioLogos FoundationJohn UpChurch, The Danger of BioLogos, Answers in Genesis, October 1, 2011.
  4. John UpChurch, The Danger of BioLogos, Answers in Genesis, October 1, 2011
  5. Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, ibid.
  6. Richard Dawkins, Wikipedia.

Take Bible criticism with a pinch of salt

When you accuse God that the Bible is full of errors or that He is a cruel tyrant, there is a very important principle to remember.  In everyday life, countries cannot charge somebody for a misdemeanour if there is no law book or constitution to base the charge on.  The same applies to the Constitution of God, the Holy Scriptures.  If you do not know the Law Book of God, the Bible, your accusations are baseless.  This brings us to the very significant problem that God’s Law Book, the Scriptures tell us about:

#  The Bible has an invisible Counsellor, the Holy Spirit.

‘…the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ 1  People who do not have the Holy Spirit are at a tremendous disadvantage because they don’t have a Guide to explain the Scriptures.

# No Holy Spirit, no comprehension

Scripture declares, ‘The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.’ 2  Nobody who attacks God or Scripture has the Holy Spirit. 3   The reason is simple:

#  The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.’ 4  The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture and He helps those filled with the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible.

#  Conclusion

Be very careful when you hear agnostics, skeptics, humanists, atheists or ‘theologians’ claim that the Bible is wrong.  Without the Holy Spirit (which they definitely do not have), they will jump to the wrong conclusions.  Whether it is Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Bart Ehrman, Dan Barker, or whoever, if we scrutinise the passages they quote, we will see the flaws in their arguments.  However, they do us a service.  Their criticism forces us to study the Bible more closely.  The end result is that our faith is immensely increased because we understand how wonderful Scripture is. 

References

  1. John 14:26
  2. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:3
  4. 2 Peter 1:20-2