Friday, March 7, 2014

The Crux of the "Stumper-Question" Issue.

In my experience, I've often come across people latching on to one particular "proof" that they think is an in-overcomable challenge to Biblical Christianity. They tend to have one for each major 'realm,' namely history (for example, the Quirinius Census), Theology (for example, the Epicurus Riddle, also known as the Problem of Evil), Scripture (various claims of errors or unreliability), and fields of science. Most recently, someone on my university's forum has touted the Distant Starlight Problem as a "stumper" question; asked insincerely, with no expectation or desire of a satisfying response, but merely the hope that it will justify their refusal to submit their will to God's. After linking to various Creation responses, positing Riemannian Space-Time, Time Dilation, Anisotropy, etc, I left this comment at the end as a 'word to the wise' who might be reading the thread and be more apt to consider the arguments for Creation than the person who was doing the scoffing:

I trust that the sincere student will investigate these models with integrity and not make knee-jerk responses based on emotional motivations about what one wishes the truth to rather be. [Scoffer] scoffs at the 'distant starlight problem' because if it could be explained, it would undermine what he sees as a powerful argument against the existence of God. Many people use alleged scientific problems for the Bible as a defense mechanism to shield their conscience; no one really wants there to be an all-powerful Creator and Judge who has the right to tell them what to do with their life and punish them if they defy Him. But the wise person will not let this desire sideline their search for truth.

~ Rak Chazak

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