Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 23, 2011

13. Fox in the Hen House! – Jesus or Giberson?

Continuing the Fox in the Hen House! series of blog posts exposing heresy about Genesis …

The previous series post ?Science Trumps Bible? critiqued a published conversation on the relationship between faith and science by two prominent theistic evolutionists. Dr. Karl Giberson’s interview of Dr. Francis Collins revealed Collins’ commitment to evolutionary science over the plain truth of Genesis.

This 13th post of the series focuses on Giberson and critiques his similar views. Giberson is a physicist and professor at Eastern Nazarene College and Gordon College. At the time of these quotes, he was executive vice-president of BioLogos. While no longer vice-president for BioLogos, he continues to support it and has many articles on the BioLogos website.

The BioLogos Foundation is committed to the marriage of scientism and Christianity through persuading Christians to accept evolutionism and billions of years for the age of the earth by arguing that Genesis 1-11 is mythical or metaphorical. BioLogos was founded by Francis Collins.

Giberson’s View
Collins’ commitment to “science trumping Scripture” reflected by several of his quotes in the previous post is also explicitly admitted by Giberson:

“I am happy to concede that science does indeed trump religious truth about the natural world.”
(See “Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part Five”, Oct 25,2010.)

“Empirical science does indeed trump revealed truth about the world as Galileo and Darwin showed only too clearly.”
(See Does the Empirical Nature of Science Contradict the Revelatory Nature of Faith?, Jan 21, 2009.)

Giberson is essentially saying that the Bible cannot be trusted about the physical world. This is a frontal assault on Biblical authority. If we cannot trust the Bible about things we can see and check out in nature, how can we trust it about things we can’t see?

This was precisely Jesus’ argument to Nicodemus: “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12)

Moreover, Giberson is essentially elevating science to the level of spiritual truth, since he views science as having the responsibility to pass judgment on religious issues.

In the following quote on the BioLogos website, Giberson cavalierly rejects Genesis events (including Noah’s Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) that Jesus Himself used to teach spiritual truths.

“In The God Delusion Dawkins eloquently skewer (sic) the tyrannical anthropomorphic deity of the Old Testament—the God that supposedly commanded the Jews to go on genocidal rampages and who occasionally went on his own rampages, flooding the planet or raining fire and brimstone on wicked cities. But who believes in this deity any more, besides those same fundamentalists who think the earth is 10,000 years old? Modern theology has moved past this view of God.”
(See “Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part Five”, Oct 25, 2010.)

Notice first that Giberson here acknowledges that Genesis teaches a global flood (“flooding the planet”) even though he doesn’t believe it. Second, he interprets the Sodom and Gomorrah destruction literally even though scorning and disbelieving it. Third, he throws out historic Christianity that has for centuries accepted these Old Testament accounts as literal history in exchange for an amorphous “modern theology” with no authoritative standard.

Jesus’ View
Jesus and the New Testament writers based teaching on Noah’s Flood and on Sodom & Gomorrah.

Jesus said, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

Clearly Jesus understood Noah and the Flood to be historical, not mythical. He mentions common daily activities: eating, drinking, marriage in the context of the Ark and the Flood. It is impossible to argue that Jesus thought anything other than that Noah was a real man who built an Ark that saved his family from the Flood that destroyed the rest of the world.

Jesus compared the conditions on earth prior to His Second Coming with those of the days before the Flood using the words “so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:39) These words (so shall … be) are like an equals sign (=); if the first event (Flood) did not occur, then neither can the second (Second Coming).

Multiple times the Gospels also quote Jesus referring to Sodom and Gomorrah as an event of history (Matthew 10: 14-15; 11:23-24; Luke 10:11-12; 17:29-30).

The Apostle Peter also used the preservation of Noah’s family during the Flood as proof that “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly” (2 Peter 2:4-9). Peter’s argument depends on Noah’s rescue from the Flood via the Ark actually having occurred in history. Peter also used the historic character of the Flood to teach about the day of judgment (2 Peter 3:6-7).

Paul approvingly quoted Isaiah’s reference to a historic Sodom and Gomorrah (Romans 9:29). Jude also referenced the physical destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Jude 1:7).

Jesus and the New Testament writers considered Noah’s Flood and Sodom & Gomorrah actual events of history. (Some of the Old Testament men of God also explicitly referred to these events as history.)

Jesus or Giberson?
Who is Giberson to overrule Jesus and His Apostles? Shall we follow Jesus or Giberson? Shall we follow the apostles Jesus authorized to teach in His name or shall we follow Giberson? To ask these questions is to answer them.

Karl Giberson and Francis Collins and Peter Enns and the other BioLogos scholars are false teachers who have abandoned historic Christianity handed down from Jesus and His Apostles. They are wolves trying to deceive Christ’s sheep. Caveat emptor.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequels in this Fox in the Hen House! series of blog posts exposing
heresy about Genesis:
1. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Promotes Heresy
2. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Rejects Inerrancy
3. Fox in the Hen House! – Colleges Compromise on Genesis
4. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Founder Rejects Adam
5. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam
6. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam #2
7. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam #3
8. Fox in the Hen House! – Evolution Trumps Bible??
9. Fox in the Hen House! – Ramifications of Rejecting Adam
10. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Inspiration
11. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns’ Bible Curriculum
12. Fox in the Hen House! – ?Science Trumps Bible?

This concludes the Fox in the Hen House! series.

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Saturday July 23, 2011 A.D.

Read my July 2011 newspaper column:
Rebuilding Noah’s Ark.

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

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