Friday, January 13, 2017

Transcedence and Authority: God, Bill Nye, and Aliens

     There are many objections people have against the Bible and many of these are used without much thought and are rather culturally motivated rejections. Many of the objections are acquired from growing up in a culture that is anti-God on so many levels. Though the Scientific Revolution was inspired by an ordered universe from a Creator, the movement gradually became more anti-God and gained more honor in society by acquiring positions that rivaled longstanding religious positions of the past.

     Today, we see science as the authority and not the word of God. We are conditioned from an early age not to question the science elite. Those who believe in the word of God today are guaranteed to receive the same treatment as Martin Luther who rejected the tradition of the religious elite. The slightest mentioning of a Creator in a science class will bring you before a school board so that you may recant and apologize for your gross actions and beliefs.

     Furthermore, many are proud to have left behind the highly improbable fairy tales of the Bible. But the innate desire to seek that which transcends the human race is still thriving in the culture as scientists try to explain the unobservable events of the past and the unknown. For example, culture is fascinated with the idea of alien life despite the lack of evidence because it is interesting, intelligent, and transcendent. But why not follow after a transcendent God who created and controls the universe?

     Maybe the problem is the fact that the God of the Bible is not just transcendent but also an authority. Of all the assumptions of alien life that circulate our culture, why not believe that they are holy similar to the God of the Bible? But we do not see that, instead, we assume that they are intelligent, advanced, and in some cases killers as in the movies Independence Day (1996) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). The moment aliens try to become our authority we must kill them! This is the same treatment our culture applies to the God of the Bible. I believe that the Independence Day movies resemble our cultural norm that accepts transcendence that is disconnected from authority.

     For many, the problem is not that the God of the Bible is transcendent but that he is an authority. Our culture is still clinging unto the transcendent but will not accept anything that sacrifices complete control of one’s life. In the end, the highly improbable theories of science say more about our culture than true science and expose the real reason for rejecting the God of the Bible for most.

Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one's conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen.” – Martin Luther, Diet of Worms (1521)