Recently, a friend in our fellowship loaned me a neat documentary titled, Unlocking the Mystery of Life. The premise is a conversation with leading scientists who, as adherents to the Theory of Evolution, began to find alternate truth in their research. Each relates parts of their journey from ‘evolutionist’ to a belief they collectively refer to as ‘intelligent design.’
The information presented in the video, as well as the excellent animation of molecular structures, etc, is fascinating, both as a general overview of the strong case for intelligent design and as an example of how new/deeper understanding can lead to a paradigm shift. Through the documentary we meet established, published and well respected scientists, some the world leaders in their field, who came to a point when they realized that the evidence they were seeing did not fit the evolutionary paradigm they were inculcated/indoctrinated with. They had a choice… Ignore the evidence they were seeing, or, pursue the evidence to see where it would lead, even though contrary to everything they had been taught and accepted as truth.
Pursuit of the evidence invariably led each to a point of decision wherein they had to be willing to sacrifice reputation, position, income or other seemingly valuable advantage and set aside the accepted norm of the Theory of Evolution in favor of a new paradigm. No doubt, there are many who pursue the evidence, but turn back at the point of personal sacrifice. Each of these men in the docummentary is to be commended for making the right, albeit harder, choice.
Pondering the video in the days after watching, I began to see an interesting parallel played out for those of us across the planet who, by a seeming move of the Holy Spirit, are collectively questioning some of the long ‘established’ tenets of Christianity. In doing so, as this blog reveals over and over, there are many doctrines that we find do not line up with Scripture. Like those scientist, we find that there is a point at which we have to make a decision. We can continue to follow the evidence, being willing to pay the price, or, turn a blind eye to what the Spirit is showing us and parrot the established doctrines.
Frankly, I am very thankful for scientists like Michael Behe, Dean H. Kenyon, and Stephen C. Meyer, among others who were willing to risk it all in an honest search for truth over protecting the established doctrines of science. Others can more easily follow in their steps having seen the ‘intelligent(ly) design(ed)’ trail blazed and observed that the paradigm shift is not only reasonable, but truth!
In like manner, I am incredibly thankful for men of faith who recognized holes in accepted Christian theology and began to dig, instead of ignore the questions. Men like Brad Scott, Eddie Chumney, Rico Cortes, Bill Cloud and Monte Judah have helped to blaze a trail that we can benefit from. There are many others, some named in my Resources page, who provide solid teaching that not only exposes errors in historic Christian teaching/theology, but challenge us to restore the origins of the faith in/of Messiah as revealed in the Book of Acts and according to the context of the First Century.
Pursuing it, though, demands that we be willing to make some sacrifices and shift paradigms. In the end, truth is worth more…
Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding. Prov. 23:23
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