Thursday, June 20, 2013

The "Science" Guy

I came across this article on the New York Times website about Bill Nye. You might remember him from his TV show in the 90’s. For better or for worse, I’ve decided to refute/discuss some of the issues from the article in this post. I believe it is important for parents to know what kind of indoctrination their children face in the name of science.

"If he were a politician, college students would be his base. Instead, he is something more: a figure from their early days in front of the family TV, a beloved teacher and, more and more these days, a warrior for science. They, in turn, are his fans, his students and his army."
The idea of a figure from their early days, a beloved teacher… reminds me of why it is so important to know who is influencing your children. When the majority of a child’s instruction comes from the likes of, well, anyone other than godly parents, the result is a breach of the God-given chain of authority that is so essential for bringing up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
That last sentence is telling. Giving our children over to godless authorities turns them into fanatic student armies for those godless authorities. Period. 

“…he flatly tells adult viewers that “if you want to deny evolution and live in your world — in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe — that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.””
So there you have it. They need voters and taxpayers for the future. Who are “they?” Bill Nye would have you believe “they” represent everyone with a brain. Everyone who is reasonable, who want “a better tomorrow.” But as we all know, “they” are just one side of the debate and “they” want to make sure your children grow up to join “their” side. 
And just what issues will our future voters and taxpayers be weighing in on that so crucially hinge upon evolution and the earth being billions of years old? At least they are being transparent with this statement and plainly telling parents that they want your children in their army. What will you do with your children as a result? 

"Phil Plait, the creator of the Bad Astronomy blog at Slate.com and a fierce advocate himself, is more like Mr. Nye, willing to take the gloves off in rebutting those who might deny that men landed on the moon, or the evidence for human effects on climate change."
This isn’t really the point of this post, but admire the bias from this author for a moment. The author is putting people who deny or question the evidence for human effects on climate change in the SAME category as those who deny that men landed on the moon. These are significantly different groups. You would have a much harder time finding someone who doubts the moon landing than someone who has serious doubts about climate change science. 

"Mr. Plait said admiringly of Mr. Nye, “He will very calmly tear them apart,” adding, “His big advantage is, he’s right. We know that climate change is real. We know creationism is wrong. These are no longer scientific controversies.”"
Interestingly, those who accuse Christians of “playing the God card” in debates over origins are willing to vaguely assert that “he’s right. We know creationism is wrong.” This type of statement is as empty as it is vague. Atheists are quick to claim that the debate is over, but we know they never acknowledged the debate to begin with. Why do we trust their asserted authority in these matters? Why don’t we demand the debate?

"Over the hour-and-a-half talk, those statements started out as a laugh line that got funnier through increasingly manic repetition. But he shifted his tone gradually, from goofy to fervent. By the end of his speech, it was an exhortation, a command: Change the world."
This amounts to what is essentially an hour-and-a-half sermon by Bill Nye in front of thousands of college students who would likely balk at the idea of sitting through a 45 minute Gospel sermon in church. Thanks to Christians abdicating their educational duties to their children and handing them over to atheistic leaders of academia, Science is their religion now.

"That celebrity has allowed him, as executive director of the Planetary Society, to push for the kind of interplanetary exploration that, he said in an interview, “leads to the reverence that we have for our place in the cosmos.”"
The Bible tells us that creation points us to the Creator, which points us to a proper understanding of our place in creation. I've seen some awe inspiring photographs and videos of space that truly reflect the power and awesomeness of our Creator God.
"For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
Scientific exploration leads to ‘reverence’ for our ‘place’ in the cosmos. Where is the fruit of that vain ‘reverence’? The worship of self? When you look around at the state of our country, do you see a nation of humbled, reverent humans who are awed at the vastness of space to the extent that they feel some sense of smallness in comparison? Because I see a nation of selfish, carnal humans who are constantly seeking the next big thing. People who would sooner kill their own unborn child than be inconvenienced by the (Natural! Scientific! Biological!) consequence of their actions. People who don’t think it would be fair to have to deny themselves gratification in any sense of the word. This is the fruit of that vain ‘reverence.’
“Space,” he added, “brings out the best in us.”
Sure it does.

If our interest and exploration of space and everything else isn’t rooted in belief, then it certainly will not be bringing out the “best” in us. There is no reward for honoring the created over the Creator. 

"For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." Romans 1:25 Read the context around that verse and see what some of the 'rewards' are for serving the creature rather than the Creator. You'll find some very relevant items.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

Bill Nye considers himself a champion for knowledge while simultaneously rejecting the very beginning of knowledge. And so he is perishing along with all those who seek wisdom from worldly sources.

"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God." 1 Cor 3:19

6 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if this is the full interview of it, but here's the youtube link to what Bill Nye said in that interview... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHbYJfwFgOU ... insulting and foolish indeed.

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    1. It is so frustrating to watch the truth be mocked and disdained by the culture at large. I just pray that I'll be able to instill a love for true wisdom in my own children. We certainly won't be getting that from the world.

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  2. "Atheists are quick to claim that the debate is over... Why don’t we demand the debate?" We do; they dodge it. We press for a reason; they say the debate is over. Hmm. They know by now that their theories are only best viewed inside of the vacuum of their Godless worldview; they crumble when held up against the truth.

    It boils down to this; Bill Nye and his cronies, this new breed of science-celebrity, have declared themselves to be the gatekeepers of universal knowledge. In exchange for your worship (and tax dollars), they will bestow thier grace on you by not mocking and bullying you. They offer you nothing else. They will claim you owe everything to science (technological comforts, advanced health care, etc), but they cannot give what only God can offer in eternal life; they will NEVER come up with a cure for death.

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    1. Great point! "They offer you nothing else." That is so true. Thank you for reminding me of the big picture. We can argue all day about how scientific someone is or isn't, but the truly important discovery is the Gospel message of salvation.

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  3. What a terrific read, thank you! It is blogs - and wonderfully written posts - like yours that bolster my confidence and validate what I'm doing is best for my children.

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    1. Thank YOU! :) I'm glad I was able to be an encouragement- it is one of my goals. We all need it, right?

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