Skeptical?

I hope so! Being skeptical is healthy. Nobody wants to duped. It is good to discern between truth and error using facts and logic. The question is, are you equally skeptical of all viewpoints on a given subject (including the view that you hold to)? Do you critique and scrutinize other views holding them to a higher standard of proof, than your view? Could you be forming your beliefs on "old data" that may no longer be accurate or misleading data that has been challenged? Are you skeptical beyond a reasonable doubt? What are the possible repercussions, if you are wrong? As Chuck Missler would say, "The biggest barrier to learning the truth is the presumption that we already have it". If you put the same burden of proof on "macro-evolution" theory as you would for "intelligent design" theory and honestly compare them, you might be surprised at how many "miracles" are required for a reductionist, materialistic worldview to be possible. It is very difficult for people to change their worldview. Most people are not willing to consider any new information that challenges their established beliefs. They only look to people that they know will confirm their bias (echo chamber) instead of investigating themselves. This is a big problem in our society.

The famous "Dateline" cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace (Video) was an atheist until 35 years old when he decided to investigate the claims of Christianity. After a lengthy, in-depth investigation, he found the evidence so compelling that he became a Christian even though he started out "not wanting it to be true". Lee Strobel, who was an award-winning legal editor of "The Chicago Tribune", has a very similar story as his intention was to prove the claims of "Jesus" to be false. After through investigation, he agonizingly realized that the historical facts of the Bible were overwhelming. An excellent auto-biographic re-enactment "70's" movie was made of his journey, "The Case for Christ" (2017) video trailer. While I could go on and on, I will list just one more. Dr. Francis Collins the physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Being raised in a "pagan" environment, he did not become a Christian until he was in medical school. Interestingly, all of these persons were raised with an atheistic worldview and came to belief after their first 4-years of college. Contrary to popular belief, honest skepticism and searching for the truth is actually encouraged by God (Acts 17:11 & 18:4).

Recent discoveries in science, history and archaeology (recent list) continue to reinforce the Biblical record. A quote that may (or may not) be attributed to Mark Twain seems to have some insight, "It is easier to fool the people, than to convince them they have been fooled". A lot of scientific progress has been made since Darwin proposed his macro-evolution theory but instead of getting closer to solving the problems they have compounded with a multitude of extreme complexities being discovered. We are still trying to comprehend all the mysteries of the nano molecular machines and complex DNA information that makes life possible. At every turn, life becomes even more complex. As reality sets in, "macro-evolution" may one day be viewed like "flat earth". It seemed to make sense at first, until advanced knowledge proved otherwise.

For those who are Ultra skeptical about anything they have not personally experienced, you must choose to either trust other people's research or only trust what you have personally witnessed. Do you believe in atoms? Have you ever seen one? Do you know anyone who has visually seen a single atom? Nobody has actually seen an atom but we can infer their weights and properties by how they react. There are so many fields of science and history that we must rely on other researchers for knowledge or we will spend the rest of our life "reinventing the wheel", only learning a fraction of what we could know. If you honestly take the hard line skeptical view and do not trust anyone else, then there is no point in going to college or any higher education because how could you believe anything you were taught? But even for those ultra skeptics, There is a way that you can test God. If you are truly searching for the truth, then try honestly and humbly asking Him out loud each morning as soon as you wake up, "Jesus, are you real? Is the Bible your message to the world? If it is, please convince me & give me a repentant heart so I can give you full control following your will as I learn it by studying your Bible. I will give up my will to follow your plan, no matter where you take me." I challenge you to do this for a full month and see what happens.