Would you ever go blind on purpose?
The very notion seems crazy. Oedipus the king did it in the Greek tragedy, but he had become a madman.
Yet Peter, writing of the last-days scoffers, goes on to tell us in 2 Peter 3.5-7:
“For they [the scoffers] deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (ESV)
The Weymouth New Testament renders v. 5, “For they are willfully blind to the fact that there were heavens which existed of old, and an earth, the latter arising out of water and extending continuously through water, by the command of God…” It’s not that they can’t see the evidence; it’s that they won’t look.
In my last post, I connected v. 4 with the theory of uniformitarianism. Is that really what Peter was predicting there? Perhaps not. But it is significant to me that About.com would say this theory was “…a direct rejection of the prevalent theory of the time, catastrophism, which held that only violent disasters could modify the surface of the earth…” Violent disasters like a universal flood.
That’s almost a paraphrase of vv. 5-6! So if you don’t think my observation is valid, consider the connection Peter himself makes:
- Scoffers will say everything is as it always was to rebut the idea of Christ’s intervention in human history by coming again. (Since they do not believe in Christ’s virgin birth or His resurrection, they do not view His first coming as divine intervention at all.)
- They arrive at this premise (“…all things are continuing as they were…”) by deliberately ignoring the evidence for Creation and the Flood–in fact, by rejecting the very notion of these divine acts. This is why men like Marx can say about Darwin’s theory of evolution, so heavily influenced by Lyell’s theory of uniformitarianism, “…it suits my purpose…”
- Their logic is actually sound: “If God is our Creator, then He is also our Judge. So to make Him go away and leave us alone, we will ignore the evidence for both Creation and judgment (in the Flood) and, having done so, also dismiss the idea of Christ’s return to judge the world again as preposterous. ” If they can make the first judgment go away, they don’t have to worry about the next one.
Take, for example, the photograph above. Geologists tell us this kind of sedimentary structure is laid down by a huge volume of water , and judging from the irregularity of the formation, the water was also moving and the layers later shifted dramatically. This could easily be the result of a serious flood, and nobody would deny that.
But there’s a problem. I took this photograph at approximately 5000 m altitude, near Mt. Chimborazo in central Ecuador. Due to its proximity to the equator, the summit of this colossal mountain is the point on the earth’s surface closest to the sun. The question I ask myself when I see this picture is, “How in the world did that much water and all those different kinds of sediment ever get up that high?”
Actually, I think I know.
Denial of the evidence for Creation and the Flood is the critical plank in the scoffers’ platform. It is a choice, and a disastrous one.
It’s even worse than tearing out your own eyes.