We respond to the Ken Ham and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” debate about whether or not creationism is a viable model for human origins. Where do you stand?
Ken Ham/Bill Nye Creation/Evolution Debate
Yesterday, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” joined Answers in Genesis president and co-founder Ken Ham on-stage at the wonderful Creation Museum to debate the concept, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” If you didn’t watch the live online stream and still wish to see it, the archive recording is available below. Bill Nye participated to support the theory of evolution, while Ken Ham defended the biblical [Genesis] account of creation as pertains to the origins of life and material. I enjoyed watching the debate, and below is a brief list of my personal reactions.
1) Alleluia! Praise God, millions have heard the good news!
I laud brother Ken Ham for his many instances of sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ so boldly, clearly, and necessarily…with bits of personal testimony. I was touched and full of praise to our almighty God when Ken made such comments, because he couldn’t have had a more perfect opportunity to offer them to such a wide audience. Many now have heard the good news of Jesus Christ come to earth as the Son of God to die for filthy sinners such as I!
I do wish that Ken would have asserted from the get-go when Mr. Nye started making his “Ken Ham’s model” and “Ken Ham’s flood” comments that creation and the flood, etc, are God’s doing and responsibility. Bill’s real issue is with the Bible and its Author, not Ken Ham and/or AiG. Ken did clarify that towards the end of the evening, but it would have been helpful to do so earlier. Alas, no debater is ever perfect.
2) Bill Nye clearly knows nothing about the Bible.
I thought it was very interesting, given that this was a debate, that Mr. Nye couldn’t demonstrate knowing much of anything about what the Bible actually says or teaches. Ken Ham obviously knows plenty about evolution and associated ideas. Bill’s most ardent comments to refer to God’s Word came in the form of “That ancient book written 30 centuries ago translated into American English.”, as if that gives evolution any credence. He even tried to accuse Ken Ham of cherry-picking verses and passages that only he liked in order to support creationism. I thought this was very sad, and it’s really indicative of the atheist community at large. Most that deny the existence of God seem to know nothing about the Bible, or argue against it based on things they’ve merely heard, or cherry-pick verses themselves
that the majority of the time are taken out of context in order to support their claims.
3) Brother Ken and Bill Nye both demonstrated that man will never come to know everything.
Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
Ken Ham is perfectly content knowing man won’t discover the majority of the universe’s facts. It’s just the way it is; God intended it that way, as you read from Ecclesiastes above. Sadly, the self-proclaimed reasonable man, Mr. Nye, declared that all his joy comes from the endless pursuit of this knowledge. And for what? Sure, many discoveries are wonderful to come upon and do well to benefit society, but if Bill is correct in that there’s nothing left after this life…what’s the point? Ken asked that as well. Thankfully there is an eternity of indescribable joy awaiting believers in Jesus Christ as we fellowship in Heaven, and I sincerely hope that The Science Guy will come to know Jesus as his Savior and thus join us for it!
4) Believers must be courteous and gracious, no matter how much unbelievers scoff and mock.
I was encouraged that neither Bill Nye nor Ken Ham ever resorted to character assassination during the 2.5 hours or so of speaking. I wasn’t encouraged by Mr. Nye’s arrogant and ignorant scoffing at the Bible, and belittling of Ken and “his followers” by basically suggesting that young earth creationists are loopy whacko-birds. This is a great reminder for Christians. I really wouldn’t be surprised if there were chat-rooms across the internet filled with Christians and non-Christians engaged in bitter slandering, being altogether cantankerous to one another during the debate. But the Ham/Nye forum serves as a needed reminder that Jesus Christ commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and to show perfect courtesy to all (Titus 3:2). Scoffing right back at scoffers does not please God. Mocking mockers right back dishonors the name of our Savior. Truly born-again Christians will do well to remember this.
5) The absolute truth of God’s Word will never change no matter how many debates take place here on earth.
It’s so comforting that Jesus Christ [and the truth of His Word] is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That means we never have to worry about debates, and whether the Christian involved manages to win or not, or if they looked good. We can leave the silly mainstream media outlets to analyze that nonsense. Yet the truth of the Bible will never waver; its contents will always be the truth, even if only one Christian were to be living on earth at some point. So though Ken Ham is a gifted apologist and was unlikely to falter in presenting his arguments, I hope no follower of Christ actually worried about the reputation of God by the time all was said and done last night.
Altogether, I’m so thankful that Ken Ham reached out to Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to do this, knowing full well that there would very likely be no change of heart on Bill’s part. That wasn’t Ken’s responsibility anyway, nor is it his ability. That’s the Spirit’s job, and God’s decision whether or not Mr. Nye ever repents and believes in Jesus Christ. For now, Nye will continue in his God-given days convinced that he’s the reasonable one and the authority on all things scientific. But let us Christians pray that this man will humble himself before the God he’s rejecting and put his trust in Jesus Christ. Let us also continue to intercede for brother Ken and AiG as they press on to share the truth of God’s Word as it relates to both observational and historical science. Last night was all about authority, which lies clearly and only with God’s Word.
Recommended book: The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years (Ken Ham)