Hemant Mehta, a Chicago math teacher who blogs as the so-called Friendly Atheist, took an obligatory potshot at Ken Ham for promoting the “Were you there?” tactic when he speaks to children who are being brainwashed into the tenets of humanism. Atheists, humanists and evolutionists of all stripes simply hate this tactic and no wonder, since its first use originates with God Himself [see Job 38:4]!
Mehta spends most of his post quoting Ham and accusing him of being jealous of that debate coward Bill Nye the Pseudoscience Guy, but he did say something at the end of his sparse post that caught my attention:
This plan will, of course, backfire on him.
At some point in the future, a pastor is going to teach these children that Christ rose from the dead.
I can’t wait for a little kid in the congregation to yell out, “Were you there?”
Mehta has missed the point of the objection entirely.
You see, when we ask, “Were you there?”, creationists are not claiming that we cannot determine the past unless we are eyewitnesses. Granted, we do point out that the further we go back in time, the less certainty we may have. Rather the point of “Were you there?” is to underscore the fact that we do have an Eyewitness account. This Eyewitness is God Himself who authored the Scriptures, which never came by the will of men (including the pre-scientific but nonetheless true history in Genesis). Unfortunately, this Creator (who never lies) testifies that the world did not come about by purely uniform, natural processes, a fact of the Text that atheists, humanists and evolutionists choose to ignore. They ignore God’s testimony as irrelevant, suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, because modern scientists who’ve chained scientific inquiry to pure naturalism have concocted an all-natural Just-so story to replace the historical Creation account in Genesis.
So it is on the basis not of personal witness, but of Superior Witness that we object with “Were you there?”
Of course, in the case of Christ’s resurrection, there were in fact credible witnesses to the Resurrected Lord. The Apostle Paul noted that there were man post-resurrection witnesses still living as of the writing of his first epistle to the Corinthian church. In fact, he states this just after he quotes a creed likely given to him within a decade of Christ’s ascension. [see 1 Corinthians 15 and this post for more details]. The evidence for Christ’s resurrection is in fact overwhelming unless one resorts to special pleading for pure naturalism and this is precisely because we have credible eyewitnesses who were there, just as we have the perfect testimony of our Creator to vouchsafe the truth of the history recorded in Genesis.
May God grant the Friendly Atheist repentance and eyes to see,
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