Ripples and Riptides
 

All of us have seen ripples grow in concentric rings from a pebble plopped in a pond. And most of us are familiar with horrific stories about riptides pulling swimmers to their death, undermining seawalls, and eroding beaches. Both the poet and the six o'clock newscaster love ripples and riptides. But they also make good illustrations of what atheistic and naturalistic science does to truth.

Ken Ham developed a clever cartoon that, while humorous, is a serious challenge to the Bible-based Christian community. In the cartoon, two castles are shown at war. The "Christianity" castle is shooting at balloons of "abortion" and "homosexuality," etc., that are flying above the "Humanism" castle—not doing much damage to that worldview. The "bad guys," however, are shooting most effectively at the base of "Creation," destroying the foundation of the entire "Christianity" castle.

Foundations, Leaven, and Tree Roots

The Bible uses a number of illustrations about the importance of getting rid of the source of the problems. The Psalmist cries out for strength when he sees the enemies destroying the foundation (Psalm 11:3). Jesus warns about the leaven of false doctrine (Matthew 16:12; see also Galatians 5:9), and the prophet notes that if the stump is left, the tree will grow again (Daniel 4:23,26; contrast Luke 3:9). These illustrations warn us to focus on the cause of the error, not the symptoms.

It is tempting to go after the symptoms. The pain of the many effects (abortion, pornography, flagrant promiscuity, easy divorce, etc.) are very real and terribly destructive. But the core rationale (in the educated Western world) for all these anti-God, anti-righteous, anti-authority beliefs is atheistic, naturalistic science.

ICR is searching for Cures to the "Disease."

We are researching to uncover evidence that will expose the atheism in naturalistic science. We are training Christian leaders to expand that research and to teach others. That work is extensive, time-consuming, and expensive. We cannot function without your financial support. We must have your prayer support. Please consider co-laboring with us.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2003. Ripples and Riptides. Acts & Facts. 32 (10).

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