The last post ended with this quote, and I’ll continue with it. Lennox says, “It is no part of the biblical view that things should be believed where there is no evidence” (16). I guess Lennox is correct to claim “no evidence” for the biblical view, but he certainly couldn’t claim sufficiently compelling evidence. The biblical view, which I’ll define as Christian, has garnered one in three adherents worldwide. This has taken a staggering 2000 years to achieve. Projections to 2050 have a similar percentage, as the Christian population growth happening in Asia and Africa is countered by the decrease that Europe and North America is undergoing. The reality is that without some kind of huge shift in consciousness worldwide, the big three religions are probably now as big as they are ever going to be. So with all the evidence available, and with two millennia to disseminate it, the best the biblical view has done and will likely ever do is convince 1/3 of the people that it is correct. It’s obvious that whatever the evidence is for the biblical view, most people find it less than convincing.
To put this failure by biblical evidence to provide real proof into perspective all you have to do is, as I said two days ago, is look around your room. Everything within arms reach is a product of scientific knowledge made into technology, and there must be tens, if not hundreds of different theories which have had to come together to manufacture all of this technology. The plastics in your keyboard, the chip in your computer and the rayon in your clothing are all evidence that those theories work. No one would doubt the theories which have gone into making any of those products, let alone two-thirds of the world. And none of them could have been created even a mere 200 years ago, let alone ten times that.
The other day I watched a news report about a quadriplegic woman who controlled a robot arm via 96 electrodes placed in her head. The arm could move in seven directions, and this mobility (the previous arm could move in only three directions) allowed her to feed herself a chocolate bar. Even a mere 50 years ago, what percentage of the world’s population would have believed that a machine can actually (as opposed to in fiction) be controlled by a human mind? Near zero I would suspect. Twenty years ago the percentage would be a few points higher, but still nowhere near Christianity’s approximate 33%. Something that was believed by almost no one when my parents were born will be believed by everyone in 2050 when Christianity is projected to have gained or lost a couple of percent, simply because the evidence is so compelling. That’s real evidence, and you’re surrounded by it. Whatever evidence Lennox believes there is for the biblical view is pale in comparison to it.