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How Religious Beliefs Can Threaten Progress and Perhaps Our Existence

How Religious Beliefs Can Threaten Progress and Perhaps Our Existence April 9, 2015

NASA’s Asteroid Defense Plan

Despite the fact that we have heard for years that NASA has warned that it is not a matter of “if” a massive cataclysmic asteroid will hit the Earth, but “when,” Ham writes that we need not worry about it. He begins with the words:

What you believe about the Earth’s past doesn’t just influence how you view it—your belief also determines how you view the future! Because of their beliefs about the past, many evolutionists are concerned that somehow mankind will be catastrophically wiped out and life as we know it will end on Earth. One of the most popular versions of this apocalyptic tale is that a massive asteroid, or several asteroids, will strike Earth and obliterate life.

For added effect, Ham links to this video created by the Discovery Channel that simulates an asteroid impact:

It should be no surprise that Ham blames the worldview of evolutionists for inspiring such fear. He ridicules the “supposed dinosaur extinction event” which presumes that dinosaurs were wiped out about 65 million years ago.

Ham declares that “those who start with the Bible” will have “a completely different picture of Earth’s future because we start with a different picture of Earth’s past.” The universe is not a result of “naturalistic processes” and it is not “strictly governed by unfeeling natural laws.” He goes on:

God upholds and sustains the universe that He has made (Hebrews 1:3). And we don’t need to worry that an asteroid will obliterate life. The Bible has already told us how things will end—with judgment from God when Jesus Christ returns to Earth (2 Peter 3:10Revelation 20:11–15). Those of us who have trusted in Christ as Savior have no fear of this coming judgment because our penalty for sin has already been paid by Jesus. But instead of fearing some hypothetical asteroid apocalypse, those who refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord should fear this coming judgment, and it should bring them to repent and put their faith in Christ.

This is truly scary. Nonetheless, I’m sure many of you are still not concerned. Yet, I argue that there are many in power, who decide how public tax monies are allocated, share very similar philosophies.

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