By Allen Clifton, published on Forward Progressives
I think by now most who follow my writing know that I am not a fan of creationists. In fact, the more I speak with several of them, the more I think these people are suffering from severe mental illness. They’ll literally say that all scientific data is “just a theory” and that none of it is provable, yet they’ll cling to the “truths” inside of the Bible because they view the Bible as some kind of factual history book.
Except none of them were there to see any of it. You know, the same argument they use against a lot of proven scientific facts. Heck, I’ve had several of them tell me that science is some giant, corporate sponsored conspiracy to keep scientists employed. Seriously, that’s what many of them believe. The biggest problem I’ve seen with these people is that they simply don’t understand what science is. When evolution is mentioned, they don’t understand the complicated scientific research that’s gone into the study of evolution to call it a “scientific fact.” When the age of the universe or Earth is talked about, they don’t understand the science behind what brought scientists to these findings. When I attack creationists, they think I’m attacking Christianity – which isn’t true at all. As most people who follow me know, I’m a Christian. I’ve probably written nearly 100 articles defending my faith. Because I believe Christianity goes far beyond the Bible. In fact, while I won’t deny that I do believe the Bible does have some basis for facts hidden within its text, I see it more as a guide book for those who might need direction. I don’t see the Bible as a word for word factual depiction of history. That’s ludicrous. To me creationists aren’t Christian (though they might believe in God and Jesus), they’re something entirely different. I see them more like a cult than a religion. A brainwashed grouping of people who reject all proven science for the sake of unrealistic beliefs.
See, as a Christian, I believe God and science can co-exist. Why isn’t it feasible to believe God created everything to evolve into what it is today? Perhaps God knew the best way to make life was to create something, and then let it shape itself over billions of years. But the fact is, Christianity is a faith – not science. That’s something creationists fail to understand. That’s why creationism doesn’t belong in a science class, because it’s not science.
While these people might call themselves Christians (and they’re more than free to do just that), I can’t view these people as Christians. I see them as people suffering from some form of mental condition. And while that might sound harsh, it’s just the way that I feel. To really believe that dinosaurs and man walked the Earth together; that a man named Noah built an ark that housed every animal on Earth and lived to be 900 years old; that the science behind the speed of light isn’t valid; that the Earth is only 6,000 years old; and the Earth was made in 6, 24 hour days is insane. But there’s a drastic difference between Christians and creationists. Sure, they might use the same book and even have similar beliefs, but Muslims and Christians also have similar beliefs – and most wouldn’t say they’re the same thing. It’s the same way I feel about creationists. To believe what they believe doesn’t require faith, it requires some kind of mental delusion. To deny almost all proven science for the sake of a book that’s been translated over centuries is absurd. And that’s the mindset of most who join cults. They ignore all the reality outside of their system of beliefs and convince themselves (despite all facts to the contrary) that they’re right and everyone else is a part of some massive conspiracy to cover up the truth. Just like creationists believe that science is some conspiracy to “get rid of God.”
Because these people, like most who follow the Bible, pick and choose what they want to believe. Because the Bible allows for incest, the stoning of women and all sorts of other horrific acts. But I don’t see any creationists condoning those practices. In fact, to believe that we should stone women who have affairs would seem barbaric and insane. You know, just like believing that the Earth is 6,000 years old and dinosaurs roamed the planet alongside humans.