In his blog today, "When Did Life Appear" , the Spiritual Mac and Cheese master continued his assault on non-believers with his take on science’s use of the word “probably” in reference to evolution and when life began on Earth. He seems to take issue with scientist’s use of such an indefinite word and “probably” thinks they should be as positive about everything as he is about “God”.
Ray gives examples about “probables” and I once again just have to let him speak for himself.
“Imagine stepping into a plane that you believed was "probably" safe, or into an elevator that has cables that are "probably" secure.”
Ray appears to be far too certain about even natural things, never mind supernatural ones. No one strapping themselves into the seat of an airplane knows that it won’t have mechanical failure at 10,000 feet. No one stepping into an elevator knows that the cables won’t snap, sending them and the other passengers plummeting to their deaths. We take a lot of things for granted because of safety procedures in place in the maintenance schedules of airplanes and elevators. All we know is that we are “probably” safe.
"But think of what the evolution believer does. He believes that earth probably began billions of years ago, and therefore whole-heartedly rejects the Bible’s account of creation and consequently its offer of Heaven and warning of Hell. All because of probably."
Nothing in life is certain (yeah, yeah, death and taxes), but some things are far more certain than others. We can rest assured that the appearance of life on earth billions versus six-thousand years ago is far more probable than even the safe airplane or elevator trip of which Ray is so assured. The evidence supporting it is mountainous. The “evidence” for a young Earth is nonexistent.
"The word "know" is used 717 times in the Bible (KJV), but you won’t find the word "probably" even once. That’s because when God says something, His promise is immutable."
The truth of the matter is that uncertainty doesn’t inspire trust. If the Bible had been written lacking the absolute certainty that is the hallmark of Judeo-Christian faiths today, there wouldn’t be any Judeo-Christian faiths today. It has nothing to do with the "immutable word" of a Bronze Age deity. The Bible is not proof for the existence of God. It’s proof for the existence of men with belief in gods.
"You can have faith in it, believe it, rely on it, cling to it, and completely trust it with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. I have been doing that for over 37 years and never once have I been even slightly disappointed."
Yet Ray continues to wonder why anyone calls him a liar.
"It’s because of this absolute trust in God that I know that I have everlasting life. I know that my many sins are forgiven, and I know that I have escaped the damnation of Hell.
I can’t even say that Ray is probably forgiven. The only ones out there to forgive him are humans. I’m not sure I’d forgive him if he bilked me out of my hard earned money.
This implicite trust is something that God gives to all those who repent and trust in Jesus. If we call upon His name He gives us a new heart with new desires, "seals" us with His Holy Spirit, imputes what is called "righteousness" to us, and on top of that He gives us the ability to trust Him and His promises in such an unshakeable way.
I know that many of you say that you don’t believe that God exists (let alone have faith in His promises), and of course you don’t have faith in what I have to say because you think I am a lying, money-hungry, snake-oil salesman. But I will say it anyway: I cannot find words in the English language to express my love for God. I am at a loss for words when it comes to my fathomless appreciation, my burning gratitude, my exploding thankfulness--for the fact that He has saved me from the power of the grave and given me everlasting life.
Write us off if you will, but you cannot take that reality from those that love God. It's ours forever...and all you have is "probably." "
Ray’s belief that he and all other Christians “know that they know that they know” is absolutely meaningless. This irrational insistence in the face of such a preponderous lack of evidence leads me to believe that Ray is probably delusional.