Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How would anyone ever disprove Christianity?

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.

2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.

3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalm 14:1-3
All the controversy regarding Cameron's "Jesus tomb" reminds me of a conversation my OT professor had with an atheist friend that he shared with us. They had previously engaged in many friendly and spirited discussions on Christianity and one day his friend called him up saying he had a question that would stump the professor. He seemed pretty excited and this is what he asked: "How would anyone ever disprove Christianity?"

Now that is a good question.

So my professor thought about it for some time and pondered what archaeological evidence people could come up with that might prove that Christianity is false (including finding the "Jesus tomb"). But even if such a thing were to happen, it would be impossible to prove that the tomb and corpse really belonged to Jesus and etc, etc... But then finally, he thought of something.

He said to his atheist friend, "If scientists can ever bring about the next level of evolution, where we are living together in perfect patience, kindness, self-control, self-lessness, harmony... or to make it even simpler, where we're not destroying each other and stealing from each other and defrauding each other (as has been the case since the beginning of human history; just look at the past century), then Christianity is false." (Of course, his friend was a sharp guy, so he had to throw in the necessary disclaimers, for example, you can't drug up people.)

I think my OT professor was right on. If ever we are able to get to a point where sin is no longer a problem, then Christianity will have proven to be a sham and the gospel will have been a terrible lie... but if my life is any indication of the human condition, I'm pretty sure sin will remain until Christ returns. In any case, if Cameron really wants to try to disprove Christianity, he should stop wasting his time on this tomb and work on bringing about this next level of evolution... or better yet, he should stop wasting his time altogether before its too late.