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For of this they are willingly ignorant.
"Hi-de-ho everybody. This is Michael Jay Busybody on the beach with Dr Proiri Syllogist, author of the best selling book Chasing Rainbows. First I'd like to thank you Dr Syllogist for allowing me this interview, and I can't help but wonder why you chose the name you did for your book. I think of nature when I consider rainbows, but your book has nothing whatever to do with rainbows or nature."
"You're entirely welcome Mr Busybody. I'm afraid you are in error when you say my book has nothing to do with nature. It is in fact a textbook on nature, the human nature. Chasing rainbows is a term used to describe a person who spends their valuable time looking for something that is unobtainable. I'll give you an example of what I'm talking about. Consider a man who has no legs but insists on learning to ski. As you can readily see, such a gesture would be highly unlikely, if not unobtainable altogether."
"But Dr Syllogist, people with no legs have learned to ski. I believe your example falls short of the definition you provided."
"Yes, I see that it has. Let me give you another example closer to home. I have in my pocket a tea spoon. Here Mr Busybody, take this spoon and with it empty that ocean on to the beach. Now, how long would you surmise it would take you to completely empty the ocean?"
"Um, Dr Syllogist, you're asking an impossibility of me. I could never empty the ocean. It would be foolish for me to even consider such a venture."
"Why is it impossible Mr Busybody? Isn't it a well known fact that nothing is impossible if one puts his or her mind to a task?"
"Yes, well Dr Syllogist, that's true. But that axiom only applies with something that lies within the realm of possibility. Even with something as big as a crane I could never empty the ocean because the water would run back into the sea as fast as I poured it on the beach."
"Exactly so Mr Busybody. The concept of chasing rainbows is very much like what you've described. When one item is removed, it is replaced either by itself or by something similar."
"I see, well sort of I see. The example you gave me is rather extreme and not very applicable to human endeavor, the subject of your book as you told me at the beginning of this interview. Could you give me an example as it applies to human nature?"
"Yes I can. Let me give you an example that I just witnessed a short time ago. A Christian man was debating the theory of Evolution as opposed to the concept of Creation with a biologist. The thought behind the Christian's argument is if he could convince the scientist that life was created rather than having evolved, that he could win the scientist to his way of thinking, that being he should become a Christian."
"That's the normal thinking of a Christian as it seems to me Dr Syllogist. And so what is it about that discussion you consider to be in the realm of chasing rainbows?"
"The reason a scientist believes in Evolution is not because there is a preponderance of evidence supporting the probability of evolution Mr Busybody, this lack of evidence being well known even to the scientists. There's far more evidence pointing to the probability of intelligent design than there is to the random construct of life as we know it. The scientist believes in Evolution because he doesn't believe in God, and he doesn't want to believe in a God Creator."
"Yes, well Dr Syllogist, it seems to me as if you've just defeated your purpose. If such is the case, that the scientist does not believe in God, then by proving that Creation is in fact where life began, wouldn't that also prove that God exists, thereby causing the man to convert?"
"Not at all Mr Busybody. You see, there already are scientists who have seen the light, that light being the existence of a designer of life here on earth. But knowing this does not cause them to believe the God you believe in is real, or that He is really the Creator as you consider Him to be. Because of this we find the principle I just described to you, that of trying to empty the ocean with a spoon."
"You've lost me Dr Syllogist. How does trying to convince a scientist that life was created relate to emptying the ocean with a spoon? You just said some scientists have already come to the conclusion that life was created. Why then can't the scientist also see that the Christian God is the creator?"
"When a person presents a barrier to understanding, what they give as a reason is in fact only the outer shell of underlying excuses. The scientist, for whatever his reason, refuses to believe in God. To cover this reason he uses something not associated with God such a belief in Evolution. If you were to prove beyond a doubt that Creation is the correct means by which life began on earth, that would not cause the scientist to change his mind about God. There are people who use other forms of rejection of God such as not believing in miracles, or even something as benign as the slight variations between the Gospels. When someone does not want to accept a concept they will look for another excuse when the one they hide behind is removed. And when all facades are effectively argued against, they will continue to reject the idea even when there is no other platform on which to stand. Excuses are merely decoys a person uses to keep from having to deal with the true issue. Do you understand now what I mean by chasing rainbows Mr Busybody?"
"I believe I do Dr Syllogist. It's kind of like that rock you're using for a soap box upon which to stand that's about to be splashed by a big wave. If you continue to stand your ground you're going to need a very large beach towel with which to dry yourself."
6Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Mat 7:)
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Heb 11:)
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