So we visited Sue at the Field Museum today. Actually we went to see the Pirate exhibition, but since that was just a bunch of poster boards telling a story (can’t I read the book?) I instead sat at the Corner Bakery and bonded with Sue.
Sue is a tyrannosaurus rex. According to the prettier poster boards (Sue cost 8.4 million, she commands brass plated info boards), this T-rex holds the key to discovery in reference to flying dinosaurs and their evolution into birds. The “Science of Sue” has already revealed –or better stated, corrected—previously held opinions regarding this creature’s stage of evolution. And as usual, each new tidbit of information discovered about Sue “poses a whole new set of questions.”
We also wandered around the DNA display, a weird set up that has you (yup, you guessed it) reading “poster boards” –this time they were pretty glass ones—and watching really young looking scientists experimenting behind glass windows. I wonder if they feel like zoo animals. Anyway, DNA also offers insight into evolution as it allows you to create a family tree thereby showing the common relationship of our cells with all living species. This science “proves” we all evolved from one single cell.
Bob went to the Evolution exhibition, at that point I had my fill of monkey-see, and learned about the six mass extinctions the world has experienced. Each had its own cause, everything from global cooling to global warming. Guess those early apes had huge carbon footprints after all. I was encouraged throughout the museum to seek ways to reduce mine; that’s Museum-speak for “throw-your-garbage-in-the-right-container.”
Needless to say I found no redemptive qualities at my Day at the Museum. It appears that each exhibition had as its foundation the religion of Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Today in Counseling, professor, Biblical Counselor and author John Street discusses the source of determining the human problem as well as the source for determining the solution. Psychology, by its very nature, gleans its information in this regard from the natural world. Christian psychology likewise, believing “all truth is God’s truth,” pursues “true and usable concepts” from the afore mentioned scientific studies. The problem with this approach is, although God reveals himself in the natural world, creation has no power to transform the human heart.
“Far greater than all general revelation is the glory of God revealed in His Word, because the Word transforms the heart of man…..General revelation (the natural world) fulfills its duty by rendering man without excuse, but it can never yield transforming, authoritative truth for soul-problems because it can be resisted and dismissed. Active and living truth is needed for that –divine, authoritative truth that can convert the soul.”
Again, it’s all about the foundation. An entire museum determines its direction on a theory. Everything it promotes, all the exhibitions it presents have one goal; prove evolution. If our foundation is askew when we counsel others (and we ALL counsel others, either officially or relationally) we mislead both them and ourselves. None of us would disagree that the reason the world misunderstands the universe is because they do not view it through the lense of Scripture. Would we then disagree that it is Scripture alone (sola Scriptura) that interprets the soul?
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Ps 19:7~14