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The happy warrior

"The happy warrior" Continued...

Issue: "Biblical callings," Dec. 4, 2010

Many Christians worry about the reaction of others if they proclaim the Bible is not only spiritually but scientifically true: The three P's-professors, peers, and parents-hold back many professions of faith or critiques of Darwinism. Wordworth's 1806 poem concludes that the Happy Warrior does not check public opinion before taking a stand because he "finds comfort in himself and in his cause;/ And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws/ His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause."

Ross in this way also is a happy warrior. At first he feared "the contempt and ridicule that would surely come" from publicly affirming faith in Christ, but "I knew what I had to do"-and God gave Ross the courage to do it. He not only went public but after a time, while maintaining his scientific interests, became a church minister of evangelism. In 1986 he founded Reasons to Believe, an organization that shows how science gives Christians not a reason to be bashful but a reason to believe in God's mercy in creating and sustaining all there is.

Ross encounters some hostility from Young Earth creationists, since he accepts the standard scientific view that the universe is nearly 14 billion years old, and says it's perfect timing: If we came earlier our Earth home would not have been ready, and if we came later we'd be able to see only a fraction of cosmic history (due to the universe's accelerating expansion). God's right timing, he says, gives us right now the right rotation rate for Earth, the optimal moment for petroleum and coal formation, and the best period for solar stability and luminosity.

Ross also turns upside down the argument that 14 billion years makes the relatively tiny span of human existence seem insignificant-no, all that time spent to create a workable environment for humans means that we must have great worth and immense purpose. Nor is Ross flummoxed by scientists who play with string theory's contention that there may be 10 dimensions. His reaction: Great, the existence of more than four dimensions helps us understand more about God and how we, existing in only four, see through a glass dimly.

So Christians, Ross asserts, should not fear death: It's the pathway to life in more dimensions. His ability to take negatives that Darwinians push regarding creation and turn them into positives sometimes flummoxes materalists, but this happy warrior is called to show that the universe is the perfect theater for God's redemptive drama.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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