When Bill Nye toured the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky with Ken Ham this past July, they both deployed their respective film crews, and I’ve found some of the clips very fascinating. On Ken Ham’s blog, Bill Nye discusses death, and he very emotionally confessed, “that sucks,” and “it’s very troubling” when people we know grow old and die.
And I wholeheartedly agree. It hurts when an aging grandparent is nearing the end of their life, and it sucks when a loved one dies of cancer, or when a young person dies tragically. Like Mr. Nye, I’ve seen my share of friends and family lose their lives in one way or another, and I agree that it sucks.
Unfortunately, he rejects any true hope we may have, saying, “We’re all gonna die… one of you may claim that you’re gonna live forever, but I don’t think you’re gonna make it. I’ve been alive for sixty years; everybody I’ve ever known, who got old enough, is not with us anymore.”
Ken Ham’s answer was simply to present the truth from Scripture, referring to the following passages:
Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 11:25: “Jesus said …, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
Bill Nye is right that we all die, but after that I believe he’s mistaken. Scripture presents a very different perspective, revealing that there’s not only judgment, but hope and eternal life through faith in Jesus Chris. It is sin that leads to death, and the only cure for sin is the blood of Christ. And that’s where I put my hope and trust, and it’s my prayer that Bill Nye will one day know that kind of peace as well.
Revelation 21:4: ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”