impression he meant for them to receive. If they end up with a different impression after discussing and studying Scripture with so-called learned men, that is the wrong impression.
Jesus himself said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." (Matthew 11:25 NIV) Any human author can write with rarely-used words and complex sentence structure, so that only the well-educated reader will understand, but God did something much more difficult: He had his message presented in such a way that the well-educated reader would have no advantage; rather, the simple-minded reader with childlike trust would be the one more likely to grasp the message.
The chief obstacle in grasping what Jesus said about life after death is neither an inherent obscurity in his message, nor a deficiency in our own mental powers; rather, the greatest obstacle is the mass of twisted interpretations superimposed on his words by others. Encountering their interpretations before we encounter Jesus' words, we find ourselves approaching his words with numerous preconceived notions—seeing his words through tinted glasses, so to speak.
But there is also the matter of our own fear, suspicion and unbelief. Fallen man has a tendency to reject God's message, rather than meditate on it prayerfully with the aim of understanding and believing it. That is how many reacted, even among those who saw Jesus in person and heard him speak: "...many of his disciples said, 'This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?' Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, 'Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.'" (John 6:60-64 NIV)
If you are troubled by unbelief, don't give up. Continue to read the Bible, asking God for wisdom, for answers to your questions, and for more faith. He answers such humble prayers. Meanwhile, the believer's responsibility is not to comprehend
everything intellectually, but to comprehend that God comprehends everything intellectually, and that he is therefore deserving of our trust and obedience.
Chapter 12 What About Darwin?
Some readers may feel that Bible history and Bible prophecy simply cannot be true, because mankind originated through blind evolutionary forces rather than by God's creation. Other readers may believe the Bible but have nagging doubts as to whether the scientific theory of evolution calls into question the truthfulness of the Bible.
I myself used to believe that humans evolved from lower animals. Years ago I read a number of books on the topic and found them convincing. What has since convinced me otherwise? Let me explain.
Imagine that a group of explorers in an uninhabited land climb to the crest of a hill and find themselves looking down into a valley on the other side—a valley lined with rectangular stone structures resembling cliff dwellings complete with openings that look like doors and windows. The leader of the expedition immediately declares to the group, "Look at this amazing natural formation. Such fascinating patterns in the rock! It's obviously the result of erosion. There's no limit to what wind and water can do over eons of time."
Some in the group whisper among themselves that these appear to be human dwellings, carved by the hand of man. But, since they are all employees of the company underwriting the expedition, and all can be fired at will by the leader, none dare voice their thoughts too loudly.
As they descend into the valley, they pass through what the captain has declared to be "rock formations." Some of the explorers enter the structures through the doorway-like openings. They note that these and the window-like openings are located and sized precisely