O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called. (1st Timothy 6:20)
A Lime in Time Saved Nine (and Many More)
James J. S. Johnson, JD, ThD, MSHist, MSGeog
If a problem is serious, even drastic, might there be a simple solution? Sometimes the answer is yes.
One “serial killer” killed more British sailors than combat did: SCURVY! Medical history documents that this horrible disease is prevented by a solution so simple that the cure was ignored for 200+ years. Yet the cure was oh-so-simple: Vitamin C.
The etiology (pathology causation process) of scurvy was traced to needing fresh fruits and vegetables, foods not typically available to British sailors on long-term sea duty. (Sailors routinely ate salt pork and hardtack biscuits.) Because refrigeration was unavailable, the Royal Navy preserved ship food from spoiling by smoking, salting, and/or air-drying—but these methods destroyed whatever Vitamin C was originally inside. What to do? Stock up on fresh limes! Limes have a long shelf-life, so British sailors became “limeys”, to escape scurvy. (Alternatively, obtain Vitamin C from pine needles, like the French pioneers, who learned this nutrition nugget from the Indians.) A drastic problem with a simple solution.
In fact, the same applies to purported “credibility problems” that many modern folks claim, while excusing themselves from trusting the authoritative truth and relevance of Genesis. Why? This apologetics problem has a simple one-word explanation: accommodation. Christian education leaders, during the late 1700s, accommodated supposedly “authoritative science” theories of closed-Bible Deists (like “uniformitarianist” Deists James Hutton and Charles Lyell), with the so-called “natural selection” theory of Charles Darwin. Disastrous results, both then and now!
What trouble is prevented, if only Genesis is trusted, instead of swallowing the sophistic “science” falsely so-called! (1st Timothy 6:20; John 5:45-47)
[Condensed from James J. S. Johnson, “Pine Needles, Limes, and Other Simple Solutions”, Creation Research Society Quarterly, 50:193-194 (winter 2014).]