I asked some questions in this week’s email blast. If you are reading this, you probably tried to answer these questions and want to know how you did. The three questions (along with the answers) I asked in my email were:
- On what two cities were the first atomic bombs dropped? Answer: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- Which city was not the primary target? Answer: Nagasaki
- What was the primary target for the second atomic bomb? Answer: Kokura — specifically the arms factory in Kokura
How did you do? If you got the right answer for all three questions, you seem to know your history. Let me ask some other questions. Why didn’t the US drop the second atomic bomb on the primary target? This question is probably more difficult to answer. To understand the answer consider the following first-hand report about the dropping of the second atomic bomb.
The American bomber was a B-29 named Bock’s Car, and it was supposed to drop the world’s first plutonium bomb on Kokura. Three times, Bock’s Car passed over Kokura, bomb bays open, a hum in the cockpit signaling that the bomb was ready for release, the crew wearing the special goggles that were supposed to protect them from the flash of the atomic explosion.
But although the radar scope was locked on to Kokura, the orders were to drop the bomb only on visual identification of the huge arms factory that was the target.
A young man named Kermit Beahan peered through the rubber eyepiece of the bombsight, and he could see some of the buildings of Kokura and the river that ran by the arms factory. But the complex itself was blocked by a cloud. So Bock’s Car gave up on Kokura and went on to its secondary target, Nagasaki. Clouds also partly obscured Nagasaki, but not quite enough of it.
Wow, one cloud over an arms factory caused the crew to bypass the primary target and move on to the secondary target of Nagasaki. One reporter wrote, the cloud that blocked Mr. Yoshio’s view that morning was the best thing that ever happened to the city of Kokura — and the worst that ever happened to nearby Nagasaki.
Okay, let me ask you some more questions about another battle at another time in history and see if you know the answers. This battle was the Egyptians’ effort to overtake and recapture the Israelites.
- Why did Israel go around the land of the Philistines and on to the Red Sea? Hint: Exodus 13:17-18
- How did Israel know where and when to go? Hint: Exodus 13:21-22
- Why didn’t the Egyptian army overtake Israel when they were so close? Hint: Exodus 14:19-20
- What caused the waters of the Red Sea to divide and how long did this take? Hint: Exodus 14:21
- What happened to the Egyptian chariots when they entered the Red Sea in pursuit of the Israelites? Hint: Exodus 14:24-25
- What caused the waters of the Red Sea to return to its normal state? Hint: Exodus 14:26-28
I hope you knew the answers to these questions or followed the “hints” to find the answers. Here are the correct answers.
- God led the Israelites around the land of the Philistines because He did not want them to get discouraged and turn back if they faced war.
- The Lord led them by a pillar of cloud during the day and by a pillar of fire at night.
- God moved the pillar of cloud in between the Egyptian army and the Israelites so the army could not come near them.
- The Lord caused the the waters to go back by sending a strong east wind. It took all night for the waters to divide.
- God caused the Egyptian chariots wheels to be uncontrollable and the army couldn’t maneuver them.
- God directed Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea and He caused the waters to return to their normal state.
Well, how did you do on this quiz? So, what is the point I am trying to make by asking you questions about these two battles that took place in history? To understand my intention behind this exercise, I have to ask you one more question. What is the major difference in the sets of answers to the two series of questions?
I hope everyone got this question right. After all, it is the most important question asked in this blog post. The correct answer to this question is God was left out of all the answers to the questions related to the dropping of the atomic bombs but He WAS the ANSWER to each of the questions in the second battle.
By asking you questions related to these two battles, I have attempted to illustrate how most Christians operate from a dualistic worldview. The answers and explanation given about the dropping of the atomic bombs during World War II are completely secular responses. It is true that the answers and the explanations were “factually correct” but they weren’t “truthful”. Consider the following statements by Albert Mohler and John Piper.
…an educational system based upon non-Christian or much less anti-Christian presupposition cannot know true truth. It may know facts, but it can never know truth. It may know a great deal of statistics and it may conduct studies and release its findings, but it cannot know those fundamental and the most important, most preeminent truths of all human existence and all transcendent reality. Albert Mohler
Modern people suppose that if they have the facts about a given thing, person, or event, they have the truth. They forget that facts are not meaningless or value free, and that if we do not associate the meaning of the fact, we do not have the truth. John Piper
Some Christians falsely believe that studying history as presented in the WW II example above is neutral. However, the reality of so-called “neutral” education is that it is probably the most dangerous form of education. It is far from being spiritually neutral because it teaches that God is irrelevant to history (or any other subject where He is ignored). The result from this type of dualistic thinking and teaching is that young people end up believing that Christianity does not provide answers to life’s big questions. Ken Ham in his book, Already Gone, discovered this dilemma when he talked with young adults who left the church soon after high school graduation. These young adults said,
We went to church for Bible STORIES; we went to school for FACTS! (emphasis mine)
I wonder how many of you thought that the questions related to dropping of the atomic bombs explained “history” while the second event was merely a “Bible story”. Secular education must be avoided at all cost! What do you think? Leave a comment below.