Because of some negative feedback I have recieved due to my last blog post, I decided to post an apologetic regarding my beliefs on the Bible and Creation. I am not writing this to "convince" anyone; it is simply a stating of my personal credence to these subjects for others to read.
In the aforesaid e-mail, the writer stated, "Write what you know and have experienced personally. It's a lot more interesting than retelling what you have heard 2nd or 3rd hand. And later in life you'll be less embarrassed by the inevitable errors which creep into 2nd hand accounts-- because you and only you are the authority on facts about your life and what you know about it and it is harder to prove personal statements wrong about yourself than sweeping statements about science or religion." I agree with most of that. I only differ on the fact that my last post WAS a 1st hand account, and that my sweeping statements about science and religion are my personal convictions on those subjects. Something like the conflict between Creation and evolution is far too big to give a first hand account on all aspects, especially when part of it involves a time when I wasn't around. There would be no way I could write a 1st hand account of Creation, because nobody living on this earth today was alive back then. It's the same with evolution. I do know where to find a first hand account though!! With a subject like Creation, I believe a 1st hand account is a logical description of what you believe and why you believe it. I am not trying to declare that since hardly any plausible intermediate fossils have been found between dinosaurs and their "original" simple life forms, you can't trust the theory of evolution; et cetera. Instead, this is just a first hand account of why I believe in the Biblical account of Creation.
The letter goes on to say: "I'm not saying creation is wrong, but I will say that many (if not most) reputable scientists believe in evolution; that's a fact, and it probably isn't a vast conspiracy that they do, it is the simplest and most elegant explanation that makes sense scientifically." I totally agree with that! I know for a fact that most scientists are evolutionists, and that it is the simplest way of explaining where we came from. We've traveled to many different parks across the nation, and 99.9% of them teach - very strongly - the theory of evolution! In a little park in Colorado, called "Garden of the Gods", the visitor's center has huge murals surrounding the main part of the building depicting life in its various stages. At Mesa Verde you can find realistic dioramas of the natives' life, past to present. But there was something interesting about those dioramas. The first one showed several naked hunters, spearing "ancient" ancestors of the wooly mammoth. The year? Millions of years ago. By the next diorama, the people were more civilized and the surroundings looked more familiar. But this diorama was only from about 6 thousand years ago! Why the enormous time gap? At the Grand Canyon, the idea is that the small river at the bottom dug the entire canyon out over millions, if not billions of years. So why, if everyone else believes that we evolved over molecular millenniums, do we as Christians choose to believe in Creation?
As the writer pointed out, "I will be the first to point out that belief in evolution requires 'faith' of a kind, perhaps even more than that in simply stating 'God made it'. The difference is that one requires something supernatural, against which there is no science or reason based argument, and the other is based on extensions of the scientific method, a process which takes a bit of time to completely wrap one's head around, but basically involves throwing one's ideas out for the public in general to pick holes in and critique openly, and let the best ideas win." That basically sums it up. The fact that life "happened" because of a chemical reaction (and by the way, where did the original chemicals come from anyway?) somewhere out in the far reaches of infinity, requires much more faith than believing in an all-powerful, all-loving God. Here is where we touch on the supernatural; things that are beyond our comprehension. "But the natural [secular] man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and is therefore the "end-all" on every subject of debate. It clearly states that "in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is". Although there is a counter argument to almost everything, we can not be dissuaded by humanistic philosophies from believing solely in the Bible. The aforementioned writer also stated, "When someone uses the Bible as a scientific book, they run into more problems than ever. The bible didn't develop as a scientific book and wasn't intended as such. Might be spiritual gold, but the bible leaves a lot more things unexplained than explained." Doubting the Bible is where things start sliding towards the dangerous side. No, you're not going to learn about enzymes or the chemical make-up of cells in the Bible, but you can learn about the Biblical account of Creation. Science is good as long as it validates the Bible. Saying that the two helixes in DNA are held together by hydrogen bonds does not in any way contradict the Bible, but saying that it took millions of years for simple cells to evolve into life as we know it now is under-mining the omnipotence of God. And there IS scientific evidence to back up the Bible also. The huge fossil deposits, the large oil and natural gas reservoirs, all point back to a major catastrophe backing up the Biblical account of a world-wide flood. I believe if we study the Bible with open minds - allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our search - that more things end up being explained than not explained!
Honing in on the subject of religion, the writer stated, "It can be something to ponder in your quiet moments when you wonder why it seems that religious folks (both Christian, Jews, and Muslim) are always at war over thousands of years. Seldom have more bitter arguments arisen in families or countries. Who starts the wars and why? There must be some evolutionary survival advantage to being homogenous of whatever religion. Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Christian - they are all usually clumped together in different regions which in turn fight between each others! I think that is interesting but sad." When Christ was on earth, he said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” This is not what God wants; He wants everyone to love each other, treating them like true Christians should. But ever since Lucifer, the archenemy of God, deceived Adam into believing his way was better, the human nature has been inclined to follow the evil one. When Christ came to redeem this fallen world, He knew it would bring a division also. The human heart, being at enmity with Christ, is therefore contrary to God. It will divide people. The reason that so many religious factions are at war - even today - is because they are not truly converted to following Christ, our sure Example, in everything. Religion has been the reason behind many of earth's fiercest battles. That is exactly how Satan would have it! As long as he can manipulate men to do the most demonic things in the name of "religion", he can keep the work of God from advancing. Christ's words about division were only spoken because of our unregenerate hearts. When Christ's love and truth shines through your life, there WILL be people who HATE YOU! We are in a spiritual battle, two factions are warring for our allegiance. We MUST be prepared to fight, putting on the whole armor of God "with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." In this time of mysticism and unrealities, we cannot let doubts hinder our course. We have eternity to win! When the final records are made, I pray God finds each one of you faithful to His cause.