I am beginning a new series discussing issues of science and faith. I would like to demonstrate how science and Christianity are compatible. As I begin I would like to establish some ground rules.
- The Bible is not a scientific textbook. It will not use precise scientific language and will describe events from the perspective of the observer. For example the Bible will say the sun sets, whereas we know the rotation of the earth causes the change between daylight and darkness. However, there are no contradictions between science and what the Bible teaches.
- I am going to argue against issues such as Darwinian evolution from a scientific perspective and not a religious one. This is important because in the public square, the Bible has been discredited in many people’s minds. However, since I am writing to primarily Christians, I will show when and where the Bible does support my points.
- I am a generalist and not a scientist. That doesn’t disqualify me from this discussion. In fact I find many scientists I talk to don’t know as much as I do on this topic. They have a narrow understanding of their particular discipline but issues of creation versus evolution I find they are not prepared to discuss. I enjoy reading books on evolution and intelligent design.
Let me share 3 reasons why understanding issues of creation are important.
- God says it is
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Heavens and earth simply means God created the universe and everything in it. Let me ask you, what other religious book begins by announcing God is the creator of the universe? There are none that I am aware of; not the Quran, the Hindu scriptures, the Book of Mormon, not a single one. Do you think if God begins His Word with two chapters on creation that He thinks it’s important? Absolutely! You see science properly interpreted and the Bible properly interpreted are not in conflict; both are God’s unique revelations. In creation God clearly reveals Himself.
In theology we have general revelation and special revelation. Special revelation is God revealing Himself through His written word. General revelation is God revealing himself through his creation. King David attests to general revelation when he writes in, Psalms 19:1-2 (NIV) “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” As David writes creation pours out knowledge about Him! It tells us God exists and some about who He is.
In fact creation is so important we are held accountable for acknowledging God’s existence. Romans 1:18-20 (NASB) “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” People who don’t believe in God cannot say God didn’t provide me with enough evidence; God says sorry you should have believed in me based on the powerful evidence in the world around you; therefore, you are without excuse. When non-Christians die, God will pour out his wrath on those who reject Him and His Son Jesus Christ and His judgment will be just because they rejected clear evidence.