Thursday, January 5, 2012

Faith & Creation


I am reading through Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology with my elders at Cornerstone Bible Church. Last night, we dealt with his chapter on Creation. It was a hearty meal, 52 pages of deep creation and evolution debates. As I read this chapter, I was reminded about the faith it takes to come to your view of the beginning of the world.

None of us were there when creation happened. It is impossible to replicate in an experiment. That means whichever view you take is going to take some level of faith. Doesn't it take more faith to believe that we have somehow evolved over time from a pile of slime than it does to believe that God created all there is simply by speaking it into existence. In this thought, Grudem gives one illustration of an alternate view of the beginning of everything and then explains why people might come to such a conclusion. He says,
"Francis Crick, who won the Nobel Prize for helping to discover structure of DNA molecules, proposed in 1973 that life may have been sent here by a spaceship from a distant planet, a theory that Crick calls 'Directed Panspermia.' To the present author, it seems ironic that brilliant scientists could advocate so fantastic a theory without one shred of evidence in its favor, all the while rejecting the straightforward explanation given by the one book in the history of the world that has never been proven wrong, that has changed the lives of millions of people, that has been believed completely by many of the most intelligent scholars of every generation, and that has been a greater force for good than any other book in the history of the world. Why will otherwise intelligent people commit themselves to beliefs that seem so irrational? It seems as though they will believe in anything, so long as it is not belief in the personal God of Scripture, who calls us to forsake our pride, humble ourselves before him, ask his forgiveness for failure to obey his moral standards, and submit ourselves to his moral commands for the rest of our lives." (285-6)
I have long been taught and have said myself that the battle for the beginning is really a battle for the end. If we can strip God of being the Creator, then we will not have to face Him as judge. We are not accountable to Him. But if He did create all that there is, including me, then I am accountable to Him in the way in which I live.

The Bible makes it clear that He did create all. We are accountable to Him.

3 comments:

  1. Amen!

    I've been reading your blog off and on for the past several months.

    People have been looking to take God out of the creation equation since forever.

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v7/n1/equation

    Just yesterday I read that later this year Answers In Genesis will be introducing a three-year Sunday school program that covers the entire Bible in chronological order. It will be ready for the fall.

    The program is a curriculum from pre-k to adult that is a coordinate program where parents are studying the same thing their kids are (at a more sophisticated level).

    It will provide an understanding of the authority and primary teachings of Scripture and all ages will be equipped to defend the Bible, become conformed to the image of Christ, and apply God’s Word in their everyday lives.
    http://www.answersingenesis.org/answers-bible-curriculum/

    Not sure what VBS curriculum you use but they also just announced their 2012 program, "IncrediWorld Amazement Park: A Thrill Ride Through God's Creation" which looks like another great program from them! http://answersvbs.com/2012/

    I enjoy reading your blog.;o)

    Diana

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  2. Diana,

    Thank you for the encouragement. Yes, we have used some of the Answers in Genesis curriculum in the past and currently at our church today. My wife, who heads up the VBS, loves their curriculum as well for VBS.

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  3. Francis Crick is definitely a straw man, and Grudem is doing a disservice to his readers who must contend with more subtle foes. One cannot cite Crick's theory to discredit all the "brilliant scientists" who support evolution, a theory which certainly does have more than a shred of evidence.

    The Bible is very straightforward in saying the God created the universe. That is certainly the starting point for Christians. We live in a physical world, however, and scientists will continue to seek a physical understanding. While the Christian must affirm creation ex nihilo, he must also admit that Genesis 1 does not make the time and space mechanisms of creation abundantly clear. I am not wholly convinced there cannot be reconciliation between creation and evolution viewpoints. I have met plenty of Christians who hold a theistic evolution perspective. It come across as overly nuanced, but it does not preclude sincerity of faith.

    Regards,
    Derek

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