Dear Church Family,
We’ve studied Genesis & Science for four Sundays. Why? Because the majority of youth in America believe that scientific facts contradict the Bible. This is a sad misunderstanding that we, as Christians, must work to correct. I’d like to share a few conclusions on the topic before moving on.
1. Don’t confuse scientific facts with unproven theories.
The scientific study of historical events is different than regular observational science. One-time historical events, like the creation of the universe, obviously cannot be observed by scientists today. So based upon current observations, and assumptions about the past, scientists make conclusions about past events. For the most part, like Darwinian evolution, they are unproven theories, not facts. That’s why you get smart scientists so passionately disagreeing with each other on the theories of origins.
2. For those who don’t believe in God, the evidence can never point to a divine Creator.
Or put another way, if you don’t believe in the number 4, then 2 + 2 cannot equal 4. Ever. You must come up with another possible answer. Thus when scientists approach the study of origins, and eliminate the possibility of God as the source, their method is flawed.
3. Don’t be dogmatic about conclusions that we cannot know.
The Bible clearly teaches that God created the universe, life, and man. But exactly how He did it is NOT clear in Genesis 1 and 2. So there is room for Jesus-loving Christians to agree to disagree about the topic. And, this is not an issue of salvation, which is found by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
4. There is good evidence to support the Biblical account of creation.
Christians should not be ignorant of these facts, nor afraid that science contradicts the Bible. Scientific facts and God will always be compatible. I suggest watching some of the films produced by Lad Allen and Illustra Media to get well informed on the topic.
5. All of creation shouts to us that there is a God, and He is magnificent (Psalm 19:1-4).
The wonderful beauty of nature and the marvelous complexity of life reveal the goodness and greatness of our God (Psalm 104). Our appropriate response is to stand awe and reverence at His great power. Nature reveals that God is real and that the Bible is true and not a fairy tale (Rom. 1:18-20). So we look at creation and bow in worship to our Creator God.
I hope you’ve found this series helpful. I encourage you to be bold and confident in sharing the Biblical view of creation with children and friends. Use what you’ve learned to help others discover truth.
Love in Christ,