Read Genesis 1:1-4:26
God Did It!
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Go Deep: How did we get here? That really is the big question, isn’t it?
Secularist and non-theistic scientists would hypothesize positions such as the big bang and evolutionary theories to explain our origins—that through randomness and over billions of years, we somehow got to where we are today.
On the other end of the spectrum, fundamentalist Christians and some theologians would argue creation by divine fiat and a young earth theory—that God spoke, and it all happened in seven literal days!
As a result, what exists is a huge, seemingly impassable gulf between these two camps. Somewhere in the middle, in limbo, is a fair amount of believers who are both confused and conflicted as they attempt to harmonize their commitment to the Bible and their confidence in science.
The problem is, neither science nor theology deals comprehensively with all aspects of reality, and therefore cannot claim the high ground in explaining all truth. The fact is, neither science nor theology can offer complete explanations even within their own realm of expertise. Take for instance, the intra-disciplinary warfare going on in science over global warming, or the ongoing theological debate between the Calvinist and Arminian camps.
The rub occurs most acutely when science seeks to explain things that are only explainable by theology, and theology offers to explain scientific things by relying only upon their theology. Each discipline has an area of expertise and each has limited, ever-changing, and hopefully increasing knowledge as to how things “really are”. Science is equipped to investigate, theorize and explain things that are finite; theology’s task is to understand and explain the unexplainable—the infinite, uncontainable, indescribable God.
So the real question for Christians, then, is not how we got here, but who put us here. That is not to say the “how” question is irrelevant, it’s just not the first question that needs to get resolved. The “who” question is the most important one, and the Bible clears that up right off the bat in Genesis 1:1.
Who did it? God did!
God is responsible for getting us here, and that we can know without a shadow of doubt! Once you get that settled, then you can move on to the “how” question. How he did it is open for discussion and debate—and that can be a really worthwhile adventure.
So get really clear about Who did it, then go after the how with an open mind—and have some fun!
Just Saying… The late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said, “An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”
Three resources I’d recommend for further investigation in this areas:
1) A website for Creation Science Organizations and Ministries— http://www.nwcreation.net/groupcreation.html
2) A science-faith think tank called Reasons to Believe—http://www.reasons.org/four-views-biblical-creation-account
3) A helpful book entitled, “The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation—http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Debate-Three-Views-Creation/dp/0970224508