For today's blog post, I would like to relate a conversation I had with the in-laws at lunch yesterday. We got onto the topic of creationism because of a recent debate that took place between a young-earth creationist and an evolutionist. (Full disclosure: I did not watch the debate but read a couple articles about it after the fact). These are the main points that we discussed.
First, I have a difficult time with creationists who pick a particular theory and stick to it, come hell or high water. Young earth, old earth, middle earth, God used evolution, God didn't use evolution, etc. The fact of the matter is, we just don't know. The Bible does not explicitly say how God created the earth and the inhabitants therein nor does it say how long ago He did so. To act like you have it figured out is, in my opinion, arrogant. God might have created the earth millions of years ago and allowed the animals to evolve over time. God might have created it in a literal six days and the earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old. God might have done something that we haven't even thought of yet. You can have an opinion if you want, no one is denying you that. But hold that opinion loosely and be ready to admit that, as much as you'd like to think it happened a particular way, you just don't know.
Second, the "evidence" that both sides present for their argument isn't really evidence. Anything that's discovered is always interpreted through the lense of that particular scientist's worldview and bias. A creationist and an evolutionist can look at the exact same thing and come to two different conclusions. So to use specific discoveries as "evidence" for your viewpoint doesn't really cut it.
Third, in my opinion, there are only two things that, as a Christian, you must acknowledge. First, that God was somehow involved in the creation of the universe and the animals (to what extent is up for debate) and second, that humans did not evolve from anything else. If you want to hold onto some evolution, that's up to you. But the Bible is very clear that God was involved in the creation of everything we see and that He specifically created human beings in His image and He breathed into them to give them life. To deny these two things is to deny the existence of God and to deny who we are and why we were created.
Fourth, I've heard a lot recently that debates like the one that took place are bad because "no one has ever been argued into the kingdom of God" and "you can't prove to anyone the existence of God." These things are true. Yet, I don't think these debates are all bad. Assuming both debaters are well prepared and it's done in a civilized manner, I think doubts and questions can be raised in the minds of unbelievers which might cause them to explore the origin of the universe and where they came from and why they're here. These are good questions and hopefully they will find the truth in the Bible.
Fifth, I made this statement yesterday: I think that the devil uses and encourages arguments and debates about the origin of the universe and what the Bible says about creation (whether between believers or unbelievers or a mixture of both). When we become caught up in senseless arguments with people, we turn our attention from Jesus. The Bible is there to point us to Jesus. If we are using the Bible to prove our point or using it as a science textbook, that's very dangerous. God didn't give us the Bible so we'd have all the answers. He gave us the Bible so we could see the truth. We're sinners and we need a Savior and that Savior is Jesus. To become caught up in arguments, especially if they make us arrogant or angry or hateful toward others who don't agree with us, is what the devil wants.
So be aware of how you're using the Bible. Consider your opinions and hold them loosely. Don't get distracted or pulled into useless arguments. The Bible is there so we can see Jesus.