I’m at a creation conference that was supposed to present 3 different views of creation that are in vogue among committed Christians:
- Young earth creationism: The earth was created 6 to 10 thousand years ago in 6 literal days, presented by Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis.
- Old earth creationism: The Hugh Ross version includes both “the gap theory,” in which there’s a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, and the “day-age theory,” wherein the days of Genesis one are actually epochs. He allows for no evolution, though, instead believing that God created millions of species miraculously over a long period of time.
- Intelligent Design/Theistic Evolution: This view allows for evolution, but the speaker, Michael Behe, believes that there is evidence that evolution needed divine intervention to happen.
The conference actually presented four views, because John Lennox, the keynote speaker, said enough in his initial speech to essentially present his own rather wild and unique view. He’s a mathematician, published in peer-reviewed journals something like 79 times, so he applied his deeply logical, mathematical mind to Scripture in such a way as to find every possible loophole that any view could use to appear Scriptural.
His speech definitely made some Biblical room for evolution.
You’d think a guy like me, who believes in molecules to man evolution …
… but, hey, don’t forget, I’M A CHRISTIAN WHO BELIEVES GOD CREATED EVERYTHING!!!
I had to throw that in there. When I mention evolution, Christians snap into a zombie-like trance and begin chanting somewhat incoherent statements about their firm conviction that there is a creator.
Yeah. That would be why I and my family picked up and moved into a Christian community, submitted ourselves to Christian leadership, opened our lives to the input of deeply committed brothers and sisters in Christ, and endeavor every day to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and prove worthy followers of our great and glorious God and Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Okay, try to hold that thought in mind, while I get back to mentioning that I believe in molecules to man evolution …
I’m a Christian. Jesus is the Word of God, Creator of all things. I wrote a really good book about that. You still with me? You may not like evolution, but we are agreed that there’s a Creator. All your arguments that our Father created everything are preaching to the choir here.
Okay, anyway, you’d think that a guy like me who believes in evolution would have been thrilled with the brilliant and insightful John Lennox loopholes.
Nope. I was a little astonished to realize that all the speakers disagree with me.
Then I looked around the room and I realized that probably every person in the place would be offended by me … not by my opinion about evolution, but by my opinion about the Bible.
But I’m ready to stand up for it.
The Bible’s not about science. The Bible is not always accurate history. It doesn’t matter a bit whether evolution fits the Bible or not. Genesis one isn’t about how God created the earth. Genesis one is a creation myth. Moses wasn’t there, and he when he added Genesis one to the Law–to the suzerain covenant he was writing–he had no way of knowing how accurate it was.
Nor did he care.
And I don’t care, either.
The inspiration of the Bible is a spiritual inspiration, and it must be spiritually discerned.
Thus, you must first be born again, possessed by the Spirit of God, and a follower of Christ before you have any good idea what the Bible is talking about.
Okay, this post is long enough. I’ll talk more about that over the next few days.
My main point is that Christians today need to beware. We are dangerously close to being primarily pharisees that can’t see or follow Christ … and worse, that don’t want to.
You search the Scriptures because you think that you’ll get Life from them. But these are they which speak of me, and you refuse to come to me so that you may have Life. ~ Jesus Christ, the Word of God