Is it wrong that I am a 35 (nearly 36) year-old youth minister and I really have never given any thought to what I believe when it comes to the whole creation/evolution thing. Well that isn’t entirely true. I have thought about it, and always just sort of believed what the Bible said, but I have never really given much thought to how that account is reconciled to the science that is out there.
I always have had sort of a half-way theory about how the flood messed up the fossil record and I how carbon dating must be wrong. From time to time I have espoused theories such as the “God days are longer” to explain way the age of the earth and even argued that since God created a full grown man why couldn’t he have created an already old earth.
But all of these were not really based on scholarship or study, just on my own assumptions and picking up bits and pieces of information here and there.
This week we are kicking off a youth study about just this topic, however, and it has me scrambling trying to find the best scholarship and at the same time figure out what I believe.
Because when it comes right down to it, everyone must make a choice about what they believe happened at the beginning of time. You must make a choice because you weren’t there, and no one was there (with the exception of God of course). Then based on what you believe you will shape the data that you see to meet what you already believe, because the origins of life is where science and myth meet up.
I thought I was ready to go for my first lesson tomorrow night, but in trying to do some fact checking found out that some of the things I was going to teach was a little out of date and some of it just couldn’t line up with the rest of what I teach about God, sin, and salvation. So this little study on evolution has exploded into a 6 hour marathon of reading, searching, and praying trying to figure out the best way to present the truth found in the Bible to a generation of students who have been told that everything that we will reading tomorrow is wrong.
I could continue, but now it is after 2 and even though I want to keep reading and writing I have to go to bed. More soon.