I don’t know how many of you are aware of the recent debate between Ken Ham from the nonprofit Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The groundwork for the debate was laid when Nye made the comment about the damage the creation story did to children. Particularly, he was upset over those who are homeschooled and deprived of the privilege of learning the wonderful story of evolution.
When Nye agreed to the debate, many scientists encouraged him to pull out; they didn’t want the Creationists to enjoy such a platform for fear it might give them an air of legitimacy.
Personally, I don’t think it’s the fear of legitimacy they are worried about, I think it’s the fear of the reality of evolutionary scientific theory being revealed for what it really is — a theory and not a hard science.
In the book of Genesis, there is an account of creation given. Now, I understand you might not believe the first three chapters of Genesis to be historical narrative. Many Christians today think that the first three chapters are religious myth that contain a core of truth but should not be understood literally. They hold that these words written by Moses were ancient men trying to explain the visible universe before science came to the rescue. You may believe that, but I don’t.
The account of creation recorded in Genesis 1-3 wasn’t Moses looking back and speculating on the issue, nor is it a special revelation that God gave to Moses but did so in that six-day format so He, God, didn’t have to explain all the details of evolution to this bumpkin.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know — Moses is the editor of the entire Genesis account, not the author. Moses did research and compiled ancient writings that existed in his day to give us this first book of the Bible. Bet you didn’t know that.
What we read about the creation account comes from the pen of Adam. The guy who was there when it all took place is the guy who wrote about it. Moses copied it and put it into the form we have it today. Everything from Genesis 1:1 to 5:1 we learn is the written account of Adam.
Genesis 5:2-6:9, the story of the flood, that’s the written account of Noah, the guy who experienced it. Genesis 6:9b-11:10a is the written account of Noah’s son Shem, from flood to the Tower of Babel, where mankind was dispersed throughout the earth by the confusion of languages.
Genesis 10b-11:27a is the written account of Terah, the father of Abraham. Genesis 11:27b-25-19a is the written record of Isaac, Abraham’s second son. And Genesis 27:19b-end is the account of Joseph.
These writings would have been in the library of Egypt where Moses, while the prince of Egypt used them as his sources for compiling our book of Genesis. Moses was an early historian utilizing the resources he had at his disposal; he was not a storyteller making up the Genesis account.
Now, you may not agree with what I have written, and that’s OK. But this is fascinating stuff; you ought to at least check it out before you just dismiss it. Better yet, read the Genesis account and then go online and see some of the scientific evidence that exists for Creation. You can find that at sites such as Answers In Genesis and Creation Research Institute.
Before you just dismiss this offhand because you don’t believe what is recorded in the Bible, let me remind you that there is nothing you read because you first believe it. You read it and then you decide whether the evidence for credibility is there.
In this area of origins and of the Bible in general, the subject is too important just to dismiss because some teacher or some professor or some guy in a white lab coat told you you can’t believe it.
Perhaps you believe that none of these people, not the educator, and certainly not the scientist, would ever lie to you. If you believe that, please contact me: I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’m willing to let go of at a reasonable price.
John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington. For more information, visit the Gateway Web site at www.gatewaycommunity.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.