At Least I’m in Good Company


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On Thursday I left a comment to the post “Creation Is the Crux,” responding to some thoughtful discussion. The issue had been raised about evolution and it’s compatibility with the Bible. I made the claim that possibly God’s process of creation is inscrutable since He is capable of creating a fully developed universe that might look ancient when if fact it wasn’t. Here’s the relevant passage:

If God made a tree by speaking it into being, would it not have rings, as if it had existed for years and years? It’s the old “did Adam have a belly button” joke. Why wouldn’t he? He was also, presumable, a full grown man with a mature set of teeth. Though one would think he must have lost his baby teeth somewhere along the line, that would not be true because he never had them.

In other words, if a person believes God can create mountains, it negates the idea that we can actually figure out from the mountain, how old it is.

Just today I stumbled upon a quote from C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity:

Since that [divine] power, if it exists, would not be one of the observed facts but a reality which makes them, no mere observation of the facts can find it.

So I feel like I’m in good company, though my point was that observing creation can’t of itself yield the truth about when it was created (and by extension, the process of creation) and C. S. Lewis was saying that observing facts can’t lead us to the Creator of the facts.

What we hold in common is the idea that science—observation of the natural order—is inadequate to arrive at all truth. Of course, if a person disallows the possibility of an all powerful Creator, he may think his observations are true because hypotheses emerge that account for existence.

But if God is IN the mix, then what once appeared “most likely” is no longer more valid than any other hypothesis, given that an all powerful Creator could do anything, including the unexpected and the unknown. The best we can do is say God created (and we know this because He told us so), and He might have done it this or that way.

Six day creationists may well say we know the creation process took six days because God also told us that. The problem here is two fold.

First, God said more than once in Scripture that to Him a day is like a thousand years. How can we know, then, that the “day” was a twenty-four hour period and not a thousand-year period?

Which brings up the second problem. God refers to the morning and the evening of the first day of creation before He made the sun. So how would time even be measured and what constituted morning and evening?

Understand, I believe the six-day creation theory has as much chance of accurately describing the facts as any of the other theories. The point is, We don’t know the process God used. No, that’s not quite right. We CAN’T know the process God used.

That God created the universe is unequivocal and must be affirmed at every opportunity. How He created may be speculated upon as long as our speculations don’t discount or contradict Scripture. The mistake we make is in affirming a process we cannot know.

The atheists do that, and quite frankly look silly in the process—no true scientist rules out a possibility before he looks at the data, but atheists rule out God first, then look at nature for an explanation to its existence.

Why would Christians want to look silly for a similar reason? No true Bible scholar rules out any but a literal translation of a Bible passage that Scripture itself indicates may not be literal. In other words, the scientist forces the facts to fit his preconceived theory and the adamant six-day creationist forces the facts to fit his preconceived theory.

So now I’ve irritated atheists and creationists alike. 😮 At least, if I understand C. S. Lewis correctly, I stand in good company.

Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm  Comments (6)  
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