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The Way to Truth

Follow the Word.

What then hinders open minds from supposing that what can be achieved during a lengthy interval of time can [also] be naturally accomplished in a moment, by the command of the most powerful Governor?

  - Augustine Hibernicus, On the Miracles of Holy Scripture, Irish, 7th century[1]

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

  - Genesis 1.3

I confess to being a six-day, young earth creationist. I see no reason not to believe what the Bible reports concerning the manner of God’s bringing the world into existence. I regard the account in Genesis 1 as a reliable description of what happened. God made the world, and everything in it, in six 24-hour days.

“But the laws of science...!” Yes, I hear that regularly, even from Christians. God is not bound by “laws” of science, unless, of course, you’re prepared to wait around for “billions and billions” of years while the new heavens and new earth evolve to their finished and perfect state.

There are no “laws” of science – independent and necessary conditions which cause the matter of the cosmos to cohere and perform as it does. There are only descriptions of how God faithfully works to uphold the universe and all things in it by His Word of power (Eph. 1.11; Heb. 1.3). He’s that wise and that powerful.

“But science tells us that the earth is so old, evolution is so true, and so forth. How can you deny what science teaches?” Simple. I choose to believe what the Bible plainly says.

“Yes, but light takes all those light years to get from the stars to us…” Unless, of course, when God created light, He created it just as it in the forms in which we experience it. Just like He created Adam and Eve, who would have appeared to us as young adults had we been there the instant after their having been created.

In fact, I think failing to believe what the Bible says has contributed to the decline of the fear of God on the part of human beings. The psalmist calls on the world to fear God precisely because He has the power to create everything in a moment, by the mere Word of His mouth (Ps. 33.8, 9). Take that ability away, and God Himself becomes subject to the “laws of science.”

Precisely the way modern science wants us to think. And if the laws of science are greater even than God, then who needs God?

No, I don’t think the description we have in Genesis 1 and 2 is exhaustive; nor do I think science is bogus or that no evolution of any kind has ever occurred.

However, I do believe the Biblical account to be accurate, and certainly not beyond the realm of what God is elsewhere described in the Bible as able to do.

What keeps many people from seeing this is they’ve grown up in a society imbued with and pervaded by the notion that science and its methods and findings are the last word on everything. They aren’t, and never can be.

We do not start, when it comes to understanding the Bible, with the limitations imposed on us by the protocols and conclusions of naturalistic science. How stupid would that be?

Science, after all, says that dead people don’t rise from the dead.

Naturalistic science insists that only what you can see, feel, hear, taste, and touch is real – matter in all its various forms. Naturalistic science insists there is no spiritual realm and that the human mind, operating with science and logic, is the final bar of appeal in all matters of truth.

This is not a reliable approach for understanding the Bible.

To understand the Bible we must start with the Word, and with the most powerful Governor that Word reveals. Let the Word speak for itself, clarify itself, enlarge upon itself. Go to it daily, and over and over again. Read, listen, contemplate, and learn to know God for Who He is, not Who science says He must be (or not).

Let God be true and every other worldview a lie (Rom. 3.4).

This is the way to the Truth that sets us free (Jn. 8.32; 14.6).

For Reflection
1. “But don’t we risk seeming foolish to our unbelieving neighbors if we hold to this view?” How would you answer that?

2. What do we gain by submitting to Scripture rather than secular ideas about the world as the starting-point of our faith?

Psalm 33.4-9 (Truro: Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns)
Joyfully shout! His Word is true; He does His work in faithfulness.
His love prevails the whole world through; the Lord loves truth and righteousness.

God spoke and heaven came to be, and all its hosts His Spirit wrought.
He heaps the waters of the sea; the deeps their dwelling place are taught.

Let all below now fear the Lord; let all in awe of Him abide.
The worlds exists by Jesus’ Word; let all on earth in Him confide.

Teach me to trust Your Word, O Lord, and to walk in all its ways, so that I…

Let God Be True

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All Psalms for singing from
The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

[1] Carey, p. 59.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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