With last Sunday’s message I tried to undermine the claim that “(macro)Evolution is a Fact”–especially the theistic variety. I argued it cannot be squared with the Bible, and in fact its tenets undermine the gospel itself since if there was no first Adam, where does that leave us with the second Adam (Romans 5 & 1 Corinthians 15)? Here are some additional resources for thinking about science and God’s creation. Browse.
I don’t agree myself with everything on each of these sites (even when I do grasp what they’re saying!). For example, as I indicated Sunday, though I think the earth is young (10,000-12,000 years), it’s entirely possible that it’s much, much older. No matter how vociferously some argue the point, the Bible simply doesn’t say.
Some of those below quarrel fiercely with each other about such matters. When it comes to the fine points of Creation, in my opinion Christians should not go to war with each other over what the Bible’s either silent or unclear about.
Creation Ministries International: [young earth] Organization stacked with both with Ph.D. scientists as well as Bible interpreters. www.creation.com
- Institute for Creation Research: [young earth] Of Henry Morris fame. ICR paints with a one-color brush: the fossils and the earth’s layers that secular science builds its arguments on for an very old earth, can be explained by a worldwide flood. Everything can be explained by a worldwide flood. www.icr.org
- Reasons to believe: [old earth] Think-tank of scientists who are also Christians who believe the Bible is all true. Lots of resources integrating known science with the testimony of Scripture. They expose the soft underbelly of naturalistic and theistic evolution. They believe in a “Big Bang” but not quite the conventional/secular one. www.reasons.org
- Answers in Genesis: [young earth] Ken Ham has a very literal understanding of Genesis with no room for anything like an old earth. www.answeringenesis.org
- Probe Ministries: Designed to help Christians have a thinking faith. www.probe.org
- Pastor Kevin DeYoung’s interview with Discovery Institute’s Jay Richards regarding a book he edited, God and Evolution. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/11/02/whats-wrong-with-theistic-evolution
When asked “How should an evangelical Christian decide who to support in this election?” Timothy George, founding dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School and chairman of the board of the Colson Center for Worldview, responded this way (abbreviated remarks):
- We should be grateful to live in a representative democracy where the right to vote and the rule of law are respected. Vote!
- The American republic was founded on a clear distinction between church and state, as the First Amendment shows, but this has never meant the separation of faith from public life. Distinguish!
- In the Manhattan Declaration, Chuck Colson, Robert George, and I made a public argument, based on biblical wisdom and the right use of reason, that the three most pressing moral issues of our time are the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death, marriage as a lifelong covenantal union of one man and one woman, and religious freedom for all persons. Discern!
- There is a difference between Christian discernment and partisan politics. Examine!
Greg Strand, director of theology and credentialing for the Free Church, wisely added a fifth recommendation:
Regardless of who wins the election in November, the spiritual and moral issues that ought to inform our political acts will remain on the agenda. Pray!
At a conference in Rome this week a piece of papyrus the size of a business card was offered as evidence that Jesus may have been married. Harvard Divinity prof Karen King admits the 33 Coptic (Egyptian) words on the scrap which include Jesus saying “My wife…” (remainder is cut off) to his disciples–followed by him saying she is able to be his disciple, offer nothing like proof. But Dr. King claims, “Christian tradition preserved only those voices that claimed Jesus never married. The Gospel of Jesus’s [sic] Wife now shows that some Christians thought otherwise.”
Initial reports say the fragment’s a 4th century translation of a 2nd century writing. Some hope that evidence that Jesus had a wife and/or women in his chosen band of disciples, would overturn Christianity’s long-held teachings about women in ministry, and torpedo the Catholic Church’s requirement that priests remain unmarried and celibate. But dubious scholars from Quebec to Egypt are coming out of the woodwork to suggest it’s a forgery. Some observers wonder if this week’s announcement was meant to escalate the value–and subsequent selling price, of the piece owned by an anonymous collector.
The Bible nowhere suggests that Jesus had a wife while on earth. Doesn’t say He didn’t, it’s just that there’s no hint of it. Then again, Jesus does have a wife. Let me introduce you to His beloved Church; isn’t she a beauty? The collected saints of all time whom He wooed, courted, sacrificed Himself for, sanctified and cleaned”..to present [her] to Himself without spot or wrinkle…,or blemish” (Eph.5:25-27). We’re the bride. But the big wedding celebration is yet to come (Rev.19:7). Unlike the wife’s dowry which some cultures demand, Jesus has already paid the price. Gotta love the Church because Jesus does; He died for her and claimed her as his bride.
Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on God’s plan for man’s labor; how we can glorify God on/through our jobs and live out the gospel. Below are some suggestions from Bob Thune, lead pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE.
- God is glorified when we put our whole selves into our work, with a view toward pleasing God, not men (Col. 3:23-24).
- God is glorified when we are honest, even when it hurts us or prevents us from getting ahead (Ps. 15, Gen. 39).
- God is glorified when we honor our superiors and submit to their authority (1 Tim.6:1, Rom.13:7).
- God is glorified when we treat our work associates with kindness and respect (Lk.6:31, Rom.12:18).
- God is glorified when we expose fraud or dishonesty or unethical behavior (Eph.5:11-13).
- God is glorified when we approach our work prayerfully (1 Thess.5:17).
- God is glorified when we avoid complaining or grumbling, even in less-than-ideal work situations (Phil.2:14-15).
- God is glorified when we refuse to make work and money our idols (Matt.6:24, Eccl.5:10-12).
- God is glorified when we plan diligently for the future (Prov.21:5).
- God is glorified when we live simply and give generously (Prov.22:9; 1 Tim.6:17-19).
- God is glorified when we trust him to provide today what we need for today (Matt.6:11).
- God is glorified when we rest from work (Deut.5:13-15; Ps.46:10).