Peace Lutheran Church Natoma, Kansas
Growing up, I went to Lutheran school; which meant that every day we had religion class. And I can remember that every time we studied the Old Testament, we looked at Genesis, and how God created the world, how God made Adam out of the dust and then made Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs, and then the Fall into sin, Cain and Abel and Noah’s Ark. All of these were discussed, and we even took quizzes and tests on the material covered.
But I can also remember going to science class. I always liked the book we used for science because it had lots of color pictures and graphics and numbers; not like the black and white hand drawn pictures in the religion book. But in science class we did not learn about God creating the world and forming Adam out of the dust of the ground. Instead we learned about the world being a lot older than one would suspect, and we learned that certain animals had features very similar to humans; and we did not hear about a Fall into sin, instead we heard about a lot of death over a really long period of time. All of this was discussed, and we took quizzes and tests on what we learned.
Which one is correct? Can both be right? Can both be wrong?
That is the contradiction I faced going to school, and it is the contradiction that many in the world face today: in one room you will hear about six day creation and Adam and Eve as the parents of every person and the Fall into sin being the cause of our problems today. In another room, you will hear about billions of years, the development of monkeys, and a whole host of ecological and biological issues being at the root of the world’s problems today. And worst of all, in one room dinosaurs roamed the earth for a substantial period of time; in another it was as if they never existed.
It took me a long time before I finally made the connection that what was taught in religion class was in direct contradiction to what was being taught in science class. And then it took a long time before it finally became clear that what the Bible presented was in fact not just a fairy tale, but that it was the Bible that had the solid answers to those questions, not science.
Of course, not everyone is going to be as slow as I was in making the connections that science and the Bible contradict. And not everyone is going to take the time to wait around and see that it is the Bible that is presenting the facts. Far too many are looking at what science presents regarding the formation of the world, and are disregarding what the Bible says entirely.
If the Bible is not defended from the first verse, if the Bible is not viewed as a full telling of God’s power and His work among us, beginning with creation; then why would someone wait around to hear about Jesus? If God cannot create the world, then how is Jesus going to rise from the dead? And if Jesus does not rise, then how are we going to be saved?
On March 31st, at 2PM at the Natoma Elementary School Gym, Natoma Lutherans For Life will be hosting Brian Young of Creation Instruction Association. Brian Young will be presenting on defending the Bible from the very first verse. He will present on why Genesis is so important today, and why it is important in presenting the Gospel.
This event is for everyone, and I pray that you will not only attend, but that you will bring someone with you. It took me a long time before I connected the dots on why Genesis mattered when it came to science. The worst part of that is, is that when I finally made the connections, I was amazed at how much the Bible actually said about those questions that I had. I hope that you come, so that you do not have to spend as much time wondering about these things as I did.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt