by Jayme Durant *
Can God create a rock so heavy that He can’t lift it? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How many ice ages were there, and how long ago did they occur? What’s the truth about dinosaurs, and where do they fit in history?
Your children will face questions and dilemmas like these at some point during their school years. Are they prepared with answers? Are you? Maybe you’re on top of these issues—many of our readers are well-equipped to deal with questions of faith and science. Even so, you might find yourself in a situation similar to the one that a coworker recently told me about.
She was visiting with a friend after church one night, a fellow believer in Christ who loves the Lord. He graduated from a prestigious university known for its science and math programs, and, in the course of the conversation, told her that he was a theistic evolutionist.
It wasn’t because he was hostile to the biblical creation message—he regularly spends time in the Word of God—but he had not been challenged with compelling information that countered what he had been taught in all his years of education.
He explained that he had recently heard a sermon discussing the flaws of evolution, but he wasn’t convinced. Why? Because the pastor presented all of the problems of evolution without presenting the other side of the story, the actual evidence supporting creation. The pastor didn’t consider that his audience needed more than just the conclusions—his listeners needed the supporting facts.
Like the fact that we can have confidence that scientific data point to the truths of Scripture. The fact that others can become convinced of the convergence of science and Scripture if they approach learning with a willingness to look at all the evidence.
That’s where biblical creationists fill the gap by providing the information that traditional schools and evolutionary scientists leave out. We can share the evidence that evolutionists dismiss because it doesn’t fit their model.
But this means we have to be prepared. The Bible is our foundation for truth. Do we know what God’s Word says about creation? Are we putting some kind of alternate spin on the creation passages instead of reading them as accurate historical accounts? We need to:
- Get the facts—approach scientific data with a willingness to examine the evidence objectively.
- Understand evolutionary arguments and their flaws—recognize the logical fallacies that often accompany them.
- Read books like Guide to Creation Basics, watch the Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis DVDs and That’s a Fact micro-videos, and listen to biblical creation scientists and scholars.
Equipping ourselves with the information allows us to share biblical truth with confidence. When we know not just what we believe but why, we can engage other believers—like the churchgoing theistic evolutionist who remains skeptical. Be prepared with solid evidence that shows how science and Scripture reveal the same truth.
* Jayme Durant is Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2014. Be Prepared. Acts & Facts. 43 (9).