Bill Nye (The Science Guy) just put out a video that suggests teaching Creation to school children is not giving them a chance at a scientific mind. (Not a direct quote – watch video HERE to see his actual words)
It tends to boil down to two sides.
Evolution: Modern man evolved from ape (in a nutshell) – Science
Creationism: Modern man played with apes in the Garden of Eden created from God. – Faith
I believe in Creationism and Evolution.
Just blew your mind, huh?
There is no rule (believe it or not) that says you have to deny Christianity to accept Science or deny Science to accept Christianity.
Here is why:
Science has proved that species (even man) evolve over time due to climate, adaptation to survival needs, geographical locations, etc. (blahblahyaddayadda – I was going to be more scientific here but I got caught up in graphs of Evolutionary Biology and that’s a rabbit hole at 8am)
Faith is reading the Bible and knowing it is a book about the beginning of man (not time – which is not relevant to God) and the relationship with God and others.
*Note to readers: I am not a theologian and I did not have straight A’s in Science class. This post is intended to express opinion only on the facts as they are understood by the author.
Using the Bible to refute Evolution?
See that doesn’t work for me.
The Bible is a collection of writings by many men and inspired from God. The purpose of the Bible is to inspire, guide, teach and provide salvation. You wouldn’t use a self-help book as a map to navigate the streets of a city, would you? Although dates and places are referenced (and have been proven by Historians) they serve as just that, reference points and not the be-all-end-all of a timeline. The point is that Science does prove many things in the Bible (the accuracy of events with their correct dates) just as the Bible proves many things in Science (the Bible said the world was round 2500 years before man proved it) Yet, neither is fully complete without the other.
So is Bill Nye right or wrong about teaching our children?
Yes and No.
By creation we are created to be curious. Curiosity is what leads to discoveries.
Teaching our children to study facts and learn Science is what keeps fueling that curiosity, but to deny them our other inherent nature of faith is not giving them a full picture of humanity.
I believe that each stance must be presented during the learning process. The Christian side of me loves when Science can’t find that missing link (after so many years of intensely funded research) and we must look to our faith. The Evolution side of me loves when a dinosaur (The Leviathan – which translated was a giant sea creature – possible Dinosaur) or cavemen (book of Job) was mentioned and Science shows us fossils.
To fully grasp Science, we must have faith when we encounter unanswered questions.
To fully grasp Faith, we must have Science to back up unanswered questions.
…and frankly…I would hate for humanity to lose its intellectual motivation because we knew everything, just as I would hate for humanity to lose faith in our creation for a purpose we do not understand by a God who loves us SO much.
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