David relished this opportunity to hike with his son. It was rare these days to get a chance for a decent talk. He and Jimmy followed the worn track up and down the gently undulating hills, gradually gaining elevation.
“So, Dad, why do so many people believe evolution? At College it’s not cool to say you believe in the creation account in the Bible. They say science disproves it and that science can’t be wrong.”
“These are big questions, son,” David took his time replying. “First, science doesn’t disprove creation. There are many Christian scientists and experts who can argue FOR creation from a biological and geological viewpoint. Wonderful discoveries are made in science and we learn many exciting things. Second, science can change as new knowledge comes in. Look at these quotes from a recent newspaper article about dolphins - ‘It could be one of science’s most embarrassing climb downs’. And how about this – ‘New research suggests that humans have been beguiled by decades of flawed scientific research.’.”
“So scientific study can be flawed and thoughts can change?”
“Yes, it is not infallible.”
“So why has evolution become so popular?”
“Well, I guess it’s for many reasons. I think they want to latch on to something that does away with God. If you can prove that the world began without a designer and creator, the logical conclusion is that there is no God waiting at the end of your life to judge what you’ve done. Then you don’t have to face up to the reality of consequences for your actions.”
“Dad, they say the world started with a big bang. What do they mean by that?”
“I don’t really know, but I sometimes think that when God spoke and formed the earth there could have been a very big bang.” David chuckled as he thought of it. “But no one but God was there to hear it. It would have blown our eardrums inside out if we’d been around.”
They sat by a large boulder and Jimmy drew their lunches from his bag, while David pulled out the Bible that always accompanied him.
“Let’s look at Genesis chapter one which seems pretty clear to me,” David said. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It lists what he made on each successive day and he said that it was very good. On the sixth day he made humans and put us in charge of his creation. Pretty cool, eh?”
They gazed down at the lake, sparkling in the autumn sunshine. Majestic mountains stood silently on every side.
“Think about some of the stuff in our life,” said David. “Our house, our car back at the car park - they didn’t come into existence all by themselves. They had a designer and then they had a maker. Look at you – what an extraordinary mind designed you and me and gave us this beautiful environment to enjoy.”
He got Jimmy to read from Romans chapter one. “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
“Exactly,” said David. “They can’t say they didn’t know. People have no excuse to not believe the truth. It tells us here what went wrong. It says they claimed to be wise, they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God. They think they are experts and say you can’t argue with science. They have no idea that they are interpreting their science with their anti-God beliefs. But the Bible says that the person who says there is no God is a fool.”
“What are they going to say when they finally meet God, I wonder?” said Jimmy
“Well, that will be interesting. To me it is very scary because so many people are swayed by this and don’t actually know the truth. They believe what they are told, and don’t look into it for themselves.”
David munched on his apple as they repacked their bags and prepared to continue the walk.
“Stand strong at College, Son,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to stand up for the truth and remember that God is the ultimate Scientist. He is the only expert who really does know everything.”
Based on Genesis 1 and Romans 1
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