Evolution & Genesis
Nature and Scripture, as we have seen, are complementary. This means that science and theology should be complementary, too. Might science and Genesis clash less than we think? Could God have used the process of evolution for the creation and diversification of life forms? Here some of the common objections are considered.
Evolution: From Satan?
One day I was walking the streets of London, sharing my faith in Christ, when I was invited to a service in progress. I agreed to join. The group was small, and their central doctrine was that the Theory of Evolution lies behind all the ills of our modern world, and is Satanic. If you accept evolution, you cannot be saved; but if you renounce evolution, then you can be a true Christian. The group welcomed me, until they discovered that I didn't agree evolution was a salvation issue. Their dogma may not have been flexible, but their church service was, and for the next hour the chairs were rearranged so that everyone faced me. I was grilled by their pastor in a special "convert Douglas" session. Alas, I remained an infidel, refusing to give up my faith in the Bible and science.
I was wondering if you can send me some material on the question that many Christians and others struggle with. Why is God so angry,violent and vengeful in the Old Testament and gracious in the New Testament? I would really appreciate if you can provide some good material on this subject.
Revelation's Two Volumes
SCRIPTURE: God's Book of Words | NATURE: God's Book of Works "Science contradicts the Bible!"
Skeptics frequently state that science refutes the Bible -- any intelligent, educated person must reject Scripture. What should we say in response? I reply, "Do you know what believers mean when we refer to God's two books?" I then explain that the book of words is Scripture, and the book of works is Nature. (This suggestion may be new to many of my readers. Persevere as I develop the idea. In the end, I believe it'll be worth it!)
Question:Parchment 470--a Catholic writing from 250 AD that says they worshipped Mary in the early Christian church. This is from a Catholic scholar's site from Canterbury England, I should have written down his name but I forgot to do so. He is trying to win Protestants to his Catholic faith.
This is our last installment on God in the Answering Skeptics series. Several future lessons are connected with this unit, but they fall under different categories, like Science or Jesus Christ.(To be determined, as the series is under construction.) We'll now spend a few weeks looking at how science helps us to believe. As usual, a recap of last week precedes today's lesson.
This is our last installment on God in the Answering Skeptics series. Several future lessons are connected with this unit, but they fall under different categories, likeScience or Jesus Christ. (To be determined, as the series is under construction.) As usual, a recap of last week precedes today's lesson. Recap: Gods that let you down
Recap: God -- Prove It!
If you're just joining the series, be sure to take a peek at last week's newsletter. In addition, you will find years of back bulletins at the website. Here are the high points from last time:
Today we continue our series Answering Skeptics with advice on how to respond when someone challenges you to "prove God." Before that is the recap from last week's topic, "The Old Man in the Sky."