I have to apologize for not getting this post in earlier, but yesterday I felt the need to be a fun dad and take my kids to the zoo. I don’t know what it is about zoos, but children always seem to enjoy themselves at them. Truth is, my inner child came out while I was there and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as well. It really is something to be able to see the king of the jungle up close and personal. Most of the times I have gone to a zoo the lion is so far away I feel like I cannot even get a real idea of the true size of these powerful creatures. Yesterday he was at the front of his enclosure. He was sitting a good 20 feet away! There was nothing sitting between he and I accept for a piece of glass. It truly was amazing. As we continued our journey we go to see a variety of God’s creatures. We saw more bats that I care to see, beautiful peacocks all over the grounds, king penguins which always capture my attention to see their beauty under the water. Speaking of under the water, we got to go through an enclosed aquarium enabling me to see sharks swimming above my head (not exactly a view I want to see outside of the aquarium). All day long we enjoyed seeing God’s handiwork. As the day drew to a conclusion we decided to catch a move at the IMAX on lemurs. After all, who doesn’t love lemurs? They are playful, cute, and according to my youngest they look like kitties. To top it off the voice of the iconic Morgan Freeman was heard throughout the film. He has such an easy voice to listen to. (I’d love to get a recording of him reading the bible). This is where the day took a turn that was inevitable. The movie began discussing the link between primates and humans. It discussed how millions of years ago this and that happened. It discussed how the lemurs evolved on Madagascar.
It never fails that while my children study about what fascinates them, they are taught about evolution. And it never fails that while I try to teach my children about creation, evolution, and whether or not this universe was created by God or evolved over billions of years that I am looked as the odd one. Perhaps some of you feel will feel that I am off base when it comes to teaching my children creationism. Some contend, like Bill Nye, that creationism stunts the growth of science, children’s maturation and is generally bad for society. Men like Bill Mahr have made a career at poking fun at those that believe that an almighty God created this world in six days. The mock our world view and how creationists are close minded and how the Christian world view is tearing apart the fabric of American society. They talk about how only be embracing science can a person truly be free.
Really? I am supposed to believe that they don’t have a world view that prohibits them from looking at this world through any other lens that evolution? The truth is, we all come to the same facts with a presupposition. Paul even warned that would be the case in his first letter to Corinthians. The Jews saw the preaching of the cross as foolishness because they could conceive a crucified saviour. The Jews believed that the Messiah was to come with certain signs. While Jesus certainly worked signs, the Jews were looking for a Messiah that would cast off the shackles of Roman tyranny and re-establish the state of Israel. That Israel would return to its glory days of David and Solomon. When this didn’t happen, when the professed Messiah died, when Jesus didn’t fit their preconceived ideas about what the Messiah was supposed to be they rejected the message (I Cor. 1:22-23). The Greeks certainly seemed interested in hearing the message (Acts 17:19). The Greeks were all about the accumulation of knowledge. They revered wisdom. Men like Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato were greatly revered in their society. But they had preconceived ideas. One of which was that they didn’t believe in a resurrection. So, when the message of Jesus’ was preached they scoffed at the idea (Acts 17:32). You see, the issue is not whether or not evolutionists or creationists have a preconceived idea. We both do. Evolutionists will see this world and the bible through the eye of one that doesn’t believe that a god exists. A creationist will look at the same facts and the same bible and the same world through the eye of one who does believe such a God exists. What we have to determine is which preconceived idea is the right supposition to take into any study that we engage in. Whether a bible study or a study of the sciences.
Let us go now to the question I proposed in the title of the article. Is my faith really blind. No. No it isn’t. When I go to a zoo I see the wonders of God’s creation. In fact, God said that if you need proof of his existence just look around. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made (Rom. 1:20).” When I see the intricacies of the human eye I don’t see evolution, I see a master builder. When I see the beauty of a sunset I don’t see the accidental accumulation of gases that bend light in a certain way, I see a master painter. When I see the majesty of the cosmos I don’t see billions of years, I see a God who wants me to seek Him, find Him, study Him, learn Him. My faith isn’t blind. I see my master, my creator, my God just fine.