Shallow Imagining

I recently joined one of those Facebook discussions about creation and evolution. Naturally there are atheists who believe in evolution and Christians who believe in creation, but the newest phenomenon are Christians who believe in their own imaginings. Consider this opinion:

“Thousands of books have been published that deal with how evolution works. It in no way would have made sense to describe evolution in the bible to a primitive people who would have simply been incapable of understanding the concept. Evolution has been proven. It is not up for debate. However, even the most staunchly atheist scientists will admit human evolution is unique, both in magnitude and duration. Our evolution should have taken much longer than it did. This is evidence of either a bizarre cosmic fluke or the presence of a guided intelligent design. That doesn’t make the bible wrong, just simplified and condensed, much like creating the world in seven days. Primitive people had no words for billion or trillion. They could not understand the concept because no analog for that number existed. So it was written in a practical way people could understand.”

The Bible isn’t wrong, it simply means something other than what it appears to say. What an elegant solution to the disconnect between believing God and believing evolutionary storytelling. Just pick something God should have said, and imagine He said it.

I began studying creation theory about 30 years ago when I became convicted that God was being thrown under the bus by the advocates of atheism masquerading as scientists. When I saw men like Ken Ham speaking at churches about creation science, I thought “how crazy…he’s preaching to the choir.” Boy was I wrong. There was no choir. All along, people in the church were doubting God and preparing to bail on Him. They were thinking about how they could re-imagine God’s Word to line up with their new ideas. By contrast, Psalm 111 describes the never-waivering God of the Bible and principled worship from His people.

“Praise the Lord ! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord ; They are studied by all who delight in them. Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever. He has made known to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are truth and justice; All His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; They are performed in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.”

I don’t know about you, but I can be inspired by forthright steadfastness, especially when it’s in opposition to shallow imagination. Ken Ham was a prophet. While church-goers wondered what the big deal was about evolutionary science, Ham saw the issue correctly as an inroad into the evolution of all social issues like marriage, homosexuality, and the redefinition of family. We are in this sorry place because we ignored the fundamental matter of truth. Is God who He says He is, or is He who we say he is?