Pastor's Corner

3 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

Where do we come from? No, I’m not asking about your place of birth or where you grew up. I’m asking the question that almost every adult has asked him or herself at least once in life.  Where did we all come from, how did all of this get here? The origin of life is something human beings have contemplated for as long as there has been written history.  But in our modern times most college professors, secular scientists and those outside of regular church attendance lean in only one direction, evolution.  Rarely will you hear the term prefaced with “theory,” because origin is a settled scientific fact to them. But for the rest of us who have been given the opportunity to examine the evidence presented with the theory of evolution, we come to the conclusion that there is just as much, if not more, evidence in support of Creationism or Intelligent Design.  The one thing both sides agree on is that there are really only two choices in the debate.  I am of the belief that most Creation deniers do so because they refuse to believe in God.  If they admitted His existence they would then have to alter other areas of their life that they are not ready to address, but that discussion is for another time.  As to the area of “proof/evidence” the secular science community claimed to hold all the cards. Rejecting Christian Scientist as fairytale and myth followers, their arguments have never been given the attention they deserved.  This blatant exclusion in the academic field of discussion has caused a void of reliable teaching material for Creationist educators.  Many were forced to seek information from several areas, pooling these ideas for instruction periods.  Thankfully a group of educators from Wheaton College have worked together over the past few years and have penned what is believed to be the first college-level textbook outlining mainstream scientific theories on origins of life and how they fit within a biblical framework.  https://www.christianpost.com/news/wheaton-scholars-pen-first-origins-college-textbook-bridging-the-bible-to-mainline-science.html

Based on over two decades of teaching origins at the historic Illinois evangelical higher education institution, the textbook, Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins, released last December, addresses many topics such as cosmic origins (Big Bang Theory), the geologic history of the Earth, the origin of life and diversity of life on Earth (evolution), the Genesis Flood, and Adam and Eve. Instead of looking at different theological views, the book focuses on the varying theories within the sciences. Different scientific and theological views are compared, but the book primarily presents mainstream scientific theories as a paradigm to be learned and understood through the workings of science.

The textbook proves that there is a big demand for understanding the alternative to what the majority of the scientific community presents as fact.  This will be a great tool for parents, pastors and Sunday School teachers alike.  It is sad that it has taken this long for the Christian community to come up to speed in this long debate but it is proof that God is still equipping men and women to present truth in the secular world.  

Pray for our teachers and students in secular education.  At times it is hard to maintain your faith when you are surrounded by so many adversaries but the release of this textbook demonstrates the fact that we are not alone in our efforts! 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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