In the last newsletter I discussed the possible origins of
the book of Genesis. (You can find the article Origins of
Genesis on the website.) Next to the Gospels themselves, this is
the most important book in the Bible because Genesis lays the
foundation for the entire Bible.
For many years there has been an attack on Genesis in Western
culture. During the 16-, 17- and 1800s there was a growing
questioning of the Bible among some intellectuals, and this doubt
became focused when Darwin published The
Origin of the Species.
The theory of evolution quickly became popular and directly
challenged the Biblical account of creation.
For the last forty years or so Christians have made a head-on
assault on the theory of evolution by citing many scientific
evidences that Darwinism cannot possibly work. In recent years the
principle of irreducible complexity has brought a new
perspective and good ammunition into the battle.
The issue, however, is much more than a scientific one. It
goes to the very heart of how we view reality. What we consider as
being real determines how we live. In this newsletter I want to
briefly look at three things that shape our view of reality.
Truth. Evolution and the Biblical account of creation are at complete odds
with one another. The two are contradictory and cannot be
reconciled. To state it simply, one is true, and the other is not.
In order to conclude which is true we need to understand the very
nature of truth.
In the philosophy which has dominated our culture over the
last 200 years, truth is defined purely empirically. That is, we
cannot know anything outside of our intellect applied to information
collected by our five senses. If that is the case, then there is
nothing that can be known outside of the material universe, and
truth changes as our knowledge of the universe changes.
The Bible, however, takes a completely different perspective.
Truth is not a thing. Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth,
(John 14:6) Truth is embodied in the person of Jesus, and
since Jesus is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever,
(Heb. 13:8) truth is both
unchanging and eternal. Truth must be totally consistent with the
person and nature of Jesus. Anything contradictory to the nature of
Jesus cannot be true.
Just as the truth is totally embodied in Jesus, so also is
Knowledge. In the same manner, knowledge is popularly considered to
be information that is collected and organized. Intelligence is thus
measured by how one can deal with knowledge; that is, how a person
solves a problem by applying systematic logic to an array of related
When God created man and woman and placed them in the garden,
His one command was that they should not eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. Gods design was that He would
reveal to man that which he needed to know in order to avoid
Knowledge comes from revelation, and there is nothing we know
or can know except that God has revealed it to us. Consider the
words of Moses:
secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed
belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the
words of this law. (Deut.
believe this extends to all knowledge. In the history of science,
for example, virtually every new concept, from gravity to quantum
mechanics, seemed to come out of the blue. Not one thing has
been discovered that God meant to keep secret.
This is especially true of Himself. We can only know God to
the extent that He has chosen to reveal Himself. God has revealed
Himself in many ways, including His creation and the Bible.
Although we can know something of God in many ways and from
different sources, He has chosen to make the most complete
revelation of Himself in Jesus. The highest level of the knowledge
of God is to walk in intimate fellowship with Him as one would a
father. It is to converse with Him, revealing our thoughts and
feelings to Him, and having Him reveal His thoughts and feelings to
This type of the knowledge of God can only happen through
Jesus. At one point Jesus said to the Pharisees, I and the Father
are one. (John 10:30) Later He said to the disciples, no
one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6) Notice that
Jesus refers not simply to God, but to God as Father. When one is in
Jesus, he goes from being a son of disobedience to adoption as the
son of God.