As a Christian, I am thoroughly enthralled when exploring the world created by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 1). As a scientist, I see so many mysteries yet to be solved.
Invariably what I discover reveals more of God’s wisdom, awesome power, and His character which loves beauty and order. Yet we also see disease, decay, and death that mar the entire world around us (Romans 8:20–22). These are the result of God’s judgment of man’s rebellion and sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:14–19). Fossils, for example, are testimony to the global Flood judgment (Genesis 7:19–24), and the different human languages are a reminder of the dispersion judgment at Babel (Genesis 11:1–9).
What was at the heart of man’s rebellion that brought sin and death into the world? Was it not Adam and Eve’s doubt of God’s Word and His sovereign all-knowing authority? Satan set a trap by causing doubt: “Has God indeed said”? (Genesis 3:1). Adam and Eve fell for the trap by choosing to become their own authority, rather than totally submitting to God’s authority and what He had told them.
Sadly so many scientists and scholars today, even those who call themselves Bible-believing, fall for Satan’s same trap. This in spite of the apostle Paul’s warning (2 Corinthians 11:3). Rather than always beginning with God’s Word as our ultimate authority, they instead place more trust in the ideas and opinions of those who ignore, and even oppose, God’s Word as the basis for investigating earth’s history.
Haven’t we learned from the repeated failures of God’s people, Israel? Don’t we often think how “dumb” the Israelites must have been to repeatedly fail in their obedience to His Word? So often God delivered them by His powerful actions—the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the drowning of Pharoah and his army—but sometimes even within days they grumbled and rebelled against His authority.
Yet we are no better today! Over the past 25 years I have met so many professing Christians, including scientists and pastors, who are adamant that Genesis can’t really mean God created in six literal days only thousands of years ago; they also deny that God later judged the world with the global catastrophic Flood. They claim that geologic evidences presented by evolutionary scientists and scholars (evidences that have been interpreted without the Bible as the ultimate authority) don’t agree with the Bible! Well, of course they don’t! Therefore, they say, God’s Word can’t be taken literally, and has to be re-interpreted!
I am utterly amazed by this totally inconsistent reasoning. Those who are guilty of it are in reality accusing the infinite, all-powerful, triune Creator God of not being able to communicate accurately and clearly what He meant to tell us in His Word. Instead, the reasoning of sinful, finite, fallible men who are in rebellion against God is regarded as more reliable in explaining earth’s history!
This is why I am not ashamed to be a creation scientist. Science (so-called, 1 Timothy 6:20) cannot save me from God’s judgment which I deserve as a rebellious sinner. God in His grace and mercy has provided His free gift of salvation (John 3:16). The living Word, my Creator (John 1:1–3), died for me, so how can I not trust His written Word that He used by His Spirit to draw me to Himself? It is the fear of the Lord, not man and man’s opinions, that is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. And God has told us clearly in His Word (the Bible) that He created every thing in six days, and subsequently judged the whole earth by a year-long, mountain-covering, global catastrophic Flood.
One day we all have to stand before our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, to give an account of our lives (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Let us not forget that Jesus said: “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed” (Luke 9:26; Mark 8:38). I am not ashamed to be a creation scientist who stands on the authority of God’s Word. Will you stand with me?
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