08 February 2014

A Parable Parallel: On the recent creation/evolution debate

How exciting to see two learned men address the oldest question there is: Where did we come from?

But some Christians may get frustrated when watching this debate, thinking something like this: Why doesn't God just reveal Himself and silence all the doubters?

Well, that question isn't new. Jesus Himself faced this stubborn doubt and need for "proof." The Bible says that He began His public ministry by speaking in the synagogues and openly declaring the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. However, after being rejection by the religious leaders, He started speaking in parables. He reserved His truth for those who sought Him, not just His miracles.

Everyone could see what He could do, but He hid the Kingdom from unbelievers. When Pharisees and Sadducees came to Him asking for "a sign" in Matthew 16, Jesus called them a "wicked and perverse generation." They already had an abundance of "signs"--fulfilled prophecy, miracles, teachings, etc.--yet did not believe. An unbelieving heart, demanding proof, will never be convinced. It is through humility and grace that any of us see God.

Jesus explained his parables to his disciples, not to the crowds.

It's the same today. Creation is all around us. We can all see what He can do, but the truth of the Kingdom of Heaven is hidden like a parable.

Unlike so many Facebookers today, Jesus isn't interested in having the most followers. He does not water down His gospel so more people will come to Him. The basic truth is this: the call to Christianity is a call to die. Jesus said, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" (Matthew 16:24-26a).

Our God is not in a debate with the world. He is Lord, and there is no opposition that can stand against Him. He feels no pressure to prove Himself or to gain a better reputation in the eyes of the "outside" (as Bill Nye labeled science apart from the Bible).

Jesus wants our hearts and will settle for nothing less.

So do not feel defeated if someone does not bend to the passions and presentations of great Christian apologists like Ken Ham (whom we can all appreciate and admire), for God's Kingdom is hidden like a parable--and unbelievers will not see the truth unless they open their hearts to change.

Jesus will gladly interpret His Word if we ask. Just as Ken Ham explained, the Bible is there and has the answers--but we must approach it with humility and a teachable spirit. It is not a reference book to prove our research. It is the parable explained.

The Bible is the truth that defines us: our origins, our purpose, our future hope.

Did you watch the debate? What was your "takeaway" and how did you feel when having your view countered? 

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you so much. The Bible also says not to cast our pearls before the swine. We won't be able to convince everyone. The best we can do with someone who doesn't want to hear what we have to say is to let them know where they can find the answers and then move on. Thanks for the post.


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