Science, the Bible, Creation and Evolution
Last Sunday we heard a helpful message concluding that science is indeed reconcilable with the Bible (and vice versa). In fact, its Author is the Lord of science, and the very framework within which science operates – its laws – originate in God.
Whenever Christians talk about science and the Bible, there can be a bit of disagreement; particularly over the mechanism or way God created. This disagreement isn’t something we should discourage, when it is done in love.
At Westminster Chapel, we hold to the FIEC statement of faith and these things are primary for us. But we also adopt the particular theological distinctives of Commission, the family of churches we’re a part of, such as our position on baptism and the gifts of the Spirit still operating today. A particular belief in creation is a secondary issue for us, where it does not conflict with the above. That’s because we prize gospel unity wherever possible; “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” wrote Paul (Ephesians 4:3).
This doesn’t mean we should avoid further study on this issue though – “What’s the point if it’s not primary?” – not at all! Let’s go deeper. Let’s read more and talk more, whilst being respectful that other people may hold a different view on this issue, conscious that there may be blind spots in our own perspectives.
When I read Genesis 1, I prefer to begin with making much of God, focusing on the Maker, before getting to the mechanism, as far as possible. Genesis 1 is the overture to the Bible in which God introduces himself as the eternally generous, all-powerful God. It’s important we don’t miss this and become distracted through debate.
If you are looking to dig deeper here (and I think we all should), a helpful starting point would be Andrew Wilson’s blog outlining 10 models or approaches.
I’d also recommend you book a ticket and come to the event we’re hosting, The Bible – Myth or History?