I’ve often said that everyone SHOULD question their faith. Blind faith actually hinders a person’s spiritual growth. Accepting something just because “the Bible says so” is as immature as it is irresponsible. Some assert that the Bible is clear in its message.
If that were really true, then there wouldn’t be tens of thousands of different denominations and sects within Christianity, would there? The reality is that nearly all of those groups claim to adhere to Scripture properly, while “those other guys” don’t. No, the Bible is NOT clear. It is as subjective as a person’s taste for food.
This is the very reason why teaching Creationism is not appropriate within an earth science class. Perhaps it would be better placed in history or social studies. Religious beliefs are just that: beliefs.
Beliefs are a powerful thing; people are willing to die for them, and in some cases, even willing to kill for them. Beliefs drive splits, tear apart families, and fuel the fires of hate and war across the globe.
Even among us Christians, we allow each other to be divided by beliefs, when Christ has called us to be One body with Himself as the head. So long as we worship our beliefs and doctrines above the Lord Himself, then we are committing the gross sin of idolatry.
There are indeed many different doctrines that use the word “Creationism” or “Intelligent Design.” None of them, however, are appropriate in the context of a science class.
I mentioned the space telescope and images of young solar systems. Here is where you can find them:
So yes, I do believe. I believe in the majesty and splendor of our God. His stunning creation has been concealed for billions of years, and now we’re just beginning to see just how magnificent it is.
What does Scripture have to say? Quite a lot, really:
Psalm 19:1: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Proverbs 25:2: 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
God has concealed a great deal from us, especially in this vast universe of creation. With every step, every picture, and every journey that we take in this–the creation of our Lord—in all its splendor—we learn just how glorious He really is.
These are matters of faith, though. It is not science.