There has been talk about whether Creation should be taught in schools because it is not science. While I will not argue over whether the Creation story should be taught in science class, I do believe that we as Christians could do a better job debating scientific arguments that are used in efforts to discount the Creation story. For someone who believes in a literal interpretation of Scripture, it seems clear that God created the world in seven days. However, any science that appears to support the theory of evolution seems to be treated as a threat that must be debated away. We enter into lengthy discussions in which we try to discredit anything that is not in line with our perception of what God’s creation of the world in seven days would look like. While I do believe in that God created the world in seven days, I would like to pose some challenges to our interpretation of Scripture.
I would argue that God is bigger than our understanding. It makes God seem small to say that we understand what the creation of the world was like. How can we possibly argue that evidence supports or contradicts the Creation story when we don’t fully understand God’s power? It makes God seem as though His power is measurable and comprehensible when we say that we can understand what happened at Creation. Does it matter that there is scientific evidence that may appear to support evolution? Instead of arguing that the evidence is wrong, I think it would make more sense to say that it gives us more insight into the Creation story. I would argue that God is so powerful that He could have used evolution or some other concept that we don’t know about yet as part of Creation. Reality is that we really don’t know what it looked like when God created the world.
Genesis 1:1, 2 (ESV) tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”Those verses imply that the earth, water, and darkness already existed before the seven days of Creation we typically think about. That could raise the question of when creation actually began. Maybe it began on that first day of the week, or maybe, and I think more likely, there is more to it than we know. We get a summary of how Creation occurred, but I don’t believe we can fully understand how or when it happened.
When faced with scientific arguments that are used to contradict the Creation story, I believe it would make more sense to argue that God is so powerful that we cannot possibly comprehend Him or how He created the world. Why believe in God if we can fully understand Him? The universe’s existence seems much less miraculous when we confine its beginnings to the realm of human understanding. If I can fully understand Him and the feats He accomplishes, why would I worship or follow Him? I would much rather believe in a God whose knowledge, wisdom, and power is far beyond my comprehension and imagination.