I believe in Creation.  (gasp!)  I also didn’t watch the Nye / Ham debate.  But I’ve seen a lot of stuff floating around Facebook and Twitter and I have a few things to say.

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Number one: I’m deeply saddened by the way both Creationists and Evolutionists have been treating each other.  The disparaging comments flying back and forth are an embarrassment and a reproach on both sides.  Shame on everyone who’s making fun of or insulting someone who doesn’t believe the same as you.  I have lots of friends who believe in Evolution and we can get along perfectly well even though we have a difference in opinion.  

Besides, just because someone believes in Creation doesn’t mean they don’t agree with the majority of scientific fact.  (Jesus on a dinosaur, really?  You really think Creationists believe in that?)  And just because someone thinks Evolution is true doesn’t mean they are any less spiritual.  The Scientist views the world through a framework of preconceived ideas, just like a religion.  There is a whole lot of fact in belief, and a whole lot of faith in science.

Let’s face it, this isn’t really a debate about Creation or Evolution.  It’s a debate about the existence of God.  And that’s not a debate that can be won.  The scientific method is never going to explain to a Christian that there is no God.  And no believer is going to prove the existence of God to a die-hard atheist.  

All I know is I believe because I’ve experienced God in a tangible, irrefutable way.  But I can’t measure him.  I can’t put him in a graph.  So unless he reveals himself that way to others, and they’re listening, there is no empirical way to prove him.  

Here is the best way I can show you my point of view.  Not to convince you.  Not to belittle you.  Just to inform.  It doesn’t come from a theological treatise or a scientific journal, but the immortal words of Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, from C. S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair.

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Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself.  Suppose we have.  Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.  Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world.  Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.  And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it.  We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right.  But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow.  That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world.  I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it.  I’m going to live like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”

Creation or Evolution, Science or Faith, God or No God: I’m going to live like there is one.  Because loving God and loving your neighbour strikes me as better than the strong survive.  And I’d much rather believe there is a Kingdom coming where evil and sadness will be gone than to think that this is all there is.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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