Focal Passages: Genesis 1:1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 26-27
Ken Ham wrote an article in 1999 called, Creation: ‘Where’s the Proof?’ In the article, he helps the reader understand how creationist and evolutionist, Christian and non-Christians all have the same facts about the world. The difference, however, is how each person interprets those facts.
Ham explains, “We all exist in the present – and the facts all exist in the present. When one is trying to understand how the evidence came about (Where did the animals come from? How did the fossil layers form? etc.), what we are actually trying to do is to connect the past to the present. However, if we weren’t there in the past to observe events, how can we know what happened so we can explain the present? It would be great to have a time machine so we could know for sure about past events. Christians of course claim they do, in a sense, have a “time machine.” They have a book called the Bible which claims to be the Word of God which has always been there, and has revealed to us the major events of the past about which we need to know. On the basis of these events (Creation, Fall, Flood, Babel, etc.), we have a set of presuppositions to build a way of thinking that enables us to interpret the evidence of the present.”
I concur with Ham. Giving proof that God created the world must involve the creation narrative in Genesis.
Likewise, when we answer the question, “How did we get here … and why?” it only makes sense to start with the Bible. Think about it. If the facts are the same for all people, we have two major options.
One, we trust God’s explanation of how the world began, or two, we believe the opinions of finite men. Ultimately, both options require faith because we were not there in the past.
How will you respond? Will you trust God at His word or will you rest in the thoughts of man? For more information, check out answersingenesis.org – it is a helpful resource.