- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2003

The following are excerpts from a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. Lon Solomon at McLean Bible Church in Tyson's Corner.
On his second missionary journey, Paul was in Athens preaching on Mars Hill, just below the Parthenon, to a group called the Areopogus, the philosophic elite of that day [Act 17:22-24].
Paul tries so hard to repackage the message of Jesus Christ that he robs it of its power. And yet it still contains an incredible spiritual truth. He noticed the Athenians' altar to an unknown God, and said, "Now what you worship as something unknown, I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, is the Lord of heaven and earth."
Paul believed the biblical account of how the world came into being. But today, millions of Americans are taught in public schools the evolutionary model of the universe. For many, it has become a huge impediment to a decision for Christ. We must show that the Bible account is at least as reasonable.
I cannot prove the Bible account empirically, but nobody can prove the evolutionary model either. For us, it is important to know that the Bible claims are possible and not as far-fetched as your high school or college biology teacher led you to believe. In fact, the biblical version makes more sense if you look at it from a strictly scientific point of view.
Now, I am a preacher. But I earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry, and though I don't have a Nobel Prize, I hope I have enough background to talk about this. What does the Bible say? "In the beginning God." Not in the beginning man or protoplasm or hydrogen. When God "created the heavens and the earth," the Hebrew verb is "bara," which is used only with God. Only God can "bara." People never "bara."
The word means to create something out of nothing. God took nothing and made everything that exists, and everything the Hubble telescope is taking pictures of. Or as Paul put it on Mars Hill, "God made the world and everything in it." Time magazine reminds us, "The experts don't know for sure how old or how big the universe is. They don't know what most of it is made of. They don't know in any detail how it began and how it will end."
Given that they know so little, why won't the scientists give the Bible explanation a serious chance? If someone admits the world is created, then ipso facto you have to admit a Creator, a Creator who is a lot more powerful than you and I. If there is a Creator, then you and I are subject to this Creator. We should seek His will for our lives and run our societies by His rules.
But this is an act of surrender and capitulation that many scientists and experts are not prepared to make. This is not about science, but about lifestyle choice. It's about not submitting life to the Creator in this book, the Bible. Much of science is driven by an anti-Creator bias. But Psalm 19 tells us, "the heavens declare the glory of God."
There are more scientists than we realize who reject the evolution model of the universe or have severe reservations. Many of them recognize and omnipotent Creator or design. We've been duped into believing that every scientist rejects the Creation.
Friends, this question of beginnings is no precise science. Dr. Robert Jastrow, an astronomer and agnostic, says that the evidence looks a lot like the biblical account. For the astronomer using only reason, he says, this is like bad dream: "He has scaled the mountains of ignorance. He is about to conquer the highest peak, and as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries, saying, 'In the beginning God created the universe.'"
If this has been a hang-up for you and stopped you from knowing Jesus Christ, I say to you, be hung up no more.
Next week: a sermon by the Rev. Frank M. Reid III at Bethel AME Church in Baltimore
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