These are excerpts from a sermon Sunday morning at the Church of Christ at Manor Woods in Rockville by Pastor Dyke McCord titled “Do Science and the Bible Conflict?”
The Bible opens with these words from Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
The two basic models that we have are evolution and creation. What is evolution? Evolution is understood in terms of “continuing natural processes without supernatural intervention,” just nature taking its course. …
The evolutionist says, enjoy life: “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” The evolutionary worldview has set us up as a casual, random passenger of time and therefore the authority of life. Evolutionists say, you are the god of your moments. Humanity is the authority in life. You are the final authority in your life.
But what does the creationist say? … Creationism is an understanding that, “according to supernatural processes, life was created by God.” If you take that first verse of the Bible, “God created,” and take that as valid, you are a creationist. …
God’s creation was also perfect. The Bible says in Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” It was perfect initially. What messed it up? When humanity decided to do things their way instead of God’s way.
Listen to Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” Every person has failed to do things God’s way, turning instead to their own human desires.
That’s the other definition of those who are creationists: God offers hope of eternal life for those who are in Christ Jesus. Evolutionists say, “There is no hope. You die, and it’s over. End of story.” But when you look to God’s Word, you discover that there is hope for you now and hope in eternity. You exist for a reason. There is hope and meaning and purpose in this life because there is a cause, a Creator, behind it. …
The definition of death, evolutionists say, is that it is the end. There’s nothing more. It’s just a natural process of life, and it’s been going on for years.
The Bible says that man’s death is the threshold of eternity. You are not just another animal to go through life doing whatever you feel. You are fashioned in the image of God. You have meaning and purpose and value. And the God of the universe loves you and wants to have a meaningful, intimate, eternal relationship with you. In fact, the Bible says, in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” …
Lady Hope of Northfield, England, who was a wonderful Christian woman, who was often at the bedside of Charles Darwin near the end of his life, recorded this: One day when she entered his room he was sitting up, propped up by pillows, gazing out on the far stretching scene of woods and cornfields, which glowed in the light of a marvelous sunset. He waved his hand toward the window as he pointed out the beautiful scene. In his other hand he held an open Bible, which he was always studying.
“‘What are you reading now?’ I asked. ‘Hebrews,’ he said. ‘The royal book, I call it.’ Then he placed his fingers on certain passages and commented on them. I made some allusion to the strong opinions expressed by many on the history of Creation and their treatment of the early chapters of the book of Genesis. He seemed distressed. His fingers twitched noticeably, and a look of agony came over his face.
“And he said, ‘I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering about everything all the time. To my astonishment, the ideas took — like wildfire. And people made a religion out of my ideas.’”
In Hebrews, the 11th chapter, the first several verses say, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”