We should reject naturalistic evolution, but put our faith on the line only over those alternatives that are unquestionably biblical.
There is not one shred of scientific evidence or unequivocal biblical authority for believing that the universe was created either by Charles Darwin in 1859 or by William Jennings Bryan in 1925.
That leaves us with several choices:
1. God created the world with the help of Archbishop Ussher at 9 A.M. on October 23, 4004 B.C.
2. The material universe is eternal and has evolved forever on the basis of blind chance.
3. In the beginning God created matter and the rules by which it operates, and then left it to endure on its own without his help.
4. In the beginning God brought the universe into being and since then has guided its course and proved sufficiently interested in how it turns out to interact with it directly along the way.
We favor view four and would like to explain why. That immediately raises such questions as: Where do we get our information?
Does The Bible Teach The Truth About Science?
We may hold scientific truth in varying degrees of probability, and may in time be proved wrong. But still, from our study of science we know some few things about the physical universe to be true.
Our question here, however, is of quite a different order. Evangelicals believe in another source of truth—the Bible. It is, in fact, the infallible Word of God. Therefore, in addition to what we know from science, we also accept the complete truth and divine authority of all the teachings of Holy Scripture.
But granted that the Bible is a book of truth, how may we determine what the Bible says? The truths of Scripture, like the truths of science, do not spring out automatically. In a way analogous to the scientific ...1
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