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Faith vs. Science

evolution

The great Albert Einstein once said…

Before God we are equally wise – equally foolish.

And…

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

I’ve always respected this view. Science is important to faith. I can believe in a God who has built this world by the governing principles of science. What does it gain if the Bible indicates the world is 6000 years old (while the Chinese say it’s less than 5000) and science says it’s almost 14 billion years old? Wow, that’s a huge difference!

Oh! And evolution…

The faithful need not be afraid. Sure, there are parts of evolution theory that just doesn’t make common sense (you mean one day the son of a fish figured out how to breath air?). But the survival of the fittest certainly does.

So what is claimed to be ‘Facts of Evolution’? Watch this…

And what does science say about the timeline?

Look, I’ll be honest here. The Theory of Evolution still needs some work. But with that said, there does seem to be evidence that there was a natural progression among certain species most likely defined by ‘the survival of the fittest’. It’s actually kinda logical that the best beasts mated with the best beasts to have an offspring of the next generation of best-er beasts.

But where is God in all of this? I dunno. It’s totally possible that He could create an Earth that appears to be many more thousands years old (this is reasonable though a strange strategy).

At the end of the day, what I hold on to most is that there is a God who is very interested in being interactive with us daily. However, He’s gone through a lot of actions to get to where we are now. To me, this makes sense. To you, maybe not. And I’m okay with that.

I believe that my God loves me, cares about how I live my life, and wants me to spend eternity with Him. That thought, however, has no negative reflection on any scientific theory that in my view makes complete sense…to me.

Yes, it’s confusing and frustrating. But it’s what I believe.

What about you?

The Gospel Driven Life

Our pastor yesterday had a great quiz I wanted to share with you (transcribed from Craving Grace) based on Colossians 1:1-14.

What is the center of your thinking in our day to day life? What drives you? What makes us who we are?

Below is the quiz from the sermon. They are True/False questions.

Quiz:
1 – I tend to compare myself with other people.
2 – Most of the time I’m anxious about friends money school, family, etc.
3 – I rarely say I’m sorry.
4 – I need to be in control.
5 – Prayer is usually my last resort.
6 – I often feel discouraged and defeated.
7 – I tend to get defensive when told I’ve made a mistake.
8 – Most of the time I feel guilty and condemned.
9 – It’s all up to me.
10 – I often focus on the weaknesses and failings of other people.

As Mike said, these are all symptoms of life not driven by the Gospel. If you answered True to 1 or 2 statements then you’re doing pretty well. If you answered True to 3-5 then you’re doing okay but need help. If you answered True to 6 or more then you need to listen to the sermon.

Let’s put it this way, I needed to listen to the sermon. I encourage you do to it also.

Kim Phuc’s Story

Famous AP photo of Kim PhucRemember this photo from the Vietnam War? That girl was 9-year old Kim Phuc moments after napalm was dropped on her village.

Ever wonder what her story is? NPR published her essay:

I was 9 years old but I still remember my thoughts at that moment: I would be ugly and people would treat me in a different way. My picture was taken in that moment on Road No. 1 from Saigon to Phnom Penh. After a soldier gave me some drink and poured water over my body, I lost my consciousness.

Several days after, I realized that I was in the hospital, where I spent 14 months and had 17 operations.

But there is a happy ending. You can listen or read her essay on NPR.

Humans Behaving Badly

Once before a flight a flight attendant was asking for volunteers to allow someone to swap seats with someone else. A voice a few rows behind us volunteered saying, “I will! I can’t be around children.”

Another time on a flight there was an extremely overweight man sitting a few rows before me and across the aisle. The guy in front of him reclined to take a nap. The man took his forearm and angrily pushed the seat upright. He also exchanged angry words with the guy in front of him.

In the Nairobi, Kenya airport, our flight was scheduled to leave just before midnight. After several delays because of mechanical reasons, the flight was canceled around 2 in the morning. We were put up in a hotel and told we’d all be rebooked in the morning. One father complained bitterly and loudly to the messenger. She didn’t make any decisions about the flight. Finally he yelled, “Think of the children! They are sleepy! What are they supposed to do?’

One day while taking photos at Disney for people, a father wanted his tired and bashful 2-year-old daughter to smile for the picture. She didn’t want to and was a bit winy. He said to her sternly, “If you don’t smile…” then he turned his head and whispered something into her ear. After that instead of smiling, she shrieked and cried.

But the worst of them all are we who think we are better than all of these people. We’re not. A dose of humility never hurt any of us.

My missing Retirement posts

Due to the ‘bump’ last night, I’m reposting some posts that were missing. I’m compiling many of them to make it easier though I’m going to lose the old links. oh well. whatever.

These are two posts on LOST that were missing…

Today Patricia and I are announcing our official retirement from Campus Crusade.

Some have asked about the word ‘retirement’. The way we see it is there are many different words to describe “not working for someone anymore”. We have these different words to describe motivation, context, and emotion. We decided this was the best word to describe it.

Check out our family blog for the details.

As you know by now, both my wife and I are retiring from our service with Campus Crusade. Though I don’t post a lot here about that part of our life, I thought you might at least be mildly interested in what our time has been like there. So we put together Our Staff Career Slideshow.

send logan to africa dot com

Our next-door neighbors rock (especially after they started paying for lawn service)! 😉

We’ve gotten to know them over the years and watch their kids grow up. And now the oldest, Logan, wants to go to Africa with his dad:

My name is Logan and I live in Orlando, FL and I’m 9 years old. I love seeing the videos of the children in Africa when my Dad goes on his trips to Kenya. I would like to go to Africa to tell African kids about God, to help Hope Academy and the kids there, and to help my Dad with his videos. I am raising money to be able to go to Kenya in July 2008, and any donations will go to help me reach my goal. Thanks for your help!

Before you pass all this off, I must ask you to at least take a minute to check out the video on his site. I’ve seen it a few times and it is just awesome.

Read the Bible Chronologically in a Year

BibleThere are a lot of books, reading plans, and online resources to help you read through the Bible in a year. Many of them move you back and forth between reading parts from the Old Testament and parts from the New Testament. I’m not really a fan of those because I feel like I’m missing the bigger story.

One of the things that almost every plan has is a checklist for every day (read this today, read this tomorrow). Though I’m a box checker, when it comes to reading just about any book, I can’t do it that way.

So I have my own plan by reading it, not cover-to-cover, but in chronological order with no check boxes! My reading the Bible chronologically plan (PDF) is one I found and tweaked a bit many years ago. I’ve made it available so you can print and fold the paper in half and use it as a bookmark…or for notes.

The idea is not to check boxes every day, but give yourself plenty of grace reading what you can when you can. However, to do it in a year you need to average 3-4 chapters a day (that’s just the math of it all).

I’ve only done it once many years ago but it was great. I’m planning to do it again in 2008. Here’s some tips to doing this:

  1. Read a translation of the Bible that is easy to read. My favorite for this is the New Living Translation because it’s accurate and easy to read. You can read any version but the point here is to not make it hard on yourself (for me that would exclude the KJV (too hard) and The Message (a paraphrased book)).
  2. Give yourself plenty of grace as you work through it. Some days I didn’t read, other days I read a lot. I never gave myself a hard time about it and ended up finishing it in about 10 months.
  3. Read for the story, not the details. You’ll find a lot of details as you go, but the advantage of going in this order is you see the overall story. Read for that — more like a novel.
  4. The most common complaint about something like this is reading books like Leviticus. Well, here’s my advice: read from a higher level. Don’t get bogged down into the details of the text. See the overall picture of how God wants to take care of His people.

So I’m going to give it another shot in 2008. Anyone want to join me? Just download and print the reading the Bible chronologically plan (PDF) and read along.