by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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.” Hebrews 11:3
Universe. The single [uni] spoken sentence [verse] in which we live.
By faith–absolute certainty in what we cannot see–we understand its beginnings. Not hypothesize or theorize at them, not fantasize or mythicize them. We understand–intelligently–that the single spoken sentence in which we live is, “Let there be.” God’s command spoken into nothingness. God’s command alone that created all that is.
But that’s not science. Well, it depends.
Science is defined as the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena [www.thefreedictionary.com/science]. Neither creationists nor evolutionists were present at the beginning to observe how the universe was formed, but we can observe how the universe behaves in our lifetimes.
The only problem is that observations are generally interpreted through the basic beliefs of the observer. So someone who has faith in God sees God’s handiwork in alignment with scripture as they observe the natural world. On the other hand, a person who does not believe in God [an atheist who in general is a proponent of evolution] sees the observable world through the lens of their atheistic beliefs. In other words, they have to find a way to explain the world we live in without God.
But a belief in evolution takes just as much faith as creation and maybe even a little more.
An evolutionist does not try to explain where all the matter in the universe came from or how how/why it started spinning and compacting to create a big bang. Though they will often discredit the Christian for not being able to explain where God came from or how He made everything out of nothing.
An evolutionist does not hesitate to suggest that millions and billions of years of rain on rocks sparked a single living cell that mutated into every life form we see on the planet today–plant or animal. But these same evolutionists take umbrage at the idea that one of each kind of animal from Noah’s ark resulted in all of the diversified species of the animal kingdom.
A Christian takes God at His written Word. God observed. He identified. He described exactly what and how He made, why it’s breaking down, and how we can expect it all to function until He comes. So maybe Christianity isn’t considered science because we don’t need experimental investigation or theoretical hypothesizing to understand how the world got here. We accept God’s Word as truth by faith and we interpret the rest of the observable phenomena based on this foundational understanding.
The evolutionist is still experimenting, theorizing and digging to find their truth, because by faith–absolute certainty in the beginning that they also did not see–they believe that matter created itself, blew itself up and, through genetic experimentation, arranged itself into the organized systems that we have in the universe today–from the vastness of the universe itself to the minuteness of an atom and everything in between.
One last question to consider, in our 6,000 year old fossil record the evolutionist has only looked for an ape-man transitional species. But if macro-evolution from species to species is an observable truth, where are the fossils that link each of the species as they evolved into the next?
God’s Word says they do not exist. Science has not discovered their existence, though by faith, they believe that one day they will. By faith, I believe science will never find any missing link inter-species fossils, because God’s Word is truth.
Who do you put your faith in?