This last week has been a record breaker for hits at Speaking of Grace. I had more people visit in the last week than had ever visited in a month. Last Monday alone over 200 people visited, while Google does not need to be afraid, I may have found a way to meet a need. We will see how things progress this week, but hopefully I have interested enough of you to keep coming back to our study of When Christian’s Get It Wrong by Adam Hamilton. I still have a few copies of the book, if you are in the Davenport area stop by the church. Please comment and join in the discussion, the only rules I have are that your comments are not vulgar or insulting, and you do not call people names.
As I mentioned in an earlier post I am really looking forward to this chapter and its conversations. I am a person that is probably considered very well-educated. I have a wide variety of interests and science is an area that has intrigued me for many years. I am a person that sees God at work in this world and I find science a way that expands my understanding of God. For me it was very freeing to see Hamilton write on page 31 “Christians get it wrong when they science as a threat to faith, or when they try to make the Bible a scientific text book.”
I am a “Big Idea” person, by that I mean I want to understand the important things, I want to “take away” the main idea or theme from things. I believe that many of us get too wrapped up in the details of the creation accounts in Genesis. I do not know whether God created it all in six days, nor do I think that is the important thing to remember here. I do believe that God created everything, and did so from nothing. What that looked like and whether I understand it to have occurred as you do is not the “big idea,” the take away is that God did it.
Evolution is a trigger word, it is a word that instantly fires people up. Hamilton wrote that God is not afraid of science or evolution. He believes, and so do I, that problem with evolution occurs when “the theory is misused and applied to ethics, or until someone uses it to suggest that there is no purpose or order to creation.” I understand this to mean that call it what you want, God did it. There is plenty of room in science for God.
The more I learn about physics, biology, astronomy and other sciences the more I am awed by our creator God. I believe that in the beginning God created everything. When I learn about the inner workings of a cell or atom; when I read about the vastness of space; when I see how intricate the simplest life forms are I am amazed even more by our God. Creation continues and so does our understanding of the world around us. I look forward to your comments. I went a slightly different direction today hoping to create some interest and excite people at the ame time.