I'm a certified creationist — a Bible-loving, six-day-believing, global-Flood-teaching creationist. I believe man was uniquely created in God's image. All that stuff in the first 11 chapters of Genesis? Yep, I think of it as real, grade A history. Not only that, but I put my science where my faith is. Geology, biology, astronomy — they all line up with those lines of Hebrew. Now, all that might not surprise you. Creation and believing the Bible go hand in hand after all. But get this. When I’m talking or listening to an evolutionist — even an atheist one — I can actually nod my head in agreement in many areas. No, I don't mean about the weather or the sad state of my favorite sports team (come on, Cowboys). I mean about science.
Cue the scratched record sound.
Science? A creationist and an evolutionist agree on science? How could someone who believes that God made everything in six 24-hour days agree with someone who thinks that natural processes produced all we see over billions of years?
Actually, it's not as surprising as you might think. When we look at the universe around us, there are a lot of amazing things to see and study. No matter what our starting point (God's Word or human reasoning apart from God), the stuff we examine doesn’t change. Fossils are fossils, carbon atoms are carbon atoms, and stars are stars. Our belief about the age of the earth doesn't change the raw facts.
That doesn't mean we agree on how to properly understand those facts, but we'll get to that a bit later. First, let's take a closer look at some surprising areas of concord.
Creationists and Evolutionists Agree ... We Don't Have All the Answers
Stop me if you've heard this one before. "Creationists can't do real science because they start from the Bible and the Bible can't change. Real science means that we have to follow the evidence where it leads. Science doesn't rule out answers before we start."
Um — no. That's really not the case at all.
It is true that — as any Christian should — we believe the Bible is God's perfect Word. It records the true history of the universe as revealed to us by the one who saw everything happen. (It helps that He's the one who did the creating.) He can't lie, He has perfect understanding, and He has plenty of power to keep His Word (the Bible) safe and sound until it gets to us. So, that makes us confident we've got the real scoop on how we came to be.
But there's something you won't find in the Bible: every detail about how the universe works. The Bible gets it right when it does talk about science, but science really isn't the main focus — Jesus is. God tells us that He created and that He flooded the earth, but there are few, precious details about the how of it all. We'd love to have a detailed schematic of the Flood's inner workings, for example, but it's not there. Instead, we have something like an Instagram snapshot.
One thing's for sure, though — that leaves us with some big, unanswered questions. What did the types of animals that God created during the first week look like? What did Noah's Ark look like? How can distant starlight reach us in a universe that is only six thousand years old? And just like evolutionists, we also want to understand Higgs boson particles, to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and to discover what secrets a bombardier beetle could teach us about delivering needle-less shots.
The Bible doesn't turn off our brains. In fact, it really gets them going and leaves us with thousands of questions to explore.