I got to thinking about creation while I was at the Museum Geologi in Bandung. It was while I was watching a video about how the universe and the earth got started. They were basically showing the big bang theory (not the TV show, the actual theory) and explaining how the earth evolved. It was a really well done video but I didn’t finish watching it. That’s because I’m already familiar with this version of events – I did high school physics, chemistry and biology for years so there’s no way I could miss it. I wandered away from the audiovisual display as I reflected on the fact that I had accepted the theory for all of my adult life, but in recent years I had re-thought my position.
I told you a week ago that I believe my Bible. I believe every word of it. I believe things happened as my Bible says they happened or that they will happen the way my Bible says they will happen. I believe every word of it from Genesis to Revelation. Every. Single. Word. I don’t think I can be a true Christian and say that I don’t believe some parts of it. I don’t believe that we get to pick and choose which stories we’ll buy and which we’ll discard. My opinion is, if I don’t believe a part of it, then I can’t claim to believe it at all. There’s no such thing as partial faith. The very nature of faith means that there’s an absence of doubt. So I can’t say that I have faith in God and that I believe His word, but only some parts of it or even most of it. That makes no sense at all. It’s all or nothing. That’s what faith is.
For most of my adult life, I was wishy-washy about what I believed about the things my Bible says. And because I was also a people-pleaser, I didn’t want to disagree with people too much or seem stupid to believe the creation story. So if asked, I would say that I believed the creation story was symbolic – God didn’t create the earth in one week, that one week in God’s eternity could be millenia in our time. I would say that I believed that the Bible was symbolic when it talked about how man was created, and that we actually evolved, as Charles Darwin and his successors said. I was a sleepy, in-name-only Christian, going about my business, trying not to offend anyone or seem silly.
Then almost 2 years ago, I woke up. I woke up because some things happened in my life that woke me up. God figured centrally in my awakening and as I dealt with the events that had woken me up, I started developing a real, intimate relationship with Him. I had read my Bible from cover to cover before, a few times in fact, but now I really started to think about the things I read there. I also started to receive godly counsel from a couple of godly, spiritual mentors with whom God blessed me. And I decided to stop being a wishy-washy, middle-of-the-road, sleepy Christian who cares more about what other people think than about what God thinks.
I found it impossible to make excuses for God anymore, trying to make His word acceptable and seem not stupid to the scoffers, so that I wouldn’t seem stupid to believe it. God didn’t need me to do that; He only needed me to actually believe that He is who He says He is and have faith in Him. How, then, could I continue to take some pieces of His word and leave other pieces? I couldn’t do it. I made a decision to actually be faithful to Him instead of just saying that I was. I decided to become a real Christian instead of an in-name-only Christian.
So, yes, I believe that God created the world and everything in it in 7 days. I believe that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for all our sins so we don’t have to pay the ultimate price, if we believe in Him and acknowledge Him. And I believe that some day Jesus will return and every single thing foretold in Revelation will happen. I believe it as literal truth, not as an allegory or a fantasy or anything other than actual, literal truth.
Because how can I say that I have faith in Him if I don’t actually believe what He says?