IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE
THIS YEAR, Protestants cele- brate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (p. 52). Luther’s bold proclamation
against various practices of the Roman
Catholicism of that period is generally seen as the start of the Protestant
Reformation. Half a millennium later,
it is worth remembering the biblical
principles that inspired the Reformers to
stand against the political and religious
powers of the day.
Sola Scriptura—Scripture alone—
was one of the main slogans of the
Reformers. They argued that Scripture,
and only Scripture, is to be the ultimate
authority for Christians, even for the
church hierarchy and the pope himself.
Today, there is a need to re-emphasize
sola Scriptura in the area of creation.
For many Christians, uniformitarian
interpretation of science, not the Bible,
to origins, so they try to reinterpret the
Bible to somehow fit in a billions-of-
years timescale and evolution, rather
than interpreting science in the light of
the clear teaching of Scripture.
The saddest thing about this is how
unnecessary it is in light of what current
scientific research shows. In geology,
Mt St Helens (p. 23) shows that massive
catastrophic geological events can
drastically change the landscape, and
that flora and fauna can recover quickly
afterwards. In biology, we see how creatures are so well-designed that scientists
seek to copy them (p. 12, p. 43). Also, we
see creatures living in delicate balance
in wonderfully designed ecosystems,
such as coral reefs (p. 28).
When we take the Bible as our
authority, we can use Scripture to confi-
dently address a wide range of issues
that are important in today’s society.
When we understand that our doctrine
of marriage is grounded in creation, we
can speak compassionately and powerfully to the issue of same-sex attraction,
and expect God’s Word to transform
people (p. 46)! And when we understand the idea that humans are unique
image-bearers of the Creator God, we
can counter ideas about aliens and life
on other planets, and give answers to
people who have had confusing experiences (p. 16). In fact, Scripture is not
only authoritative but sufficient to speak
to such a wide range of issues, because
it is inspired by the God who created us.
So enjoy this issue of Creation —and
consider a renewed commitment to
the authority and sufficiency of God’s
Word! It’s the only foundation that we
can trust to address the questions that
people are asking in today’s society.
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