Devotional Thought : Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2
Prior to reading The Language of God by Francis Collins I was very much a creationism but now I’m in a quandary. Collins argues very convincing for evolution and since I’m not a scientist it is difficult for me to know how strong his evidence really is.
Therefore I found one of his most telling arguments comes out of history rather than science. In 1633 Galileo was tried and placed under house arrest. His publications were banned all because he believed the world revolved around the sun. At the time the church believed that the sun revolved around the world and quoted the following Scriptures: Psalm 93:1 “The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved”; Psalm 104:5 “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved” and Ecclesiastes 1:5 “The sun rises and the sets, and hurries back to where it rises”. Only in 1992, 359 years after Galileo was tried, was an apology issued by the Pope. People came to believe the world revolved around the sun in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and Francis Collins believes a similar thing will happen with evolution.
Francis Collins is a good spokesman. He has excellent credentials as a scientist. He can address issues from an evolutionary point of view and challenge the likes of Richard Dawkins for which I am grateful.
For myself, I think I need to be careful. I cannot speak categorically on things I know so little about. The Bible was never intended to be a science book and often uses poetry, word pictures and allegories to make a point. I do know that, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) I just don’t know how He did it or how long He took!