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Where It All Began

Where It All Began

We love to argue about theories. I do not care if it is the strangest conspiracy theory you have ever heard or a theory about parenting…we enjoy a good debate. Most of those conversations happen because there are two sides to the story, which allows for discussion.

One of my favorite debates happened around dinosaurs and evolution, but it was not in an academic arena between two learned scholars. No…the debate involved a paleontologist and a massage therapist. It was fictional, and it played out on the show “Friends.”

Phoebe does not believe in what Ross knows to be true about evolution. Ross is blown away by the idea that she does not believe in evolution and the place the  dinosaurs played in that process. He presents his proof, which included taking evidence from the museum to his sister’s apartment. He says, we have actual proof of evolution, but she does not buy it. 

Phoebe does not offer up a theological opinion or another accepted scientific position. Instead, she suggests maybe the aliens put the evidence there when they set up the earth. In the end, she gets Ross to acknowledge that evolution is not a fact but is still a theory at the end of the day.

I have said it multiple times: we all live by faith. Scientists, atheists, massage therapists, and followers of Jesus are all people of faith. We put our hope and our future into something, and it is all based on belief that it is the right thing to do. There is no certainty in life, but we are trusting through faith that we are living for the right things.

When it comes to the Bible, we process everything we read with faith. This is true with Jesus’ story in the New Testament as well as the foundation of it all in the Old Testament. When our story begins in Genesis, we see God creating. Whether you are a creationist or you believe in intelligent design, God is the source of all things.

Jesus refers to the creation account from Genesis when He talks about humanity being created male and female. He mentions Cain killing Abel, a righteous man. Luke lists the genealogy of Jesus and mentions Adam. We know the creation account was important to Jesus, and however we believe that account happened, we can learn from it.

This Sunday, we begin a new series called “Back to the Garden.” We will look at what happened in the fall and how we can learn from that today. Adam and Eve are not too different from us, and God has provided a way back. See you Sunday!

Blessings to you,

Joe

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