This last Friday we began a 4-week series that responds to some of the most commonly asked questions about God and the Bible. The biggest topics tend to be creation and evolution, evil and suffering, sex and sexuality, and heaven and hell. We want everyone to understand that there is never enough time in one evening to answer all the questions out there on a particular topic of any kind. When it comes to these popular and confusing issues, there are many different things to be discussed. But our goal with this series is to begin a conversation, but not end it. We aim to bring these issues under the authority of Scripture and find life and peace in the process. The church should be the best place to engage each other and have our hearts and minds shaped by the Bible.
We began by watching a Matt Chandler video on RightNow Media that focuses on whether science truly destroys faith, particularly faith in the God and the biblical account of creation. We encourage students to ask further questions of parents, pastors, teachers, and other resources. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide access to this video here in the blog, but here’s a brief recap.
- Faith and science are not at odds. In fact, much of what we now know as modern science was born out of devout Christian individuals’ desire to explore the working of the world that they believed God created. There is also a sense in which faith is exercised by atheists and evolutionists, as well. At the end of the day, there will always be things that cannot be proved by humans, but that does not mean they have not, cannot, or will not ever happen. Science does not disprove miracles, by the way! Miracles happen precisely because they are performed by the God who established natural laws and boundaries. He has every right and power to bend those laws since he is outside of them. This is no surprise. So we can believe in the world being spoken into existence out of nothing, water being turned into wine, and Jesus being raised from the dead. Check out 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, where Paul appeals to the proof of Jesus’ resurrection because of more than 500 eyewitnesses, many of whom were wiling to die in order to stand by their testimony. The resurrection is a much more important miracle to wrestle with than the creation account!
- Do not be discouraged by a lack of knowledge on creation and evolution matters or your inability to confidently refute opposing beliefs. There will always be people who try to make you feel stupid or irrelevant, old-fashioned or childish, for claiming the God exists and that everything in the Bible is true (Luke 9:5). Take your stand in Christ and ask God for strength, wisdom, and most of all, compassion. Almost no one will decide to follow Christ because you argued them into it. They will be won over by love, particularly the love of God shown through his people. Don’t forget that it is only God who changes hearts and opens blind eyes, not you (1 Corinthians 1:18). Moreover, don’t forget that God can save anyone (Isaiah 59:1) Be patient with others, pray for them, don’t lose heart, and take every opportunity God gives you to interact with others and share about the hope that you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).
- Friday, November 23 | Big Questions: Evil and Suffering
- Friday, November 30 | Big Questions: Sex and Sexuality **
- Friday, December 7 | Big Questions: Heaven and Hell
- Christmas Party (originally Friday, December 14, but will be moved to another date, potentially Friday, December 21, due to half of our students being out-of-town on a school related trip)
** Guys and girls will split for our discussion portion. Both groups will be led by a combination of youth leaders and other adults form the church. Please come prepared to engage with the thoughts and questions they present and think of questions you would personally like to ask about sex, sexuality, dating, marriage, gender issues, etc. Join us in praying for this evening to be both encouraging and enjoyable!