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I read The Associated Press article “Noah’s ark of biblical proportions ready to open in Kentucky” (by Dylan Lovan) in the Grand Rapids Press this morning.  There is one quote from this article that makes me so sad.  Sad as a word doesn’t even begin to describe the depth of emotion and righteous anger I feel to defend the gospel of Jesus, much like Paul felt in Galatians.  Here is the quote, from Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark:

“I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history” -Ken Ham

Christian outreaches?

When did we start evangelizing people to Christianity using Noah’s ark?  Is this what Jesus had in mind in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)?

I am so serious with this.

Rather than going off in this blog post, which my inner filter is telling me not to do, I ask that readers check out a previous article I did about Noah’s Ark and how to read Genesis.  It was in two parts, the 2nd part is where you’ll find the meat of my argument against the view Ken Ham is peddling:

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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And no, this Scripture passage is not a direct shot at Ken Ham, but it ought to give all of us plenty to pause over.  Paul was not messing around, and neither should we:

Galatians 1:8-9 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

There are lots of parts in the Bible I don’t like.  And I’m not talking about sins I’d like to commit that the Bible tells me not to, that’s a different conversation.  I’m talking parts of the Bible that make me cringe.  Parts that don’t make sense to my 21st century American mind.  Parts that feel like they don’t fit with my idea of who God is supposed to be.

Most of us, if we’re honest, feel the same way about various parts of the Bible.  Here’s the number one thing we cannot do:  We cannot dismiss or alter parts of the Bible we don’t like simply because we don’t like them.

We can’t do this because the Bible is where we find out who Jesus is and how to be saved.  If we start selecting the parts we like and don’t like, where is the credibility of any of it?

Before jumping into my personal most-cringe-worthy Bible texts, two very important things to remember: Continue Reading…

I was so sad after talking with someone in our ministry who had recently put their faith in Jesus and gotten baptized.  I asked this person how their Bible study was going and they told me it wasn’t…because they didn’t believe anymore.  I asked them why they didn’t believe and they told me it was because they believed in evolution and they realized they couldn’t believe in both the Bible/Jesus and evolution.  So they gave up their faith.

In response to this, I asked Anna Groves to write a guest post about this subject, with the aim of speaking to people in a similar boat as this person.  It breaks my heart to think people are missing out on Jesus’ shed blood for their sins because they think it is incompatible with evolution.  Anna is a 4th year PhD student at Michigan State University in the Plant Biology department and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program.  She blogs about the co-mingling of faith and science at her blog.  What follows is a guest post from Anna Groves, who was gracious enough to write this for; feel free to comment within the blog comments and Anna and/or myself will interact with you, and you can also interact directly with Anna via her blog.  For those curious, these are Anna’s views, not mine.  I don’t agree with 100% of what Anna says, but I do think it is 100% helpful to so many people out there, one of whom might be you:

Can someone believe in evolution and still have saving faith in Jesus?

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Some Christian friends of mine are PhD students in one of Michigan State University’s science departments.  They recently told me about the stir the November 1st Origin Summit is causing among their colleagues and about their tension in how to respond.  The Origin Summit is a one day conference being held at MSU arguing for creationism and setting out to debunk evolution.  There are debates going back and forth amongst their non-Christian scientist colleagues on if they should aggressively confront those putting on the conference or if they should just ignore them so as to not draw the attention the creationists are looking for.

This saddens me as a follower of Jesus in so many ways.

Do I start with how there are multiple views of creation within orthodoxy and that those who know proper hermeneutics clearly understand that a 7-day, 24 hour day, young earth creation account is not the only view a Bible-believing Christian can hold about creation?

Or do I start with the attacking, mocking, arrogant, prideful (sinful), little-man-syndrome method that these creationists are using to promote their conference?

Or do I start with how these creationists are acting as if their message about the age of the earth is the gospel itself?

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(This is Part 2 from yesterday’s post: Is a far-fetched story like Noah’s Ark enough to dismiss Jesus?)

One is to reject the Bible all together.  I can’t believe in talking snakes and a first man who was created from the dust, so I reject everything in the Bible and hope for the best.  If I stand in judgment of a holy God someday, I’ll tell him the beginning of his book didn’t make enough sense for me.

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