Reasons to Believe

Staying Connected 2007 May

It Goes Without Saying…I Didn’t Mention My Faith

My walk with Christ began during my freshman year in college. The group of Christians who helped me get started in the faith attended a thriving church, and as I attended with them, the people there established me on a firm foundation.

Meanwhile I pursued my studies in earth sciences, toward the goal of becoming a high school science teacher. The challenges of being at a secular university openly hostile to Christian ideals didn’t bother me much, but I was deeply bothered by what I was learning in my science classes. Sometimes I tried to discuss my science questions with Christian friends and mentors, but I was always met with a stern warning to avoid the unbiblical and obviously incorrect teachings of my professors. It goes without saying, I didn’t mention my faith to the professors and students I spent so much time with. I had too little knowledge to defend the Bible against their critique, and I also feared repercussions: the apparent need to choose between my faith, which I wouldn’t give up, and my interest in the sciences, which was so much part of me. Needless to say, I was painfully conflicted.

What I learned about the universe, physics, geology, and more made perfect sense to me. But at the same time, I couldn’t accept the idea that humans resulted from random evolutionary advancement. Because I couldn’t see a way to reconcile these facts with Scripture, I decided to continue my science studies and my faith studies in silent separation. I tried searching on my own for a resolution but was never happy with my findings. It made no sense to me that God, who used His awesome power to create the universe, would apparently sit back and let evolution be the mechanism to produce humans, His greatest creation. Nor could I accept a “gap” theory that separated God’s early creation from His late creation in a way that could never be scientifically tested.

I didn’t start to see the harmony between God’s creation and the Christian Scriptures until I discovered Reasons To Believe and its resources. I scoured the Web site and began to read the books by RTB authors. I still look forward to each new publication with great anticipation. This past year I started listening to Creation Update on my iPod. What a program!

As a science teacher in a public high school, I must be careful how I share my faith. I often find it helpful to take whatever topic we’re studying in class and illustrate the level of fine-tuning required for support of advanced life on Earth, and of human life in particular. Through the course of the year I plant many seeds in their minds, evidence that the universe exhibits design at every level.

When I say I see no conflict between science and my faith, some students are startled and curious enough to ask questions. Their questions then open the door for me to share more. When I do, they tend to become even more interested and ask more questions. More than once a student has come to me privately to express thanks for standing up for Christianity and for giving them new reasons to believe in the God of the Bible–without them having to dismiss or abandon studies in science.

Contributed by Aaron - Cedar Falls, Iowa

Congratulations!

Reasons To Believe is pleased to announce the publication of an article by our own Fuz Rana and RTB visiting scholar Jacquelyn Thomas in the journal Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. Their entry, entitled “The Influence of Environmental Conditions, Lipid Composition, and Phase Behavior on the Origin of Cell Membranes” is currently available online to those with subscriptions to the journal and will soon be available in print.

According to widely accepted evolutionary theory, formation of a membrane would be the first step in cell development. In their review of experimental data, Fuz and Jackie raise questions about the impact of the environment and of the membrane’s composition on individual steps of cell membrane formation. Although the experimental data seems compelling for each separate step, when membrane formation is viewed as a whole evolutionary process, serious problems come into focus.

Acceptance of a technical review in a renowned scientific journal indicates RTB’s commitment to scientific rigor in the development of a testable origins model. It speaks of our scholarly credibility, and we’re grateful to God.

Where Has RTB on TBN Gone?

If you’re wondering why you can’t find the “Reasons To Believe” show on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), you’re not alone. We’ve been deluged with calls. Earlier this year, TBN transferred our show (without notifying us) to the Church Channel. It now airs on Wednesdays at 5:30 A.M. (Pacific Time). Visit www.churchchannel.tv to see if your cable or satellite provider carries the channel. If not you can make a request via the Web site, OR you can watch the show right there on your computer at www.churchchannel.tv (look for “Reasons To Believe, Dr. Hugh Ross”).

The “Mystery” is now unlocked for millions more!

Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD is now available in Chinese. See some of the surprises that awaited researchers when high-tech instruments gave them a close-up view of the cell’s intricate inner workings. This hour-long video includes audio in both Mandarin and Cantonese (as well as English) and subtitles in Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Order it now online in our DVD section at www.reasons.org/shop or by phone at (800) 482-7836.

A Response to RTB’s Houston Conference

“I was fortunate enough to attend your ‘Cosmic Fingerprints’ conference in Houston over the weekend, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your hard work and commitment to serving the Lord by examining His creation. I am a Christian who happens to be a scientist with a Ph.D in molecular biology. I’ve always been fascinated with Biblical origins and how they square with science. However, as you know, science is not exactly Christian-friendly. In fact, I usually feel like I have to be on the defensive. After hearing you this weekend, I feel so encouraged. I feel even more convinced that the Bible is reliable and that we can see God revealed through nature. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks. I hope you know that Christians in science need people like you. So realize that you provide an invaluable service and ministry. I bought several of your books and I can’t wait to read them so that I am better equipped in my profession to share my faith and share it confidently.”

In the Mailbox

“I just want you to know that RTB is a constant source of inspiration to me. I have a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton, and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Harvard fifty years ago. I asked Jesus to be my Savior late in life and had difficulty reconciling the Bible with science until a pastor gave me an RTB pamphlet in the late 1990s. The more I read, the greater my release. I had come to the Lord in 1980 because my personal life was unmanageable: scientific evidence had little to do with my conversion. In fact I had avoided trying to reconcile the Bible with the record of nature for fear it couldn’t be done. Imagine my surprise and relief when I discovered RTB! God is SO good!”

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