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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

10 September 2005

Creation and Evolution

Q: My science teacher keeps pushing evolution and making fun of those who believe in creation. Is there any scientific evidence that the world was created by God so I could talk to her about it and try to help her “see” God like I do?

A: While there is a fair bit of evidence that either shows the possibility of divine creation or rebuts some evolutionary teaching, what you’re really dealing with is someone who believes differently than you do. She may talk of science, facts, and evidence but her root assumptions are based in a godless belief system. As a start, you could go to my Christianity page and find links to various creationist groups (using a search engine will net even more resources). You can also search “evolution” at The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod page.

However, you must remember that no one comes to the Kingdom by intellectual argument, but by God-created faith in Jesus Christ. So don’t only concern yourself with the Bible-denying science (and there is also Bible-accepting science), but with her total spiritual well-being.

Pray for her conversion and ask God to help you live your faith and love your “enemy” — even though that may not seem the right word, she still is faith’s enemy and is speaking in such manner as to attack the beliefs God has given to you. If she continues initiating assaults on Christian beliefs in the classroom, remind her that you are also protected by the Constitution and that she is trying to elevate her godless religion at the expense of your own.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


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