I’m going to start this post by saying this: The creation vs. evolution debate takes up less than 1% of my brain. It honestly makes no difference to me about what you believe. You don’t have to like what I’m about to say in the first part of this post, but I’m going to say it anyways.
I believe in Jesus. I believe that evolution isn’t so far off base.
Why? Because I watched the Bill Nye vs Ken Ham debate over creationism and evolution and the whole time the thought in my mind was, “Ken Ham you sound like you’re talking in circles and that bothers me more than anything in the world.” Bill Nye KILLED that argument.
Not only that, but two people I trust more than anything (who, let’s face it, are far stronger Christians and incredibly more intelligent than I) immediately started in on essentially shouting “BILL! BILL! BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY!!” One of those people being my brother (biblical studies major). The other being my ex-boyfriend (pre-med). They’re both on exactly the same page, quite frankly I was laughing really hard at how passionate they were getting over this whole thing.
In addition to this debate pretty much convincing me of evolution. It reminded me of the Spring 2013 semester at CBU… the semester I decided to take Principles of Biology. But Bonnie Jean why would you wait to take a Gen Ed like bio until your senior year? BECAUSE I’m stupid, for one. For two, I spread out all my Gen Eds over the four years so my projects wouldn’t all look the same. The professor I had was — how can I put this delicately — one of those “over-saved” Christians. The kind who you literally can’t say things like “I’m thirsty” because they’ll shout, “THIRSTY FOR JESUS’ WORD!!” in your face.
I was 1000% done with his class after the first meeting. Class was supposed to be 90 minutes, twice a week. At the start of each class we had a devotion, for at LEAST 35 minutes. He would regularly complain that we never had time to talk about what we needed to cover in order to be prepared for the tests. Here’s a thought, professor, why don’t you talk about science seeing as how this is a biology class? Disclaimer: I loved my experience at a Christian university and would not trade it for anything. This was one of (maybe) five things (classes) that I didn’t like about my four years at CBU. This is a little bit what my semester with him looked like:
This story was a great one. He actually said animals don’t have souls and won’t go to heaven. I’m sorry, if you don’t think animals are soul-less creatures, you’ve obviously never had a pet who was your family. My response to his statement of “dogs don’t go to heaven” was “neither do liars or blasphemers!!!” There are puppies playing at the feet of Jesus while he sits on his throne. (Revelation 5:8-13, Psalm 145:-9-10,13,15-21) #dealwithit
There was this one time that he went on a rant about alcohol. Keep in mind this class was composed of MOSTLY freshmen. I wasn’t really paying attention until he said, “alcohol is poison… WINE? Yeah. Wine is poison.” To which I nearly shouted from the back of the class, “Delicious poison!!” His reaction was priceless. He had no words. I walked out of class laughing. By the end of the semester, I’m pretty sure he was convinced I was the spawn of Lucifer.
Of course, because it was a biology class, we touched the debate of creation vs. evolution. We had to write a three page paper/interview some people over the whole creation vs evolution debate. We had to interview three people: two creationists and one evolutionist. I interviewed one creationist and two evolutionists and had one evolutionist pretend to be a creationist. The paper required me to give my opinion about the whole thing. I’m pretty sure I flat out told him I didn’t care about this debate at all. He returned my paper with more than 20 pages of notes on what my “interviewees” said. His basic argument? Creationism is the only thing you should believe in because evolutionists can’t be Christian. Um. Wow. No.
It was the worst decision to take that class when I did. I should have ratemyprofessor.com-ed the crap out of that guy. Always check that website when you register for classes.
Seriously, if you have the time, watch the debate. It was rad. It was informational. I was entertained in many ways. Bill Nye is one of two people that ever made me interested in science. He’s my homie.
I believe we have an amazing Creator. I believe he created things to evolve. The final thing I have to say about all this, I don’t need to understand everything in the world. It’s really okay with me if I don’t. I almost prefer it that way.