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When I was a grad student (U.C. San Fran), a professor told me a lie. I believed it because I hadn’t enough knowledge. I didn’t know it wasn’t true. So it put up another wall between me and saving faith. A wall that waited years to come down.

That professor told us, maybe a dozen students, “The Bible says God put Adam and Eve into the Garden of Eden and forbade them to touch the Tree of Knowledge!” To me, a scientist and scholar who loved knowing things, whose life passion was a search for knowledge, that lie made me angry and despise a “God” that would actually forbid us having knowledge. It took me from mere atheism to a far angrier cast of atheism. Because I had not read the scripture myself and let someone else tell me what the “truth” was, I had no knowledge and believed the lie. Trusting the source, I believed the lie, and had faith in it (in what I only believed and did not know) and that cost me a lot through the years.

My faith, for decades, was placed in science. Being what I was, I believed in evolution. I had so much knowledge of evolution, so much belief in it and what other scientists thought, that I had great faith in it as “truth”, and the way to even deeper truths.

Eventually, I began to see problems in the research and methodology and things that my compatriots said about it. They claimed more than I felt the tenets and actual “knowledge” about evolution could justify, and my belief diminished and my faith weakened. Eventually I fell away from the faith. I no longer preached “evolution” as the explanation of everything and even became, for a while, something of an anti-evolutionist – partly because I came upon a competing theory that I felt explained much of what lies outside the legitimate reach of “evolution”.

The knowledge I acquired through the several sciences I worked with and used to explore my universe led me to believe there must be a Creator, a power and intelligence greater than the creation; the forms and substances and processes of the universe and life. This is, of course, exactly what Romans 1:20 says should happen:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (NIV)

That is, God has put so much of himself and wisdom and power into the creation that we have no excuse not to know He is there, and what He must be like. In fact, the preceding two verses, 18 and 19, say that anyone who tries to hide that evidence and knowledge from us, to keep us from discovering God, by giving us other theories – which they should know are not true – will pay a heavy price. They are what Bible calls “Antichrists”, and will have no part of salvation, or eternity:

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them.”

Believing there is a creator is not all that difficult if you have much knowledge at all about the creation, and if there’s not someone (or host of someones) preaching some other force or power – or theory. Many scientists, especially in physics, astronomy, genetics, and medicine, have come to believe in a deity, if not God, because of what they’ve seen in the creation. Getting beyond simply accepting there is a creator, however, which could be any sort of deity or “intelligent designer”, is the next problem one must deal with.

In my cultural milieu, the predominantly Judeo-Christian US of A, going to the Bible, and God, is pretty easy. There may be other religions floating around, but only one, only the Bible, has made such a detailed and persistent claim to account for creation, without resorting to such wholly unbelievable mythologies as dream cycles or mud on a turtle’s back, etc.. So all that, and some very personal experiences, led me to knowing and believing in God, and thence to the Bible. Where else can we go to get such an encyclopedic knowledge and description of God?

But then I had another mountain to climb: I “know” God; I have quite a bit of information if I just listen to others – to preaching and “witnessing” by the many who claim to know him; but that’s about where I was with scientists and evolution. I need to build my knowledge, upon which to build my own belief. Well, as most Christians will say (if not always model), that’s the point and purpose of reading the Bible.

With most of the Bible, that was true. I found it a remarkable experience, and a knowledge base of huge proportions. Except for the first three chapters, Genesis 1 – 3.

I know a lot about the creation and about the history, the actual timed record, of creation. As a scientist. Yet I turned on evolution after decades of faith in it, because it wasn’t, in my opinion, sufficiently supported by the evidence. I felt most scientists went way beyond the limitations of the evidence, and their methodology, and logic and reason. In the same way I had serious trouble with the creation account, and the origins of Adam and Eve.

I expect you know that they are ridiculed by most scientists. Indeed, that’s the easiest way to criticize the “knowledge” base (the “paradigm”) of the Church, if not most Christians, and undermine belief in the Bible, and break down the faith which that belief allows both young and adult Christians. I made a career of doing that in my atheist days.

So I wasn’t able to believe Genesis 1 and 2, nor the “Adam and Eve story”. And if I couldn’t believe those, the first pages – and essentially the foundation of its claim to who and what God is – how much could I believe any of it? I’d heard Genesis mocked ever since High School, at least. And everywhere in the media and the public arena. Look at the “Culture War” between Evolutionists and Creationists. I think half (at least) of Christians have given up defending Genesis. Science and scientific evidence simply overwhelm them, so they just do their best to live with “a mystery beyond our limited minds”. I can’t do that. And I’ve found, over the years, nearly everyone with higher degrees, scientists and doctors and engineers, etc, live their Christianity in some sort of compromised, compartmentalization where Genesis 1 – 3 is just set aside as …What? As I did.

In 1998 I began a project – not of own will, I assure you, but with a powerful push and influence by the Spirit himself – to see why Genesis was so much out of sync with all the rest of Scripture, why that vitally important testimony of God seems so – to use the word popular today – so “lame” at the very time we need it most!

The result, I hope you know, is this website, the new translation of Genesis 1 & 2 & “Adam and Eve”, and the book “Hey Mom, What About Dinosaurs?” (see the option to purchase it in the right column), which documents and follows the forensic linguistics and translation process, and explains some of the reasoning and scientific theory and knowledge behind it. Yes, the book was done ten years ago. It is a little bit behind the most recent interpretation of Genesis (maybe 5%), but its still a good read and vital if you want to assure and reassure yourself the work, the linguistics, and the reinterpretation is valid and as reliable as any other modern translation. Its more reliable, of course, since it advances the message 400 years from 1611 to 2010, and tells us what God intended we should know about creation’s creating! [And you have to read it to know why the Spirit led me to that title!]

So here’s the point of this article:
There can be no faith without knowledge. We have to know something in order to believe in it, and the more we know the more we are able to believe. And we have to believe something, or in something, before we can have faith in it. And how it goes is obvious: the more knowledge, the more belief, the more faith is possible.

One can believe in something but have no faith in, or dependent on it. Demons, the Bible tells us, know about God, and Jesus, and even the Scriptures, but probably have little belief or faith in them. The Israelites knew much about the Scriptures, and probably believed a lot, but – as Biblical history shows – were all too ready to go elsewhere with their faith. So, it seems, are we. Especially so our children, after they absorb enough of our science-oriented media and culture, and as they get more education from schools that are taught by atheists or others who don’t believe Genesis 1 – 3. Their (and our) knowledge inevitably gets challenged, and is oft replaced by other ideas and theories. Their belief is inevitably shrunken. And their faith in God inevitably diminished. Or ended.

This translation, and the book that documents it, changes that for very many who read it. It was intended to do that for me, for my friends and comrades in science and academia, and Christians, and potential Christians. There is no other work like it, and without it, no faith is possible for all too many souls. Of that I am certain.

2 Comments »

  1. Can an Evangelical Christian Accept Evolution – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of0PjoZY4L0

    Comment by James — April 19, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  2. Of course. Many do. Its in no conflict with Scripture. Genesis tells us God is the Creator, and proves it with a brief chronology, but essentially no hints as to how. He could very well have used evolutionary processes.

    Comment by admin — April 19, 2010 @ 8:10 am

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