As One Approved
2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
When you come up against a Christian who believes in evolution, your conversations with him will be qualitatively different from the conversations that you might have with an unbeliever. It can be very frustrating and even depressing to encounter a Christian who says that he believes the Bible but does not believe the literal truth of what the Bible teaches in Genesis 1. How can you defend creationist truth in such a situation? It can often seem overwhelming to try to do so.
In such circumstances, you should try to remember these three points.
1. Just because your friend does not believe in a literal six-day creation does not mean that he is an unbeliever. Jesus does not require belief in a literal six-day creation for salvation.
2. You do not need to know everything. There are great websites and books to point people to that will help you answer questions.
3. You should at least know a few facts, especially those that are derived from Scripture. You may not need to know quantum mechanics and string theory, but you should be reading your Bible and knowing a little of what it says.
The answer to point three is to do a little studying. You should at least look at a couple of easy-to-read books or web pages so that you can answer some common questions.
The Bible says that you should “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for making Your word clear about how creation happened. Help us to be gracious but knowledgeable about creation when talking with my Christian friends. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Ham, K. (2010), What’s the best “proof” of creation?, accessed 8/22/2017. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.