“in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” 2 Corinthians 5:18
As Christians, we can’t simply choose sides between science and the Bible.
We live with the principles of science, and see the benefits it brings to our world. And we believe in the authority of the Bible and seek to live by what it teaches.
The story of the Bible is that God is reconciling the world to himself. That mission includes our desire to reconcile the Bible and science.
We can’t just try to win arguments. Instead we must listen to how God is using the questions we have to point us back to the answer he has made clear. That answer is, we all need a Savior.
We are not called to reconcile people to the Bible, but to God who gave us the Bible.
The conversation between faith and science takes place within our families and churches, not just in school. It happens in relationships which are more important to protect than any immediate points we can score.
When our kids ask us about evolution, it feels like they are challenging our beliefs. And in some ways they are. It’s tempting to feel like we have to settle it for them then and there.
But when they come to us with questions, they need something more than our answers. Our kids need us to equip them for the conversation between the Bible and science, as they will be part of that conversation for the rest of their lives.
The Bible is true, because God is true and he guided those who wrote it down (2 Pet. 1:21). But once that recorded Word was given to us, it is possible we can make mistakes in how we understand it and pass it along.
Even though the Bible was without error as God gave it, it doesn’t mean that everything we have concluded about the Bible is also without error. We are still learning, and disagreeing on what we believe the Bible says.
When we see God use the Bible in our lives, it’s natural to conclude that our interpretation is right. But it may not be. Often God moves our heart by helping us see something we’ve never seen before. And he always has more to show us.
In order to grow, we must be willing to hear things that challenge our current understanding of Scripture. That should come from our pastors (Acts 17:11), and it will come from science.
When that happens, our confidence in the truth of the Bible will cause us look at it again to see if there is something we have overlooked.
When we do, we will learn more about God.