In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1
Isn’t this a beautiful, poetic passage? The next time you read it, take it in. Read it as poetry. Because that’s what it is.
If you’re a Christian and you believe the Bible is a science book, that’s okay with me.
But I don’t, for two reasons:
#1) So many things we know about science are overlooked in the Bible that at best it’s incomplete, and at worst, it’s inaccurate. Creationism is not science. It avoids the scientific method, which starts with the question, not the answer. Creationism attempts to start with the answer (God created the earth in six days) and make the physical evidence appear to fit that “fact.” To make the words of the Bible into science takes an amazing feat of mind-twisting that just isn’t necessary.
#2) The creation story is not central to our salvation, and trying to convince people that it is only muddies the message of the Bible: The Gospel—the Good News.
When I read the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, I could pick apart its details (Did Adam have a navel? Was the serpent actually a snake? What kind of fruit did they pick from the tree?), or I can read the message: Man disobeyed God. Man lied to God. Man is no longer in paradise. In fact, there are multiple, multi-layered messages. Sin is a two-part action. Doing (or not doing), and lying about it! I learn new things about it every time I read it. Personally, I think contemplation of Adam’s belly-button just gets in the way.
I hear this a lot: “I believe in science, not religion.” My response? I believe in both. It took me a long time to drop the story of Adam and Eve as a literal event, because I was told that I had to believe it all as a Christian. In fact, I nearly dropped my Christianity instead. And I know many who have.
Fortunately, our salvation doesn’t depend on an unwavering faith in Adam, or Samson, or even Noah:
… And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20