(This is a reaction to the January 15 bible study lesson at http://ssnet.org/lessons/13a/less03.html.)
You really need both Nature and the Bible. Someone said in class that it’s crazy that some people can look at Nature and not see that it was designed by God. But how carefully have you looked at Nature? There are insects that lay eggs inside of other animals that turn into larvae and eat the host animal alive. That’s not something that’s somehow beautiful from a certain angle; it’s always horrific. Nothing should be suffering like that. So we actually see the results of sin in Nature. We see design, yes, and we see the horrible marring of sin. So God has given us the Bible to explain the meaning behind what we see with our eyes in Nature.
C.S. Lewis wrote that we only see the lessons in Nature that we have learned from other sources, which means that Nature hasn’t actually taught us anything. And that isn’t to insult Nature. Nature is God’s tool and is like our elder sister. It’s simply to say that we can’t call other people stupid just because they don’t have the same faith as us.
We didn’t learn about God from Nature. We learned about Him from the Bible; we believe in Him through the Holy Spirit; and when we look at Nature, we take our belief into it. And that’s wonderful. We need both Inspiration and Nature. All I’m saying is that we shouldn’t accuse other people of stupidity if they haven’t had the same experience. We didn’t see the God of design automatically in Nature, and neither will they. They need experiences of love with God’s followers and the touching of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God in the Bible.
Now, some evolutionists can look at us and think that we’re mentally out to lunch because they think that we all believe in the “fixity of species,” the idea that all species are set in stone from Genesis 1 and can never have any variations. And then evolutionists can look at the fact that there certainly are variations in species and think that we’re very silly.
But only a few creationists believe in that from Genesis 1. Our lesson points out that it’s more accurate to say that God create “various kinds of” animals on the fifth and sixth creation days but that then they were changed because of sin. And possibly God changed them even more because new habitats emerged because of sin. In His grace, He programmed into their DNA many new possible variations that can come out in different environments.
(Praise Team Leader at New Horizons SDA Church in Republic, MO)