Steve Cheung’s journey from a theistic evolutionist to a Biblical creationist eager to shine the light of truth.
“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 people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 (NIV)
If Christians were to honestly ask themselves if they believe this verse in Romans 1:20, many would have to confess that they don’t believe it. Why? Because it would not be consistent with what they actually do believe. A recent survey1 has shown that the majority of evangelicals in Canada and the US believe that humans evolved over time, which is to embrace the theory of evolution and the heart of that theory is in direct conflict with God’s divine nature.
Have you ever thought about what ‘God’s invisible qualities’ would be if He used evolution for the creation of man? You see, the theory of evolution is about a fight for survival, embracing every evolutionary advantage to prevail over other animals for the sole purpose of passing on their genetics to preserve their species. So what character traits would this ‘god’ value in human beings? Would it be pride, selfishness, aggressiveness?
The gospels describe Jesus as being full of mercy, kindness and sacrificial love, so much so that He poured out His life unto death. The Bible also tells us that Jesus taught His followers to do likewise. The characteristics of Jesus are diametrically opposed to the tenets or teachings of evolution, so why are some desperate to bring them together?
You have probably heard the same justifications that I have over the years including:
- “Well, hasn’t science proven the Big Bang started it all?”
- “Adam and Eve weren’t created from dust, they randomly evolved from apes.”
- “It’s a losing battle challenging mainstream science.”
There is little room for God in science nowadays, let alone seeing His invisible qualities from creation.
I can say all this because I have my own personal experience with this kind of flawed belief system. Back in university I remember being unable to reconcile parts of the Bible with the science I was learning. I felt embarrassed of the Bible and needed a way to reconcile my faith and my understanding of science. The only gap I found to even consider adding God into science was to become a Christian evolutionist or a theistic evolutionist. I didn’t even consider what it said about God’s character if He used evolution as the primary means of creation. I was just relieved I could reconcile science with my faith.
After I graduated and started working as a professional geologist my thinking was challenged when I met a Christian scientist who believed in a literal Biblical view. His name is Ray Strom and through Ray I’ve been privileged to see and take part in numerous scientific research projects. Over time I changed my viewpoint from that of a theistic evolutionist to a literal Biblical creationist (i.e. young earth creationist).
This has given me the freedom to explore complexities in both my faith and science while holding to a passionate belief in the sufficiency and value of a simple reading of the Word of God illuminated of course by the Holy Spirit. I’ve been privileged to witness God’s invisible qualities from creation and I can say with complete confidence they are indeed consistent with the character of His Son Jesus Christ.
I have spent years absorbing hundreds of hours of creation research from around the world, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific conferences and presenting and defending our research to secular academics. Through it all I’ve found that the Bible needs no defense, it needs no extra supports, it needs no metaphorical reinterpretations in order to be taken seriously. The Bible can stand alone. The scientific research overwhelmingly supports this and I believe that all science points towards a literal Biblical worldview.
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Written by Steve Cheung
1Funk, C. “How Many Creationists Are There in America?”. Scientific American, Feb 12, 2019. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/how-many-creationists-are-there-in-america/. Accessed Feb 16, 2021.