Have you ever played the game called Two Truths & a Lie? It is a great way to get to know people better and it is often used as an ice-breaker at social events. Each person takes turns sharing three statements about themselves – two true and one lie. Everyone has to guess which statement is false. Obviously the better you know the person the better your chances are of knowing which statements are true. The same principle applies in recognizing God’s truth…….the more time we spend with Him and in His word, the more discerning we will become. The more time we spend strengthening our Biblical worldview, the more we will recognize deception around us.
Take, for example, the issue of creation and evolution. Last winter we had a speaker from Creation Ministries International share with our students how science fits in a Biblical worldview. He made a point of saying that most people believe in evolution because that is all they have ever been taught. Where else will they hear about the evidence for creation? In the media? No. In school? Apart from attending a school like Bangor Christian, no. At university? No. From the pulpit? Depends on the church and pastor. The point is that it is important to know what we believe and why we believe it.
Let me share a personal story. I grew up going to church, so I was familiar with the creation account in Genesis (e.g., 6 days, Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Flood). You could say that I had a “church box” in my head. I also had a “science box” for everything I learned in school about biology, physics, chemistry and geology. The science box was much larger because I spent more time there. One hour of church a week compared to 35 hours of school plus homework. Most importantly, the two boxes did not touch nor did the contents ever overlap. When I was in graduate school one of my professors – an evolutionary biologist – brought in a guest speaker that delivered a critique of evolution. The speaker didn’t mention God, Jesus, the Bible, Creation, or Genesis once, but he proceeded to challenge many basic assumptions regarding evolution. That presentation forced me to dump my church and science boxes out on the table and sort through what I found. (Now, ultimately, what I found was that I needed a personal relationship with Christ……..but that was a few years later.) Initially, I found out that I had a lot of questions about the world around me. I realized that I was not able to discern truth as it related to creation and evolution.
It is not enough for us as Christians to just say that we believe the Bible when it comes to Genesis and creation. Belief in the Bible is foundational to our faith, so please do not misunderstand me. It is just that in addition to that, we must be prepared to explain why we believe it. As Paul said in his first letter to Peter, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” At Bangor Christian, we are doing everything we can to help our students develop a Biblical worldview so that they will truly be prepared for life. We do this by ensuring that every facet of our program seeks to understand God, His creation, His purpose for humanity, and to have students accept their responsibility for each one of those things. We want them to win “Two Truths & a Lie” when it really counts!!