As believers who have placed their faith in Christ for the answer to our sin problem, and have submitted to His Lordship over the whole of our lives, including our minds, why am I saying that we should study and understand geology, especially the geologic column and time-line?
Because geology and specifically the geologic column and its time-line is where the battle most ardently rages today. What battle, you may ask? The battle for the souls of every lost person on the planet; the battle between the Judeo-Christian worldview and the worldview of naturalism; the battle on those even in our churches who wish to compromise Scripture to the secularist’s creation myth.
You see, we need to be students of history, as well as students of God’s Word. We should be delving into historical settings and events to understand where ideas come from, how they developed, and the mindset of those who proffer and push a certain idea. This is part and parcel of being a discerning Christian.
If we do that, we find that geology was the arena in which the conflict between Christianity and naturalism first took place. Secular scientists claim that geology is their strongest evidence against the Bible. We can see historically, that skepticism of the worldwide Flood opened the floodgates to a thorough skepticism of the entire Bible. Finally, the timescale of uniformitarian history (the millions and billions of years) is the cornerstone of evolution. For all these reasons, geology is of key importance to Christians.
Secularists, wanting to justify their rebellion against God; wanting not to acknowledge that God exists and that they are accountable to Him, point to the geologic column as demonstrating that man evolved from a simple cell during the Precambrian period. From there the progression was blind, impersonal, and naturalistic up through the column arriving at man at the very top. There was a lot of death along the way; a lot of disease and suffering, a lot of bloodshed, six mass extinctions of millions of creatures, and many, many natural evils (meteor impacts, hurricanes, devastating ice and dust storms, massive volcanic eruptions, etc.). Go to the link below to see a larger image of the above.
But how does the secular story, and specifically the time-line, comport with the Biblical account? It doesn’t. And there lies the rub, the conflict, the battle, and why as Christians we should be thoroughly versed in the geologic column and its implications for our faith.
All my love,
Vaya con Dios, mis hijas