My Christian testimony
I was taught that life on earth came about by a process of time and chance from as far back as I can remember, so there was no need for a God in my philosophy. I never was positive there was no God, so I was never an atheist, but I was an agnostic for many years. But, I was curious why other people believed in God.
Over the years, I would ask people why they believed in God. I always got the same two answers: either “I’ve always believed in God” or “The Bible tells me so”. Neither of these explanations were compelling arguments for the existence of God as far as I was concerned.
Then, I asked some friends why they believed in God and they actually gave me reasons! They said that they knew that God existed because, according to them, the scientific evidence points to creation, and not evolution, and thus to a creator. Of course, I knew that they were ignorant, so I told them so.
But, they dared me to read a book. I fought it for months, but, I ended up deciding that it wouldn’t hurt to read a book.
They loaned me a book about fossils. The book didn’t really have anything different than I had always been taught over the years in science classes, natural history museums and television nature shows, but it used some logical arguments that I had never heard before.
It showed that the fossil record consists of separate and distinct types of animals with no blending in between as we are led to expect from the theory of evolution. The conclusion was that the basic types of animals were created by God and then genetic variation took off from there and developed the different types of animals within each group. For example, Collies, German Shepherds and St. Bernards are just different types of dogs, as are wolves, foxes, dingos and coyotes.
They loaned me another book about the origin of life, how complicated life is, and how difficult it would be for life to be a product of time and chance. Frankly, I got curious, and just felt like reading another book. I knew that these people had rocks in their head, so I wanted to laugh at the “evidence”. The next book explained that the fossil record was actually caused by a world-wide flood.
These books were written by scientists. This really surprised me because all my life I’d been told that evolution was “scientific” and creation was “religious”.
At some point into my reading, I stopped believing that evolution was supported by the scientific evidence. But, on the other hand, I still did not believe in God or creation, either. This was a very confusing period of time for me.
During this time, I started going to church. It’s a really long story, but I eventually came to believe all that nonsense! I totally came to believe that there is scientific evidence to support the Bible verse Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Nobody was more surprised that I was! So, finally, one day at church, I had the whole “born again” experience and accepted Jesus as my personal lord and savior.
Most of the people reading this, if you made it this far down, are gong to think I am bonkers, like I originally thought my friends were. That is OK by me. I totally know how whacked out it sounds.
But, I am such a sweet person, tee hee, that eventually you won’t mind that I have these crazy beliefs.
Gail E. Kennedy,
PhD Associate Professor, Anthropology, UCLA
“The problem with those who are unable to see evolution, i think, is that they don’t have imaginations.”