The Bible tells us that 6000 years ago God created the heavens, the earth and Adam, who was the first man. God then created Eve, and they lived in the Garden of Eden. Science, on the other hand, says that the earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old, and mankind is a couple of 100 thousand years old. This leaves us with a problem. Science and the Bible contradict each other, and so it seems they can’t both be right, so which one is wrong? But does one have to be wrong, or have we maybe misunderstood something along the way?
Adam and Eve had two children, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel and because of this God punishes him. Cain’s response is this: “My punishment is more than I can bear…I will be a restless wanderer on earth and whoever finds me will kill me” (Gen 4:14). Doesn’t this seem a little weird? Why would Cain be scared of anyone killing him, according to our Christian teachings the only other people alive are his parents (Adam and Eve)…and surely they would not kill him, so who then is Cain afraid of? Have we missed something again?
Don’t get me wrong, I believe God’s word is absolute truth. I am not questioning the word, but rather man’s understanding of the word. We do not truly know the Scriptures or the power of God (Mt 22:29), yet we claim to. And as Christians we feel sorry for and angry at those who fight against what we have been taught. But they have scientific proof. We are told to just have faith in our teachings. In fact, it is almost like Christians think that you have greater faith if you just believe, without questioning what or why you believe.
If we do not have the answers to these questions we have to keep searching for true understanding of God’s word. God is not a flimsy God, so our explanations and understanding of his truth should not be flimsy either. I implore everyone to keep questioning, and keep searching. There are answers to all these questions, but we have to seek!