Every month or two there seems to be some new discovery that relates to either the Bible or evolution or both. Last week two items were in the news.
The first one was about a new document they found, dating from 300 B.C. It tells a different version of Jesus and Judas. They are calling it the Gospel of Judas. This one is much more kind to Judas, showing that Jesus actually told Judas to betray him and not to worry because he'd be honored for it some day. In the midst of all of the Da Vinci Code excitement this document seems to stir the pot even more. But any historian knows that there were numerous gnostic believers who moved away from the original teachings of Jesus to create a modified version of their own. This new document doesn't take away anything from the biblical documents. It just verifies the fact that there were dissenters. Yawn. Tell us something we don't know.
A bigger news item was released last week that got a lot of evolutionists excited. They found what is seen to be the first fossil that offers a link between a sea and land animal. In the opinion of many, this was the virtual undoing of the Intelligent Design theory.
Now, I'm no scientist or church historian. So I'm not going to go into some long discussion of the details of either evolution or early church documents, but the excitement over both of these items by people who are hoping to disprove those who believe in the Bible as God's revealed word is a bit premature, don't you think? And if any believers are quaking, thinking that they are standing on shaky ground, I offer this analogy...
It's like being up 20 -0 in the ninth inning with two outs and a 3-2 count and the other team scores a hit. Does that mean you concede the game? I don't think so. There's a big distance between one hit and winning the game!
I'm not trying to diminish or disregard the entire evolutionary theory or the truth contained in other church documents. They have some merit. There's probably some truth there. In regard to evolution, maybe God did use it to create us. If evolution was proven to be true tomorrow I wouldn't miss a beat. My faith doesn't hang by that thread. But people are going to have to show me a lot more than one "missing link" to prove evolution. The real issue is how did life spring from non-life? And how did complexity arrise from simplicity without an Intelligent Designer?
And as far as the Bible is concerned, people are going to have to show me a lot more than a document written 300 years after the birth of Jesus to disprove the writings of people who lived with Jesus. So, enjoy the news releases. But I'm not losing sleep over them!