Answers to "Ask Mike" Questions
2. What do you think about evolution? Is this concept true? Can we rely on all sections of the Bible to be accurate?
In my youth, I tried to harmonize Scripture with the evolutionary hypothesis. Now I reject any idea of evolution. Too many questions remain regarding supposed evidence supporting evolution. Many scientists have abandoned evolution as an explanation for the origin of life. While some scientists accept a creation model, others posit life's origin to some other naturalistic source in the universe. The Bible teaches without apology that all that is originated with God (Genesis 1:1).
Without a doubt, all of the Bible is accurate. It is accurate when it speaks of history, science, and spiritual issues. Evidence from history, archaeology, and its own internal consistency supports my contention. The best reason for the Christian to believe all the Bible is the simple fact that Jesus accepted it all. He said, "Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35 NIV), "Sanctify* them by the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17 NIV). Furthermore, Jesus believed in Adam and Eve as historical figures (Matthew 19:4). He believed Noah existed and rode out a great flood (Luke 17:26). He believed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah existed and were destroyed (Matthew 10:15). He accepted Jonah's experience as real (Matthew 12:40). Through the Apostle Paul, one of those individuals Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide into all truth (John 14:26, 16:12-15), he said, "All Scripture is God-breathed [(inspired)] and... useful...." (2 Tim. 3:16 NIV).
* NIV note on "Sanctify" in John 17:17: "Greek hagiazo (set apart for sacred use or make holy)..."
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.