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Go Deeper in your Geology Study; Grow Deeper in your Faith

Patrick Nurre

Geology can be so intimidating – first it has weird words to learn, like vitrophyre and orogeny and cirque. And then there is the frontal assault on what you believe – the geologic column and all it represents, the age of dinosaurs, uniformitarianism, and on and on. So it is just easier to learn some rock types, and call it a day. Or maybe just move on to biology.

But I want to challenge you to think differently about geology. Truth be told, it is the foundation of it all. By that, I mean that your study of biology rests firmly on the foundation that you lay in geology. Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."There it is. It is the foundation. We need to understand it.

This earth we stand on is the product of two momentous historic events – the Creation (Gen. 1) and the Flood (Gen. 7:11 - "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day, all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky opened.") From these springs our understanding of not just the age of what we stand on, but also the certainty that the Lord has judged, and will judge evil.

When we teach our students biology (or any of the historical sciences, like archaeology or astronomy), we are hoping to imbue them with a love and appreciation for that which the Lord has created. And we hope that they understand that these unique creations happened during the creation week.

But at some time, either in higher education, or in encounters with others, they will learn that this is simply not possible for many reasons, the chief being that time will not allow for that explanation. And they will be told lots of information relating to this, from radiometric dating, to geologic columns, to archaeopteryx and the Ice Age.

So what are we to do? How do we help set up our children for a lifetime of believing and following what the Lord says? Let me suggest two simple but vital steps.

We start at, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Mt. 4:4. When it comes to this vital area that touches on our origins, the word of the Lord must be our starting point. We must not deviate from our devotion to the Scriptures. This should be our pattern.

Second, we dive in and learn geology and earth science with a Biblical perspective. Not just once or twice, but making a constant diet of it each year, whether you study volcanoes, or rock types, or dinosaurs, weather, the atmosphere. Geology is a huge subject!But when it comes to the sciences, this is the starting point for setting a worldview that is unshakeable.

Perhaps the most crucial area to study in this would be the rocks, and how we understand their age and how they came to be. If we can straighten this out, studying the other sciences makes more sense.Issues of evolutionary biology, and homo sapiens, Lucy and "her" descendants, these all have a marvelous way of fading if you understand the layers of rock and how they explain the ages that various fossils are found in. And to straighten this all out, it will necessarily take you back to the Flood. And if you are studying the Flood, you are studying the biggest geological event of world history.

So get in there! Do some digging!Climb some volcanoes! Explore for fossils! And get some resources that will guide you to a rich understanding of all that God says. Geology is the foundation. Take the time to dig into this science, and your faith will be enriched. Go deeper in your geology study. Grow deeper in your faith.

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