The title phrase is something that is thrown around a lot. It is a useful quote to remind people that God is in control. He will take care of the unjust and that we should not worry about what is coming to the wicked. But often we believe that we know what is the best revenge. Let’s examine arguably the most famous example of revenge in the Bible. This will show just how wrong we can be with this thought process.

One of the greatest film scores of all time is in a Dreamworks movie that I believe you all know. Prince of Egypt may not be 100% accurate to Exodus’ accounts, but it is an incredible piece of film history. Most notably, the soundtrack is stunning, really capturing the emotion of the times. My favorite track is “The Plague”, also known as “Let My People Go” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDtGfvc3WzY

We all know the story of Moses and the ten plagues. I could let my case rest right here and we can all agree that the plagues themselves were worse than what any of us can legally do to someone. But as I was reading up on the plagues, there is something far more devious layered in the plagues than just the physical ramifications.

If you look at Egyptian mythology, you will note that they worshiped 10 gods in particular. These 10 areas of worship were the 10 areas that were attacked. For more information, read this link: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Ten-Plagues-For-Ten-Gods

When I read this, I was blown away. Not only did God destroy Egypt physically, he hit them where it really hurt. He destroyed their religion. The greatest god in their religion other than the Pharaoh was the sun god Ra. When God covered Egypt in darkness for three days, he laughed in the face of the most revered being in their religion.

And then he did the unthinkable. He humiliated the Pharaoh by killing his firstborn. In the beginning of Exodus, the Egyptians did the same thing to the Hebrews. If they had microphones in those times, I imagine God dropped one the size of Mt. Sinai.

I have always had a difficult time coming to grips with the concept that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Sure, it was his choice to begin with, but why did God have to propagate it? In my opinion, this is the major reason. God wasn’t just punishing Egypt for enslaving his chosen people. It was time for a regime of false gods to topple over. And when he did it, he did it in the most dramatic way. And let’s be honest, the coolest way possible. We see God do this with Baal later on with Elijah when he sends his fire down. Any time God decides to destroy an idol, he makes a spectacle of it. And I could not be happier to read about it, because he often does it in some of the coolest and most humiliating ways.

So in conclusion, when God says “Vengeance is mine” (Romans 12:19), let’s all take solace that God really means that. Just remember Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember Baal. Remember the golden calf that was melted down in front of the Israelites. Just listen to “The Plague” from “Prince of Egypt” and think about how God went out of his way to go above and beyond to get revenge for his people and for his glory. We may not always be able to see the tangible effects, but know that all will be judged, because nothing can escape his sight.

Christianity and Evolution: Where Should We Stand?

The rise of the theory of evolution has become problematic for some sects of Christianity. There are many who discount the idea of evolution entirely to fit their level of faith. Others believe that God created the universe billions of years ago and then just left it to its own devices to evolve over time. This is called theistic evolution. Of course, it is impossible to know what theory is actually correct. There is very little that we know about the beginning of the universe. My generation as a whole has bought into evolution as it is presented by media and common core education. So where should we as Christians stand on this subject?

First, the research. What does the Bible say about how old the earth is? Well, it really doesn’t say. The 6,000-year theory comes from the genealogy that is littered throughout the Bible. We cannot be sure that the genealogy is complete, however. It does not perfectly stretch from Adam to the end of the Bible without gaps. We also do not know how large of a gap there was between the seventh day where God rested and the creation of man.

Evolution is roughly based on a few scientific reasons. Carbon dating is a major indicator as well as interstellar matter and how long it would take to form said matter. The problem is that carbon dating is more unreliable than what is presented in schools. We’ve learned through many different studies that the formation of carbon can be sped up under different conditions. Empirical evidence has shown this through Spirit Lake after Mt. Saint Helens’ eruption.

Regardless of this, the theory of evolution has grown considerably since Darwin and has become more refined over the years. A theory is something that is formed through the scientific method. It has been tempered through multiple experiments. If something does not agree with your hypothesis, then you change your hypothesis until you can find results that match. That becomes your theory at the end of everything.

Many sects of Christianity have attacked evolution on the basis of its changing nature. I was taught this at a young age, but I cannot fully agree on this premise. The fact that it is changing is not necessarily a bad thing for Christianity. I will explain why later. The truth is that evolution is getting more precise as time goes on. That’s why it is constantly changing.

On the other hand, I also cannot agree with the sentiment to fully place faith in the theory of evolution as it is presented today. If it is constantly changing, you should be prepared for it to change again. We should always look to the future where our understanding of science, in general, will be different. Faux scientists consider our understanding of evolution as fact. Science does not generally believe in absolutes except where we have made laws. Newton’s laws of motion are examples. No matter how Richard Dawkins may try to spin today’s theory as fact, it will never be so.

So where do Christianity and evolution intersect? Many theologians discount the most basic theistic evolution theory that God left the earth to its own devices and stopped intervening. Many Christians believe in an active God that is still performing miracles today. Another theory that I believe to be closer to the truth is that God created the earth at a certain point in its evolution. He created certain creatures at different times in their evolution.

Where does the process of evolution come from? There is something innate that does this. Where does that come from? To me, it makes sense that it does exist, but there had to be someone intelligent enough to make it so. If you look at how complex the cell is, you will know that it is extremely unlikely that the universe was created randomly. Life on earth would not survive if the distance of the moon and sun were any different. For this to be as precise as it is, for that to have been accidental is laughable. Someone had to design it.

At the end of the day, Christians should have a similar mentality to the real scientists researching and experimenting with the theory of evolution. Many Christians believe that because God is immutable that we should be as well. Our understanding of God is constantly changing too, so why shouldn’t our approach to science be the same? God made science, right? He made logic and reason. If all of that is true, then the theory of evolution should eventually lead us closer to God’s master design. I believe it is not possible to fully understand everything at play in our universe, but we can get closer every day.

Millennials need to be able to cut through the noise that plagues our scientific fields. Anyone who presents theories as facts probably have an agenda. This goes for both scientists and Christians alike. Our job as young people is to examine everything and attempt to sift through false evidence and biased research so that the next generation can take our work even further. We would be doing a disservice to our progeny if we blindly believe everything we’re told by the media. So get out there and question both sides. To get closer to the truth, we should work together without bias to discover the supreme design that is our universe.

Disclaimer: This is not peer-reviewed material and should not be used as academic fact. This is an opinion piece that should be taken as such. Some research went into this post.

My Faith Statment

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King makes a powerful statement in this quote that accurately reflects what faith really is. The truth is, however, that all of us have faith in something. Even if you are agnostic, you take steps of faith every day. If you get into your car and drive, you have faith that you will get to where you want to go. There are tens of thousands of car crashes every year in the United States, and yet we still drive to work or school every day. This is faith, based on two factors. There is a tangible factor, where you can see the car and the road and other cars. Then there is an intangible factor, like mental awareness. In a sense, you have to have faith that everyone else on the road has the awareness and alertness to follow the laws to enough of a degree that you can safely travel from Point A to Point B.

In that regard, it is not illogical to believe in an invisible man who created everything. But just like the intangible factors of believing in God, there are also tangible effects that we can observe that point us to Him. From personal experience, I have seen people be healed from dire afflictions. I have seen the cogs turning as a result of prayer. It’s out there, and yet the world continues to deny it.

My faith also comes from a level of scientific understanding. Science does not answer every question, but it does explain how the universe was created. We are taught that there was a major explosion of sorts that created all things. That’s what the big bang theory states. In essence, I agree with that assumption. What atheists cannot answer is “where did all of that come from?”

The problem lies in the first law of Thermodynamics. It states that neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. This means that if a big bang were to take place, it had to come from somewhere. The energy and matter cannot have just been created.

The answer lies with Albert Einstein’s equation of E=MC^2. This formula represents how energy and mass are related. While Thermodynamics tells us that energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, Einstein proved that one could be converted into the other. This is the basis for the atomic bomb. It turns out that it takes a colossal amount of energy to convert into mass. Only a few atoms of energy were required to destroy Nagasaki. The energy inside a single human is tens of thousands more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.

That is only the start of the scale of energy that we are talking about. In the beginning, all of the planets were created. The sun, moon, and stars were created. The level of energy needed to convert to create all of this is astronomical. It’s a number that is not even fathomable. Never, in human history, will we ever be able to generate 1% of that power. When the stars were created, a star known as Canis Majoris was formed. This particular star has a radius of roughly 2,000 times as long as the sun. And it is estimated that over 1 Million planet Earths would be able to fit inside our sun. There are multiple stars that completely dwarf the sun in size. All of this was made somehow in the beginning.

So now that we have established just a fraction of our universe, it’s impossible for science alone to explain what caused that energy to be converted into the mass that made up our planets, moons, and stars. So what does the Bible say about how God created everything? Genesis 1 is very clear about it. He spoke and things came into existence. Speaking produces sound, which is a type of energy. The answer is clear. The big bang was God’s voice. God spoke with such an incredible amount of energy that the universe was created.

So then, where did God come from? John 1:1-2 says, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. “. This is the NIV translation of the verses. The Bible says that God has always been, and that is difficult to process. It’s difficult to process that anything could have been there at the beginning. What even is “the beginning”?

This is where faith comes in. Ultimately, I accept and believe that there must have been a being that exists outside of time. That seems to support the Bible describing God as omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. If God exists outside of time, it explains all of those concepts. That is what I choose to believe.

I grew up in a Christian household and went to Christian school throughout my primary education. I went to Sunday school the vast majority of my life and still attend church. While I appreciate these things now as an adult, none of these helped grow my faith as much as learning about the science of why Yahweh makes the most sense. As the world grows more scientific, I believe the Christian communities should also head in that direction. We need to adapt to what drives and motivates people. There is a phrase that says, “Deep speaks to deep”. Ultimately, we need to be cognizant of the changing times and adapt, but not in a way that defies the tenants of God. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

In my opinion, that means that we need to adapt but not assimilate. We don’t become just like the rest of the world, but we become more accessible to the rest of the world in order to testify and convert. That’s what Christianity is all about. And that is why I choose this path.

Discussing Christianity with a Millennial mindset

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