August 26, 2010

An earlier start than expected this morning – Lydia and Josiah sleeping in the same hotel room with us, and Lydia was up at 6am!!! I managed to convince her to go lay back down, but by 7 she was up for good. We went out of the room to let the others sleep a bit longer, put some gas in the van, and then “gas” (i.e. coffee!) in me in the courtyard area of the Holiday Inn. Read Psalm 34.

We had breakfast and then piled back into the van for the 10 minute trip to the Creation Museum. Bought some neat stuff, then had the planetarium thingy. Very cool, even the 2nd time seeing it. We then had lunch and saw Ken Ham at the table next to us. If you’ve never read his books, they are excellent, very helpful on issues of what the Bible teaches about origins. Toured the gardens, museum, etc. Whenever I study biblical creationism I am always awed by God’s power and wisdom.

Another thing that I often come away with from studies on creationism is how apologetics, or, defending the faith, is “done.” Sometimes creationists (and others) come across as “helping God out.” This sounds something like, “this discovery confirms/validates/proves the biblical account to be correct.” The problem with this is it makes something other than the Bible—God’s Word!—of a higher authority. Since the Bible is God’s Word, it is fully authoritative and doesn’t need anything outside of itself to “prove” it correct or “really make it stick.” The Bible says,

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Because God said it, that settles it. Period. What this means is you don’t have to have expertise or “the goods” on every little issue. The better you know God’s Word, the better you can defend the faith! “Evidences” do have a role, but not a confirmatory one. But now I really digress…

We left the museum around 3:30 for Knoxville, TN. Quick dinner at Arby’s, as that was what I was thinking (grin). Pulled into the Best Western around 8pm. Kids went swimming again, and afterward had a surprise birthday party for Lydia, even though it’s not until Sept 1. Since Ashley will miss it, we thought that would be fun.

We’re whipped, but tired and thankful for God’s grace and protection. Looking forward to tomorrow!

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