Most of you who are reading this book have arrived at a point in life when
you are actively thinking about your future. Is there life after high school?
Questions abound: Do I want to go to college? Where do I want to go to
college? What do I want to study? What will I be doing ten years from now?
Let us pose one more question. Where will you be with the Lord ten
years from now? Will He have His rightful place in your life? You may at this
point answer “Sure, church activities are very important in my life. I study the
Bible. I go to church. I pray. My friends are Christians. Of course God will
remain an important part of my life.”
News flash! No matter where you go to college—or even if you go to college—a
major challenge to your faith will confront you in the near future. The
pressures to abandon your walk with God will be huge. Will you stand? How
can you stand?
This book is about origins—the beginning of all things. Strange as it may
seem, the study of beginnings—the universe, the earth, life, and mankind—is
intimately related to the question of your standing firm in your faith.
As you read this book, we ask you to put yourself into the shoes of a young
man we will call Scott (or if you are a woman, substitute Scott with Susan). His
story (actually a true story) is very likely to be your story as you encounter
life in our twenty-first-century culture. Many of you will share his experience,
regardless of whether you are in college or in the workplace.
First, an introduction. Scott grew up in a middle-class home in the South. He
attended church and Sunday school all his life, and was taught all the stories:
the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark, and of course, Jesus
and the salvation He offers. Scott attended a Christian high school, graduated
with honors, and now wants to become a doctor. As he enters a prestigious
Southern university, he is confident in his faith. Of course the Bible is
true! Of course God created the world! Scott knows he belongs to Jesus.
He begins his collegiate career full of anticipation and the desire to live a
godly and productive life.
On Scott’s first day in chemistry class, the
professor introduces the course to the group of five hundred students assembled
in the auditorium. He begins by saying, “Those of you who are Christians might
as well forget your faith right now because you can’t be a Christian and an
evolutionist, and we know that evolution is a proven