Zoom. Screech. The airplane wheels touched the runway with a resounding zing. I was here. College. It was real.
With my dorm room all cozied up and my stack of books and sketch journals stashed on my shelves, I was ready for learning. Little did I know that the few days ahead of campus touring and college activities would lead to a chance to share my faith. It came so suddenly. It came with no pushing from me. But I knew that God wanted me to speak and so I did.
It all started with a casual lunch with 2 acquaintances.( I wont use their real names) Eli and Kira.
I was homesick. Quite homesick, but lunch and conversation always helped me to think about the here and now moments.
One of my new acquaintances and soon to be friend, Eli, made a comment about the world being billions of years old. As soon as the words left her mouth, the Holy Spirit lurched within me. SPEAK. I was scared. I didn’t have all the right answers. I’m an awkward talker. I didn’t quite know what to say but God was my words.
“Why do you say the world is billions of years old?” I asked after she finished with her comment. I was met with a stare of confusion.
“You don’t believe the world is billions of years old?” Eli said quite shocked.
“No I don’t. But, why do you?” It got very choppy and confusing from there. She had to sit and think a moment and started explaining how nature proves that evolution occurred. I nodded and looked into her eyes again.
“So…you believe the world started from the big bang?”
“So…where did the big bang material come from?” I asked.
“From particles…and…energy.” Eli tried to explain.
“Where did the particles and energy come from?”
No answer. Only reeling minds. Kira was sitting next to me; eating and smiling. She just listened intently. Later I found out that she was a Christian and was silently rooting for me.
As I watched Eli’s face try and process this new idea…or at least…one that she may have not thought about…I could feel the Holy spirit prodding again. Go on. There’s more to tell. I tried another angle.
“If evolution can’t happen then something else must have taken place for the world to begin, don’t you agree? We have to start at the beginning of things and work our way from there. In nature, something can’t come from nothing.”
From there on, the conversation heightened into her telling me about the evolutionary facts and proofs. I listened, groping for things to say after Eli had finished. She had told me how fossils had been discovered showing how man came from the monkeys and how the dinosaurs are extinct. She had learned all this in school. I nodded, understanding her points.
I was homeschooled. I was taught that the Bible is God’s word and that the world was designed. However, for our schooling, we had some science textbooks with topics on evolution. I knew enough to see that not everyone believed the world was designed. Many believe the world wasn’t created but rather happened by accident.
There are some that believe there was an explosion and everything came into being. But that theory bothered me. Where did the explosion come from? What caused the explosion? And again, evolution is a theory. “The Theory of Evolution.” Darwin himself said that it couldn’t work.
“To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” -Charles Darwin
“Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms.” -Charles Darwin
One of the things I was told by Eli was how fossils have been found to prove that evolution happened. But according to recent scientists of today and Darwin himself, there was and are no such fossils to be found! There are no transitional fossils from monkey to man, from fish to land animal, from dinosaur to bird. If evolution happened, wouldn’t we find millions of transitional fossils? But we haven’t found any. Hmmm.
I never want to sound accusing or “intolerant” as today’s culture likes to say about other people’s views. I only want to say these things in compassion with a deep respect for others and what they believe. But as we are rational beings, I think it is wise to research all beliefs and all different areas of thought. I don’t think we should believe in something just because a school teaches it. For all we know, they could be teaching things that aren’t true. And for a matter of fact…they are.
I think everyone should research and think and use their minds to find truth. So far, the Holy Bible has been the ultimate truth for me. I haven’t seen anything else in this world to overcome that. Why turn to an atheistic worldview when the world so plainly states the need for a Creator?
On another note, the creation story isn’t the only way to know there is a Creator. Look at the life of Jesus. If we can prove Jesus walked the earth, performed miracles, died, and rose again three days later, then examine all the prophesies predicting his birth and resurrection, then everything He said is true. Scriptures proclaimed and prophesied Jesus’s birth and death many years before it happened. Jesus is the Savior of the world.
The Bible is God’s word and it is full of prophesies that are being fulfilled even today!
——– I’ve shared my faith with 4 people since coming to college. God was bold for me. Honestly, my flesh wanted to be silent but the Holy Spirit made me bold. I want to give it all to God.
I’ve found that the only way to really share Truth with someone is to get to know them and become their friend.
God has done amazing things in my university. I am so joyful to be His child and messenger.
Sharing truth within your university is not hard. It can be and is scary but it isn’t hard. Everywhere around you there are lost and broken people. All you have to do is reach out and be their friend.
In finality, I’ve learned so much about being a messenger for Christ. You don’t have to go to another country to be a missionary. You can be a missionary right where you are now.
I have some final questions to ask you and I hope you really think about them.
- Do you believe in a One True God?
- How did the world start?
- Why do you believe what you believe?
- Do you know where you’re going when you die?
- How do you know that your beliefs are true?