I was raised in the church from the size where I could fit comfortably into a crib in a Baptist nursery. I left the organized church at the age of sixty after my church, where Diane was the music minister and I one of the trustees, fell apart, the reasons for which I don't care to put into words.
I spent a lot of time in Sunday School. I attended for most of my childhood twice a day. We called the Sunday night class Training Union.
As an adult I taught Sunday School for many years. I was fortunate enough to be able to keep teaching the same group of boys and girls as they got older and changed grades. The lessons became more serious and the questions from the kids became harder as well.
I wasn't one for following published lessons or guidelines for teaching a Sunday School class. I preferred to teach right from the Bible and prepare my own lessons. I wanted to make my class relevant to the times and what my students were going through in their own lives. Along with stories about David, the prophets, and Proverbs, we discussed divorce, dating, premarital Sex, interracial relationships, modern music and television, and many other subjects.
I tried to teach about the nature of God, how He is real, experiences love and sadness Himself. How angels exist, what powers they have, how the world and the universe came to be and the signs around us of God's creation and design.
Some of my kids listened, some did not. My Sunday School kids grew up, one of which was my own daughter. They were graduated from high school, and then college, and became adults. One student was killed in Iraq while serving his country as an Army Sargent and tank commander.
One day many years ago, I ran into one of my students in an office building where I was installing a phone system. He told me that my lessons had a big impact on his life and effected many of the decisions he had to make as an adult. He said I made things real for him. He remembered my lessons on Creation and why it was logical compared to other ideas about the beginning of it all. He always remembered what I taught him when faced with questions about his faith in God. He remembered a lesson I taught on the subject once and said it had a great influence on him.
Recently when packing up some old books including some of my older Bibles, I came across a copy of some notes I had typed up for one of my lessons when my kids were juniors and seniors in High School. This lesson was about creation and evolution. I think it was the same one I provided to my student:
Evolution is contrary to natural law both logically and mathematically. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the total Entropy of any thermodynamically isolated system tends to increase over time appropriating the maximum value.
Entropy is a measure of the amount of energy in a physical system that cannot be used to do work. It is also the measure of the Disorder and Randomness present in a system. You might apply this law to the phrase “nothing survives in a vacuum”, the vacuum of space that is. This law applies to the concept that any object will eventually disintegrate at a rate influenced by the surroundings of the object. Those influences can be heat, pressure, cold, or lack thereof depending on the object.
If I put an apple on my driveway, if left alone it will decay. Other factors can and most likely will accelerate the process of the apple turning into something less than an apple. If I intervene, remove the apple from its surroundings and introduce it to a new environment, such as a refrigerator, the move towards rot is slowed, but left to itself the apple will not remain an apple. (If I eat it, does it become something better?) The apple does not start to evolve a thicker sun proof skin. I can put a bottle of apple juice on the driveway and it too will deteriorate over time even though the juice has a “thick skin”.
If you were to go up onto the roof of your house (assuming you have one) with a box of Lincoln Logs and throw the contents of that box off the roof, how many times would you need to do so before the falling logs randomly form a log cabin? The odds are you would spend an eternity up there throwing logs off your roof and the results would never form so much as half a wall. You could throw the logs off the roof, let them randomly land and allow someone on the ground to ignore the broken logs, select the whole ones and move them into the shape of a house. You could then leave that little bit of information out when you relate your experiment: “I went up on the roof of my house with a big box of Lincoln Logs and after throwing said contents of box off my roof, some of them after seven thousand drops, ended up in the recognizable shape of a cabin.” That would be true but the concept you are trying to get across would be a “half-truth”. I am afraid that our friend Darwin used a variation of this technique.
I prefer to believe in the Divine Design Theory as opposed to some spontaneous big bang happening. It makes sense. My faith in God The Creator and His Son is something I have no problem taking to the grave with me. I don't have a lot to loose if I am wrong and I am not. Can the same be said for believing in no God?
That is the same question I asked my students many years ago. I am very pleased to have learned that one of them learned the right answer and one day, told me so.