What am I to do with the inescapable belief that God is so much bigger than His creation that try as we might, we can't keep Him relegated to His own little box?


"... a new survey of Louisiana residents shows 40.3 percent of respondents believe evolution is not well-supported by evidence or generally accepted within the scientific community," I read in a recent column by Louisiana writer, Michael Tortorich.
"As everyone should have learned in grade school, the theory of evolution is well-supported by evidence and well-supported by the scientific community," the columnist continued. "To deny evolution in the face of overwhelming evidence found in the fossil record as well as in life today is as absurd as denying that gravity holds us all to the face of the planet ...
"Supporters say [Louisiana's Act 473], opens up academic freedom, but critics call it a thinly-veiled attempt to dredge up old battles on biblical creationism ...
"Let's keep science in science classes and religion in religion classes," the column ended.
I can't agree more.
I most definitely would like to keep science in the science classroom and religion in the religion classroom.
But tell me, please, where am I to keep my faith?
What am I to do with the inescapable belief that God is so much bigger than His creation that try as we might, we can't keep Him relegated to His own little box?
I don't pretend to be a scientist. I don't even pretend to be very smart, so maybe it's because I went to grade school in Louisiana, but I've always been under the distinct impression that evolution is a theory.  I also vaguely remember being taught in my Louisiana high school science classroom that "theory" is a fancy word for someone's best guess.
And if I may further burden you with my ignorance, I've also been under the impression for many decades that the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, has remained unanswered in science, as has how the first person, or even the first primate, came to be.
But let's talk about the Act that has so upset Mr. Tortorich. 
In effect, Act 473, which became law with Governor Bobby Jindal's signature in June of 2008, allows educators and students in Louisiana to discuss and critically analyze the theory of evolution (as well as any other best guesses of how we came to be); human cloning; and global warming.
To read the Act, go to www.legis.state.la.us.
I'm all for teaching kids to actually read and think about the stuff that people parrot out to them as fact, including the Bible.
After all, isn't that how we encourage young minds to grow? Isn't that how Einstein became Einstein and Darwin Darwin, by learning, studying and critically thinking about the ideas that were presented to them?
I'm reminded of my toddler who has no idea at all how he came to be. My five-year-old, on the other hand, has a vague idea that he came from my belly.
One day, in stages and through discussion and critical thinking, they will each likely acquire enough knowledge to match mine and understand, among other things, that they too have the power to create life.
But I dare say that they, like their parents and most every other person on God's green earth, will never understand how life actually begins, sustains itself and grows.
How life happens, as it does daily all around us, is still a miracle that no one can really explain except a handful of people in this world. And they have only just recently acquired the skill to replicate that process, after, if you believe evolutionists, millions of years of life being present here.
Those few who can replicate the process of life coming into existence, by the way, scare the fire out of the rest of us. They scare us so much that we've insisted that they stay in their little laboratories and not create any more life. 
It is arrogance personified to say that the theory of evolution is the answer to all of our questions about how we came to be.
I  don't know about you, but I've yet to meet an infallible person. The fact that everyone is fallible might have something to do with why we've decided to keep some scientists in their laboratories with strict rules not to experiment anymore on creating life.
I do believe that many an intelligent being inhabits this world. Of course they do. I'm certain that there are some who are so intelligent that I would have no idea how their brains work.
No question, they're much closer to understanding how God works than I am.
But that doesn't mean they're there yet.
That would be like saying my five-year-old, who certainly has the ability to teach my toddler a wealth of things the latter would greatly benefit from knowing, is also qualified to teach him everything he will ever need to know or benefit from knowing.
Granted, the older knows a lot more, but not enough to guide the younger through all things.
So it is with the world's wise. They can teach us a lot, but not everything.
They can certainly shed a lot of light on things for most of us and answer a ton of questions and give us plenty to ponder, analyze and discuss.
But they don't know everything. No one on this earth is capable of teaching me all I need to know or all that I would benefit in knowing.
Only One can do that.
Which brings us back to faith.
Some believe that there is no God and that we humans came into existence after millions of years of natural selection.
On the other hand, I, and many others, believe that we were created.
I also believe that my God is so powerful, so beyond my abilities to perceive, that we could never understand how He works. He said so, and I believe Him.Which is also why I'm certain that neither I nor any of my ancestors evolved from a primate. He said we were created, and I believe Him. And frankly, I'd rather be wrong believing God than be wrong believing humans.
That's certainly not science, and it's not religion. It's faith.
I once heard someone say that religion is man's attempt to reach God. But faith is God's attempt to reach man.  
Religion, like science, is man-made and therefore very fallible. As such, I agree that they both belong in the classroom.
There, in the classroom, these subjects can be thought about, analyzed and discussed with the hopes that someone else might come along who can add something else to the chain of our knowledge.
They are, after all, human ideas. They respond very well to human manipulation.
Not so with God and faith.
Most people are okay with the idea of God as long as He stays in the cubicle that we've created for Him like a good little God.
But really, what good is a God Who only does what He's told? You may as well be your own god.
Thankfully, though we've created many a beautiful box for Him, we can't seem to keep God in those boxes. Every time we try to put Him in the place we think He belongs, He escapes and shows up somewhere else. In fact, God's shown up at the emergency room, the family room, the backyard, the kitchen and sometimes even church. He's even popped His head into a classroom or two, despite our strict rule that He stay away from there. 
Frankly, He too often acts as if the world is His classroom and He's the teacher.
And therein lies the problem that most "science" people, and a lot of others if we're truthful, have with the idea of God.
In our heart of hearts, many of us know that if we let Him, God is liable to teach us a thing or two we desperately need to learn. He'll also likely teach us some things we would rather He keep to Himself.