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February 3, 2014

When it comes to creation, I’m no ‘science guy’

CORBIN — Way back in elementary school, I can remember spending a lot of class time staring at the clock.

There were many periods where I could not wait for the bell to ring so I could bolt from my desk and away from a teacher’s lecture.

But somedays, the lectures would get replaced by a TV on a cart that came equipped with a VCR.

Students from the 1990s know what I am talking about.

If you had to be stuck in a classroom, these times were some of the best.

Instead of teaching a lesson themselves, teachers sometimes borrowed a TV on a cart from the library to show an educational video.

Sometimes these videos were just as hard to sit through as a typical class, but most of the time they were fun and entertaining — at least for a young child.

One of the particular videos I enjoyed watching at school was the “Bill Nye The Science Guy” series.

“Bill Nye The Science Guy” was an educational TV show that ran 30-minute episodes on PBS.

It was hosted by Bill Nye who used comedy and wacky experiments to teach science to children.

As a nerdy 11-year-old, I really enjoyed the humor of the show, and the fact I learned something about science was an added bonus.

I even remember owning an episode of “Bill Nye” on VHS that I brought to school to share with my class.

So an afternoon with Bill Nye was a nice diversion from the typical school day back in the mid-1990s. But after I moved on to junior high and high school, I had forgotten all about Bill Nye.

Fast forward to 2014, a name from the past is back on the scene.

According to a story by the Associated Press, Bill Nye will be at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. this Tuesday.

On that day, he is going to debate with the museum’s founder, Ken Ham, in the museum’s auditorium.

The title of the debate is, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”

Bill Nye, who has an agnostic view, argues that teaching students about creation would be misleading them as it is “inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe.”

In my opinion, creation is absolutely consistent with everything we observe in the universe.

Just take a look around at our world sometime.

The sunsets, the stars in the sky, all of the beauty in nature — all of that did not happen by accident.

I’m sure there are many different opposing views and theories against creation, but I will always remember the theory I was taught because of how ridiculous it sounded.

In my freshman earth and space science class, I was taught that billions of years ago, huge clouds of dust somehow came together to form the stars and the planets.

Living in the backwoods of Kentucky all my life, I’ve seen many, many clouds of dust. And not one time did I look at a cloud of dust and think, “Wow, in a billion years from now, that cloud of dust will sure make a pretty star.”

Of course, man was formed from dust but only after God sculpted him and breathed the breath of life into him.

Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

There has never been a doubt in my mind that God created this world and this universe we live in.

Everything we see around us is just so perfectly made.

I realize it may sound crazy to Bill Nye that all of this around us could just be created. But that’s how powerful our God really is.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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