Genesis is the hardest book in the Bible to understand. I’ve been a believer all my life, and I still have questions about Genesis. This film is the first step to better understanding Genesis, which leaves so many questions unanswered and so many unbelievers in doubt. Genesis as the book in the Bible that cannot be scientifically proven. At least, that’s what unbeliever Blake tells Pastor’s Kid and Paleontology Major Kerry as she attempts to obtain his life story for the school paper.
Kerry who strongly believes in the possibility that the Genesis account could one day be proven by science. She makes having faith appear effortless even though she struggles with it just like everyone else, especially with the challenges from everyone around her. Something that I have learned in my walk with God is that it’s okay to have doubts as long as it doesn’t drive you to lose your faith. Kerry doesn’t. In fact, she uses the energy from that doubt to seek the truth even more. What she and her brother find is astounding.
People come to faith through different ways. It all depends on the person. Whether it be scientific proof, experience, or a feeling. I say it needs to come from a mix of the three. Even though Blake saw the science staring him in the face, he felt something was still missing: the emotional confirmation from God. The physics lesson was educational and exciting, but I understand how it’s not enough to create a believer.
The point of the films lays a couple scenes later in the pastor’s evaluation of his children’s discovery. To criticize how a person finds God would be to presume to know the mind of God, which is arrogant and blasphemous. No one can truly know the mind of God. We can merely try to understand and accept that God is incomprehensible.
I like the way that Kerry ministers to Blake. She informs him of her beliefs, patiently listens to his beliefs, and she gives opportunities to learn more about the Bible. She invites him to church, her class, and essentially her brother’s presentation. Never once does she argue with him or impose her beliefs on him. She leaves him with a choice to make for himself. It works. Her open-minded approach is what plants the seed in his mind to seek the truth. At the end of the day, the decision to believe is something we must do alone.