In the beginning – evolution?
We are regularly bombarded with the ‘facts’ of Evolution.
How does that make us feel?
Big Bang and the birth of mankind
Let’s look at an example of how the ‘Atlas of the World’ by the Readers Digest describes the big bang theory:
…the universe is concentrated into a single point, infinitely hot and dense.‘Atlas of the World’ by the Readers Digest [ii]
During the first billionths of a second, the universe goes through a brief phase of accelerated expansion, growing from the size of an atomic nucleus to the size of a volleyball.
After a millionth of a second, the primeval universe is a violently expanding fireball, about 10 billion miles in radius.
It is filled with protons, neutrons and electrons – the building blocks for atoms – as well as billions of tiny particles called neutrinos.
After one minute the universe, about a million billion miles across, has become a giant thermonuclear reactor, building the nuclei of helium atoms from the hydrogen nuclei created in the big bang…”
It then goes on to tell us precisely how mankind evolved:
The story of mankind begins in the tropical forests of at least 65 million years ago.‘Atlas of the World’ by the Readers Digest [ii]
By then the first primates, the order of mammals to which Man belongs, had appeared.
These tiny creatures of the night gradually developed hands for gripping branches, preying upon insects and testing fruit for ripeness.
Since complex hand-to-brain nerve ‘wiring’ was required for these tasks, the capacity to explore with the hand may have contributed to an inquiring and expanding brain…”
This is flowery language mixed with a few scientific words and is the material of fiction writers that is often unfortunately presented as fact.
So how does it make us feel when we read or listen to such things?
I see four different ways of looking at this type of presentation on Evolution:
- We totally accept the statements made by those who believe in Evolution.
- We accept what they say, but add ‘God’ into the areas of ‘chance’.
- We accept what the Bible says about the creation of the world.
- We just ignore the whole subject and steer away from Evolution and Creation.
What we decide has a bearing on how we view the Bible
Our own particular standpoint means we would have to view certain parts of the Bible in a particular way.
So those viewpoints would now look like this:
- We totally accept the statements made by those who believe in Evolution therefore we would see the Garden of Eden as being just a Parable.
- We accept what they say, but add ‘God’ into the areas of ‘chance’ therefore we STILL see the Garden of Eden as being just a Parable.
- We accept what the Bible says about the creation of the world, therefore we accept the Genesis account in the Bible as being the truth, which means that it is literally and historically true.
- We just ignore the whole subject and steer away from Evolution and Creation therefore we ignore the first few chapters of Genesis.
So looking at the second option which is ‘We accept what Evolutionists say, but add ‘God‘ into the areas of ‘chance’ ’ we would need to see Genesis as containing a spiritual truth, but that it ISN’T literally and historically true.
Does that make the Creation story just a myth? A Parable?
What is this about God speaking and things are created – is it a fabrication?
Perhaps we decide that every thing started with a Big Bang and all creatures and humans evolved later from a primeval swamp, and God filled in the areas of chance.
Then WHAT truth is God actually telling us by including Genesis chapters one to three in the Bible?
If God fills in all the areas of chance, then to me there is an uneasy unity in that thought.
That is like having a proper brick house, but then building an extension to it made out of cardboard and sticks!
The two things are incompatible.
Would God write a different account to what actually happened?
If we say that Evolution is right, why would God want a different order of events written down?
He explained the process of Creation in a certain order.
So why did He write down that the sun and stars came into being after the earth was formed.
In fact God is saying that the sun and stars came into being after the earth was formed and after the earth’s atmosphere, clouds and vegetation had grown on the earth!
If the sun and stars came first, then surely God would have said so and it is the most logical (even to the writer of Genesis)!
Now, before everyone dives in and says that when Genesis was written, people didn’t know as much as we know today – think about it.
It is obvious to everyone (even the earliest Man) that the sun is essential for life on this earth, so in any account of the beginning of the world, we would naturally put the sun first.
But God didn’t!
To our minds it isn’t logical.
God was showing us that the sun is NOT essential to life – He is!
In Revelation, when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, it explains why:
There will be no more night.Revelation 22:5
They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.”
Is science beginning to make us lose our faith?
This whole Evolution and Creation subject can make us jittery and lose faith in the Biblical account.
Perhaps in your eyes, science seems to be contradicting the Bible.
And if the Bible is wrong in that area, then what about other areas?
Also, if we don’t accept Genesis’ account of the creation of the world, then what about the Apostle Paul (and others) who write about it in the New Testament in a way that we know that they believe that account is true:
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”2 Corinthians 11:3
Science should not make us doubt the Bible, in fact many scientists are Christians. See: Scientific laws and building blocks of life
Not only that, many scientists believe in the Genesis account. See: Scientists who believe in the Genesis creation account
So it would be good if we could all scrutinise what we do believe in and what we don’t, and then study to fill in any woolly areas.
References open in new windows:
[i] Evolution of the head and skull]. Retrieved from Artstor
[ii] Atlas of the World, Readers Digest, 1989, ISBN 0-276-42001-2, p4, and p50
Earth image: thanks to Serif Serif RESOURCE CD.