Points to Ponder: Unanswered questions: Why? And what's next?
Points to Ponder
Unanswered questions: Why? And what's next?
I enjoy reading and hearing the debates about evolution. Some of the discussion seems rather silly to me. One particular columnist I read enjoys blasting Christians who dispute the theory. For him, and many others, it's not a theory; it's a scientific fact. It's actually a religion; because to believe in evolution you need a great deal of faith. It's interesting that many of these individuals will blow off the credibility of the Holy Bible and yet accept without question Charles Darwin's "Origin of the Species."
I recall my middle school science teacher explaining the Big Bang and evolution. The question in my mind throughout the entire lesson was, "Well, who started it?" Out of nowhere nothing exploded into something? If we evolved from these lower life forms, why aren't humans getting any better? Of course we have the frequently cited example: If you bomb a junk yard, what is the likelihood that the flying auto parts will come together and form a car?
But here is a deeper and more pertinent issue to examine in this evolution versus creation / "Intelligent Design" debate. If it was random chance and a process of evolving that brought forth this earth and your life, then what? Why are you here? Why now? What is the meaning of life? If you are the end result of some accident, what would be the point of having dreams or goals? What is morality - and from whence does it come? Why does your life or anyone's life have value? Did that idea just evolve? How could such things as deep as love and self-sacrifice come from the goodness of humanity all by themselves? Put a copied text on a copier and then make another copy from that copy and keep going through a thousand pages of paper, the last copy would be compromised and of lower quality than the earlier copies.
In both the Old and New Testaments, we are told that God is the Creator. He spoke everything into existence.
"For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited; 'I am the Lord, and there is no other'" (Isaiah 45:18).
Unless of course, scripture is wrong. And who runs all of this, the created order? If evolution and the natural flow of logic from this theory is right, well, it just kind of happens on its own. The psalmist describes God's sovereign rule over creation in a poetic style:
"[You] cover Yourself with light as with a garment, You stretch out the heavens like a curtain...You laid the foundations of the earth...You covered it with the deep...He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man [for food]...He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down...O Lord, how manifold are Your works! You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions" (Psalm 104:1b-2, 5-6, 14, 19, 24).
Numerous scriptures cite God as the Designer and Creator. An even more important point to ponder for us is this: if God is the Maker, could you or anyone be here by "accident," or random chance?
To a young teenager whom God called to be a prophet, He said: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..." (Jeremiah 1:5). Numerous personal examples like these are found in scripture. But, David says best that which applies to each of us.
"For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:13 and 16).
So, if you are the product of random chance, or one in a long line of evolving creatures, so what? Take that literally. What is the point of anything?
But if you are the handcrafted, personally-designed individual - the only you there will ever be - formed by God for this time in history, there is a higher purpose you were sent to serve.
To me, all this talk about origin of the species is distracting all of this intellect with a question that's been answered. God did it.
Rather than looking back, speculating from whence we have come, the fact is plain: You are HERE, now. The more pressing question is before you. Do you know the answer?
The question: Where will you be after you die?
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). These articles (and sermons) are also found at www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45 a.m. and 7:50 p.m., both days.