The ‘Creation Vs Evolution’ debate is a very interesting one to me for 2 reasons:
First, no one was around when the world was created so there is no eye-witness evidence, which is the best kind of evidence. So we are left to look at fossils and nature and such to try to determine if God created everything or if everything came from chance and millions of years of adaptations.
Second, we all know we didn’t create our self, therefore the understanding is that something else must have. As we all search for the purpose of our existence we have to ask the all important question, ‘where did we come from?’ And since we know we didn’t create ourselves, then that leads us to different answers of where we in fact did come from.
Now I’m no scientist, but the little bit of study that I have done on the idea that we were created by some Big Bang and Evolutionary process seems pretty far-fetched. To say that everything came to be from an explosion and things cooling off and forming the earth, then it began to rain on the earth and create oceans where single-celled organisms began to appear, and then those single-celled organisms began to become more complex, and from that came all the different animals and humans…that’s just a little hard to accept.
What makes it hard to accept is that there is no fossil or natural evidence of any of that happening…there is no fossil or evidence of each step a single-celled organism would have to go through in order to eventually become an animal or human. The only real proof Evolution has is that plants and animals can adapt in minor ways to adjust to their surrounding…but to create a whole theory to explain our existence based on that seems a bit much.
On the flip side, the Bible speaks about Creation when it says the following concerning God being the creator of the world:
- Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”…(creation account continues from Genesis 1:1 to 2:4)
- Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
- Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
These verses in the Bible, which is the most accurate book in the world by the way (see The Bible: Truth or Stories), clearly state that God is the creator of the world. And because the Bible has been proven time and time again to be more accurate and truthful than any other book in existence, we can believe what those verses tell us.
However, I do not believe that the real issue of this debate is ‘Creation Vs Evolution’. We can go back and forth forever in the ‘Creation Vs Evolution’ debate, because one focuses more on science and the other focuses more on faith…one focuses more on try to prove something so that we can understand it while the other focuses more on trusting in something bigger than us and our complete understanding.
I believe the real issue in this whole debate is really ‘God Vs Me’. The real question behind this debate isn’t ‘where did we came from’, but rather it is ‘who do I want to be in control of my life’? If God created me, then He is in control and I’m accountable to him; if Evolution created me, then nothing is really in control and I’m accountable to no one other than myself….God Vs Me.
There is a quote in the book Understanding the Times: A collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews that says “Without the theory of Evolution, the Humanists would have to rely on God as the explanation for life, which would destroy his atheism.”
If Evolution is the truth, then I am not accountable to a creator or anything outside of myself, and this life becomes all about me. But if God created me, then I am accountable to a creator who knows my purpose, and life is not all about me.
God Vs Me…which side do you fall on? If you say you are on the “God” side, do you live as though God truly exists and is in control? If you are on the “Me” side, what if you are wrong? How do you plan to explain to God what you chose to believe when you meet Him someday?