If you are in a room with three monkeys, one holds a banana, one has a book and the other a pencil, which one is the smartest primate in the room? ANSWER: Hopefully, YOU! I wish all of the hoopla that has been in the news about evolution and creation were about evolution or creation, but it has not. I wish all of the hoopla was about our children receiving the finest education possible, but it has not. The real issue has been and has always been about power.
Growing up in a very conservative family and community forced me to see life and my relationship with God in a very narrow view. I may have been narrow minded in my faith understanding but it never caused me to question my faith in what I learned in life, but in fact always reinforced my belief. Some how today some groups would have us to think that knowledge almost seems to be a threat to our faith. I submit to you that the real issue isn’t the gaining of knowledge but an insecure faith.
A Sunday School teacher had just read the story of how God created man from the Bible. She asked the class if they had any questions. One of the little boys raised his hand and said, “My dad says we come from monkeys.” Sweetly the teacher replied, “Bobby, let’s talk about your family problems after class.”
Most people do not realize the ongoing struggle and dialogue that is in scripture its on creation. No where in the Bible does it ever question the fact that God created the universe. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Straight forward and simple! God is the creator.
The moon is approximately 240,000 miles from earth (238,852 miles). The sun is about 93 million miles from earth (92,956,000 miles). Scientists have concluded that if either one of these astronomical bodies was one-hundred miles closer or further away from the earth, life on this planet would not be possible. Likewise, the earth spins at 1000 m.p.h. while orbiting the sun at 60,700 m.p.h. Just a 2 m.p.h. difference would prevent life on earth. The amazing handiwork of God is not only perfect, but perfectly balanced.
It’s a humbling experience to discover how little we know when compared to how much there is to learn. God may need to ask us, as He asked Job so long ago, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?” (Job 38: 4, 16) God is the creator, there is no dispute!
Now, the hardest question of all, “How did God create the universe, the earth and all life? Every major religion in the world has a creation story. Creation stories are not unique to Christianity. Most Christians don’t even realize that the Bible has three creation stories. All three affirm that God created the world. But all three are different in just how God created the world. I find it incredibly arrogant that we know how God created the world when not even our forefathers of faith knew!
The oldest creation story that we have is found in Genesis 2:4. Chronology we can only trace the history of man through the Bible 4,000 years. Genesis 2:4 can only be dated to 850 B.C. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In this account of creation we do not have God creating the world in six days. In the order of creation God creates the waters and then God creates man.
Then God creates everything else, including the Garden. We are even told the location of the Garden in the land where Abraham comes from. When man is found to be alone, God creates woman. Now compare that creation story with Genesis 1:1 which is a young 750 B.C. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It is in this account of creation that we find God creating the world in six days. In the order of creation God creates everything before God creates man and man is only created on the sixth day. But notice the difference, God did not create man and then later woman, God created both at the same time. In this second account there is no Garden. By the time that John sets down to write the Gospel around 90 A.D. it is not important how God created the world, the only thing that is important is that Jesus Christ was a part of that creation. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Science and evolution being from the same God cannot be mutually opposed. But both can be misinterpreted. Charles Darwin never said or wrote that God did not create the world. Charles Darwin was a Christian reared in a Christian family. His father wanted him to be a minister but he wanted to be a naturalist. His study and research lead him to write “The Origin of Species.” Everything has a genetic link.
I have wisdom teeth that I don’t use. Fish in caves, don’t have eyes. We know with the discovery of DNA, Darwin was right. Perhaps it wasn’t the writing of “The Origin of Species” that bothered us as much as “The Descent of Man.” He said that it was just possible that we came the chimpanzee. Perhaps what really bothers us is not that it questions if God created the world, but that it questions who we are related to.
Whatever we may think of God, God’s existence is not manifest in the products of nature. There should never be fear in the quest for the truth. And the truth is that God can create this universe any way that God wants to create this universe. Whether it is a big explosion that sends the stars soaring, or whether God takes a handful of dust and makes a human being. God is not and has never been bound by our human limitations. To us a day is 24 hours. To God a day is a 1,000 years.
Imagine a family of mice who lived all their lives in a large piano. To them in their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony. At first the mice were impressed by it. They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was Someone who made the music-though invisible to them-above, yet close to them. They loved to think of the Great Player whom they could not see. Then one day a daring mouse climbed up part of the piano and returned very thoughtful. He had found out how music was made. Wires were the secret; tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths which trembled and vibrated. They must revise all their old beliefs: none but the most conservative could any longer believe in the Unseen Player. Later, another explorer carried the explanation further. Hammers were now the secret, numbers of hammers dancing and leaping on the wires. This was a more complicated theory, but it all went to show that they lived in a purely mechanical and mathematical world. The Unseen Player came to be thought of as a myth. But the pianist continued to play.