In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Before I begin this post, I should probably make a few things quite clear. I am not a scientist, or a philosopher or a theologian. I have a pretty basic understanding of those things, but do not practice any of them as a livelihood. So, if you are expecting deep discourse on any of them, move along because that is not what you are getting here.
I ran across the article below while reading the news yesterday, and it just really struck me. What this scientist admitted was the thing that any honest scientist must admit: Evolution cannot account for or explain the origins of life. Read the article, then we will have a brief discussion later.
HOUSTON – A prominent chemist who was recognized this year as one of the 50 most influential scientists in the world says most scientists do not understand how evolution could explain the existence of life.
Just for the sake of argument, to cut out all the clutter in the middle, I will remove some issues from the board. Understand from the start that not only do I believe the literal account of creation found in Genesis, but I lean strongly towards being a young earth creationist. If you asked me how long it took for all of this to come about, I would answer “Six days.” If you asked me how long it has all been around, I would answer “Probably around 10,000 years.” Don’t get hung up on that and start calling me a cretin, moron and uneducated hillbilly, because none of those beliefs have a thing to do with the issue at hand today which is the origin of life. Besides, I’m fairly certain I am none of those things.
So, for the sake of this point, I will temporarily suspend my personal thoughts so that we can get to the real issue. Perhaps the world is billions of years old. Perhaps it all sprang from nothingness those billions of years ago in what is referred to as “The Big Bang.” Perhaps some combination of amino acids randomly produced a rudimentary life form which then, through billions of years of random mutation became the planet Earth as we know it today. Perhaps the concept of God is just something we all made up thousands of years ago before we had science to teach us the truth. Perhaps in today’s enlightened world only the before mentioned cretins, morons and uneducated hillbillys hang on to the concept of a Creator of the Universe. Perhaps, perhaps and perhaps.
Even if all of those things are true, there is still one glaring issue facing evolutionists; it is the elephant in the room for them. WHERE DID IT ALL COME FROM??? Any honest scientist, if pressed, would have to simply say he or she actually has no real idea where it all came from. The linked article describes how the subject of the article, Dr. James Tour, questioned his colleagues and ultimately they all had the same answer, “We do not know.”
One commonly used argument for the existence of God is called the Cosmological Argument. In this argument it is argued that God is the First Cause, or the Uncaused cause. It is a very compelling and logical argument. Since I would probably never do it justice, read the article below.
The law of science known as the Law of Causality, or Law of Cause and Effect, says that every material effect must have an adequate antecedent or simultaneous cause (Miller, 2011). The Universe is a material effect that demands an adequate Cause, and atheism cannot provide one. The truth is, God exists. Often the atheist or skeptic, attempting to distract from and side-step the truth of this law without responding to it, retorts, “But if everything had to have a beginning, why does the same concept not apply to God? God needs a cause, too! Who caused God?”
Read the full article here
Evolutionists obviously don’t want to accept the idea of an uncaused cause, because the uncomfortable reality of that conclusion is that the uncaused cause is a Creator God. Their problem is, no science whatsoever can even begin to explain how it all started. One can accept every single other evolutionary supposition, all the way back to the Big Bang, and still be left with that same nagging question: WHAT STARTED IT ALL??
There are literally dozens of theories about how it all started, but not a single one has been proven or even substantiated in a major way. One interesting one was put forth by Stephen Hawking the noted British Physicist. It is a theory called panspermia, which postulates that life originated elsewhere in the universe and was seeded to Earth via asteroids. Let’s pretend that is true for a moment; we still have the issue of where THAT life came from.
Needless to say, none of these theories can be proven. To their credit, they can’t really be disproved either. It’s simply not possible to prove or disprove a theory based on suppositions which have no observations or history about them. For the most part, any and all theories concerning the origin of life are just ideas or concepts, created in the mind of the person who originated it. They are accepted, in totality, by faith on the part of anyone who believes them. Did I just say faith?
And that word represents the very accusation which is hurled at Christians regarding our belief in a Creator God. We are told it is not valid, because it is based on faith. Isn’t that interesting? The Evolutionary model as a whole, is largely a faith based movement. Since evolution of animals from one kind to another has never been observed, documented or found in the fossil record all of the gaps are filled in by….faith. All current and past scientific theories on the origin of life are based on….faith.
If one were to query 100 scientist and ask them how life came to be, one would probably get a dozen different answers; the scientific community has no consensus whatsoever about this matter. If one asked 100 Bible believing Christians the same question, 100 times out of 100 the answer would be: Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.”
There has been no attempt in this article to discuss and proofs or evidences for the existence of God; that was not the point of it. Although it is fodder for future articles for sure. The only point was to illustrate that science simply does not provide an answer about origins. The only available answers are, “We don’t know,” or else some theory with no substantiation at all.
Christianity, on the other hand, does provide an answer. First, there was God, eternally existent. Then He created all of this. Sure, belief requires faith. But there is also evidence. Creation itself is the evidence. If you saw a building, you would say a builder built it. If you saw a painting, you would say a painter painted it. How, then, could we look at a creation and not say a Creator created it?
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