For centuries, man has argued over when and where life began. Was it Devine creation, or was it a natural evolutionary process? In all honesty, I really don’t know the difference between the two. If God is all loving, all powerful, created the Universe and everything in it, and the concept of evolution is a proven truth (which the evidence is hard to deny), why would it not be assumed that this is the process that God used to create life?
Creation is a Messy Process
Anyone who’s created anything knows that not every design or work of art follows the same process. Similarly, not everything is designed. Sometimes designs don’t go as planned. Many things are thrown together out of necessity for survival, for sheer enjoyment, or for the sake of experimentation. Sometimes it’s random, sometimes not. So why can’t there be multiple processes of creation going on? And why can’t God be playing a part in them all?
Fortunately today, Christians and scientists are just starting to take notice and understanding the concept of Evolutionary Creationism. I think this is a promising front with much more being discovered and discussed. My thoughts on it are stated below:
Evolution is Biblical
Long before Darwin was doing his experiments, Laban and Jacob were doing a thing way back in Genesis:
“Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock. “Genesis 30:32-36
Not only does evidence suggest that “Darwinism” is the closest theory we have to explain the origins of species, but it is also confirmed as a method in the Bible.
My view is that maybe some things were made special by Devine interaction, and some things evolved. If you look at certain species of fish or lizards, it is clear that some kind of genetic mutation happened where something grew legs and made more weird fish and lizards with legs.
However, I do find it hard to believe that certain mammals took evolution that far. Some intervention – perhaps out of survival or some other dramatic event – caused certain species to find other ways to procreate so as to further their species. We see this in humans all the time, especially with the spectacular advances we have in science and fertilization treatments.
God speaks to us in many different ways – ways that won’t and can’t make sense to the human mind. We can never know the full magnitude of what God has in the Universal Mind. This is a scary concept for many people. For someone to state with absolute certainty that they know, would be something that probably should not be trusted as reliable data to the fullest extent.
Uncertainty Begets the Enemy
I don’t know how this important Biblical data fell by the wayside when all these arguments began way back, or maybe either side didn’t take the time to gain knowledge of their opponents data. Or maybe this is somewhere in the annals of something, and I’m the one that needs to read more books.
Whatever the case, not taking the time to understand the other side seems to be a common denominator in most arguments that last for any sort of amount of time. I think a lot of heartache could be prevented if whomever was in charge of the ‘Darwinism’ vs. ‘Creationist’ debate just read a book – on both sides, or admit the seemingly terrible confession of: “I just do not know”, much like a scientist would.
If you’re on a mission to be an agent for change, remember: it’s not a crime to not know something. But uncertainty is one of human’s greatest fears and some people might go to extreme lengths to feel safe. This will happen time and time again in any process of change – and things will definitely get more heated if the change is abrupt and extreme. Change is the least painful for everyone when it’s allowed to slowly unfold – like evolution! But sometimes you have to do what you have to do – like tearing off a band-aid.
Also, the next time someone wants to argue, try to show them some love. They might be feeling uncertain and powerless. Ask them how they got to their point of view and what their desired outcome of the discussion is. Most likely, someone might just need to vent or might want your opinion on something. Find out their sources or at least how they feel, from a non-confrontational stance. Most importantly, don’t take anything personally. You’re both working things out.