This isn’t about babies but it is about beginnings. For Christianity in particular the first chapter of the Bible is a very serious matter. Are we created or evolved? Or somehow both? For me, this question becomes a personal one because it alone decides how I should view my existence, what emphasis to put on it, what is important.
The three fold revelation of God which I have maintained is true from day one or as long as I can remember sees God as first the Creator, then the Judge for sin and finally the Savior of the world. This triple role for the Supreme Being projects one all inclusive design for mankind. God made us in His image so that He could ultimately free us from the consequences of the Fall and bring us into an eternal relationship with Him. It is a simple idea that took Divine genius to pull off but if we evolved, all bets are off as to why we are here on this globe and what life is all about.
Divine design means we are here for some reason, some purpose, some plan and the planner has an ultimate goal in mind. Evolution does not. It is the roulette wheel of time deciding by scientific rule of law what should be next for humankind. Somehow to me the law of chance is an oxymoron and a contradiction in terms. To me. It means science can ascribe purpose to mother nature and father time but not to God because nature and time are observable and measurable in a test tube kind of way but God isn’t. Reason finds evolution reasonable probably because it represents the progress of an entire species—mankind. But an Adam and an Eve, just two people, well, how do you test that idea? How do you measure and analyze statistically just two anything!
But that is not my blog. My blog is personal. What about ME? Christianity to me represents personal achievement. It includes a system of reward and punishment to motivate us to higher heights of moral goodness. It provides a meaning for conscience that evolving doesn’t. Christianity wants to save me! God wants to save my soul. Evolution wants to save humanity.
Evolution is a theory behind the collective (like the Borg idea in Star Trec, the Next Generation.) The theory is one step from viewing any one life as a mere extension of all human life. The individual is not important. The survival of the race is what matters. So, euthanasia inevitably becomes as much a none issue as I anticipate abortion will soon become. We are so many ants running across the sidewalk and if one is stepped on, no one takes notice. It will be logical and scientific to replace the idea of a soul with simply the idea of a life force that pervades humankind and animates the species. When a person dies, the life force remains as part of the race and the world goes on.
Sounds far fetched? There was a time when Darwinism seemed so. Take God out of the equation and what’s left for reasoning minds to conclude?
Science to some is king and the Bible a joke or a collection of myths. I got it. But I didn’t think when I accepted the theory of an evolving humanity that my own humanity would come into question. I didn’t think I would be giving up conscience and moral principle except as a panacea for unreasonable guilt. I didn’t think that the Law of God as understood for centuries would become a living document subject to modern interpretation that effectively would explain away everything Christian.
I didn’t think!
Atheists with unfettered interest can now teach the Bible with no conviction.
So it comes down to one verse, Joshua 24:15.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.