I believe that we were Created.
Quite frankly, from my perspective, the theory of evolution demands far more faith than having faith that we were fashioned in the image of God.
Things exist because someone not only brought it into existence, but set the parameters by which any given thing exists. The solar system in which our planet resides is held together by forces of gravity that we are only beginning to understand and certainly we are as bound by this inception of galactic order as the planet which sustains our life.
That someone with the power to bring everything I hear, see, taste, and breathe all because this Creator wants to experience His Creation through me… miserable wretch and wreckage of a man that I have lived long enough to become— much or most of it of my own making I’ll defer to the historians to sort out— well, that part often exceeds the limitations of my puny brain to understand.
And yet the time I spend with my grandchildren, so young that everything around them is awe-inspiring and filled with possibilities endless and eternal… I get it.
To say that all of this happened by randomness, though…? That the materials that compose my home came together by chance, just as they are as I write these words? Someone took the existing materials and fashioned them into a place which would provide shelter and suitable environment for residence.
Two cells. That’s all that was needed for me to have the grandchildren who bring me joy in my more thoughtful and reflective years. Out of two cells came these living, breathing, thinking, reasoning beings with the power to speak and communicate concepts and every imaginative thing.
Now that’s Power.
But to say that Evolution is the best explanation?
Just a random handshake of a couple molecules in a pool of goo in a prehistoric earth led to everything that walks, talks, and breathes. . . ?
Don’t get me wrong: I do happen to believe, based on all the evidence I have examined, that the planet is millions and maybe billions of years old. The Jewish scriptures is silent on all but the order of Creation, which logically makes sense: first, light, then plant life, then … and it all plays out logically— so I have no reason to think that Earth is “young,” being somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 years.
What the early Hebrews did count off was years lived, with nobody crossing that 1,000-year-old line. Methuselah lived a long time and, according to scriptural tradition, his death preceded the Flood of Noah’s Day.
There’s also the matter of light and the known constant speed that it travels. The light from those stars took a while before it reached Earth. A long while, which puts us way before prehistorical times. Unless someone argues that the Creator, when He brought light into existence, placed the rays of light far beyond where they would be having just been created— and defying the very laws of physics He set down; I don’t see it, but if you need to believe that to believe everything else then I don’t see any problem.
The Bible really only provides the order— from the limited perception of someone standing on Earth watching it all take place— of Creation, not the count of years since even “simple” early Hebrews knew that it happened before humans were around to take and keep account, although the order of Creation was (made) self-evident to them.
I agree: All cultures down through human history have had their accounts for Creation— but, few remain to be held as relevant and true today, with monotheism enduring amidst them all, with its enduring account of a Sovereign God bringing into existence a physical Universe and all the life it would sustain… of how the spirit sons of this Sovereign God who lived for untold time before the physical Universe were there as this took place, and, according to tradition, shared in the Creation as celestial workers… and all the rest with it…
It certainly makes more sense than Evolution and a random, inexplicable series of events following a Creator-less “Big Bang” — at least to me.
Not that it doesn’t leave me with questions… a lot of questions. But what would I expect from a finite mind trying to comprehend something far outside comprehension?
—Timothy B. Kline, October 15, 2019