Summary: Does the evidence available in reality support Biblical Creation or Evolution?
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The Evidence for Biblical Creation of Life
The Bible …best accounts for the Beginning of Life
Evolution says, “In the beginning, We don’t know”
Creation says, “In the beginning, God created”
…best accounts for the Development of Life
Evolution says life developed over billions of years
Creation says life developed over 6 days
…best accounts for the Variety of life
Evolution says the variety of life is due to new genetic information
Creation says the variety of life is due to loss of genetic information
Who am I and why am I here?
Those are a couple of great questions to ask and pursue answers to because the answers to those questions matter in how you live your life.
Asking good questions and finding truth in answers is why we are in this series called the Creed. Truth helps us to live life well.
So when thinking about those questions that I asked a moment ago, what if the answer to that question was “I am just a random conglomerate of cells that just happened to come together in such a way to spark life, and those same cells will someday cease and I will cease. Now if true, that would affect how we live life.
My purpose might be to live life for this moment, unconcerned about the future or anything beyond this life, because all we have is right now. Why would I care about other people? Why would I care about anything but my own temporal pleasure?
But if the answer to that question is “I have been created in the image of an eternal God with purpose and to live for eternity,” well, that would change things in how I live, wouldn’t it?
So to answer the question of who am I and why am I here, I first need to begin with
How did I get here? Because without the answer to that question, I really can’t answer the other 2.
So How did I get here?
And by “How did I get here?’ I am really asking how did man get here and how did anything even get here?
The answer to that question and what we believe about that affects our entire life, so it is a very important question to ask and answer.
Now, in the world today, there are 2 predominate views on how life and everything began. There is the Biblical Creation account and there is an evolutionary account with the evolutionary account of creation gaining more and more ground with each passing year.
So , what do people look at to determine what they believe about how life began? Well the reality is, is that we all have the same evidence to look at. So that is what we are going to do today.
We are going to examine some of the evidence available to determine if we can believe the doctrinal view that God is the creator of all things and all life or if it just does not fit with reality.
We are going to start at the very beginning of the Bible, in Genesis 1:20.
Now, in the first 19 verses, The Bible describes God’s creation of the universe and the world as we know it. And then it goes on to describe the origin of life from the Bible’s perspective.
So, let’s see what the Bible says about how God created life.
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day.
24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."