Summary: Does science support the theory of evolution, or the Biblical account of Creation? A challenging and informative look at our origins
ORIGINS #1: CREATION
THERE HAS TO BE MORE TO LIFE:
It was September 1990, twenty years ago, and I had just graduated from high school. I was at an all-nighter drive-in with some of my friends. It was early in the morning, hours before the sun came up, when I turned to one of my friends and said, “There has to be more to life than this!” We were living the so-called good life – going to bars, getting drunk, dating girls, living it up and partying – but there was still something missing. There was an emptiness inside of me. That weekend was a catalyst that sent me on a journey to discover how to find lasting satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
Do you ever wonder where we came from? How did we get here? And what is our purpose on this third rock from the sun? What is the meaning of life? What is our destiny? These are some of the questions that we are going to consider in this ‘Origins’ series.
CREATION VERSUS EVOLUTION:
There are two main beliefs about our origins. One is atheistic evolution, and the other is the Biblical account of creation. What are these two different beliefs? Ankerberg and Weldon give a great contrasting look at these two different viewpoints in the following chart:
Ultimate Reality: Impersonal matter. No God exists.
The universe was created by chance events without ultimate purpose.
Man is the product of impersonal time plus chance plus matter. As a result, no man has eternal value or dignity nor any meaning other than that which is subjectively derived.
Morality is defined by every individual according to his own views and interests. Morality is relative because every person is the final authority for his own views.
The afterlife brings eternal annihilation (personal extinction) for everyone.
Ultimate Reality: An infinite, personal, loving God.
The universe was lovingly created by God for a specific purpose.
Man was created by God in His image and is loved by Him. Because of this, all men are endowed with eternal value and dignity. Their value is not derived ultimately from themselves, but from God Himself.
Morality is defined by God and immutable because it is based on God’s unchanging character.
The afterlife involves either eternal life with God (personal immortality) or eternal separation from Him (personal judgment).
(John Ankerberg & John Weldon, Darwin’s Leap of Faith: Exposing the False Religion of Evolution).
The theory of evolution teaches that life began billions of years ago by a cosmic accident. This event, called The Big Bang, “led to the formation of the universe, according to the prevailing cosmological theory of the universe's early development.” This theory teaches that from this chaotic explosion, life (somehow miraculously!) evolved from non-life, and that we as human beings share a common ancestry with apes and monkeys. This theory was “first proposed in the nineteenth century by Charles Darwin, according to which the Earth's species have changed and diversified through time under the influence of natural selection. Life on Earth is thought to have evolved in three stages. First came chemical evolution, in which organic molecules were formed. This was followed by the development of single cells capable of reproducing themselves. This stage led to the development of complex organisms capable of sexual reproduction.”