Summary: The miracle of Creation brings us closer to God. The idea of evolution takes us away from God.
“Why Darwin Cried But We Rejoice” Genesis 1.1-2.4
Today is Trinity Sunday - the one Sunday of the church year that is devoted especially to God and His unique nature as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God reveals Himself with many different names. Each of them teach us something about God. But it is through the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit that we see God in all His fullness as our Creator, Savior and Sanctifier. On this Trinity Sunday I would especially like to emphasize the almighty work of God in creation.
Why Darwin Kissed and Cried
Before I speak about creation I have to address the teaching of evolution, an idea that challenges the teaching of creation. In our culture the idea of evolution is pushed upon us. A few years ago we purchased a reading book for our second grade. I was amazed to find many references in that book to the idea of evolution for such a young age. There are true believers on both sides of this issue although the evolutionists will never admit that they “believe” in their ideas. They constantly try to claim that what they believe is fact not faith. But is this so? Charles Darwin is often regarded as the father of evolution. In public Darwin was not critical of religion as many evolutionists are today. But in his personal papers he made a very interesting comment about God, creation and the Bible.
Shortly after he and his wife Emma were married, Emma wrote Charles a letter. In her letter Emma warned Darwin about believing things that can’t be proved and of recognizing the limitations of our minds... That there are things “which if true are likely to be above our comprehension.” She then warned of the danger of giving up on revelation, that is, the Bible. This heartfelt letter made such an impression on Darwin that he wrote at the bottom of the letter, “When I am dead, know that many times, I have kissed & cryed (sic) over this. C.D.” (See Notes Below)
“When I am dead, know that many times, I have kissed & cried over this.” That is a very telling statement. It shows us that when it comes to the idea of evolution, there is more going on than science. Evolution is as much a matter of faith as it is of science. This is why Darwin kissed and cried. Unlike other theories that have been proved with experimentation, evolution is unobservable. This is something that all evolutionists recognize, and that makes it very different from other branches of science. Evolutionists refuse to consider any other explanation for the origin of life even though there are just as many reasons to say that life has been designed as there are to say that it has evolved. Is evolution good science, or is it a belief that people prefer because they don’t want to deal with God? That is a question that will never go away.
Why We Rejoice
When it comes the question of evolution or creation, I would urge everyone to listen to Darwin... Not Charles, but Emma. In her letter, Emma Darwin warned that it is a dangerous thing to give up on revelation. I would like to turn to part of that revelation now in the first chapter of Genesis. Let’s take a look at some of the truths of creation that should inspire us to faith and joy in the Triune God.
What Did God Create?
The first four words show us that only God is eternal, and that He created everything out of nothing. That latter truth tells us that God depends on no one, He needs nothing, and that He is the source and the beginning of everything. To deny this is one of the most blasphemous things anyone could possibly say. It is like trying to explain the existence of art without giving credit to the artist. Recently a German scientist published a book that does just that. It is titled Die Ursprung der Schoenheit. That is, The Origin of Beauty. Assuming that God had nothing to do with the beauty of creation, this scientist tries to explain how beauty develops in nature on its own. It is one thing to claim that single cell organism accidentally evolved and emerged from slimy cesspools. It is another thing to say the same for the Luna Moth, the Peacock, or the Bengal Tiger. The extraordinary beauty of nature along with the proper understanding of creation causes us to praise God.
How Did God Create the World?
The truth that God is the source of all creation and beauty is amazing and praiseworthy. But the “how?” of creation is just as amazing and praiseworthy. God created everything with His word. “Then God said... Let there be light... Let there be an expanse... Let the waters under heaven be gathered... Let the earth sprout... Let there be lights... Let waters swarm... Let birds fly... Let the earth bring forth living creatures... and finally, Let us man...” The Bible tells us in plain words that God created the world miraculously through the power of His word. Many people try to say that this is all poetry and that therefore none of this is literally true. But anyone who says that is either very ignorant of the Hebrew language, or they are avoiding what it really says and trying to make it say what they think it should say. Hebrew poetry is beautiful. It uses many literary devices such as parallelism, rhythm and meter. This is not poetry, and to anyone who says it is poetry I have one simple question: “Show me that part of the Hebrew Bible that isn’t poetry.” If this is poetry, then the entire Hebrew Bible is poetry. If Adam is a poetic figure, then so is Abraham, and David, and all the rest of the people, places and events recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Of course anyone who says this is also really saying that all of ancient history is poetic, that archeology does not exist, and that in fact anything that didn’t happen within my own lifetime may in fact be an imaginary. As Emma said, “It is dangerous to give up on revelation.”