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.