Stepping Heavenward

2006-08-08

Christianity Versus Evolution

The family have all disapeared into their various rooms for the night and I was about to head off myself, until I walked outside for a moment and was struck by the incredible moon outside. It's a full moon, totally perfect and with the clouds dancing across it, it was an awesome sight.

Once more I had to wonder how in the world could anybody think that everything we see today happened by 'chance'. Who could believe in evolution when if you take just one look out at creation it all points to Something higher?

Here are the main differances between the story of Creation and the theory of Evolution:

Evolution: In the begining there was nothing.

Christianity: In the begining there was God.

Evolution: After a very long time this huge big nothing EXPLODED!

Christianity: God created the heavens and the earth.

Evolution: After this huge big nothing exploded, there was suddenly a world
and later there were animals. One of these animals was an ape. Cleverly, after millions of years to practice, this ape grew into one of us!

Christianity: God created mand and woman in His image, for His good pleasure.

Evolution: Now that we are no longer apes picking fleas off each other we can enjoy life. Get a job, a husband/wife, make good money and enjoy it as much as we can. But in the end we're all going to die and that will be the end of us.

Christianity: We are here to enjoy the life God has given us now and to prepare for a future home in Heaven with Him.

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Man has tried for centuries to come up with an explanation of our existance on this earth...and there have been some very strange and imaginative theories on the subject. But as God asked Job in the Bible, how can we possibly know? Where we there?

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?" The Lord asks Job in the thirty-eigth chapter. "Tell me if you understand! Who marked the eath's foundations?"

Throughout the book of Job God questions him about the creation of the world:

"Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown dawn its place? Have you ever comprehended the vast expanse of the earth? Tell me if you think you know all of this! On what was it's footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"

Because there is so much pain and chaos in the world today, man turns away from God. Their resoning is, "If God is so good, why do I hurt so bad?" They then flee from the only One who can give them the peace they are so badly needing and turn to other strange ideas and theories.
Pain and suffering came into this world through sin. God created a perfect beautiful world...a place which we have marred and ruined. This wasn't His plan for us, but neither did He want us to become as robots- living for Him because we didn't know anything else. Right from the start He gave man a choice. Man went his own way...and now we find ourselves in a mess! And do we do? We go and try to blame the Creator!
(Isn't it amazing that He still cares about us?!)

But although our planet is far from what it used to be like it's not hard to see the beauty in it. Look around you-wherever you are. You see raging waterfalls, magestic mountains...a simple daisy. Did this all happen by chance?

How is it that our world is situated so perfectly in our solar system? If we were just a tiny bit closer to the sun we'd all fry to death, a little further away and we'd all be blue and frozen.

Chance? Explosion? God?

How do the daffodils shoot every spring?

How is it possible that each animal is equiped with it's own special instincts and weapons to survive?

Chance?

How is it possible we humans can think and reason?

God said in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our own image". This is what separates us from the animal kingdom. We can think and reason and know right from wrong, and we can KNOW our Creator!

Unless man understands that he was created by God and for God, the question of life's purpose will be meaningless. He will search for answers and he will search for peace...but it's only God who gives the peace!
How awful it must be for people who don't know God to think that when they die their life ends there. All the pain, the tears and struggling are just ending in nothing. We as Christians have a living hope (1st Peter 1:3b) because we know that this life is just a stepping stone to a better place where some day we will meet our Creator-our Lord-face to face and He will wipe every tear will from our eyes. Where pain and death and sorrow is over. (Revelation 21:4)

My great grandparents from 6 thousand years ago weren't monkeys. Yours weren't, either.

-Cel