Why are religious people so interested in evolution and origins?

If life evolved purely by chance, then God had nothing to do with us and we are no different than the animals. (Some Christians believe that God could have created us through the process of evolution. But I can’t accept that view.)

If God created all things miraculously, apart from evolution, and made man as a special creation, then man has significance because of his tie-in with the Creator. Through the Word of God, truth becomes objective, an outside frame of reference we could all agree upon. We would acknowledge that God is a God of order and we should be able to investigate the underlying natural laws that undergird his creation. This many God-believing scientists have done.

Humanists have decided that since there is no God, then truth is subjective. We each determine our own truth. Applied to law, judges will legislate from the bench, creating laws based on the present will of the people (such as in Roe vs. Wade) rather than based on the higher value of human life given us by the Creator on the basis that we were made in his image. In school, students have been taught “values clarification” to determine their own reality. “You have your truth and I have my truth,” is the result. Since there is no objective standard for truth, as they say, Christianity is merely one viable idea among many.

The question of origins is important. The beauty of God’s creation should make us want to know more about the Creator. This idea is not foreign to us. A gorgeous work of art helps us appreciate the artist. Beautiful music moves us to admire the composer and musician. Majestic architecture should make us appreciate the builder and architectural firm.

Creation and origins, properly understood, will give us a deeper understanding of God and greater value of human life.

What Do You Think?

a. Have you ever wondered if you had a famous ancestor in your family tree? Have you ever wondered whether your gift was handed down through your ancestors?

b. Should one’s origin, whether from amoeba or God, make a difference in one’s outlook in life?

c. Have you ever prized a drawing more dearly because a close friend or child drew it for you? Why should the drawing’s origin make a difference in the perceived value?

About Steve Husting

Steve Husting lives in Southern California with his wife and son. He enjoys encouraging others through writing, and likes reading, digital photography, the outdoors, calligraphy, making iPhone apps, and chocolate. He has written several books, iPhone apps, and hundreds of Christian devotionals. Steve is also having a great time illustrating God's Word with calligraphy.
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