Thursday, April 1, 2010
In the beginning God created
I would like to share something I encountered this week. This post discusses a deep root of my faith. I believe in God. I believe that God created the entire Universe. Including the Earth and all of its life, by speaking it into existence.
The first verse, of the first book of the Bible, Genesis 1:1 says exactly how it happened, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis goes on to list in detail, that God created light, day and night, heaven and earth, grass, stars, every living animal, whales, caterpillars, cattle and beasts...and the list goes on.
Then God created man. Humankind. An entity entirely unlike any other part of creation. Not comparable to any animal. Not derived from any animal. Mankind in the image and likeness of God Himself. Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness".
This fact, this truth, this answer to the question "Why are we here?" is the foundation upon which I live my life. It's what I believe. There is not a single doubt in my mind that this is the truth.
Phew. I had to say that. If this is the only place that my voice is heard or my words are read, let my words speak the truth.
I don't know exactly when Mr. Darwin's theory of Evolution became accepted as widespread fact. I would like to recall exactly what a theory is: a speculative plan, a conjecture, guess, a proposed explanation of observed phenomena (as stated in my Webster's dictionary that I've had since 4th grade). It's not rocket science to me, but why guess and speculate about something that is already spelled out and accounted for in the Bible? "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
This theory of a big bang beginning and the evolution of species has infiltrated science books, classrooms and scientific studies for years. I had the privilege of attending various Christian schools throughout almost all my years of education. For the teachers and professors that proclaimed the truth of creation as stated in the Bible, I stand and applaud you. Sadly, even at a Christian college, I found professors who believed and taught a strange mixture of creation-evolution science.
This week, I attended two different professional work related lectures. One focused on innovation and business practices. The other on branding and design. Both referenced pieces of evolution, as if it were everyday fact. Rooms filled with mature professionals, listening to ideas that we evolved from monkeys. That our brains took years to develop into what they are now. That life started millions and millions of years ago. That our relatives are reptiles. As I sat in my seat, I felt like I was living on a different planet. Doesn't anyone believe in God? Does anyone believe that God created us? Does anyone that owns a Bible actually read the account of creation?
Pretend you are an artist. Say one day, you invent the most astonishing product known to man. You also design breathtaking packaging with visual and structural perfection. You create the most incredible branding campaign that takes the entire world by storm, including a mind-blowing logo, tag line, jingle, website, print, television and radio ads. Everywhere you turn, people around the globe see images of the product that you made. That you created. However, you don't get credit for any of it. Your brainchild, that you designed with your ideas and your own hands, never gets attributed to you. Instead, someone starts a story that your invention just "appeared" one day. No thought involved. No purposeful design. No artist behind the art. It was essentially "magic." This story spreads like wildfire and people believe it!
Would you be mad? All your planning, all your hard work and all the joy that went into your creation, and no one believes that you made it?
I know this lame example pales in comparison to the spectacular wonder of God's creation. But do you get it? Doesn't it burn you when you don't get credit for something you did? This analogy struck me as I was driving home from the one of the lectures. God is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14: "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."
I want to give God full credit and praise for his miraculous creation. I'm not afraid to say it. I think one of the worst things an artist can do, is take credit they don't deserve, deny an artist the credit they are due, or worse, pass something off as their own when it doesn't belong to them.
Why did I write this? Because I'm tired of the theory of evolution being proclaimed and believed. I'm tired of Creation, by an Awesome and Intelligent God, being dismissed as a fairy tale. Read Genesis for yourself. Open the Bible to the first page. Most of all, I want you to know that there is a real, personal, living God. The God Who loves you and created you. You are not here by any accident.
John 8:32: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
I welcome your thoughts and comments.