Note: If you are a strong opponent of evolutionary theory and are easily unnerved with what you think it insinuates about God, please refrain from reading. However, if you are intrigued by the idea of evolutionary theory, question God’s existence because of evidence supporting evolution or have a need to actually relate to Atheists instead of fight with them; please continue reading.
I am more than sick of the ongoing evolutionary debate. By arguing about something so trivial, we, Christians, lose focus on the task that God has actually given us; and Atheists, because of our constant dogma, are repelled from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the love that God actually has to offer. In essence: by arguing against what they perceive as true, we push them away from a love that we want them to have. It’s time to stop this incessant and sickly motivated debate and begin to show them love. It is not rational for us to admit we are wrong, in our lifestyle, in order to gain a relationship with God only to assume we are right about everything once we have that relationship. I hope that both the God-believer and the Atheist will read on.
A stumbling block for rational thinkers
When I speak with Atheists, as I do quite frequently, most of the problems they tend to have with God’s existence is that there seems to not be a sufficient amount of evidence supporting His existence. Now, whether the individual atheist arrives at this conclusion because of some want to rebel against a true moral standard, a theocratic authority or has simply arrived at his/her viewpoint by way of rational thought depends on the individual. This is especially true considering the origin of this universe. Since energy can not be created or destroyed, it is simply impossible that the universe as we know it came from nothing. Christians continue to argue, dogmatically, that the universe, and everything that we can see, was created ex-nihilo, or out of nothing. It also seems, according to fossil, astronomical, historical and socio-economical evidence that this earth has been here for around 4.5 billion years. People, according to the scientific world, have been on this earth for at least 300,000 of those years. Yet, every time a scientific advancement is made, the Christian community seems to laugh it off and argue with what has been discovered according to its own dogma, “God created the earth 6,000 years ago and that is the way it is.” In this regard, it seems that we are no better than the Roman Catholic church was before the reformation and development of protestant faiths. In fact, I am thoroughly convinced that I would be an atheist as well if I had relied completely on the church to supply me with information regarding the God we serve. Let it be known that I am not advocating a Godless evolution, nor am I speaking out against God’s Church. I only hope that we find a way to relate to the atheist before younger generations decide, holistically, that religion, particularly God’s Church, is a lie and never even consider the amazing truth that we have to share. We also need to be rational thinkers.
Atheist, I hope that you will not take the dogmatic nature of the modern day church personally. Even within the secular realm, you must have noticed that people will not readily change what they perceive as truth, even when objections to that truth are placed in front of them. I hope that you will seek truth and think rationally as well.
Evidence for God
Hoping that the atheist who is reading is genuinely searching for truth and not looking to purposefully rebut another God-argument out of some misplaced need to rebel against a moral standard or theocratic claim, I must say something about our method, as a humanity, for either defending or attacking God-claims.
How is it possible, at all, for us to prove or disprove God, undoubtedly, using purely physical evidence. Christians believe that God is the Creator. Atheists understand that every God-claim involves God being transcendent over nature. Why, then, do we find it so necessary to prove God using evidence within nature? It is not rational to even try. When Christians use this type of evidence, we do nothing but support the claim made by a Godless people that we have invented a God in our image: a God whose only role is to fill the gaps in our own understanding and in our own knowledge. Such a god would be a relative god and therefore could only exist within the mind of the individual. When Atheists argue this way, they do so anticipating and knowing that nothing within creation can prove God’s existence. Chances are, they have looked. This can make an unintelligent atheist look intelligent and an educated Christian seem stupid.
This means that evidence, especially concerning God cannot be found within His creation. In fact, if anything other than God could possibly reveal God to us then we would not have to rely on God to discover God. We would be godless people who believed in god without the help of god. If we are to obey the laws of physics, paradigms simply cannot exist. Even according to what we have discovered within the scientific realm, the only place we can look to discover God, is God. If it is possible that God exists, and some have not truly looked (above nature), then it would be irrational for anyone to choose to believe that God is not there.
The Bible’s creation account and evolution
The creation account in scripture offers a direct answer to one question, “Why?” Within the context of the Israelite community as the scavenged the desert after being led out of Egypt, we can be confident that this community was probably not interested intensely in how the modern-man had developed. Thus, we can also derive that the creation story, which was written for such a people, was recorded in order to answer the question, “Why?” Today, and for the last couple of centuries, humanity has been intensely seeking to answer the question, “How?” How did humanity get here? Why use the Genesis account in a way that it was not intended to be used: to answer the “How” question.
Of course being a Christian, I will always state that God created us. So far as how God created us, I am not sure we will ever know entirely. There is evidence of evolution, at least on a microevolutionary scale. Is it possible, at all, to reconcile the Biblical story of Creation with the evolutionary evidence that continues to present itself? There is almost no need. Remember, the Biblical account was not written to answer the question, “How?” Still, if we are to be accurate in what we believe, then we must compare the working record of evidence with the account. Right?
Yes, and as a rational mind we must consider more than just the fossil record. We must consider other archeological and historical records. Do some snooping around, and you will find that man did not start recording years until about 4,000 BC. This is where the first genealogy in the Holy Bible begins, with Adam 6,000 years ago. To so avidly believe that the creation story constitutes a measurable amount of time before time is even recorded seems a bit speculatory. Upon further investigation, if you choose to actually read the Holy Bible, we can see that there is no record of time before the first day of creation and while Adam and his wife are in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-3). Furthermore, Adam is never mentioned as the very first man and when Cain kills his brother Abel (Chapter 4) and is banished by God, he is afraid of other people who are on the earth. Examine it for yourself. Put the pieces of the puzzle together, at least as many of the puzzle pieces that we can fit in the right place. Again, I am neither advocating nor disconsidering the theory of evolution. I simply do not wish for it to keep anyone from knowing the God that I know.
My challenge, in light of this, is that Christians will begin to actually reach out to people instead of belligerently arguing with them and that non-believers will seek God instead of being belligerent toward those who have discovered Him and do know Him.