HOW IT ALL BEGAN
By Céleste Perrino-Walker
Jenna knew she was driving too fast, but she was late for curfew and her parents would be furious. The road was slick from rain and there was no moon out to help light the road. By the time she saw the deer in the middle of the road, she was practically on top of it. She swerved instinctively. Her car plowed into a telephone pole, the airbag deployed, and the last she saw of the deer, it was bounding into the woods.
At the sound of the crash, people poured out of nearby houses to see what was wrong. The first person on the scene looked at the car, the time, and Jenna’s age and came to the conclusion that she had been drinking and driven off the road.
The second person on the scene, noting how late it was, was convinced Jenna had fallen asleep while she was driving.
The third person to arrive saw everything the first two saw, but also noticed Jenna had “I Love Animals” bumper stickers on her car and, knowing it was not uncommon in this neighborhood for animals to be out at night wandering along the road, decided that Jenna had swerved to avoid an animal.
They were all debating these ideas when a man stepped up and said he’d been on his porch and had seen the whole thing. Jenna had been driving too fast, and she’d swerved so she wouldn’t hit a deer in the road.
You are the policeman who arrives on the scene. Who will you believe? The eyewitness or the crowd who showed up after the fact and tried to determine how the accident happened?
The debate about how we all got here on this spinning rock in the middle of a galaxy is a bit like this accident. We weren’t here when it all started, so we look at the clues and try to figure out what happened. We’re all looking at the same thing—everyone has the same scientific facts to work with—but we’re still all just guessing what they mean, and we can come to different conclusions even when we start with the same evidence. The only way we can really know for sure is to rely on an eyewitness who was there and saw it all.
Where were you?
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NLT). He was there; where were you?
The trouble with examining the present and trying to figure out the past is that it’s a bit like looking through a telescope backwards. Things tend to come out distorted. We are looking at the clues trying to puzzle out what they mean rather than knowing how they came to be. As you can see from Jenna’s accident above, even when everyone sees the same thing, they easily reach a variety of explanations for how it happened. The only person who knew exactly what had actually happened was the man who watched events unfold.
If instead of trying to work our way backwards through time to explain the present we took God’s Word for how life on earth came to be, we begin from a different place, and things make more sense. When you think about it, either concept—creation or evolution—takes a leap of faith because no one can physically go back in time. We must decide which version of events we choose to believe, but neither can be proven on the basis of scientific evidence alone. Will you choose the explanation of a God who claims to have created the world and everything in it and in whose explanation science agrees? Or will you believe the theories of a man who, nine months before he died, expressed doubts about his own theories to his friend, William Graham?
“Nevertheless” wrote Charles Darwin, “you have expressed my inward conviction, though far more vividly and clearly than I could have done, that the Universe is not the result of chance.”
So that means . . .
Yeah, even Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, wasn’t sure his own theories were right. But you know who is confident about how it all went down? God. And He’s more than willing to walk you through it. Not only that, but He invites you to check out a new heaven and a new earth when we leave this fallen planet to go home with Him forever. That’s a trip you definitely don’t want to miss. It’s guaranteed to be out of this world.
1 Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
2 Letter from Charles Darwin to William Graham on July 3, 1881, emphasis added. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/07/darwins_other_d074911.html
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