“The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.” – Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.
The year was 1976 and I was a young college student working on my degree in Anthropology with emphasis in Archaeology. Our teachers talked up a debate that was to be held on campus between one of our professors and a local minister over Evolution vs Creation. I probably would not have gone if it were not for my friend Paula talking me into going with her. Her feelings were very different from mine. She thought the experience was exhilarating and I thought it was rather silly. For unlike most of people studying Anthropology, I was a Catholic Christian and to me, one side of the debate told how and the other told of who and why. They were two sides of the same story. Yet people felt compelled to take sides as if they could never be one and the same.
Anthropology was making news all of the time with the findings of new human like creatures and timelines for their comings and goings were changing and creating new lines of humanoid development simulating new theories almost yearly. It was and still is an exciting time of discovery. Yet for all the discoveries, evolution is still just a theory not a law. It would be tragic for someone to base their lack of faith in God over a few splinters of ancient bones scattered over the wades of Africa and Asia.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1)
But I think it would be tragic as well to ignore the work of God in the mechanics of his creating. To learn how awesome the work of God in creating us on the earth is another level of appreciation for the greatness of our God. If it is OK for Christians to study how the planets revolve around the sun, why would it be wrong for Christians to study how God created life and transformed it over all the earth? And event though evolution is still a theory, if it were true, I would wonder if it were not a small way to keep us humble in the knowledge that we are not so very different from the animals with whom we share our world.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” (Job 38:4)
If you can just bear with me for a bit while I attempt to remedy the two points of view in my own simplistic and unscientific way.
First of all, the bible does not say how long Adam was in the garden of Eden naming all the animals, God created before he became lonely and God created Eve. And it does not say how long Adam and Eve were in the garden before Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and they were driven out of the garden. Also, we do not know where exactly Eden was located. Somewhere to the east? Part of the Earth, yet hidden from man? We cannot exactly go there to visit today no matter how well Google maps work. Now this is not an exact science, but because we know that one day for God is like 1,000 years on earth, then it is quite possible that Adam and Eve could have been in the garden of Eden for what would be millions of earth’s years.
“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years,” (2 Peter 3:8)
Did God drive out the animals with Adam and Eve or were they being developed by God for earth’s existence? Were these the same animals in Eden? Yet, God does give us a clue. He tells us that there were others, giants, on the earth before Adam and Eve. The Bible infers that Adam and Eve were not alone when they left the garden.
“When men began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took them for their wives as many of them as they chose.” (Genesis 6:1-2)
“At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later*), after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. These were heroes of old, the men of renown.” (Genesis 6:4)
This has to be the most puzzling set of bible quotes of the old testament. Yet it may give us a clue as to whom Adam and Eve’s children married. If not other brothers and sisters then perhaps the children Nephilim. If we consider the sons of Adam and Eve to the be the sons of God and the daughters of the Nephilim to be the daughters of man so that in this way, God supplied the needed spouses. Is it not possible that while Adam walked with God in the garden, God was creating the Nephilim and is it not possible God created the Nephilim through evolution? And for those who may argue the time does not match up we have to ask by what measurements are old testament ages made, God’s or man’s?
How interesting it is to note that a creature on earth existed a mere 30,000 to 50,000 years ago, whom scientists named Neanderthal man classified as Homo sapiens subspecies neanderthalensis and they were close enough as a subspecies of modern man, Homo sapiens subspecies sapiens they could interbreed and there is good evidence they did interbreed during the Middle Paleolithic and early Late Paleolithic. This will explain the presence of Neanderthal DNA in your DNA tests. Scientists have also traced a Mitochondrial Eve through the DNA that only is passed from mother to child coming out of Africa. She is the first female of our species.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.” (Genesis 3:15)
Scientists who rely on their knowledge to explain the entirety of the universe are perhaps the most closed minded of all. What they gain for knowledge they lose in wisdom. I cannot fathom how anyone could possibly look at the intricate design of the universe and not see the hand of the Creator. Everything around us points to the infinite mind of Father God. The big bang theory is so Genesis. If mere man wrote the creation of the universe in Genesis, they would never have started with God creating light and darkness first. How strange it would seem to not start with sun since it was the main light that primitive man would know, but the sun does not come on the scene until day four. I can see God holding all the matter and anti-matter of the universe in the palm of his hand and squeezing it together to the point when He opened his hand, the universe exploded onto the scene and has been expanding ever since. He designed every atom and molecule. He set it into motion. To say that the universe began all on it own is simply crazy. We know this for certain, there was a starting point for when the universe began.
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)
Even more insane is to believe that life could begin in the primordial soup with the ability to multiply itself without the hand of a creator. Life does not just abide on the earth it flourishes in great abundance and diversity. The entire earth is infested with life.
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures.’” (Genesis 1:24)
In his conversion from atheism, Dr. Anthony Flew, author of “There is A God”, explained that life on earth could only be explained by an intelligent source. He stated, “The difference between life and non-life, it became apparent to me, was ontological not chemical. The best confirmation of this radical gulf is Richard Dawkins’ comical effort to argue in the “The God Delusion”, that the origin of life can be attributed to a ‘lucky chance.’ If that’s the best argument you have, then the game is over.” The burden of proof is placed more on the scientist to prove God does not exist.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
The design of our world is so intricate and amazing that if anything, I could never stop believing in God no matter what science can prove next because I continually see the hand of God in all things great and small and never tire of learning how our awesome God designed the universe. As Einstein once remarked, ‘There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as everything is a miracle.’ I see the miracles.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
· “How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind”; Dr. Benjamin Wilker. https://strangenotions/Flew