article by site founder, Connie Rice
We’ve all heard the cliche, “Nobody’s perfect” and we all know that although most of us would consider ourselves a good person – we have still made mistakes. As John Piper puts it, “A life without regrets is built on a mirage”. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that keeping our own selfish desires at bay does not come naturally, but takes a conscious effort.
Of course, whole books have been written on the subject of the origin of life by experts in their respective fields of science and theology, so this is meant only to motivate people to ponder the issue and pursue answers for themselves. The 3.5 minute video clip, “Do You Have to Choose Between Science and Religion?” from “What Would You Say?” by “The Colson Center” can bring clarification. The chart below addresses a few points to consider when comparing worldviews – one without God and purely materialistic in origin and one with a loving Creator God who exists eternally, not bound by time or space, and who chooses to reveal Himself:
The Big Bang created the world and the heavens, and everything on earth came about through random, gradual, evolution over millions of years; this view cannot account for how life began. Science has shown that life cannot come from non-life.
A random materialistic worldview does not explain how things that we know exist came to be: order in the universe, laws of nature, mankind’s conscience, logic, love, creativity, sense of right & wrong, desire for truth, and search for meaning. It also cannot explain why beauty, music, and art exist if survival and reproduction are the driving forces. It cannot explain sacrificial acts made that only benefit another person, and that in some cases can even endanger themselves.
Materialism assumes that creatures evolved into more complex and even different creatures through mutations and natural selection. Mutations are mostly harmful and incur a loss of information. Natural selection can only select from existing information. Evolution offers no mechanism for adding new information to the genome, so how could creatures become more complex? If that kind of evolution occurred, then transitional fossils should be prevalent. However, that is not the case even according to an evolutionist:
“The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils.”Dr. Stephen Jay Gould
Creator God Origins
God created ex-nihilo (out of nothing) the world, the heavens, plants, and animals. He made humans in His image and gave them dominion over Creation; this history is recorded in the Bible (the revealed & inspired Word of God).
A biblical worldview can explain all of these things. The Bible teaches us that God never changes, that He created the universe with order, put the laws of nature in place, and that He invested in mankind logic, a conscience, love, creativity, a sense of morality, a desire for truth, and a longing for meaning because we are made in His image. Beauty, music, and art are gifts to us. Evil entered the world when mankind disobeyed God, but we can still reflect God (ie. sacrifice for the benefit of others).
The Bible teaches that each creature was designed and reproduces after its kind, which is supported by scientific studies and what we see happening in nature (feline, canine, etc.). Recent research has revealed incredible complexity and purposeful design in both creatures and humans. Famous scientists throughout history accepted biblical Creation. The Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute was an atheist, but came to realize that the existence of God was a better explanation of life’s origin:
“In my views, DNA sequence alone, even if accompanied by a vast trove of data on biological function, will never explain certain special human attributes, such as the knowledge of the Moral Law and the universal search for God.”; also wrote the book, “The Language of God”.Dr. Francis Collins, PBS interview article
According to the Bible, God is Spirit and love, and exists in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God is also holy, just, sovereign, good, wise, eternal, omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (everywhere at once), merciful, gracious, compassionate, faithful, gentle, patient, and slow to anger. However, He knew mankind could not be perfect and that our sin separates us from Him. Therefore, He put in place a rescue plan for us:
Jesus (Son) came to earth as fully man and fully God, lived the perfect life that none of us could, and because of His love for us, took our sin upon Himself. We are all sinners who will stand before a holy God who will judge sin and evil, so we are in need of a Savior. Jesus Christ voluntarily gave His life as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sin. Then He overcame sin and death through His Resurrection, giving those who believe in Him for salvation victory as well with help to live the life we were created for and the assurance of life in heaven for eternity.
As we celebrate this Christmas season, please give some thought to Jesus and that He came because “nobody’s perfect”. Use the logic and critical thinking ability that God gave you to discover what is really true. This site can point you to many resources. If you are not familiar with the Bible, “The Bible Project” offers a series of short videos called “How to Study the Bible”. When we seek God sincerely with our whole heart and soul, He does not hide from us:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us.”Acts 17:24-27
© Constance Rice 2019