I have heard both sides of the argument. Maybe you have as well. “I cannot believe in Creation, for science tells me something different. Evolution seems easier to accept.” Yet strangely, when I look at the Creation story and compare it with Evolution, I see things differently. But, let’s be honest with ourselves. When we look at either Creation or Evolution, it takes trust (faith) for one to believe in either version of the earth’s beginning.
Evolution states that all this world happened by chance, is sustained by chance, and steered by nothing. The Bible’s narrative of Creation tells of a God who speaks, guides, and directs the process of Creation. After Creation’s completion, the Bible tells of a God that is still interested in his Creation. So much so He sent Jesus to show us the God in heaven.
Some may argue, but the truth is, Evolution, with its lack of direction, the fact that it happened by happenstance naturally teaches the absence of a God, which leads to Atheism. Genesis teaches there is a God, and He is the Creator of the world and all that is in it. He spoke, and it came into existence. He came down from heaven and formed humanity. God stooped low to create the first man from the dust of the ground, then the woman from the first man’s rib. He placed them upon the earth in a beautiful garden home. He instructed them to tend and keep the earth. To be fruitful and multiply.
When God, through Moses in Genesis 2, explained Creation in greater detail, He stated. “Then the LORD took the man (humanity) and put him the garden of Eden (paradise or house of God) to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man (humanity) saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:15-17). The Jewish text literally states, “In dying; you shall die.” God, talking to the first couple, explained, I am the God who made you and Created all that you see around you. Our relationship is built on trust. It would be best if you trust me that I am your Maker and Creator of all this. If you trust me, you will not partake of what I ask you not to eat. Look around you. There are 10,000 trees of which you may freely eat, but of this tree, I have reserved it for myself.
All relationships, even today, are based upon trust. Why would it be any different in the original garden home of humanity and God? Why would this relationship be other than our relationships of today, which are also based upon trust?
Evolution is based upon trust. I must trust in the fact that things happened by chance and by happenstance. Creation is also based upon trust. A relationship of trust in that a loving God used his power to Create first a beautiful planet and then humanity because He desired a relationship with us. His desire was for humanity to enjoy, tend and keep this beautiful world. God is still using His Creative ability to direct over the affairs of this world. Though marred by sin, God is still leading, guiding, and directing.
In closing, Richard Dawkins, an Atheist and best-selling author wrote in “The God Delusion,” a quote I think is worthwhile repeating here. He stated, “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “this is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant? Instead, they say, ‘No, no, no!’ My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.’ A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Interestingly enough, in the above, Dawkins quotes Carl Sagan’s book “Pale Blue Dot.” They both have a point. If we truly trust in God and look upon the wonders of Creation, why is it we don’t shout from the mountain tops what a wonderful Creator God He is?