GENESIS & CREATION
SCIENCE & EVOLUTION
By Ed Binkley
In the beginning everything was much simpler than it is today. We have computers to help us with everyday tasks that our parents were capable of doing without their aid. We have cars, trucks and SUV’s to help us with our everyday errands when our fore-fathers and their families relied on brute strength or a beast of burden as their only assistance. We have cell phones, jet aircraft, microwaves and so much, much more. But then, we are so much smarter then they were way back then. Or are we?
God gave us the ability to think, to learn, to reach conclusions and put things into perspective. These were things He gave us thousands of years ago and I am sure He meant for us to develop those into skills that would explain how the Earth and all that it holds was truly put into place.
The explanation in Genesis, while very compelling as a story, is just that, a story. And, if it were to go before an editor for copy, he or she would demand a re-write by saying, “If you can’t get the sequence of evens straight, we won’t print it!”
It is generally believed that Moses wrote Genesis although no one has claimed authorship or is likely to at this late date. According to the MacArthur Study Bible, Genesis ends almost three (3) centuries before the birth of Moses. Many books in the Old Testament and the New Testament ascribe this composition to Moses who would be the fitting author given his educational background. But then, no one really knows for sure. You would think that whom ever the author was of this most important of documents would have thought to sign his name.
Now, let’s look at one particular piece Genesis 1:1 thru 1:5 –
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Note: All well and good but, God didn’t create the sun and the moon until the fourth day. I fear Moses, or who ever wrote Genesis, wasn’t up on their sciences. No sun no light of day. No moon no light at night, consequently, no light until day four.
Maybe now would be as good a time as any to mention what Moses writings were called. They were called Mosaics or mosaic writings. What exactly is a mosaic?
According to Webster’s Dictionary a mosaic is:
Made of mosaic; inlaid work of colored glass or marble; pieces of random sizes and shapes fit together to form a recognizable picture or setting.
Writing ascribed to that of Moses.
Choose your poison, who ever the author was tried to put together a story that was simple enough for the masses of the time period to understand and using the available facts at hand. He, naturally, was not fully aware of the actual order of things so, he got some of it wrong. I’m sure it was quite frustrating to God as well.
You have to remember, if any of the holy men of the time were to try and explain, scientifically, what came before man as we know him, they would have been laughed right out of town. (Sort of like what the religious right is doing to modern day scientists of today.) The people of that era barely understood farming let alone science. He had to make it simple for them.
God knew that eventually we would evolve into science wise individuals and nations and that we would learn how to employ all that He has provided for us and yes, how to waste and misuse some as well. God gave us the ability to learn for ourselves and to put together the puzzle which is life on earth. I can only imagine what He thinks of his flock that have evolved no further than those of the centuries before His Sons birth. Would He not say, “Wake up and smell the technology!” “I gave you the ability to see and yet you remain blind.” Or something like that, I’m sure. How can we see and believe only that which does not conflict, on some level, with our beliefs.
I guess it’s all right to have brain surgery because that’s been scientifically proven to work. It’s all right to replace your God given heart with a mechanical replacement because it’s been scientifically proven to work. We’re smart enough to place men on the moon and a space station in orbit but not smart enough to figure out how old the earth really is? Science is for everyone, all of the time, not just when it suits you or when it fits comfortably within your beliefs. People it’s time to take your collective heads out of the sand.
We are all fascinated by archeology and the findings dating back hundreds of thousands of years but if we believe that to be true then how can the Bible be true for it says that the history of the earth goes back no further than 10,000 years. We have single trees older than that among the great redwoods in California. You need look no farther than the Grand Canyon, millions of years in the making. The fossils of great beasts that are now long gone. They were here millions of years before us but not mentioned in the Bible at all. And, if they were not here, where did all of the oil deposits come from?
Just a little side note. The reason the fossils weren’t mentioned in the bible. Either they hadn’t been found yet or, when found they didn’t know what it was they had found or their historical significance was not understood at that time. There was no carbon dating back then you know.
But now it is different. We have carbon dated ruins, writings, bones, fossils and picture graphs in caves and on canyon walls and so much, much more that have been cataloged and note over the centuries. You can close your eyes to them and plug your ears but they’re still going to be there. They are not going to just go away because they don’t fit in your neat little package and why should they? God created them too, didn’t He? Even if He didn’t mention it in the Bible, He created everything in the heavens and on the earth.
How can all of this be ignored by the true believers? Thousands upon thousands of examples by noted scientists, explorers, scholars and, yes, theologians, as well, around the world over the centuries that have placed their names and reputations on their works and findings and continue to do so. This and so much more can’t be ignored for the sake of a composition composed in good faith and with the Lord Gods blessing, I’m sure, by someone we can’t even identify by name. A sequence of events that we now know is scientifically impossible to uphold. We owe it to ourselves and to God who has placed so much faith in us, to prove to Him that we are smarter than when this whole thing began. If we don’t, then all we are proving is that His great experiment was a failure or, maybe I should re-phrase that, we have failed Him.
If He wanted us to take everything at face value, where would we be today? No hospitals or doctors to populate them. No technology, for better or worse, that helps us through our daily routine. No space flights or the advances in science it has brought us. No cell phones or blackberries or laptops. No nothing that we now take for granted. If we hadn’t use the brains He gave us and the free will to act on those thoughts, we would still be in loin cloths throwing spears and rocks at each other, eating with our hands and sleeping in caves.
No, He gave us the Readers Digest version of what He called Creation so that our early ancestors could grasp why we’re here at all. Now He expects us to fill in the blanks. We have the brains and the technology developed by those brains to start and put those pieces together. He doesn’t want us to remain ignorant to the facts of life, why would He?
I feel sorry for those who limit their intellect to such an extent that they refuse to see that which is right before them. It’s like they’re happy to be mired in wet cement. If God wanted automatons He would have created robots not humans. He left the creation of robots to us. He didn’t give us brains to ignore that part of science that offends our gentler nature or religion. He gave us brains to understand that part of science that applies to our religion and why. He gave us the brains to understand the universe and all of that which He had a hand in creating. All we have to do now is reach out and accept that knowledge. Work together as He would want us to, religion and science together, and move forward hand in hand.
Creation and Evolution are one and the same. Creation was for our early ancestors with limited understanding and knowledge in general, evolution is for the more evolved mentally and scientifically. Why is that so hard to understand?
I don’t mean to insult anyone or their religious beliefs, it’s just that I have been torn over this for many years myself. I believe in the Bible, in God, in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit but, I also believe in science and the whole thing seems so clear to me. I just can’t understand why others find it so difficult to understand.
I cannot accept “You just have to take it on faith.” as an answer. You work so hard at understanding the rest of the scriptures; why not work at understanding the easiest one to put into its proper context.
Even though theologians want us to believe that each day of creation was a twenty-four hour day, how could it be if the sun and moon weren’t created until day four? No sun for earth to revolve around no hours to measure. Who’s to say that days one through three weren’t millions of years long each. That during that period, the earth, moon, sun and stars were created just like science has stated. That bacteria and minerals interacted to create life and it evolved over the millennia into what we now see today and when man evolved into that which God intended him to be, viola, here we were.
Genesis 2:7 says”And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Sounds a bit like what science has been saying all along. Dust, dirt, minerals, what’s the difference? If you can believe that man was created out of a hand full of dust in a story written by who knows who, how can you totally disregard a more plausible explanation put forth by men of science who are totally identifiable?
It was a lot easier way back when to explain it by saying well, it just happened that’s all, than it would have been trying to explain the whole process to people just barely getting used to their camels.
And the time line in the bible as explained in the MacArthur Study Bible states; Genesis 1:1 thru 2:3 This description of God creating heaven and earth “is understood” to be: 1) recent, i.e. thousands not millions of years ago: 2) ex nihilo, i.e., out of nothing; and 3) special, i.e., in six (6) consecutive 24 hour periods called days and further distinguished by this phrase, “the evening and the morning.” Scripture does not support a creation date earlier than about 10,000 years ago.
You see, that is what I have a problem with. “Scripture does not support” and “it is understood” are two phrases that have no basis in fact. The scriptures were written by man yet dictated by God. Remember ‘KISS’? “Keep It Simple Stupid.” The story was written by whom exactly? Not just believed to have been written by —–. If he (whoever that might have been) got his information from God? Then why all the mistakes? Technical errors in science and time. And, my favorite, “it is understood”. Yeah, by whom and just why is it understood? There we go right back to “You just got to take it on faith.” Sorry, we are smarter than that. Show me the beef! Give me some facts not just a lot of smoke and mirrors, a little tap dance, side-stepping and misdirection or simply blue sky and rhetoric.
Yeah, I know, it makes everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Like they can leave their problems behind because someone else is looking out for them. I believe this is true but the time for a little more truth has come when it comes to the story itself. I know it’s easier to believe it all just happened. That there was no building process beyond that which the bible has stated but come on, would you rather think of God as a great magician or a supreme being able to create from chaos that which we call the heavens and earth today.
Think of an artist working with a lump of clay. It doesn’t just become the bust of a famous person by wishing it so. It has to evolve from that lump of clay into something recognizable. This takes time.
Think of the sculptor with a giant block of granite before him. I’m sure he wishes he could just wave a wand and have a statue appear but, it has to take many forms before the finished product arrives.
And the painter who faces a blank canvas with nothing more than some paints, a few brushes and an idea. A picture of what he is trying to create in his head but not yet visible or recognizable to the naked eye looking at the canvas. Again, it will take many forms before the final picture is ready for viewing.
I’m sure God’s plan evolved pretty much the same way otherwise why did it take him ‘six days’ (however long they were)? Why didn’t he just say viola, presto-chango or ala ka-zam or something silly like that. I’ll tell you why. It’s because we didn’t just materialize out of thin air. We were created but it took time. Tens of thousands of years of evolving from one form to another until the artist (God) was satisfied and said, “This is man and I have created him in My image.” But just how did He create us? God left the smarter among us to figure that out. A true artist never reveals His secrets.
Now I’m sure that if my daughters got this far, and I’m almost positive they did not, they would be saying, “He just doesn’t understand or he wouldn’t even think like that.” What they really mean is he wouldn’t be saying those things if he weren’t thinking.
The worst possible thing you can do is question the scriptures. Don’t ask why, just believe. Don’t try to make sense out of it, just believe. No matter how far fetched it might sound, just believe. The impossible is always possible if you just have faith.
Well, I have faith and I want to see if my faith is miss-placed or not. I have faith that someone will read all of this and give me their opinion. I have faith that one of my daughters will read this and respond at some future date. Whenever that might be. I don’t think I am being anti-religion by writing this. That was not and is not my intention. I’m simply trying to stir up some thought among believers. As my elementary teacher used to say, “Put on your thinking caps now. The answer is in there somewhere.”
This is definitely my opinion and you are very welcome to it.
Have a great day!