This Week’s Devotion Theme: God Created!
Today’s Bible reading: Genesis 9-10 and Matthew 5
One of the great questions in life is, “How did I get here?” Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” As Christians, we believe we were created by God, with a purpose. But so many in this world believe that they are a result of random processes, believing they are essentially an accident, and thus there is no greater purpose to their existence.
According to the Bible, during the creation week, not only did God create the heavenly bodies and the planet we live on, He also populated this planet with life.
Genesis 1:9-13 – And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
Then, in Genesis 1:20-25 – And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Note that the Bible says that God created plants, sea creatures, land creatures and flying creatures, at the beginning, according to their kinds. In other words, the various types of animals such as elephants, big cats and whales were there from the beginning. Many scientists instead believe in Darwinian Evolution, an alternate explanation of how life came to exist on the Earth.
That is the worldview that results in people believing they are merely accidents and serve no purpose. But which explanation is actually supported by what we observe in nature? Can we trust how scripture says it happened?
The key idea in Darwinian Evolution is that all life that has ever existed descended from a relatively simple common ancestor, and became more complex over time, branching into different kinds of life as a result of random mutations. Although this idea is widely accepted within scientific circles, thankfully, more and more scientists are questioning its validity. There is a group called Dissent from Darwin, that lists over a thousand professors and scientists that do not believe the claims made by the Darwinian theory are valid. https://dissentfromdarwin.org
The problems with Darwinian Evolution are many. Perhaps the biggest problem for evolution is that random mutations are not capable of adding new features to an organism ultimately leading up to a different type of organism altogether. In lab settings, scientists have intentionally introduced mutations into thousands of generations of fruit flies, and have observed that the mutations only lead to inferior fruit flies. Not better fruit flies or different kinds of flies altogether. Mutations NEVER, under any circumstances, add information. They only scramble up whatever information is already there, or instead, there is a loss of information. Even if mutations were able to add new information, it is mathematically impossible for mutations to account for the vast variety of life on Earth, even if the Earth was much older than the ancient age some scientists believe it is.
Secondly, all that has ever been observed are small changes within an animal or plant kind, not changes that have ever led to a different animal or plant kind. Yes, sometimes we can observe changes in a type of fish, for example, that some scientists then label as a new species. But those changes have never been observed to lead that fish to turn into a non-fish.
Finally, there is no record of evolution in the fossil record due to a complete lack of transitional fossils (fossils that clearly show a transition from one animal kind to another) that even evolutionists can agree on.
On the other hand, real world observation shows that living organisms are far too complex to have evolved due to random chance. Not only are the systems that make up your own body, such as the circulatory system, nervous system and so forth unimaginably complex, they are irreducibly complex. That means, that these systems could not have evolved slowly over time because the entire system had to be in place from day one, or else it would not work. Not only does the entire system need to be in place, but the various systems are interdependent, and so they had to all be there together from day one as well. What good is a circulatory system if there is no respiratory system? What good is a skeletal system if there is no muscular system? What good is any system if there is not reproductive system?
As complex as any system is, the individual cells that make up the parts of the system are even more complex. Cells function as tiny cities that work off of a set of blue prints to know what to do at any given time. The blue prints are the DNA in the nucleus of the cell. But if cells came about through evolution, did the nucleus of the cell evolve first, or did the DNA contained within the nucleus, which has the instructions of how to build not only the nucleus, but the entire cell, evolve first? You see, again, everything had to be there together that first time, or it just doesn’t work.
What we actually observe around us fully supports the Biblical account of creation in that God created the different forms of life fully formed from the beginning, according to their kinds. At the same time, what we observe leaves no possibility for Darwinian Evolution.
If anyone has any questions or comments they would like me to address on any of the devotions dealing with creation this week, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Thank you for reading with us this week as Greg shares on his study of creation. We have an amazing God!