Creation and Evolution: Two VERY Different Worldviews
What is your worldview? There are two ways to look at this world. Some people look at the world and think, “Amazing! A Big Bang made this world from nothing!” This is the humanist worldview based on the evolution theory. Man is thought to be god and answers to no one.
Other people look at the world and think, “There is incredible design. There must be a smart Designer.” This is the creationist worldview based on the biblical account of creation. God is God and judges all men.
Both of these worldviews have the same evidence on which to base their conclusions. However, they are looking at the evidence from two very different starting points.
There are only two starting points for our worldviews. One is man’s word and the other is God’s word. Either man’s word is truth or God’s word is truth. Problems arise when you take man’s fallible ideas, philosophies, and theories and try to make them fit into the infallible, inspired, inerrant word of the living God.
We need to start with the Bible, put on our biblical glasses and view the world from that perspective.
Let’s examine these two very different worldviews in a little more detail. The evolutionary worldview says that 18-20 billion years ago there was a big bang [i]. The earth began as a hot ball of rock 4.6 billion years ago [ii]. Millions of years of torrential rains created great oceans [iii]. Swirling in the waters of these oceans was a bubbling broth of complex chemicals, and progress from a complex chemical soup to a living organism is thought to be very slow [iv]. In these oceans the first living organisms appeared [v]. The first self-replicating systems must have emerged in this organic ‘soup’ [vi].
So the evolutionists believe that 20 billion years ago there was a big bang. 4.6 billion years ago the earth formed as a hot ball of rock. It rained on this rock for millions of years and created a soup. This soup came alive 3 billion years ago. Therefore, according to the evolutionary worldview, your ancestor was soup.
The creationist or biblical worldview, on the other hand, is very different. The Bible says that God created everything about 6,000 years ago. About 4,400 years ago there was a worldwide flood. 2,000 years ago was the life of Jesus Christ on earth, and here we are today waiting for his return any minute now.
The way you view this world will determine how you will answer the four great questions of life. There are four questions that every single religion on planet earth tries to answer. They are:
1. Who am I (and what am I worth)?
2. Where did I come from?
3. Why am I here?
4. Where am I going when I die?
The way you answer these questions is completely determined by your worldview. If evolution is true how would you answer these questions?
Who am I (and what am I worth)?
If the evolution theory is true, you are nothing important. You are just a piece of protoplasm that washed up on the beach. You are not worth a thing.
Where did I come from?
If evolution is true, you came from a big bang about 20 billion years ago.
Why am I here?
If evolution is true there is no purpose to life.
Where am I going when I die?
If evolution is true you are going to the grave and you will be recycled into a worm or a plant.
The Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). If this is true, this puts a whole different set of answers to these questions. We had better try to figure out who God is and figure out what He wants because He created this world, He owns it, and He makes the rules. If you are not obeying His rules you may be in trouble one of these days.
If you died today, where would you go?
Did we evolve from ape-like ancestors, or were we “created in God’s image” as the Bible says (Genesis 1:27)? The evidence for a Creator is there and your eternity depends on it. One day you will stand before the Creator and Judge of all mankind. Will you be found innocent or guilty on that day?
Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell.
That’s not God’s will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. You broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid your fine. That means He can legally dismiss your case. He can commute your death sentence: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone to save you, and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey what you read.
[i] Prentice Hall General Science, 1992, page 61
[ii] Glenco Biology 1995 page 398
[iii] Holt Earth Science 1994 page 281
[iv] Holt Earth Science 1994 page 282
[v] Glenco Biology 1995 page 398
[vi] Biology The Unity and Diversity of Life Wadsworth 1992 page 301
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