Who are we? How did we get here?
Modern science claims to have the answers – it explains the origin of the human race through the Theory of Evolution. The Theory of Evolution, however, has some serious flaws and limitations. It cannot, in fact, explain how we got here.
First of all, evolution cannot explain the origin of life. Science assumes that everything has a natural cause. But what about the first cause? How did it all begin? Should we assume an infinite regression of natural causes? But that seems impossible. In our experience things in the natural world come and go, they have a definite beginning and end. Ultimately the natural world itself must have had a beginning. Yet things do not create themselves. Hence a completely naturalistic explanation of reality falls short.
There are other serious problems with the Theory of Evolution as well. How do we explain the enormous complexity of biological life in terms of a blind, purposeless natural process? How can beneficial mutations take place incrementally when organs function in complete systems? How do we account for the unique mental capacity of Homo sapiens? Order does not spontaneously arise out of chaos; life does not spontaneously arise out of non-life; intelligence does not spontaneously arise out of non-intelligence.
Even the supposed fact of evolution itself cannot be proven. No one has ever observe a lower form of life evolve into a higher one; no one has ever reduplicated it in a laboratory. There are huge gaps in the fossil record. The laws of genetics and heredity would seem to militate against the idea of evolution. But if we cannot observe it and cannot test it, can it still be called “science”? Isn’t what we are really dealing with here a philosophical dogma, one that consciously and deliberately seeks to exclude the “God hypothesis”?
If evolution cannot be proven, what is the alternative? The answer, of course, is God. There has to exist from all eternity a single, self-existent, all-powerful Deity, and He is the Creator of all temporal reality.
The essence of the Christian theistic worldview was beautifully state by the Apostle Paul at his famous address at Areopagus (Mars Hill) in Athens. Speaking to a group of skeptical Greek philosophers who came from a polytheistic background, Paul described the one, true God of the Bible. He is the Creator, “who made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24; NKJV). He is “the Lord of heaven and earth.” Moreover, contrary to pagan conceptions of religion, God is not “worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything” (v. 25). The word translated “worshiped” might better be translated “served” (NASV;NIV;ESV), the idea being that in pagan religions the gods had to be clothed and fed. The true and living God, by way of contrast, is self-sufficient. He needs nothing because He is the source of life: He “gives to all life, breath, and all things.” In other words, we are dependent upon Him; He is not dependent upon us.
Moreover God is in control of human history. “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (v. 26).
But why, one might ask, did God create man? Why does He concern Himself with our affairs? The answer is “in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (v. 27). The reason we were created, the only reason, really, that we exist at all, is to have a relationship with God. We were not put here on this planet just so that we could please ourselves and “do our own thing.”
Thus God “commands all men everywhere to repent” (v. 30). God’s message to us is simple and straightforward: we need to change our ways and live by His laws. And why should we do that? “. . . because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness . . .” (v. 31). God is ultimately our Judge; He is ultimately the One who will determine our fate. In the end only His opinion will matter.
We did not create God for our purposes; He created us for His. We owe our very existence to Him. “. . . in Him we live and move and have our being” (v. 28). And in the end He will be our Judge.
Thus our main business in life as human beings is to know God’s will for our lives and fulfill it. Morality is not simply a matter of social convention or civil legislation. It is a matter of conformity to God’s own unchanging moral law.
And is it not our problem in the church today that our view of God is too low, if we even think of Him at all? Our churches have largely become social clubs where we interact with each other, but God is only an afterthought. And if we stop to think of God at all, we picture Him as an indulgent parent who readily excuses His children’s misbehavior.
But the whole object of true religion is to know God, and to know Him as He is described in the Bible. And to know God is to be humbled by His majesty, to be moved to worship and adoration, to trust Him implicitly, and to obey Him. His law is our guiding principle in life.