It’s the old debate! Creation vs Evolution! Both sides have merit in my opinion and both sides have faults in my opinion. So which is it?
I grew up in a religious family but I’ve never been a “Bible thumper” or “holy roller.” In fact, even growing up I thought there was something to evolution yet I believed God created everything in the universe including human beings. So I began to think about it for many years and here’s what I concluded….
I can’t help but notice in the Bible and especially in the Old Testament that God most often worked through nature. Very, very seldom has God done something outside of using natural events, things we might call “miracles” or “divine intervention.” Examples of God working through nature are things like the parting of the Red Sea, earthquakes, volcanic activity that results in fire raining from the sky, Noah’s flood, and, of course, the creation of Adam and Eve in the NATURE Garden of Eden. Frankly, the BIBLICAL evidence strongly suggests that God most OFTEN works through NATURE.
I also can’t help but notice that NOWHERE in the Bible does it say anything akin to something like, “And God created man Homo Sapien…”. And then, of course, there are references to giant sea creatures that could well be descriptions of dinosaurs! And what about the giants? The Bible speaks of tribes of giants so Goliath, the famous giant killed by David and his sling-shot, was not the only giant around. What are we to make of all of this?
Considering that the evidence points to the fact that God most often works through nature then why wouldn’t God use the process of evolution? Due to the LACK of commentary or reference in the Bible for all we know God could have created Adam and Eve as Homo erectus or Homo habilis! Maybe God even went further back than that and created the first humans as Australopithecus, the real ape-men! FACT is we DON’T KNOW!! Neither evolution or creation knows what the first humans were!
Now know that some Christians believe that the Earth was only created about 10K-20K years ago. If that is so then the first humans were H. sapiens (modern humans) because from an anthropological view H. sapiens came into being between 100K and 200K years ago. This is known as the Recent Earth Theory and it has many Christian supporters.
Another theory is one involving the possibility that there may have been TWO creations. Evidence for this theory is found in Genesis and when you read its opening verses I can see how one could take it as there having been one creation and then another. So what happened to the first creation? God didn’t like it so he destroyed it? But there is no account given in Genesis of such destruction so we are left clueless. I’ve heard pastors say that this first creation is where all the other hominid species of human ancestors came from and that the second creation marks the dawn of modern humans, H. sapiens. But, again, we don’t know.
I’ve also heard pastors claim that all of the ancient remains of human ancestors (prehistoric man) are the remains of the “people before the flood” meaning Noah’s Flood. If that is indeed the case then most likely there were several species of humans on the earth at that time including Noah and his family as likely they were H. sapiens. Thinking along those lines evolution and creation come into agreement as we know from paleontological evidence that the NORM has been for MANY species of hominids to have been alive on the earth at the same time for a time. We now several species of ancient human ancestors coexisted. So in this line of thinking God destroyed all of the people save for Noah and his family, meaning, God destroyed all of the other species of humans saving only H. sapiens. But, again, we just don’t know.
And then there is the theory that some fundamentalists hold that the finds of ancient human ancestors aren’t even human ancestors at all but are the remains of extinct apes. Even this theory has some merit IMO because some of the skulls found that we’ve been told are ancient human ancestors look more like ape skulls than human ancestor skulls. In fact, I’ve long thought we have some extinct gorilla species skulls mixed in with the skulls of our ancient human ancestors! But, again, we just don’t know for sure.
So which is it? Creation or Evolution?
Maybe it’s BOTH!
Creation stands at one end of the spectrum while Evolution stands at the opposite extreme of the same spectrum. What I’ve found in life is that MOST OFTEN the TRUTH never is at any end of any spectrum! In fact, most often TRUTH is found somewhere inbetween!!
With that in mind I’ve concluded that God works through nature most often and that includes human beings. I really do not think Adam and Eve were H. sapiens but that they were some ancient human ancestor species that God allowed to evolve into H. sapiens. I think God has used evolution to bring us to where and who we are today.
One other thing I want to mention on this subject, actually two things, is this….
Adam and Eve were created and then cast out of the Garden of Eden. They went on to have some children such as Cain and Abel and some daughters. Cain killed his brother Abel and became the first murderer. God forced Cain to leave Adam and Eve, his parents, so Cain went eastward and found a wife??? Where did the wife come from and her tribe of people?? I think it pretty clear that there were other people on the earth in those days beside the Adam and Eve family.
Also, the Old Testament tells the tale of a man covered with reddish fur/hair who was a hunter and his name was Esau. In fact, he was so hairy that his dying father was deceived by another son who put sheeps wool on his arm so his dying father would feel it and think he was blessing Esau! So sheeps wool made the father think it was Esau and that means Esau was a VERY HAIRY man! And he was also a very skilled hunter who spent a lot of time out in the wilderness (nature). A wildman? An evolutionary throwback? A living ancient human species?
Just sayin’………………….It’s not a matter of evolution or creation! It’s a matter of BOTH from what I can see.