Creationism vs. Evolution: Part II
by John Rockie Coppolella
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edited: Monday, January 19, 2009
Posted: Monday, January 19, 2009
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Further thoughts on the subject of origins addressed in my article, "Creationism vs. Evolution: A Matter of Faith."
I don't see the necessity of evolution, when there is a more obvious and less energetic route to life being on this Earth and elsewhere. My stars, how arrogant are we to think that we could create life in a petri-dish with amino acids and a little man-made lightning to start the process, and not be able to believe that an advanced and intelligent being existed before us to do the same in a much better and grander way? This is like a clay figurine telling the potter after coming out of the kiln, "You didn't make me or my kind come into existence. We came about by the universe's random acts of kindness!"
To tell you the truth, I don't really care how God did it, although evolution just doesn't seem his style, it really doesn't matter to me. This probably puts me in the minority of Christians, but to me it is a mute point. The more important question is do you know him? That is what creation is screaming in our ears everyday. If by some cosmic accident all of this happened, well OK, anything is possible. But knowing life like I do, it sure seems reasonable to believe that life begat life, after the pattern of everything else in the known universe going in cycles of creation, birth, life and death ad infinitum. So, I prefer the idea that man's life came from a living God, like everything else around me. Call me crazy, but from a strictly engineering point-of-view, the universe pulling itself up by its own bootstraps just doesn't sit too well with me.
As for the similarities in the species seeming to indicate that one came from another through evolution, I don't see it that way. The beauty, elegance, and simplicity of it all gives it away. Instead of one species originating from another species, and so on and so on, all species originated from one source, God. This is a much simpler and believable solution to me. After all, most truth turns out to be that way, doesn't it? Still, people seem to think that 1000 monkeys, with 1000 typewriters given enough time could come up with a work of Shakespeare. Supposing that this happened once, however improbable, could it happen twice or over and over for the number of times it would take to create the proverbial billions and billions of works , Shakespeare's source of wisdom and creator made visible in us all and all around us? The universe doesn't seem old enough to me for that kind of monkey-business to have happened. That is why the idea of evolution to me is strictly monkey-business. There is a much simpler, less time consuming way than that to achieve the same results, without using Darwin's alleged ancestors, (or are they his descendants?), to do it all. The similarities in the species that lead people to consider evolution as a possibility are merely the brush strokes of an artist's style being reflected in his work. Everyone knows a Van Gogh or a Picasso when they see it. Well, I know my Heavenly Father's work when I see it. Look into the mirror. Are you blind or can you see it? How magnificent an image of him stares back at us within those deep eyes!
Despite the corruption introduced into the gene-pool by the monkey-business described in the Genesis story, including the cross-breeding with the fallen angels, we still have to keep on living. Like Bob Dylan said in his song, "Tangled Up In Blue,"
"The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on
like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue."
That is what I am doing until Jesus Christ comes back and a new heaven and a new earth to comes down to replace the old. In the mean time, I intend give thanks for the one Earth he provided, and try to enjoy it more fully everyday. After all, this is still a pretty fantastic place to be, and they haven't found a decent replacement for it yet! Wouldn't you agree? The Eagles sang in their song, "The Last Resort,"
'Cuz there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here..."
"In that case we had better make the best of it love, and preserve it for as long as possible. But I digress. My point is this: No matter how far back you go in the origins debate of things, there still had to be a beginning somewhere, didn't there?
The age-old question remains, "How did all of this happen?"
Unlike some learned people, I prefer not to believe that universe created itself, but that instead God created it and us, and that's all just fine with me.
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|Reviewed by Jacinta M
|Amazing article. Thanks for sharing.|
|Reviewed by Claudio Ianora
|just downloaded a bunch, I intend to find out if you are a visionary or a dreamer and what type of each. From the little I have read so far of bio and titles I think we will dispute some points, but I am not interested in being right but in right being-or something like that, and am confident that so are you. We seek to understand not to impose our understanding. right sir starman?! Right of courtse. All the best. Claudio|
|Reviewed by Paul Kogel
|Great article. I always say to the evolutionist, something like this:
No matter what you say, it always comes down to this – your god science claims: “In the beginning there was nothing, the nothing exploded and eventually became everything.”
I then explain that it takes far too much faith for me to believe in that and far less faith to believe that a loving God created it.
|Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
|The essental problem with creationism is it requires the existence of a creator. The idea of the most powerful, complex, entity imaginable, a supreme being, exisiting prior to the existence of elementary particles, is just not tenable. The universe does not requuire creators - it is infinately ecreative on it's own. If you read the book, The Physics of the Impossible, you will see that although we do not completely understand the mechanism of how everything came to be, we understand a lot and have some good ideas about the rest. God was created in the mind of man, not the other way round, and although I like many other people perhaps wish there was a God who looked after us the reality is we humans are on our own to understand things and sort out the mess we have made of this world. God did not appear to rescue the women, children and old men being led to the gas chambers in Treblinka - I don't think a caring creator could have watched such an event without intervening and therefore, I can only take this as further evidence that God does not exist. All the best. Malcolm Watts|
|Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
|If we could just stop arguing about it. You've done a great job with your focus here. My hubby has given a few lectures on the topic and he still gets people who try to bate him. What a crazy world.
Keep trying. Blessings, J'nia
|Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr.
|You made a strong point Rock. Until we see that a life randomly arise from a non-life form, it so difficult to accept any theory other than Creation.
|Reviewed by John Martin
|Good article, Rockie. However, you may wish to review Dr Pettypeople’s circular evolution theory. His theory is based on The Big Bang. Where as, at first the universe expands and then contracts back to it’s original state of whatever it was that blew up. He quickly applied this theory to evolution with amazing results, and immediately coined the word de-volution. His De-Volution theory states that since the beginnings of the big bang expansion, all life on earth had been evolving to higher forms of intelligence in concert with the expansion. Hence, logically, that process would be reversed when the contraction period began. The Doctor formulated the theory back in 1981. He was at a party when a martini glass slipped from his hand and he observed that it was immediately sucked towards the center of the earth. At that point, he suddenly realized the contraction process had all ready begun. With pain staking research he was able to conclude that the reversal had actually started back in the sixties. Hence, from that point on, we humans are now on our way back to becoming apes, monkeys, dinosaurs, and eventually one cell animals. Then again, on the other hand, one must also ponder… If there were no God, then there would be no atheists.|
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|So much truth here within your words Rockie. Thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by 000 000
|Yes Rockie..I believe with you.
God created the heavens and the earth!
|Reviewed by Linda Settles
|If only Christians could stop bickering about how the universe made and respresent the God who made it, the world would be more likely to believe us. You have done a good job of focusing us on the elemental truth of creation, Rockie. To know and love and serve our Creator is the best way to model our confidence in Who and What he has done in our world.
Your sister in Christ,
|Reviewed by Bonnie May
|Oh my prize fighter friend, this is an absolutely beauiful and wise write. Some are doubters, some are on the fence and some believe with all their hearts as I think you do...Love and hugs, Bonnie|