Beliefs have consequences.
Evolution has taken hold in our society. For decades, our school children are told that they came from a monkey that came from pond scum.
They are told to simply believe this. It often takes incredible courage for a student to raise their hand to say that evolution is wrong and that God made us. Such a claim will often be immediately dismissed and mocked.
(If you want to watch a Creationist talk to folks who believed in evolution but began to doubt their beliefs by the end of the conversation, click here. You can watch many other great films like this by clicking here and then scrolling down the page.)
As I mentioned at the top of this post, beliefs have consequences. Whether you are an Evolutionist or a Creationist, what you believe will have a profound effect on how you see yourself, how you view others, how you see life, and so much more.
We could spend a month of Sundays on this topic but let me simply ask a question and then focus on two ways that Evolution and Creationism answer the question:
Question: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
The Evolutionist’s Answer:
While the Evolutionist would scoff at the following answer (because it is utterly undesirable), they would have no choice but to agree with it because it is thoroughly consistent with their beliefs.
They see someone with no ultimate purpose:
There is no Divine Mind behind their existence. There is no reason behind their existence other than biological.
So, when they find themselves asking the deep questions such as “Why am I here on earth?”, they have no ultimate answer.
As much as every single human being wants to believe that their life has a profound purpose, the Evolutionist’s beliefs forbid them to explore that option. They are simply here by accident and the explanation for their existence is purely and solely biological.
They see someone who has no intrinsic value:
When they have a belief that says they came from pond scum and monkeys, they have no basis upon which to see themselves as a person of value.
The only value they could possibly have is based upon performance, and even more particularly, performance that is better than others. This is rooted in Darwin’s belief of “survival of the fittest.” We survive by outdoing others – so that gives us value.
But, what about someone who is mentally or physically disabled?
Or, what about a student in the classroom who fully realizes that his intellect us “just average.”
Or, what about the girl on the soccer field who realizes that she will never be more than “just average.”
Or, what about the woman who was incredibly successful in life but old age and dementia has reduced her to someone who is completely dependent upon others to take care of her?
Evolution, if it is true to itself, will refuse to place value on people like this.
The Creationist’s Answer:
Now, let’s look at someone who subscribes to the view that there is a God that created us.
They see someone with incredible purpose:
When a Creationist looks in the mirror, they know that their existence is not simply an accident. They believe that God created them and has a Divine purpose for them to fulfill.
They realize that their birth wasn’t an accident. There is a God in Heaven who knew them before they were born and enjoyed the fact that they would come into existence. He has already determined that they would have a worthy purpose just as the following words were said of the prophet Jeremiah.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; …” (Jeremiah 1:5)
The Creationist believes that God brought us into existence and then sent His Son (Jesus) to pay our sin debt so that we can become His children (purpose & a sense of belonging!) if we trust in Jesus.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1:12)
They realize that no matter what happens in life, there is a God in Heaven who is making everything work out for their ultimate good – to become more like Jesus.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
They also realize that they have the incredible purpose of representing God before humanity. They get to tell others of what Jesus did for them if only they will trust in Him and submit to Him.
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 [New Living Translation]).
On and on we could go of the incredible purpose in life that can be enjoyed by anyone who embraces the God who created all things and His Son who paid the sin debt of everyone who will trust in Him.
They see someone with infinite, intrinsic worth:
When a Creationist looks in the mirror, they see someone who has incredible worth. And that worth is not based upon what they have done. It is not based upon how they measure up to others.
It is intrinsic worth – a value that is placed upon them simply because they exist.
In my Bible reading this morning, I came across the basis for that intrinsic worth.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
Did you see that?! The Creationist believes that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has value! Why? Because they are God’s handiwork and bear His image.
If you are just average, you have intrinsic worth because you are made in God’s image.
If you have a mental or physical handicap, you have intrinsic worth because you are made in God’s image.
If you are a man or woman who is slowly deteriorating in a nursing home, you have intrinsic worth because you are made in God’s image.
Even the little life that is growing inside of its mother’s womb has intrinsic worth because it is made in God’s image.
You see, friend, what you believe has consequences.
Why in the world would anyone chose to be an Evolutionist? Rather than exercise my faith to believe in Evolution, I have exercised my faith to believe in the reality of Creationism … and the God who loves me, and Jesus who died to give me even more worth and an even greater purpose.
What about you?
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