Question by Morning Star: Are We Here By Chance Or Design ?
Two Basic Possibilities
There are two basic possibilities regarding the origin and development of life. Either life on earth was supernaturally created by an all-powerful God or we are here as a result of blind chance. There is no realistic third possibility. Evolutionary scientist D. J. Futuyma writes:
Creation and evolution, between them exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms either appeared on the earth fully developed or they did not. If they did not,
they must have developed from pre-existing species by some process of modification. If they did appear in a fully developed state, they must have been created by some omnipotent intelligence
(D. J. Futuyma, Science on Trial, New York: Pantheon Books, 1983, p. 197).
The theory of evolution holds that life arose by a series of chance happenings without any intervention by God. Life is still developing from simple forms to more complex ones. The following is a typical way the theory is described:
Living creatures on earth are a direct product of the earth. There is now little doubt that living things owe their origin entirely to certain physical and chemical properties of the ancient earth.
Nothing supernatural was involved—only time and natural physical and chemical laws operating with the peculiarly suitable earthly environment (Paul B. Weisz, The Science of
Biology, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959, p. 21).
# Created By God
The Bible, on the other hand, says that mankind and the universe were created by an infinite personal God. God designed and created the universe out of nothing. The Bible says God has finished
creating and the universe is now complete. Nothing new is being created.
The biblical doctrine of supernatural creation and the modern atheistic theory of evolution cannot be harmonized because they teach two totally different views about our origin. It is a choice between
mindless chance and intelligent design.
# God And Evolution
There are some Christians who opt for a middle ground where God used chance evolutionary methods to bring about life as we know it. This is known as theistic evolution. One Old Testament
scholar has written:
Is it possible to be a theist and accept the theory of evolution? Yes. The options are rather to be a
theistic evolutionist or an atheistic one. In either case, evolution stays (Mark Hillmer, The
Genesis Debate, Ronald Youngblood Ed., Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986, p. 106).
Unfortunately, theistic evolution fits neither the Bible nor science in its attempt to find a middle ground between the two. Darwin made it clear that the supernatural was unnecessary in his theory. The Bible excludes naturalistic evolution. Theistic evolution tries to ride two horses, creation and evolution, which are going in opposite directions.
My questions are :
1> Is our universe the result of blind chance or has it been supernaturally formed by a Creator?
2> Is humanity the product of a series of
fortunate, accidental circumstances or have we been specially designed and created by an allpowerful God?
Please enlighten me. Thank you in advance for explanation. Gbu.
Answer by LHOOQ
Humans are an accident. People are still arguing about the universe, but there are some constants, such as gravity.
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