This week during Bible Study we touched on a rather touchy (haha, pun) subject to most Christians: the issue of evolution vs. creationism. I’d never really been terribly interested in delving too deeply into this particular subject matter, but that night I was really impressed by a couple of things that we saw in the Bible.
Firstly, I realized that the record in Genesis 1 is not a record of exactly how God created the heavens and the earth. If it were, it’d be a pretty vague record. What Genesis 1 is for is actually to show how God’s heart is for man, and everything that God has done is for the purpose of gaining man to be His counterpart, His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). Given that we are made in God’s image and likeness, it is clear then that we cannot possibly be made in the image and likeness of any other thing, ape or otherwise.
Secondly, I realized that the dichotomy of evolution and creationism was a false dichotomy. All we can be sure of is that God created all forms of creatures; whether he created this all at one go, or whether he created them gradually throughout the course of time, or however else he did it, is not known to us in the Bible. What is clear is that he created each “according to their kind” (Genesis 1:12, 21); meaning, species aren’t meant to evolve into other species. This much is clear.
Finally, and most importantly–and this is kind of belaboring the first point I raised–the Word of God is not meant to explain in a scientific way how or why God did this or that. God’s Word is for us to know Him (1 John 1:1) and what is on His heart. And without a doubt, His heart is for man.