Controversy over the two most widespread worldviews of the origins of the universe and the history of species and mankind has raged on for more than a millennium; even since the fifth-century B.C. of Greek philosophers. While it is inexpressibly important to have knowledge and understanding of the beliefs you hold regarding the created universe, one major problem arises from such undivided concentration: where does God’s grand purpose of redemption by grace and mercy through His unconditional love and sacrifice fit into that focus?
I do not by any means suggest that we should proclaim ignorance in the midst of this scientifically-minded world. Rather, I exhort each of you to reevaluate the energy and primacy you commit to the debate of these two worldviews. It becomes a matter of whether or not your words are for the sake of proclaiming God so that people may come to know Him, or you are just trying to outsmart someone else by debating for debating sake.
So What? What is Wrong with Debating?
To answer that question, I think it would be best to focus on the Bible; where the revelation of God Himself is given to us that we may grow to know Him personally. In the Book of Genesis, we are given the account of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, including all that encompasses nature and mankind; whom was the pinnacle of His work. As an important focus of each aspect of His creation, we are told why He created that:
“And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.” (Genesis 1:11, ESV)
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.” (Genesis 1:14–15, ESV)
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” (Genesis 1:26, ESV)
The point I am trying to get across here is that in all of the explanation of God’s creation, never once or anywhere else in the Bible does it explain how God created the universe and all that is in it (except by His word, “God said…”); rather, the Bible only deals with the question of why God created the universe and all that is in it. When our interactions and debates transition from why into how, we are no longer testifying to the things which God has chosen to reveal to us.
Proper Focus of Faith
In no way should our faith be dependent on how things were created, or how things came to be. For those who believe in the theory of evolution, it seems to be that all of their faith rests on that how question. As for Bible-believing Christians, our faith should be found in the plan, purpose and glory of God in His creation; such as why do we exist?
When our life as Christians goes as far as to debate for debate sake, just to outsmart those who do not believe what we believe, we are no longer living as exemplified in the revelation of God’s Word and in the life and ministry of Christ. Our life should not be marked by our genius; by the ways we uproot and cast aside contrary beliefs. Our lives should be marked by our service to others, and by our willingness and devotion to know God intimately and to make Him known into a world which does not yet know Him.
Even further, have we any need to place our faith on any scientific observations? The presence and dwelling of the Spirit of God within us by our faith in Him, the love we are filled with, and the hope we are given through the merciful sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in atoning for our sins so that we can have full assurance that we will be with Him for eternity in the kingdom of heaven should be the place of our faith.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:19–25, ESV)
Again, reevaluate the energy and primacy you place on debating over worldviews and science. Although science and knowledge is a wonderful gift of God, when we allow it to move into our focus, instead of keeping God as our focus, we are no longer living and proclaiming God who has revealed Himself in the Bible. We begin to proclaim the things that God chose not to reveal to us as theoretical speculation, rather than His revelation of hope and redemption for all of mankind. Our interaction should be void of foolish quarreling, and instead be filled with gentle and respectful teaching and correction so that those who do not yet know our Father God may come to know Him and His truths (2 Timothy 2:23-25).
Soli Deo gloria.