‘What is there to declare of God’s works? You say the Lord reigns, but it’s a mess around me! A good god would not tolerate all this evil. You say that he made us? It took millions of years for us to be who we are, and that is that hand of your god? I want to believe in that kind of god?’
These are the kinds of statements that we hear from people. Even young people from early grades want to know why the world is going so badly, why they cannot be better, and why there is evil. Certainly God must have known better if He knew ahead of time. They repeatedly ask, when they are in a serious frame of mind, why bad things keep happening.
The answers about where mankind came from and where it is going in typical educational texts are consistent but not satisfying. They generally say we came from something less than human, so our ancient relatives were something less than man. Before modern man was something less than human. Before that, there was some sort of special mix that had somehow became alive. It is said over and over on pages of books in most history, science, and social studies books from the fifth grade and up. We have looked at many of those books from several countries. The authors try to make sense of origins, but the reality of their answers is not very pretty.
The questions get swallowed up in activity and temporary pleasures or the drama of life, whether the drama is good or bad, but they do not go away. The problem is so pronounced that education institutions are increasingly introducing value programs, self-realization schemes, and ethics in various forms. Cultural foundations are forever shifting because they are based on a naturalistic or evolutionary view that comes from man’s wisdom. When the realization of a naturalistic or evolutionary view hits home, several things can happen. Some ignore the whole matter and chase whatever pleasures are reachable. Some dive into work. Some become embittered. Young people frequently have identity crises with no solutions. Once in awhile, it causes a drive to seek God, whom they think must exist, but the help along the way is sometimes scarce among cultural and media trends. Increasing emphasis in media on violence, sexual immorality, relationships promoting anything outside of a biblical concept of marriage exacerbate the dilemma. It does not help when so many homes are affected by broken relationships or the absence of parents.
Our response is simple: we talk about the biblical world view and declare His works. Creation is still profoundly complex, beautiful, and declares His power and majesty. From the heavens to a baby, His hand can be seen.
But we also declare what happened to us, what went wrong, and why things are still messed up according to a biblical world view. The historical record of the change begins with Genesis 3. The two first people thought they had a better idea and could obtain wisdom without any relationship with Creator God. Since we have the same lineage, we do the same thing. The types of mistakes mankind makes can be seen in the same biblical record that unfolds in the Old Testament but is also declared in the New Testament: we need help out of the morass and Jesus Christ is the answer. He is also Creator God as stated in John 1:3 or Hebrews 1:2-3.
In short, He made the heavens and the earth, made “kinds” of various things to reproduce after themselves (not evolve), created the ordinances of the heavens that we find so orderly, and made humankind in His image. He did not cut us off completely when we decided we knew better. He made a way for us to return to Him. In the meantime, we observe that the world is broken. It is marred by sin and death, but it is not His fault. It is the consequence of sin. Nevertheless, His hand can be seen clearly in His creation, which is declared by Romans 1:20. In the end, people don’t have an excuse when they consider what has been created.
Why the resistance to consider God? We (people) still think we know more than the Creator. Why do the education systems pretty much discount the Creator? The same reason applies and a naturalistic world view is the only one considered. So, we should all be tending upwards because that is what evolution is all about. Are we getting better? Examine history. How do we do? Not very good. Examine information. Does it self gather and get complex on it’s own so that we see a trend of an improving human race? Don’t think so. Examine landscapes. Consider widespread fossil evidence and sedimentary rock over most of the earth. Evidence of the world wide flood that is recorded in those early Genesis chapters sings loudly, rather than the standard school-taught ‘truth’ that the earth is a non-directed accident of naturalistic development that occurred over millenia…with a few localized catastrophes over a very long time. Examine the world and the heavens. What astounding complexity and expanse. Ordinances and laws are in operation. Where did they come from? Examine genetics. They reveal irreducible complexity in each “kind” and the “kinds” do not change from one to another. (Speciation does take place, but that is not a change from one “kind” to another.)
Genetics also shows a slow but steadily increasing number of copying mistakes that are being passed to the next generations, so we are observing slow decay of living things, which is part of the consequence of the entrance of sin and its consequences as recorded in Genesis. While the creation shows the complexity and expanse of the Creator’s handiwork, it also exhibits decay. Things are winding down. The cause is the same — the consequences of sin that entered near the beginning.
For these reasons we encourage people, especially the young, to consider the biblical world view. It has answers that make sense of the beauty and tragedy around us. It makes sense of historical trends as well an earth geology shaped by the Genesis Flood. Then, we dare to assess that the dominant idea of evolution or naturalism, when it comes to origins and history, is wrong from the start. The naturalistic view is also morally bankrupt, whereas the biblical view points to something entirely different.
The answers from a biblical world view, if you discover the Creator for yourself, make sense. The biblical view can help a young person get through an identity crises and define a path to self discovery. God, the Creator, has purpose for lives lived with a relationship to Him.
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Psalm 96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.
Romans 1:20 For His invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Roland is author of a biblical creation curriculum for high school students and adults. He is an observer of the world around him. He and his wife, Faylene, teach biblical creation and its ramifications to students, teachers, and pastors in the Philippines most of the year. An elementary version of the curriculum is in progress.