Where we think we came from governs where we think we are and where we believe we will end up. Those basic assumptions come from our world view. They drive how we see and conduct life.
Have you ever experienced abandonment? Do you know what it’s like to suffer or be oppressed and not be able to make sense of it? Have you been down the path of chasing after something that seems important but wake the next day wondering why you thought it was worth it? Do you find gnawing dissatisfaction and unrest are hard to beat down? Do you see no possible change in circumstances that are without direction or hope? Perhaps you need to reconsider your world view.
These questions cause people to reach back to some sort of relationship or something that gives temporary hope. Education by itself does not provide satisfactory answers. Why? World or ancient history teaches that we come from something less than human. A few pages of most basic science books in elementary school to advanced sciences in higher education say we came from something that was non-living that became living and advanced to us at the top of the heap. After 12-20 years of education with that premise, why would a young person not want to ‘eat, drink, and be merry’ today in order to get something temporary? Does that bury the question? Is that answer good enough? Two thirds of the earth’s population cannot easily alter hard living circumstances. On the other hand, having some abilities and being reasonably rich can seem to provide some measure of lifting oneself from the mire, but is it really satisfying and do the rich and powerful really do any better? What is the answer?
The biblical world view is radically different than the dominant naturalistic view, and evidence supports a complex creation that went bad near the beginning, about 6000 years ago. It went so bad that a worldwide flood occurred about 1500 years later. There is much evidence to support a world wide flood. As history unfolded, the basic heart of man, however, remained unchanged. The Bible talks about this quite often. Because of this condition, God in His mercy has provided a solution to our state of affairs. People, even those close to me, laugh at these assertions. They are not laughable for those wanting answers.
Consider a few things in the biblical world view:
- Our habitat (Earth) was made to be inhabited. No other planetary body is like it in multiple respects. From substances to foliage to kinds of life on land and in the sea, there is nothing like what we find on Earth.
- The human body, down to the tiniest cells, have irreducible functions. They work or they don’t. You cannot just jumble a few things together and hit it with highly specialized conditions for millions of years to produce it or make things work, then spit out ever advancing humans. The evidence is strong that it cannot happen on its own.
- Genetics show our coded information and the connected micro-machinery is incredibly complex. Evolution cannot get you to this state. And, genetic information in general does not go uphill. It goes downhill, like the Bible says. Everything is winding down and subject to decay.
- The world shows dramatic evidence of a worldwide flood, indicative of the results and aftermath of the Genesis Flood.
- Human language and communication show sophistication as far back as we can find recorded history. Genesis itself shows complex communications skills and industry in the first generations. The first “guy” (there was one) had no trouble talking with God.
- Our general condition is not good. Left to ourselves, history clearly shows we treat each other like dirt most of the time. Indeed, the Bible states that we go our own way — every last one of us. It takes a Savior to begin to rectify us, one at a time. Walking it out takes time — a lifetime.
- Last, we were designed with God’s imprint. It is not my statement or a theologians. God says it. We were made to be in relationship to Him in a personal way, and we have an inquisitiveness and curiosity built in that imprint to reach to Him and be related to Him. But, the imprint is so perfect that we have freedom to deny knowledge of the Creator — to not relate to Him. Why is that? We want our own way. The Bible explains how that happened at first and how it keeps happening, until we choose to reach out to Him.
Why not examine the assertions of the Bible, even if you think it is counter to what nearly every public institution teaches? Man is a mess and not getting measurably better, so why not consider the Kingdom of God. Our habitat is not well governed and bad things happen. Why not find out why things are the way they are and where they are going? The God of the Bible is supportive of investigation, curiosity, observation of the world around us, as well as good experimental science. The Earth and its environs were meant to be examined, even governed, as He said at the beginning, but not without a living and real relationship with the Creator.
The alternative is to delete consideration of God and be convinced, by faith, that it all came about by itself and keeps getting better. History suggests otherwise, and so does the evidence.
I suggest readers consider the Bible and work through the issues. I have my own guide you can use at cwm4him.org. Go to COURSES and DOWNLOADABLE COURSES. Versions are free and some versions can be bought. There is a free cell phone APP for Android phones. One for iphones is almost here.