I’m planning to make some videos discussing some interesting questions in Christianity, so I figure here’s a good place to post script ideas and see what people think before I go ahead and film something! Always good to make sure I’m not being heretical before broadcasting to the world :) so please comment with your thoughts!!!
Welcome to Being Jesus, the show where we explore the challenges of following Jesus and being like Him in a world that wants answers. This week we’re going to discuss one of the big momma questions of Christianity: What about Evolution???
So here we go:
Does evolution happen?
YES! Evolution happens through a process called natural selection whereby over time species develop genetic mutations. You’ve probably heard about all sorts of genetic mutations before. People born with 6 fingers or toes, siamese twins, flightless birds and and cheeseburgers with no cheese to name a few! If the mutation makes a species stronger then it will live on and even may become the new standard for that species once the old weaker version gets killed and eaten! But if the mutation makes the species weaker, that species will die out to be found centuries later by archaeologists and put in a museum.
Did humans come from primordial sludge?
No. Although natural selection does happen, there is no chain of natural selection that connects humans with primordial sludge. This would require a process of millions of evolutionary steps and fossils of all the creatures that would have existed leading up to modern humans simply have not been found.
What about neanderthals?
Neanderthals are a species related to humans and other primates that definitely did live a long time ago. They existed at the same time as humans and even contributed a tiny percentage of DNA to the some ancient humans through breeding, not through survival of the fittest natural selection.
Will humans evolve in the future?
Natural selection favours the survival of stronger species, but historically humans have relied not on natural selection for their survival, but on technology. Even monkeys can use a stick to get something they want, but only humans have ensured our survival by using hand weapons to defend against beasts and irrigation to defend against famine. It’s not the our species that evolves, but our technology.
What’s not important???
Did God “use” evolution to create humans? Not important!
Is the earth 6000 years old and God just made it like it looked billions of years old? Not important!
Did God create the earth in 7 literal days of 24 hours or are the days just metaphors used to divide up the creation story? Not important!
Did God let the big bang happen and then make things on the earth later? Not important!
Did people live at the same time as dinosaurs? Not important!
Any one of these things COULD have happened and indeed MAY have happened or equally may not have happened. God is mighty and nothing is impossible for Him. I’m sure there’s ways of creating the earth and making people that we haven’t even thought of that He may have used! There’s all sorts of theories out there with various kinds of evidence being used to back them up. Due to how long ago all this happened it’s hard to say any of them are certain.
What does the bible say?
John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Here’s what is important: God made humans. The bible says so and we can rely on the word of God. How He made them, when He made them and where He made them are things we can argue about until we’re blue in the face. But we do know the following things:
THAT He made us: The bible says through Him all things were made and without Him nothing was made that has been made.
WHY He made us: God made us to be His children, His family, whom He loves so much that He sent Jesus to take all our sins away so that we’re perfect in His sight!
WHAT He made us for: To love each other and to love Him.
I hope this video has helped you to clarify in your head what’s important and what’s not regarding evolution and Christianity. I encourage you to do your own research. God has given each of us a brain. Pray for discernment as you read so that you’ll be able to tell fact from opinion. And don’t let any worries about when, where and how we were made cloud your understanding of why God made us! :)