Here we are, on this beautiful earth….but, have you ever wondered how we got here, why we are here, or what we are supposed to be doing while we are here? I have pondered these questions and propose some answers below:
How did we get here?
There are three major views to answer this question that so many have asked: Evolutionism, Theistic Evolutionism, and Creationism.
Evolution usually accompanies the claim that the earth was formed by an accident in the universe (big bang). In this view, it also claims that the inhabitants (plant, animal, etc.) evolved over billions of years…from nothing.
The problems I find with Evolution are manifold:
-Biogenesis states that only life comes from life, so evolution’s “abiogenesis” (or life coming from inanimate matter) violates this universal law which clearly states that it cannot.
-The First Law of Thermodynamics states that, if no energy is added, then the maximum amount of work that can be performed by the system is equal to its initial energy. Being that Evolution Science claims that the earth started out as an accident, and the earth started spinning perfectly in orbit and matter evolved from it, this violates this physical understanding of this law of the universe.
-The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy (a measure of disorder) of an isolated system tends to increase. Better stated, order cannot come from disorder, and an amount of disorder (for example, an explosion, or “big bang” in the universe) cannot result in order, no matter how much time is allotted.
-We have yet to see an example of mutation (another word for cellular evolution) which is a net “gain” and increases genetic information, only a net “loss.” We all remember in Physical Science class the examples of the “cave fish without eyes” or the “wingless beetles on windy islands.” Many scientists use this to “prove” evolution… these examples in fact do the exact opposite and negate the theory that we crawled up out of the ocean and popped out legs, arms, and eyes. In both of these cases, it was a “loss” of genetic information (no eyes, no wings).
-Where are the skeletons? If this theory of evolution were true, and the process truly takes as long as it claims, our museums should be full of millions of “in-betweener” skeletons, yet we have trouble finding this “missing link.”
Theistic Evolution (a.k.a. “Christian Darwinism”)
Theistic Evolution holds that religious teachings about creation and scientific theories of evolution need not be contradictory. The “Day-age” theory is one of their foundational pillars, and it states that Genesis is a non-scientific, literary framework for religion, and that God indeed started things off in each “age” but that the seven days was actually seven ages—seven, one thousand, one million, or 100 million-year periods in which God started things and it evolved from there.
The problems I find with Theistic Evolution are below:
-In Genesis, when Moses writes of the “day” in “…and the evening and the morning were the first day…” it is the Hebrew word “yom” and aside from the occasional “day of the LORD” or “day of Joshua” passages which are clearly not intended to be a 24 hour period, nowhere else in the Bible when the Hebrew word “yom” is used does it mean anything other than a single, 24 hour day.
-Evolution science and creationism cannot coexist. One is true, and the other is a lie. One problem with this theory comes in with the issue of the plants being created one day before the sun. Genesis states the God created the plant life on day 3, and the sun on day 4. If a day were truly even 1000 years, all plant life would be dead. Plants need sunlight to initiate photosynthesis, which gives them food so they can live and grow. One thousand years without sunlight would surely cause the plant life to die off, much less 100 million. Even if they did survive the one “day” before the sun was created, there is still 3 more million year-long nights without sunlight before creation was finished.
Creationism claims that, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth…” It further claims that God created plant life, animal life, and humans, and breathed life into Adam.
As an objective statement of fact, it takes more faith to believe either one of the afore mentioned items than to believe in intelligent design. God’s word is inspired, and there is more archeological evidence (over 25,000 sites discovered) to support the claims and people of the Bible than any other religious book.
Why are we here?
I want to answer this with the antithesis of the question as “Why we are not here” We are not here because God was lonely. God had Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and easily hundreds of millions of Angels with Him in Heaven. We are also not here because God wanted someone to worship Him. The Bible states that the angels constantly worship God singing “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Our God, the one true God, the ”I AM” was never dissatisfied with who He was—He didn’t need to fill a void in his existence by creating us. God is perfect, and in his perfect-ness, and for his pleasure, He created us. The Bible says in Revelations 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” It also states in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”
What do we do while we are here?
-Be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28)
-Advance His kingdom by spreading the Gospel of Christ and making Disciples (Matt 28:18-20). Of course, a pre-requisite of this is salvation through God’s one and only begotten son Jesus.
-We are to Praise and Worship Him. What is the difference between Praise and Worship? Worship is a respectful deference to God, while Praise is an act of showing adoration. So how can we Worship (show respectful deference) our God?
With our First fruits
“And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God“ Deut 26:10
With our Sacrifice (Peace offering – giving thanks for blessings received)
Abraham went to worship God by offering sacrifice (Gen 22:4-14)
With our Songs
“All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.” Ps 66:4
As we Glorify (to show forth praise)
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Gods.” I Cor. 6:20
With our Fear (Revere)
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Ps. 96:9
As we Exalt (to hold in high esteem)
“Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.” Ps 99:5,9
And how do we Praise (to show adoration of)?
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Heb. 13:15
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness
“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Phil. 1:11
“The conclusion of the whole matter”
Praise and Worship is not supposed to be something we do solely on Sunday, we are to be in a constant state of worship. Praise is one form of worship, and if you wonder about the frequency and duration in which we are to praise the Lord, turn your Bible to the book of Psalms and read chapters 148-150.
In Ecclesiastes 12:13, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (aside from Christ), stated, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
We have some advice from a very wise man….Fear God and keep his commandments….for This is the whole duty of man.