Monday, June 14, 2021

Mount Rushmore and Creation

A recent trip to Mount Rushmore reminded me of something I had thought about a long time ago. No one in his right mind would ever say anything like the following:

"Look at those four faces. It is truly amazing how wind and rain erosion formed them over millions of years. It is even more amazing that they are the faces of four U.S. Presidents, and that they took those shapes long before any of them were even born. It just shows us the power of natural selection to create order out of disorder."

I believe it is safe to say that there is no one in the world who would make such a statement, because it is obviously absurd. Yet, some of the same people who would laugh at such an idea believe that the actual living men represented by those faces were brought to life by time, chance, and natural processes, as defined by the hypothesis of evolution. Real human life is infinitely more complex and infinitely less likely to be formed by natural processes than faces carved in rock on the side of a mountain, regardless of how big they are. Clearly, both ideas are ludicrous. 

It is obvious that both were formed by someone's hand. The faces on the mountain were formed by human hands using appropriate tools. We know that because there were pictures taken and historical records written. As difficult as the task was, taking fourteen years and hundreds of workers to complete, it is a small accomplishment when compared to the creation of life. We marvel at the works of man, yet so many ignore the works of God.

Living things were formed by the hand of God. We know that because God told us in His Word what He did. On top of taking God at His Word, we have our own common sense that tells us that life with all of its complexities could never have come into being without a Creator. I once heard a prominent atheist say that the odds are totally against our being here, and the fact that we are is truly a miracle. He, of course, credited that miracle to natural selection rather than God. His argument is summed up as follows:  "We are here even though we shouldn't be. God didn't create us because He doesn't exist. Therefore, we evolved." His second premise breaks down as nothing but speculation and an assumption with no evidence. This destroys his entire argument.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:1-3).

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).

1 comment:

  1. As a child evolution made sense to me. The more I learn about the natural order the more impossible evolution becomes. At the same time, I have endless confidence in the ability of modern Americans to fool themselves and ignore what is clear.

    Grace and peace


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