Early in my walk with the Lord I realized that we, and everything else, was created by God. The question of the old earth/new earth puzzled me, though. I knew that God created us fully made, all at once, but what about all this “evidence” of the universe being billions of years old.
I found the answer in the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. He created fish and bread, ex nihilo—out of nothing. And what’s more he created these things with the appearance of age! The fish looked as if it had spent time growing up, being caught, and prepared as food. The bread had the same characteristics—Jesus created the grain and other ingredients in the bread, in and instant. The bread looked as if it were the result of the whole process of growing wheat, harvesting, grinding, adding yeast, perhaps other things, and water. And it looked, felt and tasted as if it had been baked! If Jesus, who is God, can do that—he can create a whole universe, or millions and millions of universes, ex nihilo—with the appearance of age.
But if a person doesn’t understand, yet, that Jesus is God, how can that person be persuaded that God created everything?
I spent months studying the arguments on both sides of the evolution/creation debate. At last it came down to one question for me to ask a person who believes we got here by a long process of evolution, “How could sexual reproduction evolve?”
Impossible, I knew. I knew that sexual reproduction could not have evolved. How could male and female evolve for millions of years, somehow reproducing when the evolution of their body parts was not complete.
I was satisfied. I had my question to ask. I waited eagerly for an evolutionist to reveal himself to me. At last, one day there was a car parked in front of our farm store with a Christian fish on one side of the rear bumper, and a Darwin fish with legs on the other side of the bumper.
A couple was in the store.
“Which one of you is the Christian and which one is the evolutionist?” I asked.
“Okay,” I said. “I have a question for you. How could sexual reproduction evolve?”
Without a second’s hesitation they both said, “We don’t know. It just did.”
Wow. I was disappointed, to say the least. I had expected more intellectual honesty.
If you haven’t thought the issue through yet, think on these things:
- How could the eye evolve?
- Learn what irreducible complexity means
- There is no such thing as a “simple cell”—a single cell magnified to the size of the city of Los Angeles, would look just as complex as that city.
If you are a Christian and you don’t believe in a young earth and a six-day creation you don’t believe that death is a punishment for sin. (Because you believe that death existed before the Fall). If that is so, why did Jesus have to die to save us?