the blogsphere today and came across this post from Hamous in which he was disturbed by the apparent lack of sensitivity to the mauling death of a young girl by a pit bull. There was some discussion about the reasons society has gone down this path, the path of making all life equal, human life just one of many. As I was preparing for class, I found this in my library and it made me realize that the root of the phenomenon is the teaching of evolution without a Deity to give order to chaos.
One good reason for accepting divine creation of the cosmos is that it results in human dignity and happiness, whereas the results of the evolutionary hypothesis are dark, sinister, and deeply troubling. Scientists, after all, gather evidence for their theories by conducting experiments and finding out what works and what doesnâ€™t.
Does evolution then â€œworkâ€? Does it result in psychological and sociological health and happiness? It is a well-known if seldom-mentioned fact of history that Darwinâ€™s survival-of-the-fittest and materialist evolutionary conjectures, seized upon by Karl Marx, provided the foundation for both Hitlerâ€™s Holocaust and Stalinâ€™s genocide.
In America, Darwinâ€™s influence has been more subtle, but think of it in this way: What would you expect of a generation that had been taught evolution from their earliest schooldays? If Darwin is right, we are nothing but accidental by-products of evolutionary dust on an insignificant world lost somewhere in the vastness of a hostile universe and doomed to perish in a short period of time. We are nothing more than a match that blazes for a moment, then is extinguished forever. We are without any divine guidance, without any moral absolutes. We have no spirit and no soul, therefore we become obsessed with our bodies, obsessed with pleasure. All we are, as the song says, is â€œdust in the wind.â€
What does such a belief do to optimism and hope? To moral values? To the sanctity of life? To human dignity? To the sacredness of home and family? To law and order?
Dostoevski once remarked that if God is dead, then everything is justifiable; philosopher Ravi Zacharias put it like this, â€œThere is nothing in history to match the dire ends to which humanity can be led by following a political and social philosophy that consciously and absolutely excludes God.â€
If, on the other hand, creation is true, then we are formed by a loving God in his own image, the crown of his creation and heirs of eternal life through his Son, Jesus Christ. We are people of dignity and worth, surrounded by a fantastic universe that he made for our enjoyment. We are guided by sound moral principles leading to human health and happiness, and we are comforted by all the promises in the book he has given. We have hope even during lifeâ€™s darkest hours, and we have value beyond that of any other living creatures.
Which option seems most sensible to you?