© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Jamie asked her mom how humans ever got here. Her mom told her the story of creation from Genesis 1 and 2. Jamie quizzed her dad, and his explanation began with monkeys. Confused, she went back to her mom. Mom clarified: “I told you about my side of the family, and your dad told you about his side.”
Humans are God’s special creation. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). God finished all of His creative work in one week and called it very good (Genesis 1:31, 2:1). Life on earth has continued according to His plan, each kind of creature reproducing its own kind.
Something that functions as intricately as the human body could not have evolved slowly over eons. David glorified his Maker: “I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). He certainly did not know 3,000 years ago what we know today about our physical makeup. From its tiniest cells to its broadest systems, the human body is a marvelous machine, not an accident. The more we learn about it, the more amazed we are.
Did God use evolution to equip us for life in the 21st century? The Bible doesn’t offer the option of believing so. Again and again, Scripture points back to the original scenario penned by Moses in Genesis 1. Read Exodus 20:11, Isaiah 40:21-22, Mark 10:6, Romans 1:20, Hebrews 3:4 and Hebrews 4:3-4. Jesus asked, “But if you do not believe Moses’ writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:47).
We are not a step up the ladder from apes; we were made a little lower than heavenly beings, crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5).