- Develop gradually, esp. from a simple to a more complex form
- (with reference to an organism or biological feature) Develop over successive generations, esp. as a result of natural selection
As a believer in the Bible and Jesus, I have been coming to conclusion that evolution is real. Not a Darwinian evolution, but a changing over time from one creature into another. The reason I’ve begun contemplating this is my recent studying of Genesis and our origin as a species.
In Genesis 1, God tells how we began:
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ESV
As I try to picture what the first people may have looked and acted like, it’s hard to see what it may have been to be made in the likeness of God. Particularly a God who just said, I think we should make a world, and BAM, there it is. Looking around at people today, is there anyone that is even remotely like a perfect, all knowing, all powerfull, all loving God? What then should I conclude except that we have changed? Clearly, this kind of change doesn’t match the definition above as it says “from a simple to a more complex form” though. I would tend to see this as just the opposite, reverse evolution of sorts.
The Bible describes the lives of men who lived for hundreds of years in early times. Why don’t we live that long now? When the Earth began, there were species of plants and animals far more diverse that what we have now. Where did they all go? I think part of the more recent problem lies in that we have come to weed out the unique and smaller fruits and vegetables so that we’ll have larger and prettier things to sell on store shelves. That almost fits with what Darwin called natural selection. Of course there is the well known problem of animal extinction as well. If, as Darwin theorized, all life came from a single cell and expanded to the point where we are now, why are there now less species of plants and animals than there were thousands of years ago? Wouldn’t things continue to diverge rather than converge or simplify?
I’m not suggesting that we’ll regress from what we are into single-celled organisms. The thought that I’m coming to is more of a realization that sin permeates not only our individual selves but our culture as a whole. Why is it that we know in our minds that relationships with our kids, family, and friends are so valuable yet we continually strive for technology that allows us to isolate ourselves and continue life with pseudo relationships? Relationships where there is the assurance of no real transparency. I love technology, but it seems that it has made our reach greater while allowing our relationships to be so shallow. We might be gaining in knowledge, but are we really evolving into something better?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you see signs that we are evolving in reverse?