God’s Unchanging Hand
“Time is filled with swift transition…” These are words to a well-known song many have sung in worship since childhood. This phrase is all too true. Time is filled with transitions and changes. No one lives very long without noticing some type of change in life. Change has been seen dramatically in the realm of technology. People living 100 years ago couldn’t dream of talking into a palm-sized device and being heard by someone thousands of miles away.
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the release of Charles Darwin’s book Origin of Species [Editors Note: 2009]. Consider for a moment the amount of change that has been witnessed since the ink dried on that book. Considered by many as the father of the evolutionary theory, Darwin opened the floodgates for a godless theory of origins and change.
What affects change? One factor that evolutionists and creationists both recognize is that time results in things running down or wearing out (2nd Law of Thermodynamics). Time affects everything for better or worse. Given enough time, anything God created will change. Since the 6 days of creation less than 10,000 years ago, God’s creation has changed. All of the change, however, is subject to God’s laws of nature He set in place when time began.
This month we want to spend a few minutes looking at humankind. Where did human beings come from and why does it matter? What about the soul—what does being made in the image and likeness of God really mean? The evolutionary theory demands that human beings evolved from some common ancestor, whereas God’s Word indicates humans are the pinnacle of God’s creation. Evolution presupposes that death brought mankind into the world. The creation model indicates that through man death came into the world. Both cannot be correct.
Because of the over-abundance of propaganda supporting creatures like Neanderthal man, Lucy, Homo habilis, and Homo erectus, many assume that there is no question regarding the origin of mankind. Having viewed images in textbooks, popular magazines, and news accounts, many individuals—including Christians—assume there is no debate. As such, many Christians have tried to mesh the evolution of man into God’s Word, never realizing that their compromise is incompatible with the text found in the Bible (e.g., In Mark 10:6 Jesus said: “But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.” The indication being that man was around from the beginning of creation.) We hope this issue helps firm up the footings for many who are searching for the Truth regarding origins.
God, in His infinite wisdom, created laws that have allowed science to discover many things that have been helpful to humankind. These are laws upon which we depend and are used to our benefit. Two laws that come to mind are the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics.
The First Law of Thermodynamics, simply put, is that matter/energy cannot be created or destroyed but is constant. When God created the heavens and the earth, He created a specific amount of matter. This matter is His creation, which reflects His glory on a daily basis (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20). The Second Law of Thermodynamics, simply put, states that this matter/energy deteriorates over time. Change does occur over time!
Some of the changes we may see or be subjected to are not necessarily to our liking. But we continue to follow the guidance of the old song, “Hold to God’s unchanging hand.” This song has as its basis Hebrews 13:8, which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” No matter what scientists, evolutionists, and atheists may say, we should be able to take comfort in the fact that God will not change. God is steady. God is constant (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).
A great deal of knowledge has been obtained since Darwin penned his book. Entire new branches of science have been formed as molecular complexity began to reveal incredible design and purpose in cellular organelles. While the heart of man may have changed since Darwin released his book, there is no doubt that the “missing link” evolutionists so strongly need is still missing. Rather than changing their hearts, too many men try to make changes to what God has said and written based on what they believe or want to believe. But we can count on God acting, thinking, and doing as He always has. We can accept the scientific facts taught in the Bible as absolute truth. By accepting these facts as truth (i.e. the worldwide Flood), we will be able to see a clearer, simpler, and more beautiful creation. This in turn will allow us to have a better understanding of our divine maker, God. As always, we hope you will think on these things.