Creation – Evolution – Transformation
This topic is hard to digest by those people who do not believe that we are all created by God in His image and likeness. Some may ask if we are created in God’s image, why don’t we all look alike? Why are we different from each other: in appearance, the color of the skin, height, weight, and the way of thinking, the way of doing things, our likes, we differ in opinions, different habits, attitude, behavior, and many more to mention.
Learned and unlearned individuals or groups of individuals set up their own congregation and indoctrinate the listeners of their own interpretation of the Scriptures in line with their intentions to be unique from others. Some even pervert the Holy Bible to have their own copyright, use their talent to entertain their members and extend meals after the service. This is called fellowshipping to which each of the guests contributes a dish—potluck.
Many books were written expressing that they experience God’s revelation.
Some books are work by other authors written many centuries ago but claiming their own. Some authors wrote their own opinion about the meaning of certain scriptures, and some intentionally plagiarized. Many writers and preachers give hope to readers and listeners promoting prosperity gospel; some healing miracles and some even set up a school of thoughts about prophecy. As prophecy meaning, things to happen and not prophecy that means to preach.
God’s intention in creating the very man by His own hand was not to be self-centered, greedy, to turn his back against Him, not to be the habitat of sinners that it became—earth. Love God and obey Him will please Him and to have a desire to be like Him is not God’s accomplishment but ours. As the book of Hebrews stated that by acknowledging His existence will please Him and the reward will be at hand.
Since the first century, there were already movements about the Oneness that Jesus Christ was around when the earth was created. They even claim that Jesus created the earth and other creations and to them, Jesus is the only God and denies the existence of the trinity. In other words, oneness does not recognize the distinct persons of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our mind is very limited to comprehend this mystery of God especially when there are so many doctrines being preached around us that don’t help and make us confused. Sadly, if it ends up embracing the untruthfulness or deception or made a drastic decision to walk out and uttered “forget it!”, I am not listening to anymore!!
It is the glory of God to conceal things and it is up to us to keep it that way or keep on seeking. Our free will to keep seeking God’s truth is a gift from God and He will never interfere when we use it. However, bear in mind that we need guidance and protection from the Holy Spirit. We need to listen to our conscience to which the Holy Spirit communicates. This doctrine of the trinity is an absolute need for Christian to understand fully our involvement in the Godhead.
Evolution is the process of gradual change in form or appearance which we can suggest then that it needs something that has been already in existence, not self-reliant but reliance on the subordinate. We need a creator in this regard. God created the time in His space he created everything good. We learned that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep. God transformed the darkness into brighter earth in day one of His creation.
If evolution is the process of gradual transformation then we can say that evolution is not bad because God made everything good. We can say both can be good if God allows it to co-exist. So it is something that we do not want to discuss as it will lead to a lengthy discussion without an end. As a matter of our belief system in the Hebrew Bible regarding creations, God created animals, plants, and vegetables. He created the sun and moon to make day shine and moon to light the night. So, transformation is good. If we have the spirit of agreement we can be enlightened instead of lengthy discussion leading to unresolved issues.
It comes into my mind the question, which comes first the egg or the chicken? Eggs need to be hatched for the chicken to exist and other ways around that in order to have an egg it needs a chicken. We know from the very beginning that God created animals and no mentioned about eggs being created. God is perfect and His works are patterned. He used water to save Hagar and Ishmael in the desert. He used the parting sea to save Moses and Abraham’s people from Pharaoh’s soldiers and Noah’s household was save with God’s instructions on how to build an ark. He also used water for wiping out the wicked people like the Pharaoh’s soldiers and the wickedness of people during Noah’s time.
When God created a man, He created them both male and female. He wants us to be like Him and that is the reason He did not hide anything from us, but then again a mystery is a mystery or it will not be called a mystery, which is also called a sacred secret. It’s God’s glory to conceal things and I mentioned this many times and cannot be under question by anyone that loved Him and honor Him. God put Adam to deep sleep and took Eve from one of His ribs and Adam became fully man and Eve fully woman. This is good enough to answer the egg and the chicken question.
Though we are not direct creations of God we are the products of those creations. Through one man we all became His creations and through that man, we became children of the highest. No one is beyond the gracious work of God. God’s love changes us as we trust in Jesus and receive God’s gift of eternal life. The transformation will continue as we walk in God’s love. Either we believe in sudden change (transformation) or gradual change (evolution). If there will be no change at all, how can we become like Jesus? The transformation of God’s love changes us, who we are, what we believe, how we live our lives and what we will pursue to enter the kingdom made for those who believe that Jesus is the way to eternal life as it is written.
Either evolution or transformation, the bible did not mention from one species to another, from ape to human. “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, another of birds (1 Corinthians 15:39).” God created great things though we cannot create what God created God gave usability to create many things to advance and to progress on this earth. Man is totally different from the animals as biblical references and scientific evidence demonstrate this truth. Man alone has the capacity to think about God, to give hope of His providence, and to express love to Him.
Look at the butterflies how they are transformed beautifully and they are powerful representations of life. It represents the power to withstand the challenges that this world gives. It changes from an ugly itchy caterpillar to a beautiful and graceful life, the hope of change for the better from the worse, and a new life to be a new man. What more can our souls ask when we already have it laid down to us. All we need is guidance to be transformed to be like what God wants us to be and we submit ourselves to that will.
Religion many say is the root of the conflict. It doesn’t save and doesn’t have respect for others’ beliefs, only what they believe. It seems to be that if you are not in the clique you are out of the circle. According to people who experienced being new to the congregation, their description of religion is so hypocritical if not self-righteous or too confident of their act. They are “ungodly workers an atheist in atheist clothing” is the worst term they described them. Many scientists when it comes to religion and evolution topic don’t see a conflict between the two but most of the time scientists have been judged many times by extreme fundamentalists. They are too professionals to challenge pointless arguments. We can believe both as many do and live in peace. The assurance of our salvation has nothing to do with it.
Romans 12:1-2 – “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – In this passage, we begin to see how the transforming work of God’s love desires to continue changing us.
Thank you Father for this work and may the readers who have differences in this work be blessed and with this thought that made possible through the help of the Holy Spirit. As Paul said: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9In Jesus’ name I offered this work through Him in Him and in the unity of the Holy Spirit may the blessings be upon us always. Thank you Father God for everything you have given us.