Creation or evolution?
"In the Beginning God created the Heaven and the earth." (Gen 1:1).
My first experience or knowledge of Christ began at the tender age of 5. My older siblings and I had been attending Vacation Bible School, and I had been learning, and asking questions about Jesus.
Because of my persistent interest in Jesus my mother sat me down at the kitchen table and explained to me the plan of salvation.
She told me that God loved me and had sent His only Son to pay for my sins, that if I believed this and asked Him to come into my heart He would come in to keep me company, and that I would some day go to Heaven.
There, with my little angel of a mother leading me, I asked Jesus to come into my heart. Later, at the age of 12, I reaffirmed my salvation, and a few weeks later was baptized by Pastor E.G. Tabler in the baptistery of "Block Springs Baptist Church," in Blaine, Tennessee.
I well remember his booming voice as he said, "I baptize this my brother in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
During my young adult years there was a big movement among those who believed in evolution, and some of my friends were following them. This was unsettling for me, so I began to search the Scriptures, and to research the information on evolution. I sincerely wanted to know, which was true, creation or evolution?
I remembered what my mother had told me, and she had always been right before, (or so I had thought); and the words in the bible had the ring of truth.
Even so, this placed me in the same position as the man who once said, "I know God is real because I had a conversation with Him this morning." I'm sure he had, and this was the way I felt.
Although the evolutionary position demands tangible proof, I only found theories, seemingly based upon suppositions, separated by millions of years, with nothing tangible to support them.
These theories are now taught as fact in our public schools. Who can disagree with the assertion, that: "a theory taught as fact is not education, but indoctrination?"
So, I began to intensify my study of Scriptures. I wanted to know about the bible prophecies - the story of Jesus - (even the existence of God) - were they true, or simply legend?
Satan would whisper in my ear, "the bible was written by men, how do you know when these things were written? They may have not been written until after the time of Christ."
The Bible tells us that Satan is a liar: that every word in the bible was written under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, through devout and specially chosen men of God.
Then, God began to reveal Himself to me through a series of wonderful dreams - answered prayer - and events that only He could have orchestrated.
These experiences remain so powerful and meaningful that I have only shared them with a precious few. But perhaps I will write of them some day.
God in His fantastic and inexplicable ways had chosen to make Himself known to me personally, before revealing the tangible evidence.
Scripture Stands the Test:
In my search for truth concerning creation or evolution I began to study the bible even more, including bible background, and fulfilled prophecy.
One of these studies were of the "Dead Sea Scrolls," found to contain prophecy of the Messiah. The scrolls have been inspected by the scientific world, and most agree that they are authentic, and were written hundreds of years before the time of Christ.
Found in a cave by a young boy the scrolls replicate, almost in detail, the very words of the Old Testament, including Scriptures that tell of the promised Messiah.
The Messiah was Jesus, (Christ). The earthly existence of Jesus is said to be one of the most proven facts in history.
But why did the World need a Savior; and why did it need prophecies?
A Sin Cursed World - Prophecies of God:
Satan had lied and tricked Adam and Eve into sinning. Their sins not only brought about their removal from the Garden of Eden, but caused all of mankind to be separated from God, forced to live in a sin cursed world.
Could there have possibly been a greater shock than to be cast out of the beautiful Garden of Eden, the perfect environment for comfort, health and longevity; a place to walk with the Creator.
This would seem to be the equivalent of having a young baby wrapped in a warm blanket, wrenched from it's mother's arms, and set out in the cold.
But man had sinned, and his sin had caused all of mankind to be separated from God. Never again would God walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, (can you imagine). Man was forced to find a way to survive in a hostile environment, to dig with his hands, in the cold and the heat, simply to stay alive.
It was a cursed world. Lifespan was shortened, women bore children with pain and hardship, babies crying, with no good way to take care of them. Destitution, famine, sickness, and poverty prevailed, and does to this day.
God's Prophecy Concerning Satan:
Still, God had not forgotten man, and in His incredible love, immediately devised a glorious plan that would enable mankind to be restored to Him.
There, speaking to Satan in the Garden of Eden, God prophesied Satan's end:
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel," (Gen 3:15).
God was telling Satan that some day Jesus would bruise his head, signifying a death blow; and that he, Satan, would bruise "His heel," signifying a severe blow to Jesus.
In the centuries that followed, God sent prophets to let His people know of the coming Messiah.
Some 333 prophecies have been identified in the Old Testament. All of them, written between 1450 BC and 430 BC, tell of the coming of Jesus.
For centuries mankind was separated from God, then came the promised Messiah, (the One God had said would crush Satan’s head).
Jesus, Savior of the World:
The Apostle John tells that the Messiah was Jesus, the One God sent to the earth to die for the sins of the world.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life," (John 3:16).
Most bible scholars believe the fulfilled prophecies of Jesus coming to earth, are themselves, sufficient to validate the existence of God. But there is much more.
God is Love:
Perhaps most difficult to grasp is God's love and attention for each individual.
Psalms 139 tells us:
No matter where you go or what you do, He remains with you.
He knows when you sit and when you rise
He knows your thoughts even before they are formed on your lips
He encircles you with his protective presence.
His knowledge is too wonderful and beyond your grasp of understanding.
He planned all your days before you were in your mother's womb.
Matt 10:30 tells us: "even the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
To say that God is great and omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent falls short of an apt portrayal. He is beyond description, so magnificent in fact, that, if He had not first revealed Himself in His Word, mankind might have never recognized Him.
But it was God who placed the desire in the human race to know Him. I believe this is the reason so many, who have not been introduced to the real God, mistakenly end up worshiping images, snakes, cows, and other inanimate objects. I am so thankful that my mother introduced me to the true living God.
Quiet Times with God:
I often reflect on how wonderful it must have been for God to come down and walk with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Would that not be an unimaginable experience?
In my deepest times of prayer and meditation, amid the tremendous presence and love of God, I can only wonder if this was the way Adam and Eve felt when He walked with them in person. I would not trade these times for any I have known on earth.
Why I Believe:
The answers to my questions, concerning creation or evolution, came through the Spirit of God, and His Word; confirmed, by historical manuscripts and documents, such as the "Dead Sea Scrolls;" and other reliable manuscripts that verify Jesus' life on earth.
Much of the New Testament was written by followers and disciples of Jesus who were eye witnesses.
These men testified in Scripture of being with Him daily in His earthly ministry. They were so convinced that He was who He said He was that they willingly and knowingly, gave their lives (were killed) while carrying out His ministry.
I do not believe these men would have all have given their lives for something they knew to be a lie.
For me, the evidence confirms that the earth, and all there is, was created by God.
For me, the reality of God is beyond doubt.
"...What god is great like our God?" (Psa 77:13).
Samuel L. Mills
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