Monday, May 30, 2016

Creation: By God's hand or by evolution?

During more than a decade of blogging, I've discussed evolution with faithful and committed Mormons who believe that the world was created and peopled by the big bang and evolution.

Scripture, however, doesn't support that point of view. According to scripture, God was directly involved in the Creation. For example, He said, "I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine." (D&C 104:14.) The apostle John introduces Jesus as "the Word" by whom "all things were made ... and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:3.)

So, it seems to me that if God can make stuff without being directly involved, as some people claim, then so can I. In fact, using that approach, I created the building pictured below.

It's true. I created this beautiful building. Here's how: Every day for three years, I drove past this street corner on my way to and from work. In the beginning, it was just an empty field. But using a policy of strict non-interference, I checked up on its progress twice a day every Monday through Friday for the entire three years that it was under construction.

In other words, I created the above building. Of course, all I really did was watch. But that is exactly what certain LDS evolutionists believe God did. He just stood by quietly and watched, while the big bang and evolution created the world and everything in it.

Elder Neil L. Andersen said recently:

"The Lord declared, 'I am able to do mine own work.' (2 Nephi 27:20.) ... Under the direction of His Father, He created this world. 'All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.' (John 1:3.) As we are spiritually awake and alert, we see His hand across the world and we see His hand in our own personal lives." (Ensign, May 2015.)

I believe Elder Andersen. I believe it's important to see God's hand in the Creation as well as in our personal lives.

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