Where do I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? As human beings, in almost every basic day-to-day life situation we find ourselves in, we always have, at the back of our minds, such questions ringing. From something simple as eating, driving a car or those critical life decisions such as choosing a career or where to live, there’s always that mental compass dictating the actions we take. In essence, it is answers to such questions that define the purpose of what we are doing at that time. But however, despite all the advancement in science in the modern 21st century, one crucial life question that continues to be agitated and debated is “where did we originate from as the human race?”
In 1859, an English biologist by the name of Charles Darwin first introduced what has become to be famously known as the theory of evolution, published in his book The Origin of Species. By this concept he suggested that human beings have gradually developed from lower forms of life (apes) over millions of years to our present status. Within a few years after its introduction this view was fast espoused by the scientific community and findings were supposedly discovered backing the theory. This has become a very widely accepted view in many circles, taught in schools across the world. But really, where did we come from? Are we really the product of random accidental processes?
Far from being a matter of individual opinion, it is vital to have an accurate picture as to our origins as humanity, for this determines our purpose, worth and the worldview we hold in different aspects of life. In an interesting contrast, the Bible, in the book of Genesis, presents a rather short, well-planned, designed and objective work of creation by an Intelligent Being guiding the Creation process. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. It further states that “God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Verse 27.
If you’ve tried to give a closer attention to the natural environment around us, you won’t fail to notice the order, design and the amazing mutual adaptations in nature. The beautiful hues and shades in flowers, birds producing melodious sounds, towering mountains lush with green verdure, the countless shining stars, the sparkling water in a flowing river as it reflects the sun’s genial rays, all speak to us of a Higher Power behind such mighty acts. In addition, the intricate system of the human body itself is a wonder that experts continue to marvel at in modern times.
It’s not a coincidence that we notice such intelligence and design in nature; David the ancient King of Israel, beholding the wonders in creation, had this to say “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19:1. Indeed, if we listen, creation speaks to us of a God who brought all things into existence. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:20.
You see, it is hard to imagine that all the design we see in nature is a result of random accidents spanning millions of years. Not only is it unthinkable, but it also destroys meaning and purpose to our existence as humanity. Life would be meaningless if everything was nothing more but atoms and molecules joined together.
The Bible tells us of a loving and all-powerful God who created human beings in His own image. Rather than taking millions of years, the Creator takes six days to finish His work and rests on the seventh, Genesis 2:1, 2. This reality places much worth and value on humanity, it tells us that we are not a lonely species in a vast uninhabited universe, but we have a Creator, a Father, who loves and cares for us. A Creator so mighty that He created all things (think of it), and He fashioned us after His own image and likeness.
Also, He continues to be intimately involved in our everyday existence, “for in Him we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:28. David in adoration exclaims “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13, 14. And today, in these last days, there is call to “worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:7
What a great privilege that the Creator God calls us into a close and intimate relationship with Him today.