My beliefs on this subject are from
the perspective of one who
appreciates all that true science has discovered and produced, while at
the same time appreciating the spiritual benefits I have received from
I also look at this subject from the
perspective of a former
manufacturing quality engineer. I have some knowledge of what it
takes for mankind to produce copying machines and other intricate
I am also convinced that we can
easily stray far from the truth -
either in the spiritual realm or the scientific realm - by carrying a
little knowledge to its logical extreme.
So, when I hear a religious person
tell me that he or she believes that
he or she is healed because there is a verse in the Bible which says,
"By His stripes we are healed" in spite of whatever symptoms of illness
that person may have, I conclude that the situation is more complicated
that that person's beliefs. And when I hear someone on the
television say that they believe that mankind evolved from the fish in
the sea because of anatomical similarities, I am as skeptical as I was
with the religious person.
I found what I consider to be a
wonderful expression of humility and
openness to learning in a pithy saying I read in an old Reader's Digest
magazine as a child. It read, "All the things I used to know to
be fact aren't necessarily so." Yes, humans have an amazing
ability to invent and discover, to dream and to deal with situations
that arise, but we are also incredibly gullible in ways which we do not
As a result I have found the
following prayer to be very
productive: "God, please correct me wherever I am wrong."
Interesting and useful information and thoughts seem to come my way
shortly after praying that prayer.
Years ago we had men's fellowship
meetings at the church I used to
attend. One Saturday morning one of the assistant pastors arrived
at the fellowship meeting with cuts and bruises on his forehead.
We, of course, asked him what had happened. He told us that he
and his family had taken a summer vacation as they did every year to
their hometown. On the vacation they hiked a trail which they
always hiked, and that trail included a passage over a small stream
which was bridged by a natural rock bridge. He said that when he
stepped on the rock bridge as he had done many times in the past
without incident, the rock bridge crumbled under his weight and he fell
into the stream, and some small rocks fell on him and gave him the cuts
and bruises which we had first observed. My thought was that this
was a parable with the moral that the things that we think are solid
are not necessarily solid all the time.
In conclusion I believe that we all
need to be a lot more humble in our
conclusions. Both the religious and scientific communities need
to say that they believe what they believe rather than declaring
themselves to be right and anyone who disagrees as being wrong.
But then again, such humility is not very common to mankind in my
observation, and only comes from being humiliated first.
And this brings me to my favorite
verse from Star Trek: The Next
Generation. When Captain Jean-Luc Pickard returns to earth to
recuperate from his encounter with the Borg, he and his older brother
end up having a wrestling match in the mud of the brother's
vineyard. Jean-Luc asked his brother Robert if he, Robert, was
always so jealous, and Robert says, "Of course I was." And when
Jean-Luc asks his brother what Jean-Luc needed as a youth, the reply
or humiliation - either
I believe that we all
face either humility or humiliation if we don't humble ourselves now
and seek to know the truth in every circumstance.
Now, getting to Creation vs Evolution, it seems to me that the evidence
must be evaluated with an open mind. I look at the human genome,
for example, as a compilation of complex chemical compounds which cause
a person to grow from a single cell into a human being. I may be
oversimplifying this matter, but I believe that the chances of the
human genome being established by random interaction of random
chemicals without the intervention of a very intelligent designer to be
contrary to the mathematical laws of probability. If my
experience in college with random assembly of computer punch cards not
working is illustrative, I doubt that random assembly of atoms and
chemical compounds would be much different. (That was easy).
And as to whether there are other intelligent beings in the universe
which affect our lives, it seems to me that the teachings of Christian
scripture dealing with spiritual beings as well as physical beings are
a more realistic explanation of strange events of life than the
explanations I hear from modern psychology or alien intervention
theorists (although I commend those theorists on labeling themselves as
theorists rather than scientists).
I have been intrigued by certain television programs concerning the
subject of alien intervention in the events of our planet. But
they seem to all be based on evolution of other intelligent beings, and
merely avoid the issue of the improbability of random interactions of
chemicals resulting in intelligent beings, no matter how long a time it