New Testament Bible Class

Evolved or Created. Does it matter?

Either…

You are the descendant of a tiny cell of primordial protoplasm washed up on an empty beach three and a half billion years ago.  You are the bland arbitrary product of time, chance, and natural forces.  You are a mere grab-bag of atomic particles, a conglomeration of genetic substance.  You exist on a tiny planet in a minute solar system in an empty corner of a meaningless universe.  You are a purely biological entity, different only in degree but not in kind from a microbe, virus, or amoeba.  You have no essence beyond your body, and at death you will cease to exist entriely.  In short, you came from nothing and are going nowhere.

Or,

You are the special creation of a good and all-powerful God.  You are created in His image, with capacities to think, feel, and worship that set you above all other life forms.  You differ from the animals not simply in degree but in kind.  Not only is your kind unique, but you are unique among your kind.  Your Creator loves you so much and so intensely desires your companionship and affection that He has a perfect plan for your life.  In addition, God gave the life of His only son that you might spend eternity with Him.

Now imagine two groups of people – let’s call them the secular tribe and the religious tribe – who subscribe to these two world views.  Which of the two tribes is more likely to survive, proser, and multiply?  The religious tribe is made up of people who have an animating sense of purpose.  The secular tribe is made up of people who are not sure why they exist at all.  The religious tibe is composed of individuals who view their every thought and action as consequential.  The secular tribe is made up of matter that cannot explain why it is able to think at all.

 Should evolutionists be surprised, then, to see that religious tribes are flourishing?  Thoughout the world, religious groups attract astonding numbers of followers…by contract, atheist conventions draw only a handful of embittered souls.

– From What’s so Great About Christianity by DineshD’Souza

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