For decades, people have debated, argued and even gone to court over whether the world (with all its animals, plants and humankind) was created by God in seven days about 10,000 years ago or has been the result of a Big Bang followed by 13.7 billion years of cosmic, geological and biological evolution.
In surveys of average citizens, most believe the former.
Scientists say the evidence supports the latter.
Here’s my question: what’s the difference? God taking seven days to personally craft the world as we know it, the universe as we see and ourselves as we experience it, would certainly be an amazing accomplishment – worthy of a supreme being, for sure.
But, what about beginning with nothing (a singularity) and launching, in less than a second, everything that is in the known Universe and setting it up in such a way that in 13.7 billion years there would be all this cosmic wonder, biological diversity and even human consciousness – US!
Now where is the argument? What is the point of the debate? Either way, it took an amazing Force, an originating Source, a Grand Omnipotent Designer (GOD). Let’s focus on what really matters: where is all this headed, what is its purpose and how were we intended to contribute to it.
Whether we are moved by historical religious writings or analytic scientific research, let’s just get moving – fully aware of the grand and inspiring creation we are a part of and willing to use our apparently unlimited potential to play a part in it.
Beyond the petty disagreements and mundane debates lies awesome magnificence – around us, in us and through us. Perhaps we need to hold hands, feel the wonder and simply embrace the possibilities. I would even bet the answers are already in the design.