First Things
A Common Sense Approach to Origins

Origins - A “Common Sense” Approach

Begin At the Beginning: Where should we begin a study of origins? Well, let’s see. . . origins is about what took place at the very beginning, right? If we are going to be studying the very beginning, it seems reasonable to suggest that we should start at the beginning. That feels like common sense. Nevertheless, beginning issues are not the primary focus of origins studies today. Enamored with the “scientific” theories of secondary issues, first things issues have been put on the back burner and virtually ignored by most people.

Foundations: Common sense says we should address basic issues like the origin of matter and the origin of the four essential forces of the universe before moving on to the “big bang” theory. Without matter, there could be no big bang. Without the four essential forces, there is no way a big bang could develop into a universe. Until the origin of matter and the origin of the four essential forces have been addressed in depth, at a minimum there should be a disclaimer attached to anything related to the big bang theory that reads:

Caution: This theory has no foundation in fact. The most basic issues have not been addressed. If the Bible is right, this theory could be hazardous to your eternal destiny.

Common sense also says we should address the origin of life before moving on to theories about the development of life forms through evolution. The same disclaimer is applicable.

Priorities: Common sense tells us that issues with the most serious consequences should be given priority. What issues have the most serious consequences? Issues related to what, if anything, comes after life on this earth. The most consequential issue to be determined is whether creation or chance makes the most sense. If the Bible is true, eternity hangs in the balance. If the Bible is not true, morality is meaningless. We should do whatever feels best to us because life has no real meaning or purpose.

The Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.” If the Bible is true, when we stand before God on judgment day, all the scholarly works of all the brilliant scientists will carry no weight. At that moment, all that will matter is how we have responded to God’s word. Common sense tells us that, if the Bible is true, nothing is more important than figuring that out.

What has happened is that the drums have been beaten for secondary issues – the big bang theory and the theory of evolution – with such fervor that the failure to address foundational issues appears to have escaped attention. The stampede to adopt scholarly, scientific theories has allowed natural causes advocates to avoid the need to address 1) the source of all of the matter in all of the universe (whether in seed form, in raw energy form, or in some other form yet to be proposed), 2) the existence and application of the four essential forces of the universe, and 3) a viable explanation for an initial life form capable of beginning the proposed evolutionary development of life forms in any meaningful way. What we have is not a scholarly approach to origins. It does not appear to be a genuine search for truth.

Strategy for Believers: In the south, a plant called Kudzu was introduced many years ago to combat erosion. It created more problems than it solved. It grew so fast that it engulfed entire forests. Attempts to trim the vines were futile. Almost before the trimming process could be completed, the vines were back. An Internet search reveals that Kudzu has a “root crown” which, if destroyed, causes the plant to die and the vines to wither away.

When up against the prestige of the scientific community – earned as a result of amazing technological advances in recent years – common sense says we need to focus in areas where natural causes theories are most vulnerable. As with Kudzu, the best strategy is to go to the root of the matter. Christians have long tried to take on scientific theories about secondary issues on an issue by issue basis. That strategy has not worked well. Today the natural causes view of origins is more firmly entrenched than ever. Christians should refuse to address or even comment on the big bang and/or evolution until the three first things issues are fully explored. That should be our stance and that stance should be evident to all concerned. It is a stance that is reasonable. It is a stance that will enable the Christian community to take back the high ground.

Today’s students don’t know what to think. The natural causes community speaks with authority. The church has been intimidated. This situation has gone on long enough. A focus on first things issues can reverse the roles and put the natural causes community on the defensive. This approach is reasonable, it is scholarly, and it is effective. The closer we look at the “first things” issues related to origins, the clearer the truth will become.