11 December 2010 (Shibi'i/Sukkot)|
Day #270, 5934 AM
Nothing Made Everything
An Evolution Bedtime Story for Children
One of the battles that we, as Christians, face in our secularised world is defending the Creation Story in Genesis. Typically, it is poopooed as a Semitic myth or fairy tale with no historical or scientific basis. And naturally, it is compared with a number of creation stories from other religions and cultures, and judged of being of equal value to them - i.e, useless. But really, as you closely examine the Evolution Story that is mandated in all state schools as bona fide science and authentic fact, you will discover that it is really no different from any creation story in the myths spawned by various world cultures. It's mythological aspect has been somewhat concealed by the way in which the Evolution Story is told, sanitised and 'scientificised' as it is to make it appear to be science.
Joe Carter has done the atheistic community a service by addressing the need to translate the Evolution Story into language which is more readily comprehended by the masses in a memorable manner. This is what he writes in his article, When Nothing Created Everything:
Stripped of scientific verbosity, we see the doctrine Evolution for what it really is - another Creation Story. It becomes more readily possible to analyse atheism to see it for what it is - just another aspirant god pretending to be non-existant - a sort of shadow-deity which everyone is expected to worship as mediated by the white-coated laboratory priesthood.
"Throughout history people have been awed and thrilled by retellings of their culture’s creation story...Aztecs would tell of the Lady of the Skirt of Snakes, Phoenicians about the Zophashamin, and Jews and Christians about the one true God — Jehovah (sic). But there is one unfortunate group — the children of atheistic materialists — that has no creation myth to call its own. When an inquisitive tyke asks who created the sun, the animals, and mankind, their materialist parents can only tell them to read a book by Carl Sagan or Richard Dawkins.
But what sort of story are they likely to find? Should they be told, as famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking claims in his recent book The Grand Design that “the universe… create[d] itself from nothing”?
Since Hawking's explanation is a bit too drab and nonspecific for bedtime reading I’ve decided to take the elements of materialism and shape them into a purportedly accurate, though mythic, narrative. This is what our culture has been missing for far too long — a creation story for young atheistic materialists:
"In the beginning was Nothing, and Nothing created Everything. When Nothing decided to create Everything, she filled a tiny dot with Time, Chance, and Everything and had it expand. The expansion spread Everything into Everywhere carrying Time and Chance with it to keep it company. The three stretched out together leaving bits of themselves wherever they went. One of those places was the planet Earth.
"For no particular Reason — for Reason is rarely particular — Time and Chance took a liking to this little, wet, blue rock and decided to stick around to see what adventures they might have. While the pair found the Earth to be intriguing and pretty, they also found it a bit too quiet, too static. They fixed upon an idea to change Everything (just a little) by creating a special Something. Time and Chance roamed the planet, splashing through the oceans and sloshing through the mud, in search of materials. But though they looked Everywhere, there was a missing ingredient that they needed in order to make a Something that could create more of the same Somethings.
"They called to their friend Everything to help. Since Everything had been Everywhere she would no doubt be able to find the missing ingredient. And indeed she did. Hidden away in a small alcove called Somewhere, Everything found what Time and Chance had needed all along: Information. Everything put Information on a piece of ice and rock that happened to be passing by the former planet Pluto and sent it back to her friends on Earth.
"Now that they had Information, Time and Chance were finally able to create a self-replicating Something which they called Life. Once they created Life they found that it not only grew into more Somethings, but began to become Otherthings, too! The Somethings and the Otherthings began to fill the Earth — from the bottom of the oceans to the top of the sky. Their creation, which began as a single Something, eventually became millions and billions of Otherthings.
"Time and Chance, though, were the bickering sort and were constantly feuding over which of them was the most powerful. One day they began to argue over who had been more responsible for creating Life. Everything (who was forever eavesdropping) overheard the spat and suggested that they settle by putting their creative skills to work on a new creature called Man. They all thought is was a splendid plan — for Man was a dull, hairy beast who would indeed provide a suitable challenge — and began to boast about who could create an ability, which they called Consciousness, that would allow Man to be aware of Chance, Time, Everything, and Nothing.
"Chance, always a bit of a dawdler, got off to a slow start, so Time, who never rested, completed the task first. Time rushed around, filling the gooey matter inside each Man’s head with Consciousness. But as he was gloating over his victory he noticed a strange reaction. When Man saw that Everything had been created by Time, Chance, and Nothing, his Consciousness filled with Despair.
"Chance immediately saw a solution to the problem and took the remaining materials she was using to make Consciousness to create Beliefs. When Chance mixed Beliefs into the gray goo, Man stopped filling with Despair and started creating Illusions. These Illusions took various forms — God, Purpose, Meaning — and were almost always effective in preventing Man from filling up with Despair.
"Nothing, who tended to be rather forgetful, remembered her creation and decided to take a look around Everything. When she saw what Time and Chance had done on planet Earth she was mildly amused, but forbade them to fill any more creatures with Consciousness or Beliefs (which is why Man is the only Something that has both). But Nothing took a fancy to Man and told Time and Chance that when each one’s Life ran out, she would take him or her and make them into Nothing too.
"And that is why, children, when Man loses his Life he goes from being a Something created by Time and Chance into becoming like his creator — Nothing."
The truth, however, is plainly visible to those who are honest:
People in truth already 'know' intuititvely...they just don't want to admit it because of the obligation to obey the Law of the Creator that follows confession of the truth. There is, however, no peace until this confession is made, so I urge you this Sabbath day, to make your peace with the Creator but acknowledging that He is and that He requires you now to give account of your life and make the necessary life-adjustments to put them in harmony with His will.
"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 Elohimhead (Godhead), so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew Elohim (God), they did not glorify Him as Elohim (God), nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible Elohim (God) into an image made like corruptible man - -and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things" (Rom.1:20-23, NKJV).
If you are beginning from scratch, then you are invited to begin at our Into All Truth website. He's waiting to talk with you and to make all things new.