The Enigma of Deterioration

For the sake of argument, say that evolution as an origin theory is true; but despite evolution and survival of the fittest, everything is deteriorating–not just humans but the world and everything in it, even our sun. I’d like you to ask yourself why. Why is the universe devolving?

Creationists battle evolutionists on terms of what I would like to call “the forward process.” What I mean to say is the debate over creation vs. evolution as origin theories is based primarily on how things have progressed and are progressing from an assumed beginning. Yet, what I would really like to hear about (along with Babu G. Ranganathan and his article The Devolving Universe) is a credible answer from evolutionists on why the universe is observably regressing on the whole.

I am quite sure that most scientists agree our sun is “burning out.” Then, there is all the talk about global warming due to several climate issues compounded by ozone deterioration, etc. That explains a push to sustainability and “green” habits and reducing one’s carbon foot prints. If one reads between the lines, he would be led to think we as a species and fellow-occupants of planet earth haven’t much time on this ride. Finally, there is no arguing that all things living have a peak of development dramatically followed by what can be explained scientifically as a principle found within the first and/or second law of thermodynamics–dissemination of energy, a.k.a. decomposition. To put it plainly, all things die; and not just in a cyclical way of bringing new life either. Let’s face it. When the sun goes out, we go out with it; when the ozone layer completely disintegrates, so will we. Granted, that may be thousands of years from now (scientifically speaking and all faith matters aside). Still, it will happen; and again, if evolutionists are correct that the earth and universe are hundreds of billions of years old, then a few hundred thousand years is comparatively like the last few nanoseconds of one day–not long at all.

Thinking of the natural world in this concretely terminal way offers a benefit. It allows one to examine which faith structures adequately and rationally account for what is obviously going on around us. On the other side of that coin, one is able to tell which belief systems do not match reality. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that a “religion” is only as useful as its ability to accurately identify, describe and navigate the individual through reality. Most religions hale death and decay as something glorious, a beautiful step in the circle of life or reincarnation. Pardon me, but death is never glorious and if your religion tells you that the circle never ends, then it is not accounting rationally or responsibly for the part of reality that I describe in the above paragraph. I feel free to say that, because even should one join the universe after death or attainment, he would only have another permanent death to expect when the universe burns out like our sun.

“Doesn’t Christianity hale death as something glorious” you may ask. Yes it does, but not in the same sense as what you might think. The only reason Christianity considers death to be glorious is that death was conquered for the Christian by Jesus Christ. By the Prince of Life having died for mankind and arising, the one who places faith in Christ is also joined to Christ’s eternal life. Yes, the believer must die physically; but because Christ raised physically, the believer in Christ can also expect to be raised bodily and fitted by God with an eternal, glorified body like Christ’s. Accordingly, the necessary step of death immediately leads to one’s being present with his Redeemer, who has bought him back from “the sting of death.”Furthermore, in the redemption of mankind from sin and death, God also established that the world and universe will also be made new. As goes mankind, so goes the rest of creation.

Christianity does not deny that this world is deteriorating. It does not even deny that death must come to the believer in Christ. Rather, the Bible accounts for universal decay. In that way, it supports scientific evidence. To put it another way, Christianity responsibly and rationally identifies and accounts for observable reality. It accurately describes the condition of the human heart as degenerate as well.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 ESV

What could be more reasonable than placing your trust in Jesus Christ for the redemption of your soul and spirit and body? Do so today if you haven’t already.



8/11/15 — The Universe is Dying Slowly | Scientific American


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