Creation Versus Evolution: A College Student's Perspective
In school we are being taught 'strange' ways regarding how mankind arrived on earth.
The three eternal questions that everyone asks at some point in their life are:
1. Where did we come from?
2. Why are we here?
3. Where are we going?
My professor asked the class a question the other day and I thought it was quite simple. "how was the earth created". So easily we recited what we learned from the book of Genesis to explain to him The seven day process of how God created the earth. He told us that we were confused and to actually look up in the book of Genesis the story of creation. We read it and come to find out that chapter 1 and chapter 2 contained two separate creation stories. One major difference was that the order in which God created the herbs of the land was different.
“And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1:12 ASV
“And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground;”
Genesis 2:5 ASV
Clearly I was flabbergasted because our professor used this tool to encourage us to know what we are reading rather than to follow blindly and he left us here to further investigate the creation story on our own. I called my Pastor Dr. George Lockhart to help explain what was going on. He referred me to the garden of Eden where they did not have to work to till the ground or they did not have to bring sweat on their forehead to bring forth fruit.
We know this because when they were thrown out of Eden as punishment for disobeying God, this is when they began to work to bring forth food for the nourishment of their bodies.
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Genesis 3:17-19 ASV
This is where we see that God is all knowing. He knew that Adam and Eve would disobey him and knew that their temptation would cause them to eat of the tree of life so they could not stay in the Garden of Eden. God already prepared a place for them to go before man was created! Whew that was a close one!