One day this week, the Wall Street Journal reported the discovery of “the missing link.” Somewhere in Africa, scientists had discovered an ancient deposit rich in bone fragments. From all those fossils and shards, they were able to piece together a plausible skeleton with humanoid features and a tiny skull. Was this really a primeval apeman or just an unlucky freak of nature? Or was it simply misplaced bones accidentally glued together for a press conference display? Speculation is fascinating but, frankly, we’ve heard it all before.
There’s a fundamental reason why most Americans and many scientists remain so skeptical of the current theories of our origins, but it’s not religious Fundamentalists. Even in a world where the Christian Faith did not exist, this particular question would still present nagging problems. Thinking Americans want to know, “Where did the first Thing come from?” As hard as Darwinists try to dismiss the question with condescending glances and semantics, it’s a problem that won’t die.
In his breakthrough book Cosmos, published in 1980, astronomer Carl Sagan opened with this sweeping statement: “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” Many Christians criticized him at the time for espousing a secular religion. They argued that it is a statement of faith to say that apart from the cosmos, nothing else ever will be. But in fact, Dr. Sagan was stating a natural truth apparent even to atheists: it’s impossible for nothing to produce something. The laws of science insist that matter cannot be created or destroyed. If there is no substance or force outside the current universe, then any new thing that might ever turn up can only be a new form of something else already in existence.
Skeptics were delighted that a best-selling scientist had just publicly imagined a universe where God is not necessary. Unfortunately, that celebrated first sentence only served to underscore the First Question. If all the heavenly bodies of the universe are merely shrapnel from an exploding marble of densely packed matter, where did the marble come from? I have no problem with the universe being forged in some Big Bang. (I believe that mega explosion was the voice of God calling out, “Let there be light!”) But if you don’t believe in a Creator, you’ve gotta tell me where those cosmic blasting caps came from.
The mythical missing link between apes and men only begs the question. The indisputable puzzle piece that’s required here is the missing link between Nothing and Something. Who created that? Hitting a stone wall in their search for the original Non-Life Form that gave birth to a Life Form, some well-known scientists were forced to conceive a theory called “panspermia.” They hypothesized that the original seeds for life on Earth were planted here long ago by meteors or advanced creatures from other regions of space. But even that fanciful notion is crushed by the weight of the First Question: Before you worry about how Life originated on that other planet deep in space, kindly explain where that First Thing came from. How big was that original IED that was tripped to set the cosmos in place? Who wired the Big Bang?
The Bible opens with Genesis 1:1 in territory where arrogant 21st Century biologists dare not tred. “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Even with all the media hype, sophistry, and condescension surrounding the First Question, God’s Word remains the only answer on the table.
Lift up the Cross!