[submitted to our local paper today]
The Origin of Religion – Not so Complicated
Dr. Weinberg’s December 2nd article regarding the origin of religion is far more complicated than it needs to be. It’s no surprise that those who adhere to evolutionary philosophy would advocate that the first religion “evolved.” But it’s simply not true.
Consider the wonder of the human body. Who can rationally argue that eons ago life sprang forth from non-life or that a single-celled organism mutated in a beneficial way to produce increasingly complex organisms (millions of times along the way)? Who would believe that a digital camera could have just “happened” on accident due to random, chance processes? No one! Cameras manifest evidence of design, and where there is a design there must be a Designer! Our best cameras are still inferior to the marvelous human eye. So, if a camera cannot “happen” on accident, how can a human eye “happen” on accident since it is superior and much more complex? Yet this is what evolutionists must affirm.
Is it not more reasonable to simply believe that there is an all-powerful Supreme Being who has always existed and that He chose to create the Universe and everything within it? Since such a Being must exist, is it reasonable to believe that He would reveal Himself to His creation? Indeed it is. The God of the Bible is the only true and living deity. There are many evidences that can be set forth to prove that there is a God and that the Bible is His word. I would enjoy sitting down with anyone to explore these evidences in detail (call me anytime – 217.935.5058).
Since the Bible is true, we can trust what it says regarding the “origin of religion.” The first human beings, Adam and Eve, knew God in a personal way. They conversed with Him in the Garden of Eden less than 10,000 years ago. God communicated His expectations to them regarding proper religion. They fell into sin and over time most of the human race drifted far from the true God and began embracing many false ideas about religion and the existence of other gods. Monotheism came first, and mankind perverted it into polytheism relatively quickly. Today Jesus has instructed us: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The church of Christ endeavors to do just that—worship the one, true God “in spirit and truth.”
Stephen R. Bradd, Clinton Church of Christ