A Voice in the
Re: Chicken or the Egg?
The chicken. [VW: and then quotes Gen1:24-25, 2:19-20 :VW]
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The PASSAGE: Genesis 1: 20 Then God said, Let the waters swarm with swarming living creatures, and let flying creatures fly to and fro above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens. 21 So God created great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, that swarmed in the waters according to their kind, and every winged flying creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the flying creatures multiply on the earth. 23 Thus, the evening and the morning: Day Five.
We are exhorted: "..always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.." (1Pet3:15) Do you know what the passage -says-? ...the "-whole- counsel of God"? (Ac20:27) Does Scripture answer this question scientifically? Or is this merely a 'stupid' question, that the intellectually elite can sorta roll their eyes up into their eyelids about because it is too boring and/or 'unimportant'? as in: What's the big deal, anyway?!
The Christian needs to understand that a person's understanding of this matter is based almost exclusively on whether they believe in God, the Creator; or if they reject God for the atheistic theories/religion of "evolution".
If a person believes the utterly mathematically 'impossible' probabilities of the notion that at some time in the past there was a "big bang" (nobody has yet suggested where the big bang came from), from which all material and energy sprang; and that matter just mysteriously, on its own, mucked around and formed chemicals, those chemicals somehow inexplicably formed complex genetic information, and the right combination of genes and proteins, and the exactly correct living environment presented itself, with atmosphere, nutrients, temperature, etc....that everything all converged into a habitable environment, and the genetic materials and organization for a particular 'species' assembled itself....ON ITS OWN....then, indeed, there -might- be a question as to which came first. Which is easier to stir around in the cosmic soup kettle and pop out? A chicken, or an egg? Would not the probabilities be about equal! "0"
That's kinda like that commercial for (I forget which...IBM, I think?) a brand of network server system. The attributes are listed that it Configures itself, fixes itself, programs itself, maintains itself; it does all these different things automatically, by "itself". So the one stooge asks the other, "Where did it come from?" and the other answers (wide-eyed), "Maybe it even -ORDERED- itself?" Ooooo....mysterious!!!
However, when a person accepts the Biblical account of "Creation", where "in the beginning -God- CREATED" all things (Gen1:1), the answer is simple. It is really a non-question.
On Day Five of creation God created, among other things, "every winged flying creature according to its kind" (Gen1:21)
AND THEN, in vs22 (a verse which only a couple quoted, but which is actually the 'key' to this question) God says, "Be fruitful and multiply...and let the flying creatures multiply on the earth."
Even the most rudimentary understanding of the facts-of-life of birds instructs us that the method by which birds procreate is through the egg. The hen lays the egg, the egg is incubated, and the young hatches out of the egg to produce offspring.
In vs21 God did not create eggs all over the place, which were then hatched. He created the animals, and 'then' instructed those animals to "be fruitful". The egg is the means by which birds fulfill that design.
Thus, do I even -need- to answer the question, that the -chicken- came first? Is it not self-evident from creation.
They are blind leaders of the blind: "Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!" (Mt23:24) They find what appear to be river beds on the sufface of Mars and get excited, hoping to even be able to find some -miniscule- amount of water/ice that might point to "life". In the past they have even spoken of some isolated remote possibility of water on the moon? They go out their with their probes, looking for their proverbial "needle in a haystack", OUT THERE, sniffing for even tiny isolated 'drops' of water, looking for the origins of life.
IN THE MEAN TIME...
Man was "placed on" -this- earth. (Job20:4) This earth was set up by God specifically "for the service of man" (Ps104:14) God created the universe, "made the earth and created man on it" (Is45:12) God created all the nations of mankind "to dwell everywhere on the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, SO THAT THEY SHOULD SEEK THE LORD, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist," (Ac17:26-28)
Why did God create man on this earth? So that he might "seek the Lord". Man keeps looking "away from earth" because he is looking away from God. He is turning to God the "back...and not the face" (Jer2:27,32:31)