I would like to present an ode to life, in the key of ‘F’. There are two ‘movements’ in this ode. The first movement will be to the tune of the theory of evolution, and the second will be to the tune of the Scriptures.
Fluke, Farce, and Fertilizer
The primary refrains in the first movement are: Fluke, Farce, and Fertilizer. William Provine of Cornell University, in Origins Research, Vol.16:1/2 (1994), p.9, stated, “Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear … There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind.”
So, according to the theory of evolution, everything that exists is due to random, chance, undirected natural processes. In other words, it is a FLUKE that you even exist – you are a cosmic accident, and nothing special!
The next thing evolutionists believe is that since there are “no purposes” in life, as long as you live, you are living a FARCE. There is no more significance to your life than there is to that of an insect or worm.
In fact, conservationists and animal-rights activists often declare that human life is even less important than that of other creatures that are inhabitants of planet earth. For example, you can be sent to prison for destroying the eggs of a bald eagle, but literally millions of human babies are slaughtered every year, through abortion, in the name of “women’s reproductive health”.
Evolutionists believe that not only is it a fluke that we exist, and that we are living a farce, with no purpose for our lives, but they also believe that when we die, we simply decay, and revert to FERTILIZER.
The basic elements that comprise the human body are found in the surface of the earth, emphasizing (to them) once again, that there is nothing special about human life. When a person dies, unless they are mummified (or preserved in some other unnatural or extreme manner), their body will either decay into “dust”, or become part of the “food chain”, or both.
It must be admitted that the overall mood of this movement is rather hopeless, with a lot of muted, discouraging, or depressing notes in it. Individual worth and self-esteem are clearly sacrificed on the altar of insignificance and a “lost in the crowd” mentality. Perhaps the second movement will be more uplifting.
Father, Function, and Future
The primary refrains in the second movement are: Father, Function, and Future. Genesis 1:26-27 tell us that man was a special creation of God, created “in His own image”. Genesis 2:7 tells us that “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Everything else in the creation was spoken into existence, but man was different, because he bore the very image of God. God, it would seem, “got His hands dirty” by picking up the “dust of the ground” and then “forming” it into man’s body. Then, He stooped down, placed His own face on the face of the man, and breathed directly into him the breath of life. That makes man special. Adam looked like his FATHER.
The verses in Genesis 1 also tell us that God had a purpose in mind for mankind – they were to “have dominion” over the creation. Man’s God-given FUNCTION was to be His appointed representative, ruling in His stead, over the creation.
With the Fall, that function was changed somewhat, and man became the instrument through which God’s righteous Kingdom was to be reestablished in the world – this time, person-by-person, as people are born-again into God’s family, and go on to tell others about the shed blood of Jesus.
As Paul told Timothy, in 2 Timothy 1:9, God “hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, … according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
As long as we are still breathing, God has a plan and purpose for us to fulfill. Ephesians 1:4 says “He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world,” and Ephesians 1:5 tells us what we were chosen for: “having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His good will.”
That speaks about our FUTURE in eternity. As His children, the Apostle Paul assures us, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, that whether we are still alive physically, or have already died, we will all be resurrected (or be changed), and “so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Revelation 21:4 tells us that this present world will be replaced by a new one, in which “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Evolutionists, who deny that anything supernatural, immaterial, or eternal exists, do not have any Father, Function, or Future to believe in. Their lives really can be characterized as a Fluke, Farce, and Fertilizer. They definitely have no hope. If they are right, it’s depressing, and also meaningless. If they are wrong, they forfeit everything due to their unbelief. Neither outcome is very appealing.
If creationists are right, and we are convinced they are, there is always something to live for, both now and in eternity. If they are wrong, life can still be rewarding and hopeful, as well as more pleasant and enjoyable while we’re living it. Either way, you’re better off believing what the Bible says. I submit that the second movement of our “ode” is the better of the two, and invite you to join me in passing it on.