How’s the “How” Important?
Sometimes getting the right answers comes from knowing the right questions to ask. like Ken Colman says, “Good questions inform, great questions transform.”1 One of the most primary questions is simple yet profound. Its the question of “how”? How? is very important and often neglected. But how questions are the foundations to understanding many important aspects of our life. For example the implications of “How did we get here?” may be one of the most significant how questions.
There are many theories today about how the world has come to be what it is. When you take time to examine the complexity of what is around us, an honest assessment should lead anyone to be perplexed by the mystery and grandeur of it all. Certainly there are countless, stunning displays of natural beauty in our world that truly should mystify us. How did all come about?
The Bible doesn’t begin with a thorough explanation or defense of God, His past, or even much about His character. It does begin however, by declaring how everything was created by Him. In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we read about how God through the massively powerful creative agency of His voice spoke His design into being. We get a real sense of God’s omnipotent power in the creation account, particularly with an explanation of how. Consider the Bible’s account of the first two days of creation:
Genesis 1:1–8 (NLT) 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. 6Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.1
God in the Bible wants you to know how this world came into being and the answer is simple. It’s here because He decided to make it and that marvelous fact includes you and me today. Now consider the world’s popular answers to this question. Over the past two hundred years there has been a significant bent toward two philosophies, the views of materialism and naturalism. Naturalism holds that everything can be explained by nature. Materialism simply believes that everything in existence is material. These have lead secular culture to conclude that everything has slowly formed together to become more and more complex. One primary example our children are today is that animals evolved to eventually lead to you on your smart phone.
Not only does is a speculative historical theory that has not been verified by the scientific method, but it doesn’t really satisfy the curiosity God has hardwired into us. It doesn’t really explain the how. Not in a way that makes sense. In my opinion, the 2nd law of thermodynamics disproves these secular theories as well. What is the 2nd law of thermodynamics in simple terms? “The second law of thermodynamics means hot things always cool unless you do something to stop them. It expresses a fundamental and simple truth about the universe: that disorder, characterized as a quantity known as entropy, always increases.”2 Everything just simply breaks down over time. How in the world can we say that its getting more and more complex randomly? My point is that creationism or special creation in just an alternate viewpoint in which we actually have the how answer. Some would say we don’t have proof of God’s creation. However, the complexity of our world seems to be enormous evidence of if you ask me. Think of the intelligence that DNA suggests for example.
In my opinion, me have far have less of a how answer when it comes to secular theories like spontaneous creation and evolution.
“How?” is a very important and often overlooked question. It is important to take some time and ask some hard questions about these things. After all, If you understand the answer to “how?”, you are well on your way to finding the answer to another important question, “why?”
1 Coleman, Ken. One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. United States: Howard Books, 2013. 2 Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2015), Ge 1:6–8. 3 https://www.newscientist.com/definition/second-law-thermodynamics/ Accessed on 3/4/22.
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