God and Evolution.
This essay is not to dispel the notion that God does not exist, but rather to compel the idea that God and science together are responsible for the creation of this world as we understand it today.
If God is understood to be the creator of the heavens and earth, and all living things that inhabit that earth, it is also possible to accept evolution as the continuation of those living organisms. To accept God means to accept a time when God created the heavens and the earth. To make God real there has to be a creation, and to have a creation there has to be a specific time for the beginning of that spectacular creation. When St. Augustine was asked “What did God do before he created the earth?” St. Augustine replied, that time was a property of the universe that God created, and time did not exist before the universe was created. With the logic of St. Augustine, the Catholic Church was the first religion to accept the Big Bang Theory as the time God created the heavens and the earth.
The bible tells us God created the heavens and earth in seven days, and on the sixth day God created man in his image. Science tells us this time frame was billions of years in the making. At the moment of the big bang the universe rapidly expanded, and at some point, in time that expansion began to slow down, but has not stopped expanding, and began to cool. At the moment in time when God set the big bang into motion God also defined the laws of science, a set of laws God has not since interfered with. God set the creation of the earth is a specific manner, according to certain laws. As the universe and the planets were formed God’s creation of a particular set of laws of science placed a planet, the earth, in orbit around a single star, the sun, at a distance that would eventually produce water, and sustain life of many origins. This first single-celled organism lacking a cell nucleus or cell membrane created from stardust appeared on this planet, we know as earth, billions of years ago. As this organism began to evolve into multi-celled organisms the process of evolution and the beginning of life was set into motion.
It was at the beginning of the Big Bang, when the universe was created that evolution was also created through a specific set of laws of science created by God. It was also at that very moment in time God became unnecessary, otherwise it is possible we would not be here.