Is evolution a fact? Evolution is a fact in this universe. When God created the heavens and earth, animals, plants, and people, they were perfect. They did not need to evolve to acquire new characteristics. Evolution is necessary in order to survive in a changing world, a changing environment. So for creatures that exist in relation to a changing world, evolution is essential. But in God’s creation, each entity that God created existed in relation to God; its true form, its created form, was sustained in relation to God, not to the creation itself. In creating each entity in relation to Himself, God gave it a specific place and purpose in His creation. Each creation exists according to God’s plan for it. So the right way to look at Creation is to understand that everything has a place and a purpose in it according to God’s plan. If this place and purpose are not defined in relation to God, how are they defined? If the relation to God that gives you meaning is broken, what is your place on this planet now? What purpose do you serve? It is because God created everything the way He did – with meaning, because He assigned each entity a place and purpose in relation to Himself, that these things must exist with meaning; they must have a place and purpose in whatever context they exist or else they exist in chaos (the pre-Creation state of Genesis 1:2), isolated entities with no connections to each other, connection being the relation that gives an entity meaning (place and purpose).
God gives meaning to Creation and this meaning proceeds from God’s own nature. What is God’s nature? In the Old Testament, we know God’s nature through the Law, essentially the Ten Commandments. In the New Testament, we know God through the person of Jesus Christ who fulfilled the law. God imparts this spiritual law to all of His creation. God’s law embodies God’s meaning, His symbolism. “Symbolism” is “spiritual meaning”. When we say that God symbolizes, we say that God imparts meaning to Creation. Man, created in God’s image, has power to symbolize, to impart meaning to things. Symbolic relation is everything because without it there is no symbolism; it is relation that gives the symbolism, meaning. Wherever there is any kind of relation, there is meaning; there is a purpose and a reason for two or more things to be related to each other. Nothing has meaning in isolation and no entity gives itself meaning. How do you exist in a world of objects without any meaningful connections to them, defining your self completely apart from them? We may no longer exist in right relation to God but each of us needs to exist in relation to something in order to be defined as a self; definition (self-meaning) comes through the relation. If a human being doesn’t exist in God’s image, the relations between himself and others are what define him in terms of a greater context such as society in which each person has a place and purpose as a member of society.
Sin changed the dimension of the world Adam lived in, from one in which he and everything around him existed in relation to God to one in which everything existed in relation to himself. Man, in sin, no longer exists in absolute relation to God. He calls Creation and everything in it into relation to his own self. There is one God but there are countless human beings. If each of these human beings calls Creation into relation to himself in terms of his own meanings, the meanings he imparts to things are relative, not absolute.. The dimension of spacetime (relativity) in which we live today is a consequence of this shift in symbolic relation; we relate ourselves to our own physical existences, not to God. Like Adam, you and I, created in God’s image, have power to call Creation into symbolic relation to our own selves, to impart meaning. But we impart our own individual meanings to the people and things around us; we assign entities a place and purpose in relation to ourselves. These meanings are not absolute; they change with time and circumstance. Man, who does not exist in symbolic relation to God anymore (a relation that can only be reestablished through Christ) no longer has an absolute standard by which he lives. God who encompasses all things is the true standard by which all things are measured; any other standard is a variable. So a relation to anything other than God is relative, not absolute. Relativity is one dimension that shapes our universe and it is relativity (variable meanings and standards) that necessitates evolution. Beings, man or beast, who exist in relation to a changing world, a changing environment, must evolve in order to adapt to these changes or perish. When all things exist in relation to God, there is one center – God. When they exist in relation to man, each human being is the center of his own little world; each person calls Creation into relation to his own self. Each of us constructs his own individual worldly context in which he lives meaningfully, the building block of which is symbolic relation. These worldly relations underlie gravity, the dimension of relativity that binds all things together in our universe. The absoluteness of relation to God becomes the relativity of Creation as it exists in relation to each human being. Space-time results from relativity, from man’s relation to an absolute God becoming one to the world around him. Creation exists in different terms for each individual; its meaning, the meaning of anything, depends on whose reality we’re talking about. This relativity is the very basis of today’s universe; it’s the same relativity that Einstein himself dealt with, albeit from a much different perspective. Because dimension changed, with the change in man’s symbolic relation, Creation itself changed and this change came about through evolution. When God created man, He made him master of the earth. The shift in man’s symbolic relation – and it is only man among God’s creations who symbolizes – changed the dimension of the world for all things in it. It was man specifically who no longer lived in absolute relation to God but in relative relation to the people and things around him and it is man who makes these relations meaningful. The whole of Creation does not exist in relation to just one human being. The universe is much too vast and expansive for all of it to be experienced by a single person. You call only a small part of it into relation to yourself. Gravity is often described as a curvature of space-time. In essence this is because each one of us constructs his own realm of space-time, a world that revolves around himself. The individual, not God, is the center of this world. We have as many of these space-time contexts as we have people in the world; each calls the world into relation to himself in terms of his own existence and meanings in life. So relativity rules in these realms, a state in which absolutes – absolute truth, values, meanings – do not exist but only countless perspectives, depending on each individual’s meanings in the world as he makes them out to be.
This universe had its origin in a single point. Our universe evolves but it evolves out of the heavens and earth that God created. These heavens and earth – the original Creation – existed in a much different dimension than they do today; they existed within the dimension of point, the point out of which our present-day universe expanded. What exactly is this dimension of point? Point is the realm in which God is the center and the meaning, the symbolism, of Creation; it is that dimension in which all things exist here and now in relation to God and God is the meaning of existence, in which there is no dimension of space-time. Space-time embodies a past-present-future dynamic that siphons off the full symbolism of God’s truth from the one moment of here-now in which all things exist in relation to God. Time as such does not exist in spiritual realms; there is no past or future variable to the state of here-now in which you or I, or anything, exist. In our worldly reams, of course, space-time predominates. Space-time is not point; it is instead the abstraction of point into past and future dimensions. Past and future are indicative of evolution as your self in the past and in the future are not the full truth of what your self is in this very moment. Your self-image evolves; your meaning in life and your relations to the people and things that give you meaning in life, change over time. Meaning is central. The most fundamental need in a human being is to have meaning in life, a purpose. We must exist in such a way that our lives and actions have meaning or else life literally has no “point”. When we say that something has a point, we mean that it has meaning to a self. “What’s the point?” It’s more than a pun. Meaning – symbolism – is the basis of Creation and the underlying basis of our universe today too.
So things change. The earth and heavens change. Man and beast change with them. Adaptation is evolution and evolution proceeds from relativity, from your place and purpose in the world constantly needing to evolve and change. While we adapt, it is our symbolic relation to the physical world that has transformed the dimensions in which we exist.