Raccoons and Wrath
We humans come up with some fantastical theories and ideas regarding existence and where it might be headed.
In Romans 1:18-23 Paul asserts that everyone is under the wrath of God and will experience the wrath of God (a part from faith in Christ) because they suppress the truth and speculate that there is no God. Paul says God’s existence is irrefutably evident because the creation makes visible the invisible God. So instead of worshiping God, people concoct futile speculations to explain God away (Rom 1:21). Some people are headed for God’s wrath because they ignored God and worshiped people, animals and stuff, committing idolatry.
Some would say Paul and Christians like him are delusional to think this.
What about this possibility?
The History Channel aired a show called, How the Earth Made Man, in which a New York University Professor of Biology describes what might happen if the earth was struck by a cataclysmic event like a Texas-sized asteroid or a “super volcano.” Once humans have become extinct he offers this possible scenario.
“Evolution will start working on the survivors and I might vote for raccoons. They have very nice hands and they are pretty smart, and if they manage to survive the next mass extinction, maybe they would go on to invent or reinvent technology and all the things human beings have done.”
I realize that given enough time a lot of strange things can happen, but that seems like a huge leap of faith (speculation). Of course, this also clarifies how this particular professor thinks humans came to be in the first place – A lot can supposedly happen in 4.5 billion years.
I was sharing this little anecdote with a close friend of mine over lunch and he responded: “Buddy, raccoons are not that smart. I have trapped about 30 of them this year and sold their skins.”
Hmm. If they can’t escape the primitive trap of my friend, how will they escape a mass extinction event? Oh, yes, I almost forgot, evolution will shape the raccoons or whatever is left to the design of the theory.
So we have two different men with two different worldviews. Paul was an intelligent and well-educated man (Acts 26:24). The aforementioned professor is undoubtedly an intelligent man. One of them is right about where we came from and where we are going. One of them is wrong. Which one is more fantastical?
I wish for no one to experience the wrath of God, but it is apparent that some people are asking for it when they have more faith in raccoons than they do in the God who created them.
The same Paul that wrote of the wrath of God on the unrighteous also used creation as evidence in 14:15-17. May we follow his example in boldly pleading with people to escape the wrath to come by pointing to the God of creation.
“Men, why are you doing these things things? ….Turn from these vain things to the living God, Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet God did not leave Himself without witness, in that he did good and gave rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”