Fallen Creation: Uplifted by Grace
Millions of adaptations, millions of transfigurations, millions of years; the controversial issue of the theory of evolution is one that supposedly provides its onlookers with a reservoir of knowledge concerning the characteristics of living beings of the past. Yet when examined from the perspective of a Christian worldview, acceptance of the idea of evolution reveals a startling amount of information regarding the millions who are living today. Individuals within the society of this fallen world provide an ideal dwelling place for the notion of evolution; concepts such as evolution, no matter how implausible, are fervently pursued when fuel is added to the fire of the pursuit. In this case, ignorance is the fuel that is feeding the faulty nature of this world today.
Our world may appear fully functional in its realm of human rationalizations, but it is still a fallen world, according to the four-fold doctrine. Ignorance is a defining characteristic of such a world; in accordance with these egocentric behaviors, we may not see ourselves in light of that possibility. However, that does not eliminate the possibility. Regardless of the perceptible evidence supporting design within the universe, rejection of this perspective often stems from the ignorance accompanying our less-than-perfect world: one that stumbled and fell. As Cornelius Plantinga Jr. says, “We resist these ideas by such devices as willed ignorance and self-deception” (66). Countless individuals to this day are plagued with these faulty attributes, which are the imminent results of this far from perfect world.
Nevertheless, this inherent ignorance can be overcome; those of us who believe we are not unintentionally formed, but rather thoughtfully designed, will contrast with those in the world whose ignorance is a weapon used in the defense of their own instability. This instability is a defining characteristic in our fallen world; yet the continuation of such a defining characteristic in unnecessary when considering the availability of God’s grace to us. With His grace so readily accessible, it seems unthinkable that some would still be unaccepting of it. Plantinga supports this point as he says, “People sometimes rebel against grace itself” (60). The fallen creation of the present day poses as a filter distinguishing those who are accepting of this grace, and those who reject it in ignorance; the ignorance that is prevalent among millions in this fallen world today.