Sunday, June 28, 2015

Creatures of God to Sons of God

Darwinian Evolution is not a theory accepted by the Church and by many others who identify its weaknesses. At the end of the day, it is a theory. However the Christian Tradition does accept the idea of evolution in human history. C.S. Lewis gives a beautiful description of this idea, in his book Mere Christianity, where he states:

‘. . . the Next Step has already appeared. And it is really new. It is not a change from brainy men to brainier men: it is a change that goes off in a totally different direction – a change from being creatures of God to being sons of God. The first instance appeared in Palestine two thousand years ago. In a sense, the change is not ‘Evolution’ at all, because it is not something arising out of the natural process of events but something coming into nature from outside.’[1]  
Therefore, without the Birth, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ mankind wouldn’t be able to ‘evolve’ from its initial status, i.e. creatures of God, to sons of God. His coming has allowed us to re-establish true communion not only between us, but also between us and God. This communion with God allows us to reach our true potential. As C.S. Lewis explains in the same book, ‘the only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.’[2] Thus, communion is centre, not only in our religious expression, but also in our daily life and existence.

[1] Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, (London, Collins, 2012), p.220.
[2] Ibid., p.213.

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