“EVOLUTION” VS “CREATION”: FINDING THE SOLUTION
by Roza Riaikkenen, PhD, and Margarita Riaikkenen
“I want to know how God created this
world. I am not interested in this or
that phenomenon. I want to know His
thoughts; the rest are details.”
It eventually happened – the question aroused: how had Life appeared and developed? Should we trust Charles Darwin who stated in the 1859 that all the life on the Earth was developing through the mechanism of random evolution, adopting to the conditions of the environment and achieving all its complexity in such a way? Or life is a result of a design, or creation, by a kind of intelligence, call it God or whatever was capable of creating that what we see as Life and all of its forms today?
It seems that the Darwinian theory, which became for a century and a half an accepted scientific dogma, cannot plausibly explain the discoveries of biology and other sciences of the last decades. Indeed, we can see such a complex, foreseeing and harmonic design in any form of life that it hardly could be achieved by random fluctuations and changes. Besides, nature has its own safeguards against any significant mutation – the carrier of such mutation is usually infertile and unviable.
Then God the Creator? The image of an anthropomorphic “God on a cloud” forced not one but many of the scientists to refuse to even have a look at this preposition. So, if not a random evolution and not an anthropomorphic God, then what and how? Is there an answer at our disposal? We have some facts and speculations on them like the Big Bang, but what was before? Questions, questions…
We started questioning. We cannot anymore be content with the blinkers we put on our religious or scientific views. Then, if we are ready to remove them, let us try to have a look at our world with an unbiased eye.
We can see that its life systems, from a tiny atom to a vast universe, are complex and well organized, fitted to each other and made viable in the changing conditions of their environment. What is more, these systems are constantly changing and developing in accordance with some laws which make these processes harmonious
Such observation is leading us to the idea that then, perhaps, there should be a kind of intelligence behind this harmonious design. What kind of intelligence? We don’t know. We just see its manifestation in and around us. It is understandable that we have difficulty in apprehending and defining something that is more complex and exists in more dimensions than we ourselves. But whilst we are incapable of embracing the unlimited intelligence of our Source with our limited mind, we can try to penetrate it to question about its structure and laws.
Where we succeed, we receive completely new understanding of the world around us, a new aspect of its harmony. Fortunately for us, the people who had achieved this understanding in different times used to share their findings with their contemporaries, despite often being not understood, rejected and sometimes even persecuted. Let us apply to one of such forerunners, the founder of theosophy H.P.Blavatsky, for the assumption of the possible beginning of manifestation.
“What is that which was, is, and will be, whether there is a Universe or not: whether there be gods or none?...And the answer made is – Space.” (The Secret Doctrine by H.P.Blavatsky). As we understood before, Space as the Source of everything should contain a kind of intelligence or be intelligent itself. We don’t know its boundaries. It should be everywhere and not limited with any boundaries!
It shouldn’t be limited by any time either because there is neither Time nor motion yet. Therefore we cannot ask what was before. We just see the result of manifestation of the Source in Time and can suppose that the Source started a vibration, or wave, of Time. The “clock” starts ticking – Time is there in the same Source, in the Space where nothing else exists.
How does the Source manifest in Time? Nothing can be manifested without energy. So, it is evident that simultaneously with Time the Source released a vibration, or a ray, of Energy. Now, we have some material for our speculations about the manifestation of the universe. Anything material can be simply condensed energy.
Now, we can see that the Source possesses everything It needs for manifestation. It possesses Space where to manifest. It possesses vibrations of Energy as Its building material. It possesses Time for the manifestation and development of that what will be manifest. And It possesses Intelligence, or Consciousness, with which It can manifest everything in a harmonious way.
The universes begin unfolding, with all the grandeur and harmony in every detail of the appearing Life as a way of manifestation and development. And every particle of this Life, every particle of the condensed Source’s energy, from an atom to a star, is a carrier of an animating “seed” of the energy and intelligence, or Spirit, of the Source.
Through the processes of transformation and conversion governed by the universal laws which rule in the Space of the Source, Life comes to the conscious state when it becomes capable of understanding the laws which govern it. Spirit within enables us humans to investigate these universal laws in the many aspects of their manifestation because they are reflected in any process in the Universe.
How will we call the process of manifestation: Evolution, Creation or otherwise? The confusion with the terminology always appears when we try to name and identify anything once and forever, i.e. to make a dogma. No confusion appears when we try to understand how it really works. In this case we are searching for the universal laws and their acting mechanisms. And we find them as in our life as in the reflections of the experiences and knowledge of the forerunners of philosophy, religion, science and culture, in their books, pictures and music.
In the ancient times, they were sages who perceived the knowledge from the Source by direct spiritual esoteric experience. We have received form these sages, for example, the Indian Vedas which included that what we could now define as religion, history, astronomy, medicine and much more. At those times, nobody separated religion from science. The sages were the universal translators of the absolute knowledge.
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Science continued dividing into separate branches, and each branch created its thesaurus, i.e. its language and the rules of logic. Nevertheless, the scientists of all the branches of science continued and continue to research the same laws and mechanisms of nature which is the manifestation of the Source, either they recognize this or not.
Astronomy studies the laws of development and interactions of stars and planets. Physics – the laws of development and interaction of elementary particles. Biology – the laws of development and interaction of cells and organisms. No science makes its laws from nowhere; every science explores the laws that already exist and maintain the viability of different living systems, be it a cell or a big complex organism. Let us ask: “Where is this sophistication and reliability of structures and their interactions from?” We immediately return to the Source, from which the sciences slowly but surely extract their knowledge.
The spiritual (esoteric) books and the sources from different religions often tell us their stories about the same subjects as science tells also, but they do this in their thesaurus. Therefore, religion and science ceased to understand each other.
Modern scientists have their laboratories full of complex equipment. Perhaps, sometimes it seems that knowledge itself comes from the equipment. But any equipment is speechless without the inquisitive human mind. No wonder that at a definite level the researcher has to become a philosopher – hence the status of a PhD.
Scientists may do their research either by experimenting themselves or by applying the results of their predecessors, but a real break through in science is usually made through an intuitive enlightenment, when mind penetrates the Source. The same with any spiritual revelation. It comes from a direct experience, as it always did even at the times of the ancient sages.
Then, what is the point of the argument: science vs religion? The well known scientists of the past wouldn’t understand: the ancient mathematician and Initiate Pythagoras (569 B.C.- 475 B.C.), the physicist and alchemist Isaak Newton (1642-1727), both of whom searched for the universal laws in their inner esoteric, i.e. going from the Source, meaning.
Albert Einstein had always a copy of The Secret Doctrine by H.P.Blavatsky, a book of esoteric knowledge about our origin, on his desk. It is likely that without employing their inner Spirit no scientist could come to really deep understanding of the processes of Life. And if he does employ, he can find answers to his questions in different forms and places, everywhere where our Source expressed Itself, either directly or through the people who understood and channeled Its messages.
If we also agree to accept any way and finding of the thinkers of humanity in order to find answers to our questions, then we liberate our mind from the dogmas which put limitations on its ways of searching for truth. It is possible that from a broader perspective we will find no essential contradictions in their statements. Some of them, for example, made by the Darwinian theory, will explain us not the universal but rather limited cases of development. And real creation appears to be much more complex than done by an anthropomorphic God. We may find out: what is evolution in its broader understanding and what can be understood as creation.