Actually, yes it does.
There are really only two stories concerning the creation of the universe.
Either someone created everything
Everything happened by chance.
That’s really it.
You can argue about the details in either story but those are pretty much the only options you have to choose from.
So, does it matter?
Can’t you just believe one story and let others believe something else?
Of course you can but most people live in the world of …
I’m right and you’re wrong.
That’s a nice way of saying it. When talking about this issue it often escalates above the “nice” level. Sometimes it plays out as …
I’m right and you’re incredibly stupid.
And it can go beyond that …
I am so right and you are so incredibly stupid you
are dangerous and should be silenced by any means.
Which brings us back to the original question.
Does it matter?
If you accept the Biblical story that God created the universe, then as CREATOR He gets to set the rules. He decides what is right and wrong, good and evil, moral and immoral.
If you accept the story that everything happened by chance, then as a BY-CHANCER you get to set the rules. You decide what is right and wrong, good and evil, moral and immoral.
It’s not a little distinction.
The story you choose to believe will have a great impact on your life and the lives of others.
Now I lean toward the Biblical view.
Lean nothing. I have bought into the Biblical view completely and the Bible says a couple of interesting things about this topic.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1
“Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3
Those are pretty unambiguous statements.
But what if people don’t believe the Bible?
The Bible makes the claim that anyone can look at the world and see that God is involved in creation. They don’t need a degree in science or a degree in theology.
They just need to open their eyes and look.
In fact, the Bible says that people have to willingly choose to ignore the truths so easily seen in creation in order to believe that a Creator wasn’t involved in the process.
“… what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plan to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools …”
Creation or Chance?
The topic is worth considering.
And yes, it does matter.