Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Chicken & The Egg

As I've demonstrated in previous posts, I like chickens and eggs! but which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The way you go about answering this question will give you great insight into your own worldview. Your worldview has to do with your personal belief-system, which is expressed by drawing conclusions from your presuppositions. To presuppose is to assume beforehand.

If you assume that the egg came before the chicken, then you are presupposing that the egg did not need a chicken to come into being - that the first egg produced itself, which egg was somehow a fertilzed egg which hatched an egg-laying chicken.

On the other hand, perhaps you assume beforehand that chicken eggs are a good indication that there must be at least one egg-laying chicken in existence. Therefore, when you see a chicken's egg, think about it, you logically assume that it came from an egg-laying chicken.

Does this mean that I am saying that the chicken came before the egg? Well, it makes good sense, doesn't it? Therefore, the chicken definitely came before the egg!

However, this leaves us with another question: If the chicken's egg is evidence of the existence of an egg-laying chicken, what does the egg-laying chicken indicate or give evidence of? Should I not presuppose that the first egg-laying chicken came into being, not from an egg, but because of something else?

This is where you really begin to see your presuppositions at work: Where did the egg-laying ckicken come from if it didn't come from an egg? Is this a neutral question? Can a person give an unbiased answer to this? Well, the chicken and egg question really becomes: Will I betray God before the rooster crows?

""Then God said, 'Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.' So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' So the evening and the morning were the fifth day." Genesis 1:20-23.

Therefore the chicken came first, because God created egg-laying chickens on the fifth day!

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