A recent Washington Post article
shares the quest of a group of scientists looking to answer the question of why humans can create larger circles of social connections than can animals. Specifically, the group is trying to understand what it is that negates the “crossness” in humans and creates a desire to help or bond with each other, which goes against the traditional premise of evolution “survival of the fittest.” After more than 20 years of research, the answer seems to point to the role of religion as key to this process.
In 1959, five missionaries were murdered in Ecuador while attempting to bring the gospel to an isolated and warlike tribe, the Waodani. The missionaries' family members returned to the tribe and spent years sharing Christ with them. Anthropologist James Boster, from the University of Connecticut, has studied extensively the history of the Waodani revenge murders
and concluded in 2006 that the introduction of the gospel to this tribe preserved it from self-extinction.
In the gospel of John, we find this well-known verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Here we see the Father giving humanity the gift of life through an unselfish act of love. In Romans 5:8 and 10, the apostle Paul tells us that while we were enemies of God, He loved us and sent His son to die for us. This example of undeserved love is what draws us and changes us from revengeful and selfish to kind, thoughtful, and unselfish in our own relationships.
In the Creation account, we see God creating humans with the desire to be in relationship with Him and with each other (Genesis 1: 26; 2:18). All creation was built on interdependent and mutually benefiting relationships. Of course, we see that the curse of sin has spoiled much of the beauty, but the evidence that love reigns supreme still remains. Our Creator is the God of relationships. Finally, science is beginning to accept and understand the foundation of human existence that is clearly found throughout Scripture—love for God and love for others.
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