Music—Evidence of creation
Humans seem to be drawn irresistibly to music. We may not all know how many semiquavers make a minim, but we know what kind of music helps us to relax after a hard day. In fact, even if we were tone deaf, it wouldn’t stop most of us from knowing just what hits the right chords for the sweetness of our souls.
Soldiers march better when they have band music to help them keep in step. Mental patients are said to have been calmed by the playing of soothing tunes. Work is done faster when brisk music is being played within hearing distance. National pride is heightened when foreigners hear songs from their home country…
Music is uniquely wonderful. It is incapable of being touched, yet it touches everyone who is capable of hearing sounds. It can seemingly evoke any emotion: we instinctively respond to happy tunes, mournful songs, beautiful melodies, inspiring anthems, stirring hymns, majestic orchestrations. Every sound we hear actually fits somewhere on the all-encompassing music scale. Perhaps your phone rings in F above middle C; your china cup clinks a high D when you stir it; maybe you have a shoe that squeaks in A and a door-knocker that sounds a dull B-flat. Music is simply any combination of sounds that is pleasing to our ears. Take your phone, cup, squeaky shoe and door-knocker, add a couple of bottles that sound G and C, and you’ve got enough notes for a rough version of your favorite song!
Have you ever thought what would happen if no one could compose music? With no composers there would be no orchestras, no operas, no ballets or ballerinas, no musical comedies, no songs of triumph, no church organists, no singing, no chiming clocks, no musical instruments, no lullabies to sing your new-born baby to sleep. Think of the effect on recording companies and carnivals! Film-makers would have no one to write background music: many radio stations would lose most of their programs and jobs; TV advertisers would have to find new ways to attract our attention. The world certainly would be a lacklustre place without composing geniuses such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel and just maybe, you.
Music permeates every area of life in which sound is heard and sound had to come complete right from the start. To claim that musical sounds evolved by random, haphazard processes is patently absurd since the ‘evolution’ of sound is a technical impossibility!
But that’s not all. How can the evolutionist even begin to explain the development of our capacity to perceive certain combinations of sounds as pleasing and harmonious, our capacity to recognise certain patterns as ‘music’ and others as ‘noise’?
According to Forsyth, the instruments which have been artistically designed, expertly manufactured, and scientifically classified to play musical sounds ‘evolved’ from a few thumps on the black earth by a naked cave man. Forsyth admits he is only guessing, because he truly doesn’t know how music originated.
So — what is the origin of music?
It came from God.
It was given to man at the moment of creation when ‘the morning stars sang together’ (Job 38:7). The Bible alone provides an acceptable explanation for the origin of music and musical instruments. We read in Scripture that God surrounds Himself with angelic choirs and the songs of the redeemed sinners (Rev. 14:2–3). A heavenly choir of angels sang at the birth of Christ. The main purpose of music was, and is, to praise God.
Music induces a joy because music has been provided by God. The theory of evolution can never postulate even a faintly satisfactory explanation for the origin of music or why it affects us. When we realize that God wants us to worship Him through music and indeed express a facet of multi-capable Himself, we see God as the ”Master Musician” — the conductor of all times.
AUTHOR – ROBERT DOOLAN