God’s Creation vs Evolution’s Godlessness

Posted: 10 April, 2008 in Ponderings
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God's Creation vs Evolution's Godlessness

Many people believe in both God and evolution without much of a thought. The term theistic evolution is the idea that God used evolution to create the world. Life supposedly originated from non-living chemicals, just as the atheistic evolutionist says it did, and all modern forms of life are thought to have then developed from the first one-celled organism by mutation and natural selection. The difference is that God supposedly created the initial materials and set up the natural laws, then guided the whole process. Theistic evolution has enormous appeal. It seems to offer the best of both worlds. It is convenient and offers the comfort and fulfillment of believing in God, and at the same time the security of fitting in with the major scientific consensus.

However, in accepting evolution, we are also rejecting key Christian foundations. We thus reject the traditional date and authorship of many books in the Bible, which in itself represents an undermining on the confidence of Scripture. If we cannot trust the Bible when it makes straightforward-simple claims, then can we trust it when it makes much more important-invisible-spiritual claims? Any book with chapters one and two disputable, the integrity of the entire book is invariably condemned.

If the Genesis’ account is NOT “dot accurate”, whatever that is written then: the trinity of God, the direct power of God into the reality and materials, the relationship between man and God, and more importantly, the Fall of Man are all questionable. And if that is the case, God’s grand plan for the redemption human race prophesized throughout the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, the purpose of salvation found in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross falls part; together with all the love, faith, hope, and the promised future. The entire Bible will then fall apart!

To all believers there is another major contention: Jesus treated Genesis as though it actually happened, all the apostles do, there is no accounts in the New Testament that they refuted Genesis. In fact, quite the opposite as we will see in the Scripture later. So looking at the Bible, Genesis 1-2, God made plants, trees, water creatures, birds, livestock, land creatures, wild animals, individually => according to its kinds. And finally God created man in his own image (note: its singular). There is neither evidence of macro-evolution of cross species, in the bible nor in fossil records nor in human history.

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The Bible is not silent about these false teachers and their teachings, See Simon Peter’s full letter here.   But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.   2 Peter 2:1-3

There will be scoffers at the last days to ridicule the bibical accounts. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.   2 Peter 3:3-6

God is made know plainly, His eternal power and divine nature is obvious, there is no excuse and no doubt about it. The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of human beings who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain 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 people are without excuse.  

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God 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 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles.   Romans 1:18-22

Therefore I believe you can only accept the biblical accounts of God’s Creation or man’s account of Evolution’s Godlessness, there is no in-between.

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  1. “However, in accepting evolution, we are also rejecting key Christian foundations. We thus reject the traditional date and authorship of many books in the Bible, which in itself represents an undermining on the confidence of Scripture.”

    How does accepting evolution lead one to reject the traditional dates and authorship of many books of the Bible?

    “God made plants, trees, water creatures, birds, livestock, land creatures, wild animals, individually => according to its kinds.”

    What do you suppose is meant by “kinds” here?

  2. King David says:

    In Genesis God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. Evolution says it took millions of years for evolution of living things to take place, thus its a rejection of traditional dates as specified in the Bible.

    God created specific “types” of living things, according to their kinds. That means there are a lot of sub-kinds within that specific type. For example like sea creatures, it may include fishes, invertebrates, sea mammals, etc. but all within the boundary of the type => sea creatures. But if Evolution says sea creature evolved from cells and into land creatures and then evolved into man, then that is contradictory to the Bible.

  3. You didn’t really answer me at all.

    By accepting evolution, you said we had to reject the traditional date and authorship of many books in the Bible. Please explain how. All you did was point out that one cannot accept evolution AND accept a LITERAL interpretation of the creation account in Genesis. That is, of course, correct. However, that in no way means you can’t believe Moses wrote down the words during the date traditionally accepted.

    You also didn’t really explain what the Bible means by “kinds”. You just called them “types” instead, and I also don’t recall the Bible saying anywhere, “God created specific ‘types’ of living things, according to their kinds.”

    In any case, the Bible does certainly affirm that God is the Creator. What you haven’t done, in my opinion, is show that one cannot believe God did that THROUGH evolution.

  4. King David says:

    In my last comment, I think I have explained myself quite clearly from the biblical perspective, all in my humble opinion and understanding. I believe there is also no indication from other parts of the Bible to say not to take Genesis literally, God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5.

    I believe I have made my case that there is a obvious contradiction between the man’s idea of evolution and the biblical accounts, God-inspired writings of Genesis.

    Anyway, we both have to agree that neither of us are going to change our perspectives anytime soon and I would prefer to spend my time with more productive and meaningful writings than arguing between Creation and Evolution, which we both have strong stands. As such, we shall stop here. Hopefully, I can be inspired to write more.

  5. Milami says:

    “King David”, I think you’ve done just the right thing in letting go of the coversation.
    As the bible says (2 Tim 2:14), it is not for us to engage in arguments ( “War of the words” ).

    I hope that you would be encouraged to write for people who are willing to be encouraged (in humility).

    God Bless.

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