Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | November 4, 2011

Is Evolution an Attack on the Gospel? Part 1 by David Bower

Is the Biblical Story of Creation Relevant Today?

When thinking of Christianity one’s thoughts usually turn to the books of the New Testament; it is there the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ are most fully explained. It is there we discover what kind of a man the Lord was and what kind of life He lived here on earth; it is there we discover His plan for the church and the future of mankind.

Although it is usually understood that Christianity has its roots in Judaism and most agree that some knowledge of the promised Messiah is revealed before the giving of the Law, few may realize the vital importance of the very beginning of the Bible, the first eleven chapters of Genesis, to the validity of Christianity.

To some, these first chapters are sort of “throw away” parts of the Bible; they can be accepted or rejected or allegorized either in whole or in part with no further consequence to the balance of Scripture; such a cavalier approach is unwarranted and extremely dangerous.

The Biblical account of creation provides the foundation for the ministry and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and helps explain the reason why Christ had to die on the cross. To dismiss the creation account is to dismiss the need for a saviour, the need for a kinsman-redeemer.

The New Testament makes it clear that the Lord Jesus Christ came to provide a solution for mankind’s spiritual death which resulted from the fall of Adam as described in Genesis. If there was no Adam there was no sin of Adam, if there was no sin of Adam there is no need for a redeemer, if there is no need for a redeemer then Christ died in vain. Romans 5:12ff

God is the Beginning and the End of Creation

The first and most important factor in the Biblical account of creation is God; God is the one who created in the beginning. In the New Testament we later learn that creation was the work of the Lord Jesus Christ who created all things and continues to hold all things together; the one who will ultimately destroy all of creation as it now exists.

If all things, including us, have a creator then is it possible this creator may have some expectations regarding us and the rest of his creation? The inescapable answer to that question must be yes, he probably does.

How then can one eliminate that potential; by eliminating the need for a creator perhaps? Perhaps it can be theorized that all things just happened to come into being by some sort of random cosmic event and after that things just sort of evolved over millions or billions of years until we have the universe the way we have it today.

Following that line of reasoning one can completely eliminate any need for a creator with its very uncomfortable consequences of creature responsibility to that creator; one becomes then the masters of their own fate and need not answer to any higher power.

An Evolutionary Leap of Faith

Unfortunately for those who choose this alternative, this line of reasoning demands a series of massive assumptions and extraordinary leaps of faith in order to cobble together a plan that supposedly provides answers to the puzzles of existence.

One of the key assumptions involves the idea that a huge amount of time must have elapsed for the evolutionary process to gradually introduce the changes needed for life to evolve. The Bible, on the other hand, clearly states that creation of the heavens and the earth took six days, not millions or billions of years.

Sadly, many well intentioned Christians have chosen a compromise position wherein efforts are made to reconcile the Biblical account with the evolutionary account when, in fact, no compromise is possible.

In Part 2 we will consider creation alternatives that either deny the existence of God or attempt to reconcile evolution and Biblical creationism.


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  1. I think a lot of Christians take the compromise route because they don’t know how to refute what they think is “absolute” evidence to the contrary by “proven” science.

    It surprised me to learn that even some of the most notable apologist, like Lewis, believed in an Old Earth.

    What science “knows” for a “fact” changes from era to era. The Bible never changes. It states what it states.

    We have seen the Bible proven over and over again, especially recently.

    Albert Einstein believed in a Creator because he said the world just doesn’t work without one. He began as an atheist trying to prove their was no God with science. The more he learned, he realized that there had to be a Creator, there just was no other option. He also said that one of the biggest regrets of his life was that he wasted so much time trying to prove otherwise. He was a theist, not a Christian, because he didn’t want to accept that the Creator was relevant to him. He didn’t believe in a personal God.

    The thing that is almost humorous about evolutionists is that with every theory that is disproved by new discoveries, they have to try to explain it away rather than rethink their position.

    Like the fact that carbon-14 can be found in coal and diamonds. If evolution’s claim that the Earth was millions or billions of years old, that would not be possible.

    The big failing with evolution is that it basically presumes the lack of cataclysmic events as it factors into geology. Which we have seen just in the past few years this is ridiculous to assume. Look at the massive and rapid geological changes when Mt. Saint Helens blew in the ’80’s.

    Look at the extreme climate changes we’ve seen just this past year, which I believe have to do with the volcanic eruption in Iceland last year. There was a similar climate change in 1816, also known as the Year without a Summer after Mount Tambora erupted in 1815.

    This climate shift and colder weather is caused by all that volcanic ash shooting into the atmosphere. That ash blocks solar radiation and causes a cooling. In 1816, it caused massive crop failures in the U.S. and Europe, there were food shortages, civil unrest, there were ice flows reported in the rivers as far south as Pennsylvania.

    If that happened due to *one* volcanic eruption . . . one isolated event . . . think about the effects of a global cataclysmic event like the Great Flood (an event that every single culture on the planet attests to) where the “fountains of the deep” erupted.

    We can see evidence of the earth’s scars from that trauma in Google earth in the mid-ocean rifts that circle the globe.

    And that doesn’t even begin to address the issue that evolution on a macro level has been scientifically proven to be impossible. There may be variations within a species, but speciation is impossible.

    But still people cling to it because the alternative is the fact that they have a Creator to answer to.

    It actually makes me angry that they still teach this crap in school. Theories taught as fact that they know to be a lie.

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    • Carla:

      First of all thank you for your comment; it is gratifying to my teacher mindset to get a comment which is so thoughtful and exhibits such depth of interest. The topic of the age of the earth, the nature of the ante-diluvian world and the flood and its impact on the world has been a subject of great interest to me for decades. I was completely serious when I said the global flood as described in the Genesis account better explains the phenomena we find on and in the ground than historical uniformitarian geology does.

      There are a number of additional sources, with which you may be familiar, that explore these areas in depth. One of the basic works that is still in print is “The Genesis Flood”” by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris. This was the first book I read on the subject and it introduced me to the extra Biblical studies on the Genesis flood. Another is “The Waters Above” by Joseph Dillow; the waters above is a reference to the water vapor canopy that surrounded the earth before the flood and dramatically impacted all life on earth; used copies are available at a fairly lofty price on Amazon. I had the good fortune to attend a lecture in 1978 given by Dr. Henry Morris and was able to get a signed copy of the book he edited, “Scientific Creationism” and it too is available on Amazon.

      There is also a website: http://www.answersingenesis.org/ that devotes itself to Biblical creationism and a young earth. This website is a treasure trove of information on the Genesis account of creation. I am contemplating a future series on my impressions of the first six chapters of Genesis. The Bible is a masterpiece of understatement; it will take the most extraordinary events and describe them briefly in the simplest of terms. It takes contemplation to extrapolate the shockingly amazing thoughts that are so casually presented; the first six chapters of Genesis fit into this pattern perfectly.

      I have extensive files on this subject and would be happy to forward some of them to you if you have any special areas of interest; just let me know.

      David

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