Can a True Christian believe in Evolution?
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"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Gen 2:7)
"And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." (Gen 2:19)
Well some people finds no problem in saying that Christians should be able to live quite happily with believing in Darwinism (i.e. Evolution).
But what are the facts?
If you look at what the Bible says is required for salvation; there is nothing about being a creationist or an evolutionist (see for example Joh 3:16; 6:47; 11:25-26). Belief in Genesis as history is therefore not essential for salvation, belief in Christ is: (Rom 10:9-10).
However, if you ask Christians who does not believe that Genesis is historical: "Where in the Bible do you think that truth starts?" you will find they have a problem.
It is not possible to say that the early chapters of Genesis are not true and that historical truth starts at, say, Genesis 11 or Exodus 20, or the New Testament, because Jesus clearly taught that all of Genesis was true and literal: "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." (Mar 10:6), see also (Joh 5:46,47; Luk 11:50,51). Death came into the world because of one man's sin (Adam’s) in Genesis, not because of aeons of evolutionary processes that caused death before the first man: "Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned" (Rom 5:12) Jesus taught a literal Genesis.
Somebody may believe to be a Christian and an evolutionist, but this position is biblically and scientifically untenable. The Lord Jesus Christ taught a literal view of Genesis, indeed all the way through the Gospels He justified His doings by making reference to a literal Old Testament: "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (Joh 5:39) and that is why the OT is canonical for us Christians.
Unbelievers get stumped on a simple question: "who came first ‘the chicken or the egg’?" because of their evolutionary beliefs they just do not know, but for us believers it is simple and can promptly answer: "the chicken", for God created Adam and Eve and all the animals as fully grown up. They just did not evolve over million of years out of a cosmic soup. Eve was extracted from Adam and God presented her to Adam as his wife. Meaning that Adam could have sex with her as a fully-grown up female, she was not an amoeba that needed eons to mature. This fact alone denies the concept of Evolution in Biblical terms.
But evolutionists, very conveniently, deny the truthfulness of the first 3 chapters of Genesis because if the first 3 chapters of Genesis are denied, then the whole concept of Christianity falls because its foundation is in these 3 chapters. This is exactly what evolutionists want, for Evolution was invented to effectively do away with a Sovereign God that has dominion over our lives imposing on us the concept of sin, as an offence against Him, a thrice Holy God, for which we will have to give an account of our lives, and receive our just due.
In the first 3 chapters of Genesis Good spells out what sin is: "16 ¶ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die." (Gen 2:16-17) The Lord gave everything freely to Adam, but put him under a test of obedience to His Sovereignty, effectively telling Adam that He had power over his life, a thing the evolutionist hate most vehemently, that is why they deny these 3 chapters. Adam did fail to obey and died spiritually (with all his progenies) as warned, but God in His Grace promised a Saviour that would pay for Adam and for his progeny’s sins, as elected by God, the man Jesus Christ. "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation." (Heb 9:28)
The Evolutionists with emphasis cry out: "we do not believe in the first 3 chapters of Genesis and therefore we do not need a Saviour for in our eyes we are not sinners." Well, from their stand point of view (Pro 21:2), this conclusion is quite logical as long as they steadfastly believe in Evolution. But what saith Scripture: "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God! They acted corruptly; they did hatefully in deeds; there is none doing good." (Psa 14:1)
So much for the evolutionists, but, what about Christians that accept the Evolution’s tenets? They must also reject the first 3 chapters of Genesis, for evolution and these are mutually exclusive. Therefore these "christians" have a serious problem in their theology for sin is defined in these 3 chapters which they deny (to be consistent) and so the logical question is: "what did the Lord Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for?" (Joh 1:29)
Evolution, like the Karma concept of infinite births and deaths, is quite illogical and not supported by facts. One of the fundamental tenets of evolution is that order comes out of disorder; sorry never observed such a thing. For example, the scientific mathematic probability that all this happened randomly is so ludicrous that it is truly funny, if not stupid. If you leave your yard for 5 years and come back did your begonias flourish? NO! For sure the star thistle, dandy lions, crab grass and milk thistles will have moved in and exterminated every beautiful variety of flower you so carefully cultivated. Are you trying to tell me that this beautiful Ferrari was formed over a very long period, over millions of years the metal particles got together with the molecules of red paint and eventually, presto "ecce machine". If you believe this, dear friend, you will also believe in Santa and his elves, if not in little pink piglets flying about.
The doctrine of karma states that one's condition in this life is a result of actions (both physical and mental) in past incarnations, and action in this life will determine one's destiny in future endless incarnations, and no interference by the gods is possible. The pitfall here is that no one remembers what he was and did in previous lives and so how can he improve himself; also if one cannot remember the past, who keeps track of one’s past behaviour given that the gods cannot intervene? Truly mankind, apart the Lord Jesus Christ is lost and invents for itself all sorts of fantastic concoctions, but He says: "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (Joh 8:36), praise our God to the highest for His marvellous free liberation.
Conservative Christians believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, indeed if one does not believe that, his position in the Faith is pretty shaky and he will be as a leaf to the winds of fashion, really a ship without a rudder: "That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive". (Eph 4:14) Without a doubt, if those passages in Genesis were shown to be false, the fall of humanity and the alienation between God and man would all be in doubt, then as it has been said: "Overthrow Genesis and you destroy the whole foundation of Christianity. Evolution is just a modern version of the old Pelagian heresy. If Genesis is not historically accurate, then there was no Fall of man and no need for a Saviour. Man is then free to exalt himself and even to take Christ's place on earth." Calvin stated that those who disagree with the literal truth of Genesis are "basely insulting the Creator." A Southern Baptist pastor put it succinctly: "We were created by God, we didn't just evolve by accident. It was not a process of moving from one animal form to another, but rather, as Genesis teaches, that each was made in its own order. In fact, [humans and animals] were made on different days."
Can a True Christian believe in human evolution?
There are those who appear to try and balance on this precarious tightrope of compromise. But it is contravening two essential basic foundation stones of the Christian faith. As human beings, we are firstly made in the image of God. Secondly, we differ from the animal kingdom, in that, God breathed into Adam the breath of life, and he "became a living soul." (Gen 2:7) A human being IS an eternal soul. This life is the beginning, not the end. Heaven, Hell, an Eternal relationship with God, are all fundamentals of our faith based upon this truth, and taught by Christ. The Bible at no point gives so much as a hint, that this is also true of animals. Human beings, from the beginning, are presented as being quite distinct and different from anything else
For the Christian, surely this makes belief in man evolving from an animal, impossible.
In today’s relative Christianity many are disregarding passages and changing the Bible as they wish. The problem with that is that different people disregard different parts of Scripture and thus we end up in a situation that nobody knows what is reliable (true) and what is not. The whole package must be accepted as true, the way it is, as the breathed Word of God: "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," (2Ti 3:16)
Secular attacks on Creation:
Secular humanists have, by and large, won the culture war in the West’s public schools due to Democracy. But not just satisfied with their victories there, they are now aiming also at Christian institutions that are becoming more and more marginalized.
It is a culture war between two worldviews: Christianity versus secular humanism. Those who accept God as the Creator of life versus those who believe that natural processes are responsible for life. Either man is created in the image of God, and accountable to his Creator, or man is an animal, and answerable to no one but himself.
Most Public schools have become churches of atheism. Even textbook proclaim unashamedly: "Evolution is a concept that attempts to free man from God and his responsibility to his Creator."
Even some secular universities now carry out test to determine if students believe in creation and have a Christian worldview, and if this is so, they would be denied access. Well it is not a far-fetched situation; right now there is a court case over this very situation. Some students from Christian schools are being denied entrance to state-run universities in California.
But them one asks about the value of attending such schools, one student puts it plainly as it is: "When I started attending college, I was a person of firm faith in the word of God. But I was not prepared for the incredible deluge of information that directly challenged my beliefs. From evolution to relativism (a form of perpetual doubt), then to a general rejection of the Bible as a reliable source of truth, I was almost converted from Christianity to Humanism—a "crisis of faith" if you will." Praise God, for He did deliver him from such a confusing state of mind.
To the question: "Can a True Christian believe in Evolution?" the resounding response is a clear: NO. For to do that would be a total rejection of The Most Holy Faith: "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints." (Jude 1:3)