Theistic Evolution

A huge debate going on right now is on the topic of Naturalistic Evolution (also known as Neo-Darwinism) and Intelligent Design.

Advocates of evolution seem to have the popular view, or at least they are the loudest, since if you ask most people they assume that evolution is the only theory on the origin of species. According to the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, even mentioning another side of the argument can cause many to lose their job, which continues to promote the idea that evolutionary theory is the only theory out there.

But there is another theory, Intelligent Design (I.D.). Intelligent Design is often times viewed as a “religious” or “theological” view, but it isn’t. It is a scientific theory that states that certain things in nature are so complex that it is impossible for them to come to where they are in a fully natural way. This tends to be a common belief among Christians as Christians believe that the God is the designer.

One other theory, called Theistic Evolution. This theory states that God used evolution in the creation of the world. This is mainly a way to try and merge what the mainstream scientists believe with what the Bible says.

Theistic evolution however, is nothing more than an attempt to harmonize God’s perfect Word with man’s imperfect thoughts. Let’s look at what the Bible states on this issue.

Origin of Man

Genesis 1:26-28

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

According to this passage man is an intentional creation from God, made in a distinct way different than the rest of the animal kingdom. None of the other animals were ever created with the description of being made in the image of God.

Another interesting point, is that when God created every animal, He spoke them into existence, but man, God formed man with His hands, and then breathed the breath of life into them.

Genesis 2:7

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 being.

According to evolutionary theory:

Human evolution, or anthropogenesis, is the part of biological evolution concerning the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens as a distinct species from other hominansgreat apes and placental mammals.

Where the Bible says that Adam is a specific man created by God distinct from all the other animals where evolution says that man emerged from other animals in the animal kingdom and eventually became a distinct species. These views are completely in contradiction. Jesus mentions Adam as being a specific individual, so if we say that Adam was not an actual created person then we say that Jesus is lying.

So when your world view challenges what the Bible says, which will you decide is right?

Origin of Death

Pay careful attention to this point, because it involves one of the basic fundamental beliefs of Christianity.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

The Bible is clear that Death is a product of sin, a product of one man breaking God’s laws. This world was intended to exist without death, and one day we will return to the perfect state of the world.

The theory of evolution states something quite different. According to evolution, death has been around for millions of years, and it is necessary for natural selection to take place. Death is a natural process a part of the natural world.

Don’t miss that point, according to evolutionary theory, death is a natural process necessary for life to evolve, but according to the Bible death is unnatural, it is a product of our sin. If death is a natural product that God created from the beginning for the process of evolution then Jesus’ death would be in vain, because it would not be a penalty for sin it would be a natural process.

Jesus knew no sin

Hebrews 4:14-15

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isaiah 53:5, 12

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

So if you believe in Theistic evolution, then Jesus’ death was for nothing, it couldn’t have been a penalty for sin, it couldn’t be Him paying that penalty for us, and we are lost still. This whole concept is deeply important to our salvation. In the old testament it was the slaying of a lamb that would be sufficient as a sacrifice, again, the death of an innocent would cover the sins of man.

So when your world view challenges what the Bible says, which will you decide is right?

7 Days of creation is in the wrong order

Day 1: God creates the world and light
Day 2: God creates the sky, and separates it from the ocean
Day 3: God creates dry land and plants
Day 4: God creates the sun and moon
Day 5: God creates sea creatures and birds of the air
Day 6: God creates land animals and man
Day 7: God rested

Some say that God used evolution but that each day was really a representation of a long period of time, thousands or millions of years per day. But we have a problem here, plants are created before the sun is, and we all know plants can’t survive and reproduce without sunlight. Also, Birds of the air are created before land animals, and according to evolutionary theory birds evolved from land animals.

So does this mean that man lived with dinosaurs? Just read the last two chapters of Job where God talks about 2 “prehistoric” creatures that Job is actually looking at, or search or lake beds where we find men’s footprints along side dinosaur footprints.

Also, when God created the plants, and each animal, He commands them to reproduce according to their kind. According to neo-Darwinism each animal reproduces and eventually creates a different kind, this is completely against what the Bible says.

So we have a big discrepancy here, these two accounts of creation cannot mix at all.

Biblical Age of the Earth

Genesis 5 gives us a detailed account of how old the age of the earth is. This gives us 2 important pieces of information. For one it shows that the Bible considers these people to be literal humans, giving them specific dates that the were born and died on. Neo-Darwinism blurs the line of when the first human appeared, there are several stages of advancement and there is no distinction of when the first human appears in history.

Also this tells us clearly how old the earth is. We know that Adam was created on Day 6, “And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth” (Genesis 5:3).

Seth was born when Adam was 130 years old, so he was born in the year 130. “Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.” (Genesis 5:6). Enosh is born when Seth is 105, since Seth was born in the year 130 we can easily calculate the year that Enosh is born (130 + 105). Enosh is born in the year 235.

This process can be repeated, Genesis 5 goes all the way to Noah, and then you can continue through other chapters of the Bible such as Genesis 10 and Matthew 1. Not all chapters give an exact date, but you can easily estimate the life of one person. Through this process you can estimate that the Earth is aproximately 6,000 years old. Obviously not long enough for macro-evolution to create life.

If the Bible meant for the Genesis account to be taken as an analogy or a symbol, then it wouldn’t give such details. Doing this research is very interesting, you can see how the lifespan of people was much larger before the flood, so we can assume that something major happened in the flood that changed the climate so humans couldn’t live as long. These are all interesting topics to consider and research but they are outside the scope of this blog.

The point is that the Bible is clear on the creation account, it gives specific details and the gospel message itself is founded on the very beginning, that God created us unique and different than the animal kingdom, making us with souls where other animals don’t have souls. It is because of our sin that death is in the world and it is for that very reason that Jesus was able to come and live a sinless life, and die taking our place on the cross, He took our place under God’s wrath.

Conclusion

Theistic evolution however, is nothing more than an attempt to harmonize God’s perfect Wordwith man’s imperfect thoughts

The main reason people do try to mix these theories is because evolution is popular right now, but the popular scientific theories are not always correct. We need to rely on God and not man.

For those who think that this means we check our brains at the door and follow the Bible blindly, you couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many websites on Intelligent Design that talk about the science that proves that there must be an intelligent force behind the creation of everything. We as Christians know who that intelligent force is.

Check out some other resources such as http://apologetics.org, or subscribe to a podcast called Darwin or Designwhere they discuss these issues and interview some top scientists on a weekly radio show. If you have questions feel free to ask us at http://www.EternalTruthMinistry.com

Don’t compromise your beliefs just because someone says they have evidence to the contrary, we know from courts that both sides have evidence, but both are not correct, just because you have evidence doesn’t mean you have all the facts about the evidence. Look into all sides for yourself, know the facts for yourself. God gave you a mind, use it.

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Simply Amazing…

Life is AMAZING!!!

I was watching TV the other night, got bored so I turned it onto the Animal Planet. It simply amazes me how all of nature works together. Under the ocean there are hundreds of thousands of unique creatues. These creatures work together to survive.

Did you know that the male part of the coral reef releases sperm at the same hour that the female part of the reef releases the eggs? Amazing, only a couple times of the year do the reefs attempt to reproduce, and they do it at the SAME TIME! The blue wale, the largest mammal ever, lives off the one of the tiniest creatures to live in the sea. Most sea creatures can sense when a big storm is approching and they make for deeper waters.

Life is so complex, how each organism is able to live and also interact with its surroundings and other creatures. Each function inside a body is extremely complex: the ability to detect and hear sounds, for our brains to comprehend and interpret; the ability for our eyes to detect colors and movement in such extreme detail.

Or what about our blood clotting system? That one system alone is extremely complex. It is made up of several functions that all work together, and without it the host would die. There is a system to detect where a cut is, and another system to activate the clotting system. One system guides the clotting process and another shuts it off when it’s complete (that’s just an extremely simple overview of the process.)

Now think about all of that… just nature in itself…. and how can you possibly say that there is no intelligent design behind it all? Even the biology books that I read try to make it sound like there is intelligence. It states that “natural selection” has made everything what it is today. If you read the book it makes natural selection sound like an intelligent living thing. Even those books know that there has to be intelligence behind life, they just want to make it sound as natural as possible.

If you see a painting, you see the intelligence behind it and automatically know that it was created by a painter. If you see a building, you don’t assume that it was made with randomly placed sticks of dynamite, but by an architect and builder. Who sees a car, which is made perfectly to support us humans with a complex engine in it, several systems working together to make the car run, but says that it was made by a tornado in a junk yard? Who looks at an airplane and thanks natural selection for making such a perfect piece of aerodynamic work that uses the laws of physics, lift, drag,and gravity to make it function properly?

You would be called an idiot for this. If there is a design, then logically and scientifically there is a Designer. So if there is a creation, which is even more complex, why do you say that there is no Creator?

After seeing all of this, it is you who say that there can be no creator to this world and Life itself that I call fools.

Don’t tell me you don’t want to believe in a God because you can’t see Him. Did you see the person who invented the Toyota? Or what about the stealth bomber? Did you see the person who designed the first houses? Then if you did see them, did you see them actually do what they claimed that they did? Why do you take their word, but not the Word of God? Don’t say it is due to a lack of evidence. You have just as much evidence, the reason you don’t believe is simply because you don’t want to. It has nothing to do with the amount of proof.

Did you see John Hancock sign the Constitution? Why do you believe that he did? Because some book written by men told you so? Hypocrites, that’s what you all are. You believe one thing with x amount of evidence, then refuse another thing with x amount of evidence, which may be even more realistic or solid, but you reject it.

Really what I’m getting around to is that there is a Creator, so we need to know what He says. It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not, He still exists. If you believe that the train does not exist, it doesn’t make it any less real.

God gave every one of us His law. And you know it. It is written on your conscience. You can’t deny it. You know that you do something wrong when you do it. If you steal something, you know that it’s wrong. That’s your conscience telling you that it’s wrong. If you cheat on a test or tell a lie, even a small one you know that you are doing something wrong. But wrong by who’s standards? By God’s standard and the standard that He placed inside of you.

You have broken the law of God, and the day of payment is coming soon, are you ready to pay the price?

Next time you take a look at nature examine it and ask yourself is it really possible for it to happen by accident. Next time your conscience tells you that you are doing something wrong, examine it and decide where did your conscience come from, if not by God, then who? You sure didn’t do it to yourself, you steal or lie because you want to, if your conscience was created by you it wouldn’t be against you. If by ‘natural selection’ or society, then why does it only tell you right from wrong on moral issues, and not do anything else?

Just in case you don’t think God will judge you….

” For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” Ecc 12:14

But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment,And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.” Isaiah 5:16

“For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. ” Romans 14:10

“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? ” 1 Peter 4:17

” For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;” 2 Peter 2:4

BUT WAIT, There’s more

Romans 10 ” 9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Better than others?

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

The word for “selfishness” was eritheian which appeared in chapter 1:17 to describe those who opposed Paul. Without question such behavior is of the flesh and not of the Spirit (Galations 5:20). Along with “empty conceit”, the two negatives are followed by a postive exhortation: “regard one another as more important than yourselves.”

Humility before God and man is a virtue every child of God needs to strive for. A spirit of pride in human relations indicates a lack of humility before God. Paul is thus exhorting the Philippians to consider others before themselves.

Paul explained how humility can be expressed (philippians 2:4). Instead of concentrating on self, each believer should be concerned for the interests of others in the household of faith (cf. Romans 12:10). Preoccupation with oneself is sin.

Now I find myself being guilty of thinking myself better than others, particularly non believers when they are steeped in sin….I find thoughts like, “At least i’m not doing THAT!” or thinking that just because I’m a child of God that that makes me so much better than those who’re not. And I know i’m not the only one who struggles with thoughts of thinking us better than others BECAUSE we’re not steeped in sin and BECAUSE we have the victory over that. But in your rejoicing over your victory and freedom from sin’s bondage, be careful not to start thinking yourself BETTER than those who ARE still bound. Paul’s telling us that we are NOT to think ourselves BETTER than others no matter how steeped in sin or evil that other person is…we must remember that God once viewed us as just as evil and sinful before we were redeemed (even IF we never did anything as “bad” as that other person). In our victory in Christ, let us not become arrogant and snub our noses and look down on those who do not have that same victory, or maybe other brothers and sisters, even, who may not have the same gifts we do or maybe their gifts are seen as not being as “powerful” as our gifts are. Remember that the world’s view of greatness is not God’s. Those who labor in prayer in their bedrooms for ministry leaders, those unknown “unnamed” prayer warriors, those whose names the world does not know, they just may possibly be the ones who are seen as greater in the eyes of God than even well known evangelists, or those famous propheciers, or “miracle workers” who the world sees as “great men of God.” Remember that in God’s eyes, the greatest gifts of all aren’t the “sign” gifts (the tongues, the healings, the prophecy, even being raised from the dead…all those gifts that baffle and awe those here on earth)…no….to God the greatest of ALL gifts is love and He urges us to pursue that above all other gifts.

If we cannot practice humble attitudes with each other, then how can we be humble before God? If we cannot live in humility with each other, if we insist on thinking ourselves greater than others for whatever reason, and voicing an arrogance and pride, then we are in direct disobedience to God and His commands.

Now Christ offers such a wonderful example of humility and it’s illustrated beautifully in

Philippians 2:5-8 our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

In verse 5, believers are exhorted to have the same attitude–selfless humility–Christ exhibited in His humiliation and condescension. In verses 6 and 7 Paul is saying that Christ Jesus is of the very essence of God, and in His incarnation he embraced perfect humanity. His complete and absolute deity is carefully stressed by Paul here. The Savior’s claim to deity infuriated the Jewish leaders (John 5:18) and caused them to accuse Him of blasphemy (John 10:33).

Though POSSESSING full deity (John 1:14; Colossians 2:9), Christ did not consider His equality with God as something to be held onto. Christ did not hesitate to set aside His self-willed use of deity when He became a man. As God He had all the rights of deity, and yet during His incarnation state He surrendered His right to manifest Himself visibly as the God of all splendor and glory.

Christ’s humiliation included His making Himself nothing, taking the very nature (form) of a servant, and being made in human likeness. These statements indicate that Christ became a man, a true human being. The Greek says that He “emptied Himself” which denotes a divesting of His self-interests, but not of His deity. The word “likeness” suggests similarity but difference. Though His humiliation was genuine, He was different from all other humans in that He was sinless (Hebrews 4:15).

Thus it is seen that Christ, while retaining the essence of God, was also human. In His incarnation He was FULLY God and FULLY man at the same time. He was God manifest in human flesh (John 1:14).

Some have wrongly taught that the phrase “being found in appearance as a man” means that He only LOOKED human. But this contradicts verse 7 which says that He literally by very NATURE was human also.

The condescension of Christ included not only His birth, but also His death. And it was the most cruel and despicable form of death which was limited to non Romans and the worst criminals.

No better example of humiliation and a selfless attitude for believers to follow could possibly be given than that of Christ. With this example before them, the saints at Philippi would be “like-minded” (as was used in Philippians 2:2) and live humbly before their God and each other.

So, since Christ who, if ANYONE has full right to Lord it over anybody else, truly DID have the right to be and act as if He was better than ALL…since He having this right did not take advantage of that right while He was here on earth…then what makes us any different? We are to follow Christ’s example in all things…even in His humility and His servant hood. He had full rights to glorify Himself and act better than all other humans, but instead He humbled Himself and became a servant, not lording His rights to deity over anyone. Now although we are not divine, we as children of God should never in thought or action consider ourselves to be better than others, if those others so prove to act and think in an ungodly manner. It’s a hard thing to do, to consider others as better than us no matter HOW they act…but it is something that God expects of us and it is something that Christ Himself did….so we must strive to be living examples of His humility.