Creation or Evolution, What’s the Big Deal?

I was raised in a Christian home, and I do not really recall the topic of evolution or creationism ever being discussed. In the Christian school I attended, my classmates and I just assumed that because the Bible said God created the world, it was true. It was not until I attended high school, especially biology class, that the subject of evolution was presented to me as fact. I remember questioning some of the concepts, but I guess I reasoned that there was some way to reconcile the two approaches.

Throughout my life I have held fast to what the Word of God declares: that God created the world and all of life. Maybe I have intellectually compromised at times by not questioning or scrutinizing the evolutionary theory more closely. It has always been clear to me that evolution fails principally because of its failure to find transitional fossil records, such as the much sought after “missing link.” However, given the abundance of evidence evolutionists cite from different scientific disciplines, it certainly appears that there must be something there worthy of examination. At times, I have questioned the tenacity that some Christians have in their opposition to the presentation of evolutionary theory, thinking that maybe they are misdirected in their focus. But maybe I am the one wrong here. After all, I do pride myself in being a seeker of truth, so again I find myself asking the question, “Creation or evolution, what’s the big deal?”

Maybe I have already answered that question, if I believe as I do, that I am a seeker of truth. It appears that at the core the issues here are diametrically opposed. To the evolutionist, the world and all of life are merely the result of random and blind chance— “accidents of nature.” On the other hand, the creationist believes what God declares in the book of Genesis, that He spoke order from chaos and made all that we see in six days. If evolutionary theory is correct, the Bible is only a book of nice stories and fables, the integrity of Scripture is nonexistent, and God’s Word cannot be trusted. Some Christians reconcile evolution and creation by taking the compromised position that God created everything and then allowed the evolutionary process to take over. But is this really an honest approach?

At the heart of this debate is whether or not God’s Word is truth, as it claims to be. I am passionate about truth because I know that when we have truth, we find freedom, liberty, health, and life, whereas error always brings about enslavement, bondage, sickness, and death. Wow, that is a big deal when I think of it like that. So when we examine the two differing approaches, we should be able to see evidence of both the unhealthy fallout produced by evolutionary thought and the godliness of creationism.

Creationism is the belief that a loving God made the physical world for the benefit of mankind and directed man to live anchored to godly virtues such as love, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. When men subscribe to evolutionism, however, they are essentially removing themselves from any type of moralistic anchor. Because we are here simply by chance, there is no standard of truth from a source greater than man. They go further by saying, as Darwin proposed, that evolution is a matter of “the survival of the fittest.” This thinking has led men away from absolute morality and toward relative morality, which is the philosophy that permeates our present world. Morality becomes something that man determines, and it is all relative. “If it feels good, do it.” “Who are you to judge me?” “Why should we get married, it’s only a piece of paper; let’s just live together.” These attitudes are directly contradictory to the absolute standards given by God concerning all areas of human behavior. Constraints addressing societal obligations, family, marriage, and sexual behavior are clear moralistic anchors. Creationists see God as the Creator of all life, a loving God whose commands are not punitive but to help us derive the maximum enjoyment from life.

Abandoning a moral anchor leaves mankind adrift on a sea of speculation, emotional coldness, and hardheartedness. The evolutionary concept of natural selection [1] produced the philosophy of social selection that dominated whole nations in the early 1900s. This pattern of thought generated the energy behind the Nazi “super race” programs that resulted in the extermination of millions of humans. Thoughts of genetic superiority led to hundreds of cruel and barbaric so-called scientific experiments conducted on innocent people. Consider what callousness it took to perform experiments such as freezing people to death just to see how much a person could endure before he died. Ethnic cleansing, euthanasia, and abortion are some of the fallout from this godless philosophy that we still see promoted today. In his book, Darwin, Marx, Wagner, Jaques Barzun, history professor and dean of the Graduate Facilities at Columbia University, declared that evolutionary theory was directly responsible for European wars from 1870 to 1945. [2] It seems clear that evolutionary thought is anything but life-honoring. It gives rise to coldness and intolerance for weakness and the disadvantaged. [3] Contrast this to the creationist who believes that it is his moral obligation to show mercy toward widows, orphans, and societies less fortunate.

Deuteronomy 14:28 and 29a
(28) At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns,
(29a) so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied…

Another ramification of evolutionism is that it robs God of the glory due Him. There is no honoring of God when men teach that life came from a primordial soup. [4] God tells us He loves us, and that everything He made was very good (Gen. 1 & 2). He made it all for our full enjoyment and pleasure, asking only that we in turn love Him and honor Him above all else. This is the essence of the first and greatest commandment recorded in Matthew 22:37 and 38. We are to praise God and glorify Him for His creation.

Nehemiah 9:5 and 6
(5) “…Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.” “Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
(6) You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Man’s failure to acknowledge God as the Creator results in unthankfulness on the part of mankind. When we acknowledge that man was created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27), it produces thankfulness to Him and nurtures our relationships with one another. This is consistent with the second commandment, which is, “…to love your neighbor as yourself ” (Matt. 22:39). It is easy to look around and see the goodness of God in His provision for us. The sun and moon remind us of His faithfulness. The beauty of the sky with its clouds and rain speak of His provision for us. The stars call out His majesty, and plants and animals show us His infinite variety, and even His sense of humor. Of what value is the Creation when we remove from it the Creator? Mankind runs a great risk by ignoring God.

Romans 1:20
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 men are without excuse.

Evolutionists have nothing to be thankful for when they promote randomness or domination by the strongest—unless they happen to be strong, but even they at some point will grow old, weak, and die.

When I consider the complexity of life, I see fingerprints of God. The intelligent design of the biological processes in the human body leaves me in awe. Consider the beauty of an ocean sunrise or the grandeur of a mountain meadow. Taking in the scene through our God-given senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting, we should be filled with gratitude towards the Creator. Most all mankind recognizes the majesty of what they call “nature,” as if it happened “naturally,” but how sad that many fail to give the Creator His due. Instead, as God’s Word declares, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator…” (Rom. 1:25). Creationism produces thankfulness while evolutionism removes the hand of God from His handiwork.

Evolutionism also produces spiritual ignorance. When life is reduced to merely biological or chemical processes, it loses the deeper reality of spirit. God tells us that the world as we see it is in a fallen state. [5] If we eliminate the fall of man, we eliminate the Adversary, Gods arch-enemy, the Devil. If everything is merely a matter of natural processes, then we eliminate the spiritual battle, our spiritual enemy, and the spiritual gifts available from God. Ignorant of demonic intrusions and agendas, we explain spiritual matters with terms like “psychic ability,” “mental telepathy,” and “clairvoyance.” God warns us not to be ignorant of spiritual matters (1 Cor. 12:1), and tells us that we have an enemy, the Devil, who “…prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).

The physical world is in many ways parallel to the spiritual world, and understanding the physical world helps us more clearly understand spiritual realities. Just as there is physical health and sickness, so to there is spiritual health and sickness. The principles of sowing, reaping, judgment, justice, and vengeance are grounded in spiritual realities. Jesus used numerous examples from life to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven. Planting, sowing, tending, weeding, watering, harvesting, and reaping work not only for the farmer but also for us in the spiritual realm. Consider Jesus’ use of the human body to describe his relationship to us, how we are all members of the Body of Christ, members in particular, all in need of each other. The promotion of evolution erodes spirituality, undermining our ability to understand spiritual matters and stand effectively in the spiritual battle.

The most significant problem with evolution is that it takes mankind out of the Garden of Eden and thus nullifies our need for a Redeemer. If there is no garden, then there is no Fall and without a Fall, there is no sin. No sin means there is no consequence for sin, which God tells us is death. Creation or evolution, what’s the big deal? I believe mankind’s need for redemption and salvation is the crux of the entire issue. When evolutionists eliminate the fall of man as recorded in Scripture, they eliminate the need for a Savior. One must understand the origin of sin and the penalty of death in order to realize the greatness of the solution to the problem: Jesus Christ.

The New Testament can be understood only in light of the Old Testament. No one will ever understand the Good News of the New Testament (life through Jesus Christ), if they do not understand the bad news of the Old Testament (death through Adam). The Apostle Paul realized that he needed to evangelistically approach the Gentiles differently than he did the Jews. The Jews had a monotheistic, creationistic foundation that he could build on, but when Paul evangelized the Gentiles he had to start by laying a creationist framework before he could even present Christ to them. [6]

One final point is the great importance of the Christian’s Hope, “the anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19-KJV). If life is merely physical matter and processes, there is no hope of a better world to come. Living a life based upon evolutionary thought eliminates any possibility of rewards for a godly lifestyle, and will result in a “rude awakening” on the Day of Judgment. The Word of God reminds us: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Cor. 15:19). But Christians are not to be pitied, because we have a beautiful hope and full assurance of our salvation, for we have received the promised holy spirit.

Creationism teaches that as Christians, we are the sons of a living God. The Bible is clear when it predicts that the day will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine, but will turn away from truth and turn to fables. [7] Evolution is one of those fables. It is unsound and unhealthy doctrine, and we can see the destructive fruit it produces. On the contrary, creationism promotes wholeness, respect for all mankind, thankfulness to God, and understanding of man’s fallen state and his need for a Savior. The evidence should speak for itself. Creationism or evolutionism? It really is a big deal!

Endnotes

[1] Webster’s Dictionary, Random House, 2001: Natural selection; the process by which forms of life having traits that better enable them to adapt to specific environmental pressures, such as predators, changes in climate, or competition for food or mates, will tend to survive and reproduce in greater numbers than others of their kind, thus ensuring the perpetuation of those favorable traits in succeeding generations.
[2] The Evolution Cruncher, Evolution Facts, Inc., Box 300, Altamont, TN, 37301, 2001, Brief History of Evolutionary Theory, pp. 50-51.
[3] One of the major problems with “Theistic evolution” (that God “created” life via the process of evolution) is that then God, who is good, kind, and loving, would be using the cruelty of “survival of the fittest” to “improve” life on Earth. In other words, our “good” God would use the healthy and strong to kill and eat the young, the old, the sick, and the defenseless. But it is precisely the weak and defenseless that God in the Bible commands us to protect and provide for. Does it make sense that God “improves” the world by doing what He forbids us to do? Of course not—instead He commands us to imitate Him (Eph. 5:1).
[4] Evolutionary theory teaches that life began on an earth that had just the right atmosphere (something different than we have now), with just the right combination of chemicals (something different than we have now), using an unknown source of just the right energy, to produce the precise type of amino acids in sufficient quantities that were able to reform themselves (in just the right way) to produce life as we know it now.
[5] Romans 8:22
[6] See Acts 17:22-33; Paul’s brilliant articulation of the Gospel begins with his message of creationism, without which the Gospel is foolishness.
[7] 2 Timothy 4:3-4

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