What could probably be described as one of the most heated debates in our time is the evolution vs. creation debate. With secular scientists promoting the theory of evolution, it has since made its way into the public school system. It’s really no wonder why many Christians have adopted this theory as historical fact. But is this theory true? And better yet, could God have used the process of evolution to create everything? This topic actually has way more theological significance than we might initially think. It’s really a matter of if we take the Genesis account literally, or allegorically to fit certain scientific beliefs.
THE SCIENTIFIC AND BIBLICAL COMPROMISE
It must first be noted that theistic evolutionists got their ideas from secular evolutionary scientists. These Christians are convinced that both evolution and the Bible are true, but recognize that they don’t fit together very well. So they create a compromise by saying the Genesis account is allegorical, poetic, or even mythical in order to fit the theory of evolution into their worldview. This often leads to a very liberal view of the Bible. This is not to say that a person cannot be a Christian and an evolutionist at the same time because this is not a salvation issue. However, since Genesis is the foundation for the rest of Scripture, to have a liberal view of it is extremely dangerous. Not only are they missing out on important theological messages (some of this discussed in “Did Adam and Eve actually exist?“), but they’re also limiting God, and not letting the text speak for itself (a.k.a. eisegesis).
These accusations are not said lightly, and the reasons for saying them will be discussed throughout this article.
EVOLUTION NOT AS SCIENTIFIC AS IT MAY SEEM
It has been said by many evolutionary scientists that evolution is a fact. Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, “The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.” However, it is far easier to prove the existence of gravity than it is the theory of evolution. Gravity is observable, while evolution is most emphatically not. A person can jump up and inevitably come back down, thus proving the existence of gravity. This experiment can be done over and over again, and each time we can come to a clear observable conclusion. But we can’t do the same with evolution because it theoretically takes a process of millions upon millions of years. It’s not an observable science. To state that a theory of history is the same as a fact that is observable and provable within seconds is almost insulting.
If we’re to look at this from a logical perspective (which is the logical thing to do), we can compare how evolutionists view historical evidence versus the creationists. The Battle of Gettysburg is a good analogy of how both the evolutionists and the creationists work.
Suppose an evolutionist and a creationist arrive at the battlefield at the town of Gettysburg in order to discover the history that went on there. Also, suppose there is a letter written by an eye-witness who saw literally everything that happened during this battle. Now the evolutionist would disregard the letter and continue to dig up a bunch of horse skeletons, along with a bunch of bullets and swords from that time period. Looking at the evidence, he would then begin to hypothesize about what took place here. He could literally come up with anything but have no way of proving it since he wasn’t actually alive at the time. He might even come to the conclusion that there were two clans of horses who had an old feud and hated each other, so they made weapons to wage war on one another. Who’s to say otherwise?
The creationist, on the other hand, would read the letter of the eye-witness first, and then examine the evidence to see if it corroborates with the eye-witnesses’ account. If it does, then the eye-witness must be telling the truth. This is the logical way of examining evidence. Since God is the only eye-witness of creation and how it came into existence, we can then look at what He said and determine if it’s in fact true from the evidence we observe. Christians who take the Genesis account literally can say with utmost confidence that there is nothing that exposes the Bible to be false. The Bible has proven itself time and time again. Christians who hold to the evolutionary theory, whether intentionally or not, are essentially saying science is above even what God says to be true.
So why do people believe what the evolutionists say instead of the creationists? Well for a secular society, anything that can possibly explain how everything came into existence without having to be accountable to a Creator is appealing. No matter how illogical the process was in reaching this theory, as long as there’s no accountability involved it’s accepted. So why do some Christians adopt this theory? After all, they believe in accountability to their Creator. It’s because this theory is being taught everywhere. Not only are Christians far outnumbered, but evolution is in the public school systems, T.V., social media, the internet and so on…
However, there are Christians who make use of the internet, T.V., and social media. But the issue is much more than that. Here is a list of reasons why some Christians adopt a theistic evolution standpoint:
- Secular scientists are seen as people totally devoted to science; not God.
- Science is associated with fact, therefore if evolution is science, it’s fact.
- Evolution is popular, so it must be right.
- Intelligent humans believe it; they’re the “experts.”
- It’s what they’ve been taught.
- They become more accepted by society.
This is definitely not to say non-Christian scientists are incapable of making legitimate scientific breakthroughs. But when their science contradicts that of the Bible, then it must be false. God is the one who created science, and we need to have it in the right perspective. God comes before science, and science (when done right) points to its Creator.
EVOLUTION AND CREATION ARE INCOMPATIBLE
Evolution was at first a theory to explain how everything came into existence without the need for a Creator. Creation explains how everything came into existence through the Creator. These two are naturally incompatible, and there should never be attempts to make them fit. Dr. George Gaylord Simpson, who was a very influential paleontologist, wrote;
“First, there is the theory of evolution in the strict sense. This states that all living organisms have evolved from common ancestors in a gradual historical process of change and diversification. The theory rejects the notion that all organisms were designed and created at the beginning of time”
Evolution is its very nature is against the existence of a Creator. There are many stories of people who’ve tried to make these two religions work (yes, evolution is a religion), but end up having to choose one or the other. Sure, at first they may seem like a good fit. But the deeper you go into each view, the more you realize both can’t be true at the same time. If evolution effects Genesis 1:1-11, then it consequently affects the entirety of the Bible.
ISN’T THE EARTH OLDER THAN 6-10 THOUSAND YEARS?
We could go into all the details of how radiocarbon dating may not be as accurate as secular scientists say it is due to Noah’s flood, but for the sake of time and length, we’ll skip this topic. If you want to learn more about the errors made concerning radiocarbon dating, then you can visit icr.org. If you also want to read about the myths of radiocarbon dating, then you can visit a different article from the same site here.
Instead, we’ll go into a much shorter and simpler argument. The argument is, just because something appears to be old, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. If we’re to take the creation account literally, then we can say God created everything in a finished state. For example, when God made Adam and Eve, He didn’t make them as newborn babies, but rather fully grown adults even though they were only days old. If someone from nowadays looked at Adam, days after he was created, they would probably guess he was somewhere around his mid-twenties. However, that wouldn’t be true. The same principle can be applied to the earth. When God created everything in the six literal days, it was all made in a finished state (Genesis 1:1).
EVOLUTION HAS AN EXTREME LACK OF EVIDENCE
Even though evolution is hailed as scientific fact, it really has no evidence for such a claim. We’ve all seen those illustrations of apes slowly turning into modern day humans. However, there is absolutely zero evidence that such a primate ever existed, let alone the middle forms of it. Without such evidence, this makes the theory a mere story. If humans and apes all came from a common ape-like ancestor, then why aren’t there any fossils proving this? Of course, there’s the skeleton known as “Lucy” which is hailed by evolutionists everywhere, but the facts about this creature have been over exaggerated.
First off, the angles of bones in the knee and hip joint suggest that Lucy spent part of her time walking upright. There are no experts in this field that would say she spent her whole life walking upright, yet most scientific textbooks say that she did. Secondly, there have been footprints found nearby Lucy of which date to be around the same age. All anatomists say they look to be exactly the same as human footprints of today. However, they made an assumption in saying they couldn’t be human footprints because they “hadn’t evolved yet”, so Lucy must’ve made them. Since the footprints didn’t fit with the theory of evolution, they misinterpreted the evidence so that it would. Instead of letting the evidence simply speak for itself, they let the evolutionary theory speak on its behalf.
Though this topic is far from being exhausted in this one article, it has shown that evolution and the Bible can’t both be true at the same time. They are vastly different. Therefore, a theistic evolution view can’t be correct. Again, this is not to say that theistic evolutionists can’t also be brothers in Christ, but this idea strips away much of the truth that the Scriptures contain. If we doubt the creation account, then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t doubt the rest of the Bible. For a more clear view of how incompatible theistic evolution is with the biblical account, take a look at Dr. Walt Brown’s table on “Theistic Evolution vs. The Biblical Account.”
- If you would like to read more on why people, not just Christians, adopt an evolutionary view, go to apologeticspress.org.
- For those who’d like to know what kind of questions to ask evolutionists, go to creationscience.com.
- If you’d like to research deeper into this subject, then you can read an article from the Institute for Creation Research called “The Scientific Case Against Evolution.”
- “Genesis: Real, Reliable, Historical” by Dr. Andrew A. Snelling explains the importance behind believing in the Genesis account literally.