To Christians who believe Theistic Evolution!
Theistic Evolutionis the Biblical account made to complement the false doctrine of organic evolution. It means more than just change or variation within a kind. It means just what atheistic evolutionists say it means, that the present creatures of today's world are the modified descendants of organisms which preceded them and that these same creatures have developed from an inanimate or nonliving source. Theistic comes from the Greek word Theos, which means God, and many intellectuals have assumed that this is "the way God did it". This term would also include threshold evolution, progressive creation, and similar concepts.
It seems that more of our young people stand in danger of accepting theistic evolution than in their acceptance of the view that leaves God out. Many seem to feel that they can still be religious and even admit faith in God and yet accept all that modern evolutionary science teaches as to the origin of this world and man upon it. Thus, a compromise is made which is fatal to any firm convictions concerning the Genesis account of creation.
Theistic evolution is not in harmony with God's word, but it is in total conflict with the Bible. Charles Darwin, the author of The Origin of Species was himself a theistic evolutionist for he could never quite get rid of the idea of God. He wrote in his first edition of the Origin, "There is a grandeur in this view of life that the creator breathed into several forms, or into one, the breath of life, and these have gone cycling on, giving rise to forms most beautiful and most wonderful to behold" (Origin of Species, 1956, J.M.Dent Co.). Now, however, there is a significant body of scientists who have reacted healthily against this trend and have insisted on the full reliability of the Biblical account of creation.
Let me mention two or three areas in the scientific disciplines which show the superiority of creation over evolution. When the best known of all the law of biology - that of life from life, or biogenesis - is mentioned, the Bible is surely correct when it intones throughout the entire first chapter of Genesis, "Each after its own kind". Each organism gives rise to others essentially like itself. Although changes may occur, they are not changes without limits. In the realm of origins, evolutionists who get the process started must fall back upon a disproven doctrine: the idea that living things are generated from non-living, or spontaneous generation. Many prominent theistic evolutionists allow God to make some large macromolecule and then leave the rest to evolutionary process. Evolution, or the commonly accepted idea of ameoba-to-man thesis, is neither fact, theory nor hypothesis. It is a belief, a faith in the religion of naturalism and scientific humanism. It contradicts what Christ said in Matthew 19:4 in which he endorsed the Genesis account of the creation when he said, "Have you not read that he which made them in the beginning made them male and female?". If God made them, why would he want to take such an infinitely long time, stretching out over aeons of time, just to make a man and a woman? Yet this is the compromise that many would make to make evolution respectable to religious people.
A close parallel with this situation existed -long ago among God's people. When the pagan Canaanite religion, with its worship of the host of heaven and Baal the Sun God were being mixed with the worship of Jehovah, the true and living God, Elijah cried out to the assembled prophets of Baal as well as to the people of Israel, "How long halt you between two opinions? If Jehovah be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him" I Kings 18:18-21.
Our decision then is basically one as to whether we shall try to believe the statements of the scriptures to match the current human theories and opinions, or whether we shall insist that God's Word is still right. The real question is not whether or not we believe in evolution, but rather relates to who is on the throne in our hearts - God or man. A simple reading of the first two chapters of the book of Genesis reveals so many contradictions between the Bible account of creation and the theory of evolution that our eyes must be closed very tightly in order not to see them.
Some obvious examples are as follows: The Bible disagrees with the theory of evolution by saying that land plants were created before water life (Gen.1:11,20); that green plants were created before the sun (Gen.1:11,16); that land plants were created before they grew in the earth (Gen. 2:5); that before Adam was made alive he had nostrils (Gen. 2:7); that the male was created before the female (Gen. 2:23); that the very first man had a language and could speak freely (Gen. 2:23). These are only a few of the obvious contradictions between the account of the Bible and the theory of evolution.
A common rule for understanding any book, including the Bible, is that its language is to be accepted as being literal unless there is evidence to the contrary. There is not the slightest evidence that the Genesis account should be accepted as only a figurative story. It is, on the contrary, supported by numerous similar scriptures in the New Testament, such as I Timothy 2:13, Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:22; Luke 3:23-38; Mark 10:6. But if we choose to take the position that the Genesis account is figurative even without evidence, then we must wrestle with the question, when do the statements of the Bible become accurate and real? If Adam was not literally a real person, was Noah real? was Abraham? was Moses? was Christ? The theory of theistic evolution is a dead end road to a shattered faith.
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