Flatlander Faith

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

No room for a Saviour in evolution

I have felt considerable disappointment  over the past year to read in both Christianity Today and the Christian Research Journal that they appear to be capitulating to the reigning Darwinian dogma.  Both have published articles upholding the belief that the world is millions of years old and that life existed on earth for a very long time before Adam and Eve, whoever they may have been in such a scenario.

Both publications acknowledge the theological problem this creates.  The Bible teaches that death is the result of sin: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).  If death was occurring for eons before the first human existed, what then are we left with?  Why do we need a Saviour?  Both publications try to wiggle around this problem, but produce no support from the Bible to support their ideas.

Evolution is considered to be scientific fact by many people, including most educators.  However, new discoveries are continually being made about the nature of both animate and inanimate things and these have become an increasing problem for the defenders of Darwinism.  Many highly qualified and respected scientists are saying that the available evidence does not support the hypothesis of evolution.  The simplest living organisms are far too complex to be the result of random mutations.  Even the most basic parts of these living organisms would have required a number of simultaneous mutations.

The same goes for all the forces at work in the inanimate world.  The workings of the solar system and the conditions that make the earth hospitable for life are so intricate that they cannot be the result of pure chance.  Many scientists believe the evidence points to an Intelligent Designer.

Science is a French word meaning knowledge (from the verb scier – to know).  The scientific method was devised as an orderly means of discovering cause and effect in natural phenomena.  One starts with a question about whether such and such a cause could produce such and such an effect.  A hypothesis is formed based on observations, then experiments are performed to test the hypothesis.  If the results appear to confirm a cause and effect relationship, and if these results can be independently replicated by other scientists, then the hypothesis becomes a theory.  Evolution remains an unproven hypothesis.

The question of the origin of sin and death should give us pause when we think of yielding to the pressures of the intellectual establishment.  Yes, a belief in young earth creationism may lead us to be ridiculed as believers in fairy tales.  Nevertheless, we ought to have more confidence in God’s unchanging Word than in the intricate and ever-changing sophistry of “science, falsely so called.”

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