This upcoming Sunday February 9th has been designated the ninth annual ‘Evolution Sunday”, upon which many churches and clergymen will celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, reaffirming their belief in evolution and professing their desire to teach Darwinian evolution in their churches, homes, and schools. They assert that teaching anything other than evolution fosters ignorance and holds back science.
The related Clergy Letter Project maintains statements in support of the teaching of evolution, and collects signatures of agreement from American Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, and Buddhist clergy. Part of the letter from American “Christian” clergy, signed by over 12000 clergy in the US, states:
“We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests”.
The clergy letter contains not one Scripture verse, and of course, no attempt to show any evidence for evolution.
In a not un-related statement, televangelist Pat Robertson spoke out about last Tuesday’s debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, by telling the “Answers in Genesis” founding president and CEO to “stop making a mockery of Christians”. Asserting that evolution is proven and settled fact, Robertson said he was able to find his faith in the evolutionary process itself:
“I don’t believe in so-called evolution as non-theistic. I believe that God started it all and he’s in charge of all of it. The fact that you have progressive evolution under his control, that doesn’t hurt my faith at all,” he said http://www.christianpost.com/news/pat-robertson-to-ken-ham-lets-be-real-lets-not-make-a-joke-of-ourselves-114063/
Yes, most (but not all) scientists say that we all came from a puddle, and that the earth is billions of years old. But most of those same scientists will also tell you that there is no God, that there are no such things as miracles, and that Jesus-if he lived at all-was just a man and certainly didn’t rise from the dead because that’s impossible. They will tell you that you and your children are descended from a lump of molten rock which in turn came from nothing, and that you are a monkey’s cousin and no more valuable than any other creature on the planet.
If you really want to believe (I say “believe” because you’ve seen no evidence) that such scientists are the bearers of all truth, then you really should also believe (again, you cannot prove) that there is no God, and that there will be no resurrection: you will soon die and cease to exist, as will your precious children. As an old acquaintance of mine used to say, according to science you will be “bones only”, or, as I once heard a witty African American say, “When you’s troo, you’s worm poo!”
Can you really “celebrate” evolution? If you think about it, death, struggle and violence are vital parts in the engine of evolution: they are “nature” at work, in which only the fittest survive-briefly- upon the bones of millions of dead things. To celebrate evolution you have to celebrate death, suffering and violence, even if you simultaneously claim to dream of a utopian society. You are celebrating the very things you accuse the God of the Bible of creating. Isn’t that hypocrisy?
By believing that God started and/or guides the process of evolution you must also believe that God thinks death and suffering is good. You have to believe that God intentionally started and guides a process in which millions of creatures and humans suffer…for hundreds of millions of years. What kind of a God is that, and what would his “heaven” be like?
If you are “religious”, but have no regard for the Bible as being the inspired word of God, you are fumbling in the dark-creating a god in your image, or in the image of prevailing opinion and lowest common denominators. If, as an evolutionist, you still claim to believe the Bible, what do you make of this verse:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Revelation 21:1).
If you want to believe that the evolutionists really do have all the facts, and if you still somehow imagine that there is a heaven which you will go to, then according to the above verse you will first have to wait for this world and this universe to wear out, and for the new one to evolve-twenty billion years… thirty billion…fifty billion? And what will you do all that time while you’re waiting-play Scrabble?
By taking the miraculous out of the Bible, you end up with a short document barely worth reading, and one which doesn’t deserve to be the best-seller of all time. In that scenario, Jesus Christ-who often quoted the Old Testament as truth and real history- was not a good teacher but a liar, and a dead one at that. Your faith is not necessary because there’s nothing and no-one to have faith in.
Ask yourself what evidence you have personally seen for evolution. I don’t mean how many pictures of dinosaur bones you have seen or how long your friend’s little toes are compared to his father’s, I mean, for example, have you seen something which Bill Nye failed to show in the debate on Tuesday: a real progression of fossils? Oh, he showed some pictures of creatures in a line which seem to be quite like one another, but he didn’t show any fossils demonstrating gradual changes of one into another. There were no legs gradually getting longer, no rib cages gradually extending or diminishing, no fins gradually forming and becoming big enough to swim with.
Have you seen such a progression? I have not, not even in the British Natural History Museum. Such a progression does not exist, and if it did it would be paraded perpetually. Instead we’re shown some pictures or artists’ impressions of vaguely similar creatures now extinct, and told that they’re conclusive evidence that we all evolved from nothing. So who’s the gullible one?
If you really think the evolutionists must be right, you are calling God a liar and man the source of truth. You are bringing a curse upon yourself, because:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man” (Jeremiah 17:5).
In this age of deception thousands who borrow, or more accurately, hijack the name of Christ, are trashing, ignoring or defacing the Christian Scriptures which very plainly describe what we are supposed to have faith in. Just one sample verse, taken at face value, is enough to wipe away the gap theory, evolution, progressive creation, and as many isms as you can name, and with them Evolution Sunday:
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11).