By Kenneth Clipner
Creation vs. Evolution: Is it important what I believe?
Does what you believe concerning creation or evolution matter? This question is certainly an important one, one that is causing in division in the church in this Country.
First let me say this. Salvation does not require a belief in creation. Salvation requires a person placing their eternal hope in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His work on Calvary, and in His Resurrection.
I want to answer this in a few questions.
Does truth matter? I would assume that truth matters to you. And when it comes to creation vs. evolution, logic would dictate that only one is true. There is a Creator God, OR all that is came into existence by mere chance and accident.
Many Churches and denominations have tried to solve this “science” vs. Church issue by marrying the two into “theistic evolution”. Simply put, that is the belief that while God created the universe, it was the evolutionary process that God used.
There are several problems with this.
First, it is a compromise of Scripture as written in Genesis 1. Genesis is written as a historical narrative. It is written that the reader would assume that it is relating truth as it happened. Try this. Read the Genesis account to an 8 year old. Ask him “who created”?Ask him how many days it took for God to create. You will get the same answers that anyone who read that passage would say, just as it is written. It does not leave itself open, inviting interpretation.
Second, one of the big arguments is over the word “day”. The Hebrew word is “yom”. Now the argument is that the word day could have multiple meanings. Yes, it can. So, as the argument goes, God’s days were actually long periods of time.
Well, let’s test that.
Jos 6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
Jos 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six million years.
Well, how does that work? Now, we see the truth! Joshua marched around Jericho for SIX MILLION YEARS, because “day” actually can mean long periods of time!
Wow! That really clears things up!
See, theistic evolutionists don’t criticize and hyper-interpret the word “day” where it CLEARLY means “day” … Except in Genesis, so that it can fit their theology.
Thirdly, EVEN EVOLUTIONISTS see that Christianity and Evolution cannot co-exist. Consider this…
“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer that died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.” (Italics added for emphasis)
G. Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution”, American Atheist, 20 Sept. 1979, p. 30
Theistic evolutionists destroy the very foundations for Christianity by compromising God’s Word with pop science.
Lastly, when we compromise Genesis, when we no longer hold to a literal Genesis, we open Genesis to a multitude of interpretations. If Genesis isn’t literally true, where else is the Bible not literally true? Was Jesus really born of a virgin? Did He really perform miracles? Did He actually die on the cross, and was he bodily resurrected? After all, if we don’t trust God to give us an actual, eyewitness account of creation, where else is God not telling the whole truth?
How important is Genesis to our faith? Almost every major doctrine has its foundation in the Book of Genesis. It is THE foundational Book of the Bible. We compromise Genesis, we compromise OUR FAITH.
Return to God’s ENTIRE Word.
Return to Genesis.