Is Darwin to blame for America’s departure from the Bible?
How does Charles Darwin, an Englishman and a scientist, have anything to do with the departure of America from the Biblical beliefs of the Founding Fathers?
First of all, Charles Darwin was not a scientist. He never received a science degree but rather received a theology degree from Cambridge University after having been unsuccessful in medical school at Edinburg University. He could, more accurately, be called a naturalist for the work that he did.
Regarding his influence on America, I believe the words on the cover of the book entitled, "Darwin" say it best, "It is impossible to overstate the impact of Charles Darwin's work on Western civilization. As much as anyone in the modern era, he changed man's thinking and his influence is still felt in virtually all aspects of our lives."
However, I do not believe Darwin set out to promote evolution as a philosophy. Darwin did not invent; he just popularized an age-old model of origins. Satan has been behind this “departure from Biblical beliefs” from the beginning and he is more to blame than Charles Darwin is. Evolution has been like the Satan's gloves used to pull off a crime. He has subtly, systematically and strategically stolen our Biblical heritage and left no fingerprints thanks to evolution. Sadly, in many cases the church has provided him with these gloves because it has believed evolution to be science, which it is not.
During the birth of our present system of government it must be understood that our Founders viewed God as Creator and law as absolute. This is clearly seen in the words of Sir William Blackstone an English jurist whose work “Commentaries on the Law of England” was generally accepted and quoted more than anyone (except Montesquieu) by the Founders. He stated: "Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of the Creator, for he is entirely a dependant being…and, consequently, as a man depends absolutely upon his Maker for everything, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker’s will…”
Because our culture has been so influenced by evolution in education, television, newpapers, etc. Americans are continually conditioned not to think of themselves as dependent on anything, especially a Maker who has rules for life.
Our Founding Fathers recognized the value of a fixed standard and applied it government. They knew that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” They recognized that law was based on values and that true justice is based on truth and "true truth" can only be derived from the Bible. This is not what our nation believes today, and sadly not even what many in the church believe. Unfortunately, even many pastors today do not have convictions about the absolute authority of Scripture that the lawmakers of 1787 did. We have even gotten to the point that our Biblical heritage has been deemed unconstitutional.
In essence, our view of reality has shifted since the beginning of our country. Questions like: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? were answered, for the most part, in Colonial America with the Bible in verses like John 8:31-32, “…If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” In contrast, in modern America these answers are given to us by our new found god--science.
How have we gotten to this point? America has been hypnotized into believing an explanation of origins without God and the instrument used, like a dangling watch, has been evolution. Although he wrote this about England British journalist and author Newman Watts made this observation: “In compiling my book, ‘Britain Without God,’ I had to read a great deal of anti-religious literature. Two things impressed me. One was the tremendous amount of this literature available, and the other was the fact that every attack on the Christian faith made today has, as its basis, the doctrine of evolution."
So, how can we restore America to its Biblical foundations? I believe the answer to this is the same lesson most of us fathers learn this time of year. As we put together our children's toys we find out that the beautiful picture on the outside of the box looks nothing like the thing we've put together. Then, when all else fails, we lay our ego aside, and go back to the instruction book. Only when we are willing as Christians to lay our ego aside and go back to the instruction book of life--God's Word, the Bible will we be capable of rebuilding an America that looks pleasing to our Creator.12/9/00
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen