The Bible makes no mention of the theory of evolution

In our biology class we are being taught human evolution.  How should I view human evolution in light of my Christian beliefs? (Part 2)

The concept that humans evolved is nearly universally taught in education today.  As a Christian it is important to be able to refute this wrong teaching.  Not only does such a teaching violate the known laws of science but also it is not found in the Bible at all.  I will focus my answer to your question in this column to the Biblical view of human origin and the consequences of rejecting God's word by accepting the lie that humans evolved.

The Bible makes it clear in Genesis 5:1 that man was made "in the likeness of God."  This gives man a uniqueness apart from the animals.  God has given man value above the animals by relating to him in a personal way.  In contrast, in order for a student in the United States to answer correctly on a standardized test he or she must view man as an animal.  Redefining man as an animal destroys the meaning and value that God has placed on human life.  As one pastor so aptly put it, "Man becomes just a big blob of protoplasm waiting to become manure."  This quote by Jeffrey Dahmer on "Dateline" illustrates the logical conclusion of evolution: “If a person doesn’t think there’s a God to be accountable to, then what’s the point in trying to modify your behavior to keep within acceptable ranges.  That’s how I thought anyway.  I always believed in the theory of evolution is truth; that we all just came from slime, pond scum.  When we die, you know, that was it, there’s nothing.”

The fact that the way one views his origin ultimately effects the way one views his destiny is further illustrated in this quote by evolutionist George Gaylord Simpson, "He [man] stands alone in the universe, a unique product of a long, unconscious, impersonal, material process, with unique understand and potentialities. These he owes to no one but himself, and it is to himself that he is responsible.  He is not the creature of uncontrollable and undeterminable forces, but his own master.  He can and must decide his own destiny."

The two students who shot their classmates at Columbine High School would certainly agree.  According to the William J. Murray Report they, "wore black trench coats to school every day, and the Internet sites they maintained glorified the occult, and of all people, Charles Darwin.  There is now evidence that they believed themselves to be evolved beyond mankind!"

Ultimately, human evolution gives birth to a self-centered philosophy in which man he has no obligation to value human life.  Animal life is elevated to equality with human life causing some to consider chicken farms to be no different that the concentration camps of the Holocaust.   

More importantly, redefining man as an animal and simply as the product of millions of years of death, bloodshed, disease, suffering, mutations and extinctions redefines God.  The character and nature of God is changed from a loving God who cares for His creation to a wasteful, careless and indifferent God.

To understand the immensity of the problem of this wrong view of God consider how God is relentlessly affirmed and defined as creator in the Bible.   In Isaiah 42:5-6a: "Thus says God the Lord," (Who?) "Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk in it.  I am the Lord,…"  Also, in Psalm 148:1 "Praise ye the Lord, Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him from the heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens, Let them praise the name of the Lord:"  (Why is He worthy of such overwhelming praise?) "…for he commanded and they were created.  He hath also established them forever and ever."  Revelation 4:11 proclaims, "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;"  (Why?) "…for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created."

The Bible is clear.  Humans did not evolve; we were created in the image of God.  The consequences of not believing God and His word are serious.  As a student in high school it is important that you are equipped to stand against this teaching, which attacks the veracity of God's word.  

3/17/01 
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©Tom Carpenter
Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen