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The truth about our origin
Is there a moral, theological cost to being a creationist evolutionist (theistic evolutionist)?
Christianity (theism) - God Created
Scientism - There is only material
Science - “the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”
The powerbrokers of the scientific community disallow any conclusions outside of material explanation.
Darwin’s natural selection can account for the minor adaptive “survival of the species” (micro-change pre-programmed into the species) but has no explanation for the “arrival of species.”
“Nothing evolves unless it already exists” (Dan Tawfik quoted in “Undeniable” Douglas D. Axe, Harper One, 2016)
Why is macro change not presently observable?
“Natural selection is so effective - creatures are so good at being who they are that they can no longer undergo evolutionary change.” (“Undeniable” 2016)
Simple enzymes could not evolve through billions of years simulated in laboratory study at University of Cambridge, Medical Research Council Centre (“Enzyme Families: Shared Evolution History or Shared Design? A Study of the GABA-Amino-transferase family “BIO-Complexity, no.4 (2014): 1-16” M.A. Reeves, A.K. Ganger, and D.D. Axe)
Scientifically, evolution is a fiercely guarded bust protected by a global scientific community that has pitted its total credibility against the reality of God. It cannot empirically, observationally or experimentally account for the arrival of life. Darwinism will one day be “relegated to intellectual history” (Philip E. Johnson, Prof. of Law, University of California, Berkley, 2011)
Creationist - Believes that God purposefully created the heavens and the earth and all living things in six literal 24 hour days.
Evolutionist - Believes that the presence of life in the universe is the result of a chance series of random accidental events and that species, through natural selection (survival of the fittest), came into existence over massive expanses of time.
Theistic Evolutionist – Solves Darwin’s arrival of life problem by crediting God with the creation of life and evolutionary, natural selection processes for the advancement of the varieties of species.
REASONS CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT BE THEISTIC EVOLUTIONISTS…
Why I am a convinced Creationist…
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps. 14:1)
1. Evolution eliminates God – Science has determined to live and die on materialism only.
Design is the unwelcome truth of the evolutionist. Design requires a Designer. Designer has rightful claims over what is designed. Cosmic accountability is not welcome.
2. Theistic evolutionists insert God but require time (lots of it) millions of years of suffering and ruthless death to produce life and require natural selection to go beyond its abilities.
By observation and scientific experimentation species have “adaptive variation” already hard wired into their DNA to allow a species to thrive in different environments to avoid extinction but in these micro changes do not produce a new kind of creature. (Johnson, 2011)
3. Theistic Evolution positions itself at odds with the Scriptures in the following key areas of its worldview …
a) The accounts in Scripture of the origins of life are framed in “days” and not millions of years.
Evening and morning
First, second, third
Sun to rule the day; moon to rule the night
The 4th Commandment- Ex. 20:11
“yamim” always designates 24-hour periods
(Age/epoch – olam)
b) God called creation “very good”
If God allowed millions of years of death, disease and bloodshed to bring the present world into existence, God’s very good and mine are worlds apart--not a God who cared about his production.
Steal, kill, destroy – sounds more like the M.O. of Satan
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you. (Psm. 89:14)
c) The foundation of God’s Throne is justice -- survival of the fittest isn’t justice!
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way (1 Cor. 14:40)
Asks us to do all things decently and in order
“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,… This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Jer. 33:20, 25, 26)
d) God calls his creation laws as a witness to his dominant ability to keep his promises that Messiah will come.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned (Rom. 5:12).
e) Death came through sin, not by permission of an “absentia God” or through random competition for life.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (Gen. 1:26, 27)
Why would the Living God create people in his own image through death?
…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen. 2:17)
Why would God warn Adam and Eve that death awaited them upon disobedience if they came into being through much death and dying already?
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7).
f) The on looking universe shouted for joy at the creation of this world -while it was a mess of blood and gore for millions years?
the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.” (Rev. 4:10, 11)
g) Our worship is based on creation
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? (Matt. 19:4-5)
h) Jesus claimed Adam and Eve were made by God
Was he lying, uninformed?
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Col. 1:15f)
he, in fact is the Creator
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (Jn. 1:3)
“nothing come into a state of existence”
Matter is not eternal; God is.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6)
i) The new creation of our salvation is dependent on the Sovereign creation model of God
…all the beasts and the birds were brought to the man…but for Adam no suitable complement was found (Gen. 2:19, 20)
…two of every kind, male and female (Gen. 6:19, 20)
From one man, he made every nation,… (Acts 17:26)
Sin entered the world from one man, and death through sin,… (Rom. 5:12)
j) The simultaneous creation of a breeding pair in proximity of one another preserved in the same fashion during the flood is not only biblical, but the logical model to explain the present world… not to mention the biblical stress on ONE MAN.
Not surprising that a binary biblical world view is rejected by a binary-hostile “grave new world”
God has made everything beautiful in its own time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Eccl. 3:11)
k) The “universal design intuition,” that nothing impressive ever does happen by accident (Plutarch, “Fortune”, 1st C.).
The imago deo refutation of a material only universe of chance and randomness