Today was declared “Question Evolution Day” by the folks behind the Question Evolution Project Facebook page and PiltdownSuperman.com. This event was brought to my attention when Chris Rosebrough at Fighting For The Faith conducted a telephone interview with Cowboy Bob Sorensen. It was a different sort of episode for F4F with only the phone interview in the first hour and a good sermon in the second.
The evolutionary view of origins takes as its basic premise a wholesale rejection of the Bible. Specifically, it rejects the claim that God created everything ex-nihilo (out of nothing) to full maturity and it rejects the Biblical account of a global flood. The first rejection is easy to understand, but the second premise is critical to buying the myth of evolution. If a global flash-flood that killed off every living creature on earth save a small remnant, and receded over the course of a year took place, it would be impossible to read the geological and fossil record in support of old-earth evolution. Impossible to read. Therefore, the rejection of the Biblical account of the Noadic flood is a fundamental to the non-catastrophic view of the geological record. Once you’ve rejected the possibility of a global flood, then you can create a narrative that only small-scale geological forces/movements that we can observe today could have created the various rock layers and the fossils they contain. Since current processes are gradual and slow, such a view necessarily inflates the estimated age of the earth to billions of years. So you see, it isn’t the evidence that points to an old earth, it’s the non-catastrophist interpretation of the evidence that does. The Biblical account of the Global Flood and Old-Earth interpretation of geology are mutually exclusive. One cannot hold both to be “true”.
Creation Not Limited to Genesis
My primary concern today isn’t convincing the lost (those who hate God) to abandon Evolution (becoming a theist doesn’t save, only the Gospel of Jesus Christ does); rather, to admonish my brothers and sisters in Christ to hold to the Truth of God’s Word. Let’s start with the clear statement of Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:1 (ESV) 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. …
Genesis 1:31 (ESV) 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
There is much more detail given, however since it takes place in a week and everything is created fully mature, it would have no impact in how we read the fossil record (because it records how things died, not when/how they were created). Let’s look at how embracing evolution negates more than just Genesis.
John 1:1-3 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
This passage refutes the notion that anything could have been made apart from God. The so-called theistic evolutionary view doesn’t resolve the problem, since such a view cannot fit with Genesis 1-9.
Exodus 20:8-11 (ESV)8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (ESV)11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV)15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
There is no room in scripture to hold onto Jesus Christ (the Word made flesh) and evolution equally. None. The Bible doesn’t teach a billions year-old universe. Even if treated as a man-made account of origins, it becomes difficult to push Creation beyond 10,000 years. Finally, avoid the strawman argument, “why would God create everything to look like it was billions of years old”. He didn’t. He simply created it fully mature and “very good”. It isn’t the evidence that points to billions of years, it is man’s interpretation of the evidence with a pre-supposition that God didn’t create it.
That there are confessing Christians who are willing to reject the flood as a global event breaks my heart. To reject or minimize the flood, is to trivialize one of God’s covenants with creation.
Genesis 9:8-17 (ESV) 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Incidentally, the fact that God made this covenant means that those who reject the one event will not be disproved later, for God WILL NOT allow a repeat flood of that magnitude to occur again.
Matthew 24:37-39 (ESV) 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Jesus referenced the days of Noah as history, not allegory. The coming of the Son of Man will be a global event, as was the flood in the days of Noah. The truth of God’s Word is an essential of the faith. Don’t be so bold as to assert that the question of Creation or the Flood isn’t a Gospel concern.
Today isn’t a day to mock and antagonize the world’s mythology just for the sake of demeaning them. We are to preach the Word of God without compromise. We must resist the world’s mythology and reject any attempt to synchronize pagan philosophies with the Word of God, namely, the false teachings of Evolution and Theistic Evolution.
Jude 1:24-25 (ESV)24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
In Christ Jesus,