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The subtle message of evolution to believers
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Evolution related
Goal: God, creation, man, redemption, and the earth are all in a relationship. By denying God’s creative acts, the whole Gospel eventually falls apart. Salvation of man without salvation of the cursed earth is useless, since man then has no destination.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He made everything necessary for man to have a home on the earth. Then God made man in His own image and appointed him as His vice regent over the earth.
From the beginning, God, man and the land were in a close relationship. The one without the other had no meaning. God created the physical land for physical man to stay on. He cares for both (Joel 2:18 - ‘The Lord will be jealous for His land and take pity on His people’). Man (through Adam and Eve) fell out of blessing and relationship with God, through disobedience, and both humans and land were affected. (Genesis 3:17, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”) As Adam was going to groan while making a living among the thorns and thistles, subjected to sickness and decay, the earth would also groan and deteriorate (Romans 8).
But in this hopeless situation of separation from the love and blessings of God, a promise of hope was given: The Creator, Jesus (Colossians 1:16, “For by Him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible ... ; all things were created by him and for him”) would come to save man as his Redeemer (John 1:1-13) and eventually renew the whole creation (Revelation 21:1, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away”). It is not only man who is saved from the results of his sin by the mighty hand of God. The earth which came under the curse, is also saved (Romans 8:19-21, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, ... in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God”).
Can man alone be redeemed (saved from eternal death and destruction which is the punishment for his rebellion against God), and the created universe left as it is? If a saved person believes that God created over millions of years through evolution, it means that there was much suffering, sickness and death before Adam and Eve. Is the Bible history of the Garden of Eden when God declared that the whole creation “was very good”, then the truth? Was there then a first sin that brought death and the curse into the world? Is it then necessary that man must be saved from the punishment caused by sin? What is he then saved for? Why would it then be necessary that God became man? Why would people go through the rigor of holiness training only for this world?
If God is not powerful enough to create the heavens and the earth in six days, how can He redeem a cursed world? Without a new redeemed world, the saved would have no place to go to. Would they have to float around on clouds for eternity? Then it would not have been necessary for God to create a physical world for human beings. Angels would have been much better. Then Jesus’ physical body with which He is at the right hand of God would have had no purpose.
But just as God used Moses to save the Israelites from their groaning as slaves in Egypt under Pharaoh, by mighty acts (Exodus 1-12), God sent Jesus Christ to save man from his groaning under the slavery of the curse (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ”). Similarly the cursed, lost world, now groaning and complaining (Romans 8:20-22), will be renewed (Revelation 22:1-5).
Summary: The message of evolution is subtle, undermining the foundation of the Word. It eventually leads to a believer’s apostasy. If the Creation account is not correct the whole Word comes under censorship: ‘if Genesis 1-11 is not literally true, was Jesus born of a virgin? Was He physically resurrected?’ The Bible is so intricately interwoven that it is disastrous to discard some parts, and believe others. It is an all-or-nothing Book. God did not ask us to believe the devil’s lies, nor chop and change His Word as we think fit.