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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 25-06-2010
Category: Evolution related
Did God create instantaneously or by evolution over millions of years?

There is considerable confusion among Bible believers about creation and/or evolution. They are not willing to let go of the Bible's message that God created the heavens and the earth. At the same time they are afraid to be regarded as conservative fundamentalists who are against science. So 'the light goes on': combine the two, offend no one, stay in God's good books and be a friend of science - God created by evolution! For that purpose, all that needs to be done is to change the days of creation in Genesis 1 to millions of years.

Is that possible? To answer the question, we need to determine how we are going to read the entire Bible. Literally as if what is written is true, accurate and happened, or adding our own meanings to words? For example, if we take the word 'creation' (or 'made') literally throughout the Bible, look at the following verses:

  • 'You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is in them' (Nehemiah 9:6).
  • 'For this is what the Lord says - He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it...' (Isaiah 45:18a).
  • "Haven't you read," He replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'" (Matthew 19:4a)?
  • '...because these will be days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world...' (Mark 13:19a).
  • 'Through Him [Jesus] all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made' (John 1:3).
  • 'For by Him [Jesus] all things were created...' (Colossians 1:16a).

If the word 'creation' or 'made' is replaced by the word 'evolution,' what do we do with the following verses?

  • 'Behold, I will create a new heavens and a new earth' (Isaiah 65:17a).
  • 'As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before Me....' (Isaiah 66:22a).

The last two verses, as we understand it, are looking forward to the fulfillment of eternal life which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2): 'But in keeping with His promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and earth, the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13). As we understand the Gospel, the earth is under a curse, and God is going to destroy everything by fire the moment the right time has arrived (2 Peter 3:7, 10,11). After that He is going to renew our planet to its original beauty, and on it we will live with the Lord for ever ('Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea' [Revelation 21:1]).

  • If God did not have the power to create supernaturally and instantaneously, and was not involved in creation as evolution implies (because evolution accepts that the evolutionary process happened naturally), does the Bible lie in all the verses which say God created?
  • Furthermore, is He going to take 4.5 billion years to renew the earth by an evolutionary process, as He supposedly did the first time? The new earth is going to be supernatural, because there will be no atoms and elements as we understand it (2 Peter 3:10, 12). We read that after His resurrection, Jesus ate, appeared and disappeared, and went in and out of rooms without using the door. That demonstrates how a resurrected body will function. In the new, supernatural world there will be no tears, death, or disease for the new supernatural bodies. How will evolution account for that?
  • If we insist that God used evolution to create, we rob Him of His omnipotence. Will He then be able to resurrect us and sustain the world eternally? Those are things that call for an omnipotent, powerful, creative God.
  • We have another problem: if we change the word 'create' so that it means something else, who says the word 'salvation' means what it says? Who says it doesn't have some vague, mythical meaning? If we apply the rules of language consistently, then a day means 24 hours (in the context of Genesis 1), create means create, and save means save.
  • We have an even more serious problem: if Adam was not created by God, but evolved, what about Jesus? He is said to be the descendant of Adam, the son of God (Luke 3: 23-38).

There is a reason why evolutionists reject faith in God and in the Bible. It doesn't make sense to believe certain parts of the Bible and not others. Is 'Jesus saves' true, but when it comes to 'Jesus created' it is not true, because it means 'evolve?'

Richard Dawkins wrote, what is supposed to be, the ultimate book on evolution giving all his conclusive evidence for the hypothesis ('The Greatest Show on Earth; The evidence for evolution,' Bantam Press, 2009). We want to point out the absolute paucity of scientific evidence for evolution in the book (and we distinguish between rhetoric and fact). He gave examples of 'evolution' like different breeds of dogs, various cabbages, the changes in ciclid fish, bacteria that learned to eat another type of food, et cetera. Not one of them demonstrate what evolution is about, namely that elements combined to form the first living organism, and then the first 'primitive' cell eventually evolved into people over millions of years (the molecules to man idea). His examples of evolution are invalid, because bacteria that make use of a different substrate are still bacteria. Various types of dogs are species of wolves and are still part of the dog (Canidae) family. Through thousands of years of intensive artificial breeding no dogs ever became bears or lions.

Variation, or natural selection is normal. It is found all over the earth among living organisms and it is not examples of evolution from 'molecules to man.' If by evolution is meant that God created living organisms in kinds, with the ability to adapt to changing situations, then we are all evolutionists. Then it would not have been necessary to study evolution as a compulsory subject in schools, and it would not have been necessary to devote so much time to spreading its message. Anyone can read Dawkins' book, and if he finds any scientific evidence supported by experiments that demonstrate that evolution really happened, we would be glad to hear about it. Nowhere in his book does he explain how and where evolution began, or the origin of the genetic code. Genetically evolution is impossible, as geneticists know. If those two things (how life and the genetic code began naturally) are not explained, evolution is what we know it is, a designed delusion to rob people of eternal life with God. (The fossil record also demonstrates no evolution, as Stephen Gould acknowledges.)

Evolution is a godless hypothesis, designed to destroy people's faith in the Bible, and divert them from the Gospel, which is able to save and lead to eternal happiness with God (2 Timothy 1:8-10). It is an insult to God to say He created through evolution. That would mean that it was a natural event and no supernatural creation. God is the good Saviour, because He is the strong Creator.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27