I don’t like to go on public attacks of ministries or people, but when I see flat out nonsense being paraded around on CNN and other PUBLIC places, I tend to want to respond with an equally public article condemning and rebuking it. So this article is about Francis Collins, Karl Giberson, and their BioLogos Website (or as I like to call it–A False Gospel of Evolution).
When I got home this morning, I checked the news, which included the
secularly biased news website CNN. As usual, it wasn’t too difficult to find some article promoting some secularized idea. Unfortunately, this one comes from a purported “Christian,” who is trying to say that Jesus would have believed in evolution. I almost fell out of my chair when I read that. The exact title of the article is:My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you.
Would Jesus Believe In Evolution? No!
One thing I always find fascinating with these articles is that they quote secular science, not the Bible. In this entire article on CNN, the Bible is not quoted one single time. No, scratch that. He did quote Jesus one time saying, “I am the truth.” Of course, this is nothing to do with evolution. I suppose it makes sense that he didn’t quote the Bible more, considering how the Bible is so incompatible with the idea of evolution that it almost turns my stomach to read an “alleged Christian” promoting it.
So in this article, I am going to condemn this poorly written propaganda piece, and then I will prove how the Bible DOES NOT support evolution. And I am going to do something that Karl Giberson didn’t do in his article—I will actually quote RELEVANT scripture.
Karl’s Article on CNN: Some Clever Logical Fallacies
Karl started this propaganda piece using a clever trick–talking about truth. He says that Christianity is about truth. Okay, I agree with him so far. His next point is that many of our wonderful scientific truths came from Christians. Again, I am in 100% agreement. After all, Isaac Newton was perhaps the greatest scientist who ever lived, and was a devout LITERALIST Christian when it came to the Bible. He was a creationist too.
But then Karl pulls a bait and switch. He suddenly says,
But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins – a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.
What? The truth of evolution? See how he fallaciously sneaks that in there. He automatically identifies evolution as “truth,” and uses the tired old fallacy of “argument from authority” to try to spread his propaganda–arguing that “hey, since “Christian scientists” made other discoveries, evolution must be a true Christian concept too”. Nice try Karl, but you aren’t fooling anyone.
His last sentence in that quote above reveals his true sentiments about the Bible. He says, “A story that began as an oral tradition..”–what? So now Genesis was started from an oral tradition. Whoa! His theology is way out in left field. So that is all the Bible is now? An oral story idea that was finally written on stones for us all to believe? According to orthodox Christian theology, Genesis was an ACCOUNT–not a story. It was a TRUTH, not an idea. It was dictated by God–not men. It was God’s revelation to mankind–not some thoughts penned as an attempt to explain how we got here.
Right here, I should have known the article was going to be a huge disappointment. It gets worse.
He then goes on to make a subtle mock of the creationist museum (and snarkily points out its “27 million” cost), and speaks about the number of Christians who were polled to believe in creation (4 out of 10 in that poll Christians adhered to strict creationism), which is Karl’s way of saying the majority don’t believe in strict creationism.
The only points I would make in response to that statement is this:
- How many MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of dollars have been spend on evolution & research (museums, digs, fossils, teaching, DVDs, books, etc.) in the past 100 years? I am sure that the 27 million creation museum is peanuts in comparison to the amounts spent on the farce that is evolution. How many GRANTS have been given to research evolution? Millions upon millions I am sure.
- Whenever I see any poll on “Christians, ” I immediately ignore it. Why? Because statistics are so easy to manipulate, and who knows if this person is a true Christian? God decides who is a true Christian, not Gallup, or the person taking the poll. The Bible is clear: Saying you are a Christian, does NOT make you a Christian.
Karl then goes on to say that while Genesis is good, it doesn’t reveal scientific truths about the earth’s age, etc. Yeah, you’re right Karl. It tells the big points, and doesn’t go into atoms, quasars, big bang, dark matter, or other theoretical or deep issues. Why? Probably because that isn’t God’s intent. Genesis is written to say “Why” we are here, not “How.” It’s emphasis is on the TRUE creator, not the creator’s means of creation. At least, not any detailed way.
If the Bible did try to address every single factual truth about science or creation, then we would never be able to read it. It takes me about year to read it from cover to cover as it is. I can only imagine how heavy it would be. We would never be able to read it. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus did so many things, all the books in the world couldn’t contain them. And that is just about Jesus! So it is quite logical to see why God hits the big points, and skips the unnecessary details. God doesn’t need to explain himself to anyone. It isn’t necessary to salvation.
Karl goes on with his nonsense:
For more than two centuries, careful scientific research, much of it done by Christians, has demonstrated clearly that the earth is billions years old, not mere thousands, as many creationists argue. We now know that the human race began millions of years ago in Africa – not thousands of years ago in the Middle East, as the story in Genesis suggests.
Again, we see the “argument from authority” being used again. And where does he get off saying “We now know that the human race began millions of years ago…”? Were you there Karl? Or are you once again applying your bias and preconcieved ideas onto evidence, and then accepting that evidence as truth? You “think” people were here for millions of years, because you “think” evidence you “believe” to be “true” “proves” that. That is a more accurate statement, isn’t it?
Do you want to know how old the earth really is? Well, I hate to say this, but you will never know. I wasn’t there. You weren’t there. And time is about as effective of a measurement as an elastic ruler. Time is all relative to something else. Could it be billions of years old? Perhaps. Could it be 6,000 years old? Yes. And anything in-between. My point? Time doesn’t matter, because time is elastic. So dating the Earth is a moot point. In fact, the only reason time is an issue, is because without gobs and gobs of time, the theory of evolution is left looking even more absurd than it does now (if that is even possible). The Bible certainly only holds to a short, young Earth creation event, if you use time in a way we use it now. The only way time could have been “billions” of years (according to the young earth Biblical account), is if time was so warped by energy and the speed of light (the theory of relativity) that it appears that way.
I have no idea why secular science wants to be so arrogant as to assume we can find all of the exact answers to everything that happened in the past. We can’t. We can look at evidence, and make assumptions. But those assumptions are going to vary depending on the evidence you view as valid. And I don’t like assumptions when it comes to science. The more assumptions a theory has, the weaker the theory is.
Again, Karl continues with his clever writing and says about evolution and the age of the earth:
Anyone who values truth must take these ideas seriously, for they have been established as true beyond any reasonable doubt.
See, here Karl is saying you don’t value truth if you reject evolution. That is laughable. You hear that folks, you like lies and false teachings if you don’t like evolution. That is pretty much what Karl is saying in a round-about way. I, for one, take offense to this. Especially when this person is a so-called “Christian.” Also, he doesn’t mention the fact that the age of the Earth has been changed by millions upon millions of years in the past 20 years alone according to the textbooks. So much for “truth.”
The article continues with Karl doing a poor job of proving evolution. He speaks of genetic similarities, which of course could equally be a valid argument for a common designer (creationism). Karl then makes the blunder of a lifetime when he says:
Evolution does not contradict the Bible unless you force an unreasonable interpretation on that ancient book.
First, Karl, how DARE you insult the Bible and down-play it as a mere “ancient book.” How dare you. You may consider yourself a Christian, but by my measure, your fruit has just revealed your true self. If the Bible is no more than some randon ancient book to you, then you aren’t worthy to even own one. Jesus hung on a cross and died so that we may be saved, and He believed in the word of God (all of it). How dare you minimize the scriptures that Jesus so passioniately defended and taught.
The Bible is sacred. Something we should love and cherish as God’s sacred word and revelation to mankind. You play it off like some ignorant book, made of passed down STORIES by people who were ignorant. That isn’t Christian theology. That just reveals your secular bias, which you likely picked up from secularized professors, who made you memorize and spit out your secular learning to pass their secular classes and secularly worded tests.
If you send a man to a terrorist camp, he comes out a terrorist. If you send a man to get a secular eduction, you get a guy spouting secular rhetoric and secularized (bad) science. It’s as simple as that folks.
Secondly, Karl is right. The Bible does not contradict evolution–so long as you never read it! Or, if you do read it, but tear out the first few pages, and then a few more random pages throughout the whole thing. In that case, you are absolutely right–evolution would be 100% compatible with Christianity. But if we are talking about the WHOLE Bible, then unfortunately, evolution is about as compatible with Christianity as Christianity is with atheism.
You see, evolution is the creation story of a religion (atheism). Nearly all religions have creation stories, and atheism is no exception. Now if you try to blend 2 religions, we all know it never works out. Why? Because while all religions contain some similarities, they also contain completely contradictory statements and ideas. What Karl is trying to do here is blend a creation story of atheists, and mix it with a creation story of Christianity. The results? The mess of theology screaming from his article. He basically has to downplay the entire Bible to make it work.
What I really wish is that he would quit labeling himself as a Christian. Maybe use a word like “Christian-utionist,” or maybe “Evolu-Christian.” But to call yourself a Christian, and you think the Bible is some “ancient book??” Sir, if you can’t believe even the first page, why be a Christian at all? The whole entire religion is built upon that first page in a LITERAL sense.
And what is with this, “unless you force an unreasonable interpretation…” nonsense? Here is what the Bible says:
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 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.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
–Genesis Chapter 1 (emphasis mine)
Here, we clearly see the Bible taking the time to record a very important detail: Time. It clearly says, “Day”–no interpretation needed. So it must be Karl “forcing” an unreasonable interpretation. I always thought I was simply accepting what it says. I wasn’t “forcing” any interpretation at all. I took it at what it clearly said. Of course, it takes a whole lot of denial and wiggling to deny it, which is where we get FORCED interpretations.
Evolution & Christianity–Divorced On Grounds of Irreconcilable Differences
Evolution (meaning primarily large scale evolution–not small scale adaptation/evolution), is so incompatible with Christianity that it is laughable. While an entire book could be written about this, let me hit these high points of incompatibility:
- The Bible says no death happened before the fall, yet evolution THRIVES on death. So if we evolved from other things, the other things had to die, right? Yet the Bible clearly says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–Romans 5:12″. See, the Bible clearly says (no forced interpretation necessary), that death came through Adam’s sin. If death came from Adams sin, then it wasn’t here before he sinned. Not rocket science. So how do evolutionists account for Death? By ignoring Genesis as a “story.”
- The Bible clearly uses the word, “day.” Assuming any other unit of time, is “forcing an interpretation on it,” which is something that Karl is obviously against. If we assume this is more than one 24 hour day, then we have to assume other “days” in genesis represent more than one24 hour period (considering it came from the same text). Unfortunately for old earth creationists/evolutionists, this doesn’t follow. It would either have people living for millions of years without dying, or having children at age 7 (depending on how long you think “day” means).
- The whole entire Bible is about Sin, and forgiveness of Sin, and death because of Sin. Do you really think God had people do animal sacrifices for thousands of years because of some allegorical story? If you do, that is the blunder of the ages.
- Evolution says that evolution has no purpose, no goal, no meaning. It is just a process. It is simply chemical reactions happening with natural selection acting on genes. Well, if that is true, then where is the room for the hand of God? There isn’t one! Why? Because atheists want a theory that removes God’s hand from the whole picture, that’s why.
- The WHOLE POINT of Jesus’ death was to redeem mankind from sin and death. If we have always died, then why did Jesus have to die? If we have evolved from soup, then why would God fault us for sinning? Especially considering we have been dying, killing, and sinning since creation? The whole point of Jesus’ death was to die for our SINS. It was to redeem our FALLEN state. From Adam’s sin came death, and through 1 man, Jesus Christ, we have life.
Furthermore, consider this: If man can now create an organism via genetic engineering, and that organism didn’t have to go through a long process of natural selection and evolution, then why limit God? Why can man create a new species via genetic engineering without it having evolved, but God can’t create us the same way? Nonsense!
Jesus’ Real View on Evolution
Jesus quoted the Bible as FACT, not some mere ‘ancient book written by ignorant people.’ Jesus constantly said, “It is written, It is written, it is written.” In other words, the Bible was Christ’s authority. The word of God was Jesus authority. In fact, Jesus himself is called the word of God.
Jesus taught a literal Adam. He didn’t “force” some interpretation into Genesis. He taught the truth. Jesus didn’t get wishy-washy and cave in to meet the secular demands of society, or the popular scientific thought of His day, He just taught the truth.
(Matthew 19:3-6) . . .And Pharisees came up to him, intent on tempting him and saying: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on every sort of ground?” 4 In reply he said: “Did YOU not read that he who created them from [the] beginning made them male and female 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will stick to his wife, and the two will be one flesh’? 6 So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has yoked together let no man put apart.”
Jesus taught a literal creation, and a literal flood:
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.Luke 17:26”
Lastly, this is what Jesus thought about people who use the name of Christ to promote lies, false prophecy, and false religion:
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! Matthew 7:22-23
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15
Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophecy about you, saying: ‘There people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines of God the commandments of men” (Mat 15:9).
I’ll tell you the truth: Jesus didn’t like people who watered down the word of God. Not at all. Especially in favor of doctrines, and false teachings of Men. And the apostle Paul summarizes the worship of false Gods, false creation stories quite nicely here:
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
See, Paul has already called people out on this 2000 years ago. The theory of evolution does nothing more than try to get you focused on CREATION rather than the CREATOR. It tries to diminish His glorious wisdom and role in creation. It gets you wanting to make a monkey out of yourself in the process, and to make it work, you have to bascially ignore the majority of the Bible as allegorical “stories”.
Oh, and notice how Paul said, “Claiming to be wise…” Have you noticed how every single person promoting evolution always uses “Truth” and “Wisdom” and “Science” in their articles. They are claiming to be so wise, yet God calls them nothing more than mere fools. I’ll side with God on that one.
Isn’t There Truth and Science to Evolution?
Oh, sure there is a whole lot of GOOD science in the theory of evolution. There are lots of facts in the theory of evolution. So what. Even a broken clock is right 2 times a day. But sadly, there are also loads of assumptions, loads of bias, and loads of lies in it too. This is the big problem with it.
The best lie is always the one closest to the truth. Just think about it. If you asked me how old I was, and I said, “30 years old,” you would probably believe me. But what if I said, “I am 1,300 years old.” You would roll your eyes and say, “yeah right.” The truth is that right now I am 28. But the lie of saying I was 30 would be believable, because it would be very close to the truth. Every good liar knows this, and uses the technique of making lies sound 99% like the truth.
The theory of evolution hooks people in this way, because it contains so much truth in some areas, they believe the whole thing is truth. The fact of the matter is the 95% truth is completely blown away by the 5% false assumptions, lies, and deceit. The sad part: people don’t even realize it, and get hooked. In fact, I like the quote: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.”
Lastly, doesn’t it surprise you how a true “Christian” is featured on mainstream news, and instead of promoting the Bible, instead of promoting Christ, instead of trying to help people into the faith, what are they doing?
They are trying to WEAKEN the Bible, Weaken Christianity, and Diminish Christ’s precious blood and role in atonement. How dare they! How sad that this person didn’t take this national spotlight opportunity to try and win souls to Christ. Instead, all he cares about is winning souls to bad theories apparently.
Oh, and for anyone’s information: We Christians don’t reject science. We reject bad science. We don’t reject evolution because of the Bible. We reject evolution because we see the theory for what it is, and see the assumptions and deceit like black holes sucking up the souls of people. And we surely don’t compromise our beliefs, to suit or satisfy our secular colleagues.