What do I have against evolution? Increasingly our world is accepting what I believe is a preposterous concept: that all living things have gradually changed, over millions of years, from the equivalent of primordial bacteria to the complex reality of today–to the extent that if you refuse to accept this you are even excluded from the conversation. And while I don’t challenge scientifically evidencable mutations or genetic alteration–for that matter, any reproducible or verifiable legitimate research–I refuse to place the unprovable conjecture of man over the revealed Word of God–even if this makes me seem ignorant and backward.
“…the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days…” (Exodus 20:11 CEB)
I have been asked why I have such a problem with evolution. Why indeed? As multiple successive generations have been indoctrinated in its tenats, belief in what I believe is absurd is now the norm, and most people no longer have a problem with it. Even Christians have increasingly resolved the conflict between their faith and “science” by asserting that God created, but via the vehicle of evolution. And while this sounds like a happy compromise, I feel it’s untenable. Why?
The reason I cannot accept that God created in millions of years is because He clearly said otherwise. The Bible–the Divinely revealed utterance of the real and only true Supreme Being, the holy God–says that He “made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days…” Did you get that?
Of course, I understand that the word translated into our English “day” is the Hebrew word “yom,” of which a more obscure translation could be “a period of time.” Yet as the author of The Complete Word Study Old Testament notes, “The day-age theory claims that the word yom, which is the Hebrew word for “day,” is used to refer to periods of indefinite length, not to literal days. While this is a viable meaning of the word (Lev. 14:2, 9, 10) it is not the common meaning, nor is the meaning of the word sufficient foundation for the theory.” (Spiros Zodhiates)
So if God, who was there and was the One who did it all, says it was done in six days; and I, who was not there and had nothing to do with its origin, postulate otherwise–whose opinion should take precedence? How can I ever, in my ignorance or pride, assert that it happened any differently than He says it did?
Now, the problem is that some Christians today are putting the cart before the horse. Perhaps in an effort to woo back those who have been alienated away from faith in Christ and Scripture through its seeming irreconcilability with “science,” we are conjecturing, hypothesizing, postulating theories, and trying to make God’s account fit into a made-made outline–instead of taking the parameters of God’s outline in His Word, the Bible, and fitting observable science into it. It’s backward, and I simply don’t believe it works–it doesn’t seem to fit, no matter how hard you try to squeeze it in.
Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College has, for example, postulated that the literal six days of Genesis 1 are an account of a “functional” creation (an imbuing with purpose, if I understand correctly), as opposed to a “material” creation–which, he says, is not Scripturally addressed and could, thus, have taken millions of years. The contention is that the readers of the time would have understood this, and that there is, therefore, no conflict between current evolutionary science and the Scriptural account. Yet it seems to me that if I have to contort my mind to try to grasp a concept as I must with this idea, perhaps it wasn’t God’s intent because, after all, God gave His Word for everyone–even the most uneducated and simple, for whom a straightforward literal interpretation would have been most obvious.
Ultimately, I believe what happens when you try to reconcile Scripture to culture is that your faith is eventually challenged. Over time, perhaps, but nonetheless, a thinking person comes to sense that evolution and the Bible are, perhaps, genuinely at odds, and instead of rejecting the fallacy of man’s philosophies (which we have already by that time accepted bit by bit), we can instead end up simply falling away from our pure and unadultered faith in the truth of God’s Word, and eventually perhaps–though, God forbid–trusting in what He says altogether.
Because, honestly, if we can’t believe any part of what He has told us–if we can’t take it at face value and accept it for what He tells us it is–why should we accept any other part of the Bible we disagree with or wish wasn’t so? We can’t. Once we give ourselves permission to reject what doesn’t make sense to us–to pick and choose what we will accept as from God and what we won’t, we’ve placed ourselves in a terrible place–we’ve reversed our roles in our own minds and made ourselves His judge!
Better to face this head-on; to be proactive in our confrontation of any philosophy of man that is at odds with what God has said is true–to call it what it truly is: error. Anything that deviates from what the Bible genuinely says is wrong, regardless of how strongly culture asserts otherwise, and regardless of how it responds to the remnant of us who cling to it. Remember that the weapons God has provided us with–His Word, faith in Him and in the truthfulness and reliability of what He has told us, His Spirit in us, and everything else He gives–are “…mighty…for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (II Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV)
So, what do I–and, I hope, you too–have against evolution? Merely that God really truly does appear to say otherwise!
Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
Help me reject every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring my every thought into captivity to obedience to You. Amen.
(Having said all of this, I acknowledge that I do not possess perfect knowledge. If ever there is a conflict between a correct interpretation of Scripture and my own opinion as to what it says, I stand to be corrected–human beings can be wrong, but God never is.)