Darwin’s theory of evolutioncauses some challenges and some difficulties for Christians. So today how should we reply to the scientifictheories that confront us? At the root of the problem is: how am I able to believe God if I acknowledge evolutionary theory and alternative scientificadvances.The late nineteenth century sawthe birth of the question of evolution.
Since the theory of evolution began to grow apace, people began to doubtthe validityof the Bible.Specifically they began to look at whether or not the Bible was verbally inspired and divulged truths concerning the Creator God andmankinds place in creation. The implication was that if the Bible isn’tverbally inspired thenits truth isn’t guaranteed.
This suggests the question; what’s the standing of the Bible compared to any other writing?Since the Bible is at the heart of our religion, the inference isthat the Christian religion and belief in God isn’t true.The challenge and doubt that Darwin’stheory provoked, was answered in the small statement in Genesis 1:1 that God created theheavens and the earth.This is a huge concept to test the intellect of anyone. The vast galaxy we exist in is spinningat 490,000 miles per hour.
Even at this speed it takes our galaxy two hundred millionyears to complete one rotation. And there are over one billion alternative galaxies within the universe.Bramlett, (2003) says,”Astronomers say that the total number of stars in space could equal or surpass the totalnumber of grains of sand on all the seashores of the world.” Nevertheless the complicated ocean of spinning starsdance together with exceptional order and grace. To state the universe simply happened orevolved needs more belief than to havefaith that God is behind these astonishingnumbers. God really did produce a beautiful universe.God didn’t have to create theuniverse; he chose to do it.
This is because God is love, and love is best expressed towards another person or thing.Thus God created us and our world as a sign of his deep love.We must always avoidreducing God’s creation to just scientific words.Burch Brown (1986) tells usthat Darwin actually rejected Genesis as true history and declared that different species transpired by a really slow method of evolution.
Heknew that Genesis instructed that God created plants, animals and man bycommands. Therefore in his logic either he was wrong or Genesis was. Christianswill see that Darwinembraced the incorrect view, In his autobiography Darwin called it a ‘manifestlyfalse view ofthe world’ however that’s not what’s recorded inGenesis.How God created everything(Genesis 1:1) continues to be the topic of discussion.
Some say there was a sudden explosionand the universecame into creation. Others claim that God started the procedure and the universe grew for that command over billionsof years. Virtually all scientists and faiths have an opinion on the origin of the universe. However, it isonly the Bible which tells us that one supreme God makes the world out ofhis love for us and gives all mankind a place todwell in it.
We’ll never know the answers to how God did it, however, the Bible tells all that God did create the universe. That truth alone offers value and dignity to us.Burch Brown (2003) alsotells us that Darwin rejected the miracles thatsupport our faith. The ‘fixed lawsof nature’ made miracles incomprehensible to him. He said that because theselaws are fixed then each miracle must be a lie. However, he would only know thelaws are fixed on condition that he is aware thateach reports is false.
Thus he’s contradictory;he dismissed the miracles by dismissing the sources; however hedismissed the sources as they contained miracles. Darwin raisedintellectual snobbishness by the assumption that Jesus’ peers believedin miracles out of a lack of awareness. We can however see that Joseph (Matthew1:19) and Mary (Luke 1:34), knew how children are created, with aman and woman joining. Thus they questioned the proclament of the Immaculate Conception, as they were aware of the facts of life, not asthey weren’t! Miracles ought not to be thought of as breaks withinthe laws of nature, they are additions tothem.
Thus to refute miracles, Darwin would have to have proved that nature is all that exists,with no God able to act outside of His laws by which he commands it (Colossians1:15). Christians have faith in miracles. From Genesis with the creative actsof God, through Exodus and the amazing delivery of Israel from Egypt, toChrist’s numerous miracles within the Gospels, andalso the disciples’ miracles inActs, we can see a God at work who is bigger than our imagination can create. He whocommanded existence by His word (Genesis 1) can easily change what happens inHis creation by His own will.Darwin believed that ‘survival of the fittest’ made design redundant. He saw ‘naturalselection’ as the culling ofunfit parts.
This would uncover unseen mixtures of genesthat have invariably been there since creation and stay unchanged.However, it would rely solely on existing genetic info, and can’t manufacture something new.Therefore it has nothing to do with design.Darwin additionally believed that ‘survival of the fittest’, instead of a belief in God, would account for all thehappiness and misery within the world.
God originally created an ideal world, therewas no violence or death (Genesis 1:29-31). Once this innocent worldwas tainted by the disobedience of Adam, it brought an unwelcomed presence to us, death (Genesis 2:17). Now, however, due to the sacrificeof the Redeemer on the cross, our relationship with God will be restored and we canlive in peace with Him.
The Bible doesn’t discuss the topic ofevolution. Rather, it assumes God created everything. The biblical stance ofcreation isn’t in opposition with science; rather it’s in oppositionwith any stance that starts without a creator.Committed Christians havestruggled with the topic of creation and reacheddiffering conclusions.
This can be expectedas a result of the age of the evidence and it being quite fragmented. Students of theBible and of science ought to avoid polarisations and black/white thinking.Students of the Bible should use caution to not make the Bible say what it doesn’t say, andstudents of science should not make science say what it doesn’t say.Of most importance in thiscontinued discussionisn’t the method ofcreation, but the origin of creation. Our planet isn’t a product of blind probability; Godcreated it.The Bible importantly tellsus who God is, not just how all was created by God, It reveals God’s temperament, Hischaracter, and His divine plan for creation. It additionally shows God’sdesire to relate to and have fellowship with us, His creations.
God took theultimate step towards fellowship with us. He visited us within His son,Jesus, and allowed the sacrifice. We can be sure that God created the universein way very personal to Him.
The book of Genesisbegins, “God created the heavens and the earth.” Our religion relies on God’s Word, and none can ever be able to prove whether or not God exists (Hebrews 11:6), as that would then make them greater than God. Even so Christianthought isn’t irrational and is supported by logic and reason (Romans1:18–20, 1 Peter 3:15). Darwin had errors of logic, and his arguments againstGod failed as a result of the proof that God has givenus evidence of both His Word andHis nature.
Taking the above into consideration, Darwin doesn’t destroy Bibical belief in God’s creative purpose.The two sides are compatible in many ways. The Genesis creation story is over 2,500years old and was written when people lived different lives in an undeveloped setting with limited language. Psalm 104 offers poetry to the story and supports the wondersin Genesis. Answers to troublesome thoughts, like we became typically concerned God, because God was the explanation for all.The study of science was then for the mostpart unknown.The Genesis stories shouldn’t becompared too closely to scientific theories.
These scientific theories comemore recently.There are some, conservativeChristians who believe that the seven days of creation within the Biblerefer to seven longer periods of time. They argue that the order during which livingthings were created is consistent with the and the order scientists settle for evolutionto have happened which this gives the Bible’s account additionalcredibility.
Importantly the Genesiscreation story doesn’t look to supply a scientific answer to questions about the origins of the universe. It’s there tomake clear that God is incomplete management of the universe because He desires it. It showsthat God designed the universe and us to be for a purpose. If Darwin’s theory is tobe accepted, it’s as a result of God overseeing this activity.
Godcreated nature together with everything else. Christians have speculated about ‘intelligent design’, that everything is planned and designed by God, and each modification thattakes place is the direct will of God in creation.