Following hot on the heels of the last post with the first three reasons why Evolution is bad theology, here are 4 more.
4) Evolution requires death before sin, but Christianity teaches that death is the result of sin. Evolution depends on death and random mutations to make the world a better place. The Bible (Romans 5vv12-13) teaches that death comes from sin. The evolutionist places the biblical cart before the biblical horse. The evolutionist therefore doesn’t only say that God told stories that were not in fact true in order to convey spiritual truths, he also effectively suggests that God wasn’t even very good at telling these stories, because the truths they convey are directly opposed to the theory of evolution.
5) Evolution says man is an ape that rose to a new height, and so has no need of salvation. Christianity says man was made in the image of God, and fell to new depths, which is whay he needs salvation from sin. In Romans 5 v 12 we read that ‘sin entered the world through one man, and through sin – death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned’. The Christian doctrine of justification – that we needed Christ’s sacrifice to deal with our sins is based on the existence of Adam and Eve. They are part of the foundations of the Christian faith. The Bible says “If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11 v 3). If Adam and Eve never existed, there is no basis for justification, and so no basis for Christianity. See more here and here.
6) Evolution requires men to be judges over God’s Word. Christianity requires that we be judged by God’s Word.
In many ways this is the crux of the debate, for it asks the question as to who decides what is or is not the case, and who is in charge. If the Biblical God is really in existence then why would we pretend that we are best equipped to judge, and that man is the measure of all things. Instead we should allow him his place, for if we pretend not to, we are living in denial of the truth. So it is not a question of picking through Genesis and working out what we will allow to be fact, and what we would prefer to be fiction, but it is more like accepting that God is the only person able to write his stories not just on paper but on history, and not just with ink, but with real people and their real lives.
7) Evolution requires us not to believe God’s account of natural events, but Jesus taught that if we can’t believe God on natural things, we shouldn’t believe him on spiritual things. Jesus said “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” (John 3 v 12). Genesis was written by Moses, but Christ said “For had ye believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5 vv 46-47).
Three more reasons Evolution is Bad Theology will follow in the next post.