Most people today think of evolution as a proven scientific fact, not giving it any more thought than the proven fact that the earth is round. They will stare incredulously at a person bold enough to say that evolution is a lie, that it doesn’t exist; such a person is akin to those who believe the earth to be flat. But evolution is not a fact, it is not scientific, and needless to say, it is and cannot be proven since it does not exist. Evolution is not science, it is a religion.

First, the teachings of evolution must be accepted or rejected on faith, simply because they cannot be proven. No one can prove conclusively how the world began, using true scientific methods which require controlled experiments with measurable results that can be repeated by other scientists in other laboratories. It is a scientific fact that water turns to ice at around 32 degrees; it can be demonstrated by anyone with a freezer. The creation of life, however, cannot be duplicated by mankind, and therefore lies outside the realm of science. Any claim on earth’s origins lies inside the realm of faith; one either accepts or rejects a theory of mankind’s origins by choice, based upon what one thinks is reliable, placing one’s trust in the reliability of the person telling you that the theory is truth.

I embrace the teachings of Genesis concerning the origin of the universe because I believe that the Bible is a reliable source of truth. Another person believes the claims of Darwin because he believes that modern scientists are reliable sources of truth. Both are acts of faith.

Second, evolution is a religion in the sense that whoever or whatever created mankind is mankind’s god by default. The creator is in charge; he or it is the final authority on all matters of the life and destiny of any individual person. If God created man as described in Genesis 1, then He is the final authority over mankind’s destiny. If mankind evolved, then that final authority belongs to death, as death is the driving force behind the myth of evolution.

Modern science, however, is wrong concerning the origin of mankind. I cannot prove this assertion using modern scientific tests and theories and studies; I say it on faith. Similarly, the Darwinist cannot prove that mankind evolved from the lower orders simply because such a step cannot be proven in a scientific laboratory — even if it were true (which it isn’t), evolution could not be actively forced by the will of any man, because it would be death that drove it (if it were true — which it isn’t).

I believe that there is a God, but I cannot prove this assertion, either. On the other hand, modern science cannot prove that God does not exist, yet much of modern science is founded upon the belief that there is no God. Scientists exercise faith just as much as Christians do—perhaps even more so. I suspect that many of their theories concerning the origins of the universe are built upon their own exercises of faith, built upon the presupposition that there is no God who created the heavens and the earth out of nothing.

Yet it is important to point out that most people do exercise faith when they believe what modern science tells them. The average person, like me, is not qualified to examine the methods of carbon dating, for example, to see whether they are reliable, to discern what presuppositions they are built upon. Most of us cannot hope to hold science accountable to be telling us the truth, and we exercise faith in the veracity of scientists when we accept what they tell us as fact.

I have chosen to take a different step of faith. I have chosen to believe that the Bible is telling me the truth concerning the origins of the cosmos in general and of mankind in particular. The Bible, however, tells me something that is radically different from what modern science tells me, and a straightforward reading of Genesis demonstrates that the two beliefs are absolutely incompatible. This means that I must be willing to look foolish in the eyes of my contemporaries when I say with conviction, “there is no such thing as evolution.”

Darwin Didn’t Invent Evolution

Evolution is not a new idea. It is actually a modern version of ancient pagan mythologies which taught that the world was brought into existence over a long period of time through the forces of “the gods” as they struggled against one another or against the forces of “chaos.” The modern permutation of this ancient religion replaces “the gods” with the forces of death and survival, but the end results and underlying assumptions of the two mythologies are the same.

Darwinism is a form of naturalism, an ancient pagan teaching which assumes that there is no other plane of existence outside of the universe which we inhabit. This assumption leads to the conclusion that there is no God; or, if there is a god, he or she or it is part of the cosmos which we inhabit. In the case of Darwinism, that god is the force of death, the greatest power that exists which drives all species to struggle against it. Death, in the evolutionist’s scheme, is the one force which is unchanging in our world — death is immutable, and it is all-powerful (or omnipotent) in that there is no other entity within our cosmos which can defeat it.

Christianity, on the other hand, is a form of supernaturalism, which believes that there are planes of existence outside of our own — Heaven, for example. Christianity, obviously, teaches that there is a God who exists outside of space and time, a God who is eternal, who created all that exists, a God who is greater than death itself. Christians believe that God alone is immutable and omnipotent, and the New Testament makes it clear that Jesus Christ defeated death once and for all.

So right off the bat we have a serious problem when we try to intermingle these two religious systems, religions that are based upon mutually exclusive premises. One cannot be a naturalist and believe that there is a God who exists outside of creation, because the naturalist rejects the idea that any other planes exist — there is no Heaven, there is only the earth and the universe surrounding it. The Christian, on the other hand, cannot accept the notion that God exists only within our universe, because then He would be a part of the universe, not its creator — He becomes “one of us,” not “other,” not God.

Yet many Christians like to call themselves “theistic evolutionists,” claiming that God actually used evolution to create our universe. Others try to shun the “evolution” part while still embracing the false doctrines of that religion. These theologians invent many names for themselves, including “progressive creationists” and “framework theologians.” But one cannot take bits and pieces of many religions and amalgamate them into one new religion. This is what the so-called New-Agers have attempted in our culture, and it is what the Gnostics have attempted for millennia. This is called a syncretistic religious system, which attempts to select the nicer parts of many religions and mix them together into a theological stew. Theistic evolutionists and progressive creationists and day/age theologians and framework theologians and many other false teachers are attempting to take the parts of Darwinism that they like and mix them together with the parts of Scripture that they like. Each of these theologians does what is right in his own eyes, and the result is that we have as many ludicrous theories as we have modern theologians.

Portions of this post have been taken from Pharaoh’s Magicians: Evolution, the Bible, and Modern Gnosticism by Gregory C. Benoit, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011.

 

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