Most Christians you talk to believe that Evolution and the Bible are harmonious with each other. However, most Christians don’t know the implications of believing in Evolution and the Bible. Specifically, belief in the Bible and evolution presents serious theological issues. On top of that, the two don’t fit harmoniously at all. How well they fit is about how well a square peg fits in a circular hole.
Evolution, in a nutshell, is the goo-to-you model. We began as non-life and progressed, through mutations and natural selection, to become what we are today. This process would require millions of years of death and competition to achieve the pinnacle of Evolution thus far. However, if you look in the Bible, Adam’s eating of the apple is when sin was first introduced into the Bible and as Romans 6:23 says, death is the punishment for sin. If you try and reconcile both Evolution and the Bible, you come to this dilemma: There was death before the first sin! This puts a serious scar on the character of God. Why would God call His creation of the world “very good” Genesis 1:31 when it was built on millions of years of death? It doesn’t add up at all.
Another problem encountered when trying to reconcile the Bible and evolution is the space for millions of years for Evolution to occur. As far as I know, most compromising theories (ruin-reconstruction, old earth creationism, gap theory, progressive creation, and theistic evolution) either insert a large period of time between Genesis 1:1-2. However, this requires a skewed reading. A straightforward reading of Genesis does not suggest any such gap. It is only because of the desire to mix Evolution and the Bible that such a gap is inserted.
The other method of inserting time by elongating each day of creation is a man-made insertion. This is “supposedly” based on 2 Peter 3:8. However, in that passage a simile is being used and isn’t being used in reference to Genesis. In Hebrew, the day in Genesis is ‘yom’ which means a literal day. Everywhere else in the Bible that ‘yom’ is used, a literal day is meant, so why change the meaning in Genesis? Finally, Exodus 31:15 tells the Israelites how to use their week: Work for 6 days and rest for the seventh, just like God did while creating everything. If each of these days was more than a literal day (thousands of years or more) then we should still be resting!
It is important to remember that Evolution is a man-made theory that is prone to mistakes. The Bible is the divinely inspired Word from God. Who should you trust? God! Man is better at making mistakes than not making mistakes while God is unchanging. Evolution is a severely flawed theory that is doctrinally pushed onto students. There are plenty of alternate and Biblical explanations to what we see in life except they are severely smothered in the academic community. It is important to keep the faith and remember you aren’t here today by chance, but because an eternal God loves you more than what a finite can comprehend!
For more resources, I HIGHLY recommend Answers In Genesis. This site is what got me hooked on apologetics, and most of my thoughts are based on their work/writings:
Answers In Gensis
To see how much non-secular (non-evolutionary) theories are ignored, smothered and pushed out of academic communities, check out Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
I am a 21 year old senior at the University of Michigan studying General Biology. After I graduate, I want to got o Pharmacy School to get my PharmD degree and one day own a retail pharmacy. I love to cycle, for pleasure, commuting and work. I also love almost anything relating to technology from news to repairing a computer. I joined TAYA to write apologetic-related blogs, as that is another core passion of mine. I got involved with apologetics my senior year in high school and it really confirmed my faith for me. It is also an area I think the majority of Christians are severely lacking in, so I always enjoy teaching other christians (and non-christians too) why their faith isn't blind! Sometimes the topics I write about aren't very clear, so don't be afraid to email me or ask me (via comment) to explain something more! There is no point in not understanding something because it is likely I didn't explain something well! See you around!
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