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A. Theistic evolution is an approach to harmonize popular
evolution and Scripture .
1. This approach teaches that God is some First-cause,
i.e., he set the universe in motion and allowed
evolution to take place .
2 . God did not personally “create” all life. Rather, he
allowed life as we know it to evolve .
3. This theory teaches that at some point man had evolved
to what he is today.
a. At this point God created the spirit and placed it in
b. It was at this point that man was a human and no
longer an animal.
B. Man is faced with three options as to how life appeared on
1. Atheistic evolution.
a. This view teaches that life evolved from non-
b. Undoubtedly, this is the most popular view among
2. Theistic evolution.
a. God created living organisms through the power
of his word.
b. This is the view presented in Scripture.
c. It can be demonstrated to be true through both
science and Scripture.
BIBLICAL PROOFS AGAINST THEISTIC EVOLUTION
A. Genesis presents God as speaking animals into existence.
1. Gen. 1:21.
2. Gen. 1:25.
3. “God created humankind in his image, in the image of
God he created them; male and female he created
them” (Gen. 1:27).
a. In this short verse, the Bible says three times that
God created mankind.
b. This verse does not say that God allowed
humankind to evolve.
B. There is nothing in these verses which would cause one to
take them symbolically.
1. There is a rule in biblical interpretation which says that
one should understand a passage literally unless there
is evidence to take it otherwise.
2. These verses do not present any evidence that they
should be taken symbolically.
3. Some say since the bible ends symbolically
(Revelation) it must begin symbolically.
a. Just because the Bible ends symbolically has
nothing to do with how it should begin.
b. Revelation “sounds” symbolic, but Genesis just
doesn’t “sound” that way.
c . No one would believe in theistic evolution from
these verses were it not for popular scientific
belief. One cannot arrive at this conclusion
merely by reading Genesis.
C. Mankind was made in the image of God.
1. Gen 1:26.
2. Gen. 1:27.
3. In some way, man is like God.
a. This God-like image cannot come from animals;
the Bible doesn’t teach that animals are made in
the image of God.
b. The Bible does not say that man is made in the
image of animals. He is made in the image of
D. The New Testament endorses the idea that God created
1. Matt. 19:4.
a. These are the words of the Lord Jesus himself.
b. Surely no Christian would accuse Jesus of being
mistaken when he spoke concerning the origins of
2. Acts 17:26.
a. Paul was a man who had diligently studied the
Old Testament, and he was a man who spoke
these words through inspiration.
b. If God had allowed man to evolve, certainly Paul
and/or Jesus would have said so.
SCIENTIFIC PROOFS AGAINST THEISTIC EVOLUTION
A. We need to remember that evolution is a THEORY; it has
not been proven. In fact, evolution cannot be proven.
B. Fossils are not transitional.
1. If evolution did in fact occur, we would expect fossils
to show signs of transition.
2. The fossils should show one species developing into
3. However, this does not occur; in fact, fossils appear
4. In his Origin of Species, Charles Darwin himself called
this fact “a very obvious difficulty” (Darwin, 312-313).
C. Variation within animals does not prove theistic (or
1. Some point to different variations to prove evolution.
a. For example, a zeonkey is the product of a jenny
(a female donkey) and a zebra.
b. The offspring of a cow and a buffalo is known as
c . Different breeds of dogs could have very well
come from just one pair .
d. In fact, there are at least 150 distinct kinds of
2. However, these are variations within kinds.
a. Who can say that a jenny and a zebra are not of
the same kind?
b. Who is to say that a cow and a buffalo are not of
the same kind?
c. Who can say that human beings are not all of the
3. These variations do not lead to evolution.
a. The work of one scientist (Gregor J. Mendel)
showed that only limited variation could occur
and this variation did not lead to a new species.
b. If one is breeding, there is only a certain number
of variation he can bring about. The list is not
c. No matter how much variation is brought about,
this variation never leads to a new species.
D. Mutations do not prove evolution.
1. Some say that mutations occurred in species and these
mutations were passed on to offspring and thus
resulted in evolution.
2 . However, no mutation has been demonstrated to make
“an animal more complicated or bring any new
structure into existence” (Gleason Archer, Survey
of Old Testament Introduction, 205).
3. One evolutionist (I. Manton) commented, “The
fundamental causes of evolution on the grand scale, as
it has occurred through geological time and in the
fashioning of the great groups of animals and plants,
cannot yet be described or explained” (Quoted in
E. Embryos do not prove evolution.
1. The human embryo goes through distinct stages.
a. At one stage the embryo looks as though it has
fish gills. Evolutionists say this points back to a
time when our ancestors were fish.
b. These embryos also have a tail that is said to
resemble those of animals.
2. However, these beliefs overlook important
a. The “gills” of an embryo are never used as gills at
any point of development.
b. The “tail” is nothing more than the spine and legs
F. Certain animals make it very difficult to believe in any form
1. There are many such animals, but only two will be
2. Termites show that God created all creatures.
a. Termites have small parasites in their intestinal
tracts which allow them to digest wood.
b. Experiments have been performed which heated
1) The termites were heated to 97 degrees
2) This did not kill the termites, but it did kill
3) The termites died from starvation in ten to
twenty days, because they could not digest
c. Neither of these organisms can live apart. The
termite needs the parasite; the parasite needs the
d. If evolutionists are correct, these organisms would
have had to evolve together.
3. The bombardier beetle shows that no form of evolution
a. When faced with an enemy, this beetle squirts a
lethal combination of two
b . These two chemicals explode when they are
c. They are stored in the animal with a chemical
inhibitor that makes the chemicals harmless.
d. When the beetle releases the chemicals, an anti-
inhibitor is used to cause the mixture to explode.
e. If the development of this beetle were the result of
evolution, the beetle would have likely blasted
itself out of existence. That, however, did not