Genesis and Theistic Evolution





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INTRODUCTION

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 
			man.
		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 
	the planet.
	1. 	Atheistic evolution.
		a. 	This view teaches that life evolved from non-
			living material.
		b. 	Undoubtedly, this is the most popular view among 
			scientists.
	2. 	Theistic evolution.
	3. 	Creation.
		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 
			God. 
D. 	The New Testament endorses the idea that God created 
		man.
	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 
			man.
	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 
		another species.
	3. 	However, this does not occur; in fact, fossils appear 
		fully developed.
	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 
	atheistic) evolution.
	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 
			a catcall.
		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 
			human beings.
	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 
			same kind?
	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 
			endless.
		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 
		Archer, 205).
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 
		information.
		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 
			developing.
F. 	Certain animals make it very difficult to believe in any form 
	of evolution.
	1.	There are many such animals, but only two will be 
		considered here.
	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 
			the termites.
			1)	The termites were heated to 97 degrees 
				Fahrenheit.
			2)	This did not kill the termites, but it did kill 
				the parasites.
			3)	The termites died from starvation in ten to 
				twenty days, because they could not digest 
				wood.
		c.	Neither of these organisms can live apart.  The 
			termite needs the parasite; the parasite needs the 
			termite.
		d.	If evolutionists are correct, these organisms would 
			have had to evolve together.
	3.	The bombardier beetle shows that no form of evolution 
		took place.
		a.	When faced with an enemy, this beetle squirts a 
			lethal combination of two 
			chemicals.
		b .	These two chemicals explode when they are 
			mixed.
		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 
			happen.




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