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A response to creation evolutionists
By Larry Dye
Once in awhile I receive emails from Christians who shift from believing in biblical creation to theistic evolution. Their belief is that the creation account recorded in scripture is in large part metaphorical. This is how I usually respond:
Thank you for your email.
I too was a theistic evolutionist but I have been convinced otherwise. I could offer you evidence (perhaps you have read some of my articles on the website) but for me the debate amongst Christians really comes down to the authority of God’s word. “Mark 13:31 says; Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
To me Genesis Chapter 1 makes it clear that God created in six days and rested on the seventh. To make sure we didn’t miss this, God’s word reiterates a six day creation in Exodus 20:8-11 and Exodus 31:17
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." (Exodus 20:8-11)
It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’ (Exodus 31:17)
Not only does God’s word remind us that He created in six days, but reveals why we have a seven day week, and why we have a Sabbath (day of rest).
It’s interesting how Christians will debate this plain text, but at the same time accept that Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days and that Jesus rose from the dead in three days. Why are Genesis 1 and Exodus 20:8-11 singled out? Cannot God create all things in six days? Jesus healed diseases instantaneously.
And speaking of Jesus, when he was asked a question about marriage and divorce, Jesus response was,..."have you not read in the beginning he created them male and female. (Matthew 19:4) Jesus brings Adam and Eve right to the beginning of creation.
To doubt this plain text is to doubt God’s nature and character of revealing the truth. When does God start telling the truth? I would hope with the very first verse of the very first book of scripture. To doubt His word at the beginning opens us to doubt His word throughout scripture.
But more importantly, the other issue centers on the reason why Jesus came to Earth in the first place. If a Christian believes in theistic evolution, then they are accepting the concept of “survival of the fittest” before Adam and Eve. In other words there was death, disease and bloodshed prior to the creation of man. This is totally contrary to what scripture reveals. The scripture says that death, disease and bloodshed came after Adam and Eve’s rebellion (the fall). Prior to this, man and animals were in harmony with each other and with man, (Remember all were plant eaters).
(Genesis 1:29, 30) Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
God said everything “was very good” at the conclusion of His creation. How would this statement be true if there was death? Jesus came to earth because there was a literal fall of mankind through Adam and Eve. This fall resulted not only in physical death and disease but spiritual death. It would make no sense for a Saviour to redeem us if death was apart of His creation from the very beginning.
I’m sure you have heard these arguments before, but I believe it is important to uphold God’s word and look for the evidence instead of upholding man’s theories and changing God’s word.
Just one example.:
In the 1800’s astronomers were developing powerful telescopes and were peering further and further in the universe. They came to the conclusion that the universe was eternal, not God. Everybody jumped on the evolutionary bandwagon, Christians were dumbfounded until Einstein understood that the universe had a beginning (General Relativity); a truth that scripture has always proclaimed. Man’s theories change all the time, but God’s word will last forever.
Perhaps this helps
God Bless Larry Dye