Beginners' Theology

Problems With Evolution

Problems with Evolution

There are only two theories about the origin of the universe. One is the revelation of God—He has told us that He has created, and He has told us how He has created. The other is the speculation of man—man believes that he can explain the origin of the universe without God. This is the folly, and the arrogance, of unbelief.

Evolution is the most popular theory concerning origins. In most places of academia, evolution is accepted as “scientific fact.” However, there are serious problems with the theory of evolution as popularized by Darwin.

First, the scientific method cannot explain the past because science is the investigation of the present. To be unbelieving scientist, the obvious question is, “Were you there?” Were you there when life began on this planet? Did you witness the first life form? Did you witness the development of life—the fiction of reptiles to birds, or hominids to humans? Scientists can dig up fossils, but they must interpret what they find.

Second, scientists presuppose uniformitarianism, that is, that everything continues at a constant rate. This is merely a presupposition, for it cannot be proved.

Third, the evolution of life lacks a demonstrable mechanism. For a reptile to develop into a bird, for example, requires the addition of a large amount of genetic information and the basic physical restructuring of the animal. How could such a change happen? What mechanism exists to explain such an alleged development? Which scientist has ever observed such a thing, or demonstrated that it happened?

Evolution is impossible.

The most serious objection to evolution is its explanation of death. Death is not inherent in the creation. Death is the judgment of God on man’s sin. Therefore, there can be no death before sin. Evolution posits a slow,  painful and death-filled process that lasted millions of years before man appeared on the stage of history. For the evolutionist, death is as natural as life. Yet the Bible calls death "the last enemy" (I Corinthians 15:26). “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Only Christianity explains our origins: we are creatures of God, who have fallen into sin and death. Therefore, only Christianity provides the answer to death—salvation in Jesus Christ, the Saviour who has risen from the dead.

Believe in that Creator and Saviour Jesus Christ! 

More About Predestination

More About Predestination

Whether we agree with predestination or not, it is the Bible’s teaching. Whether we react in a positive or negative way emotionally to this teaching, it is the truth of God’s Word. When God’s Word offends our sensibilities—and it often will because we are sinners—we must learn to submit to its teaching.

But before we react emotionally, we need to make sure that we understand the teaching. Often, we react emotionally to a misunderstanding.

First, predestination means God's determination beforehand (pre) of the eternal destiny (destination) of His rational and moral creatures. Since God is God, He has the right to do this. Paul reminds us of our place before God: “Nay, but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay? (Romans 9:20-21). How absurd it would be for a creature to complain to the Creator!

Second, God’s predestinating choice is unconditional. We know what a conditional choice means—we make conditional choices every day. Why do you choose one breakfast cereal over another, or why do you choose eggs or toast (or whatever) for breakfast? Because of some quality in the food—that choice is conditional. An unconditional choice is one where the choice is not determined by any quality in the thing chosen. It is almost impossible for a human being to make such an unconditional choice. Things always influence us. God chooses His people unconditionally—He finds no attractive quality in them; they are not better, greater or nicer than anyone else. God does not even choose them because He foresees that there will be some good quality in them. God explains this to Moses: “The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you [for such and such a reason], but because the LORD loved you” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). The verdict—God loved His people simply because He loved them! There is no reason in us! 

Third, God’s choice of His people is eternal and therefore unchangeable. God did not wait and see how history and His people would turn out before He made His choice. It was before the foundation of the world, or, as Paul writes, “the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that purpose of God according to election might stand” (Romans 9:11).

That is humbling—salvation is not our choice; it is the Lord’s. 

But where better place for salvation to be than in the wise hands of the almighty, always good God!