‘Why do you just bash evolution?’

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Published: 18 December 2018 (GMT+10)
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The above is a question we occasionally receive. Answering it goes to the heart of why we do what we do—why does CMI even exist?

Leading question

First of all, we should note that the question ‘leads’ by making an implicit assertion: that all CMI does is bash evolution. However, CMI’s Statement of Faith has these explicitly stated “Priorities”:

  1. The scientific aspects of creation are important, but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer and Judge.
  2. The doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So, we are a focused ministry, but not in the way many think!1

The two-fold biblical approach

Now that we have established our mission statement, how should we approach it? Following Scripture, CMI’s thrust is two-fold: both the positive and negative poles of the same thing: we give reasons for believing in biblical creation, and reasons against believing in evolution. For the positive, here are some of the biblical reasons:

  • Jesus Himself said that the “great and first commandment” is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:34–38). Note that He doesn’t expect Christians to check their brains at the church door! Also, in the Bible, the ‘heart’ in most cases meant what we call the ‘mind’, e.g. “intention of man’s heart” (Genesis 8:21), “plans of the heart” (Psalm 33:11)
  • The chief apostle Peter commanded Christians: “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15). So, we are to make a defense of our faith, which has reasons.
  • Jude’s inspired epistle said: “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3).

We also have admonitions for the negative side:

  • The Apostle Paul said: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Now this is quite shocking for some when they read this for this first time. Well, it doesn’t say “destroy people”, but just “destroy arguments”, but even so! Yet this is what the Prophets, Apostles, and Jesus Himself did frequently. Often, whatever was the strongest rival belief system would be attacked, because beliefs are the foundation for one’s worldview or philosophy of life.

The prophets and negative arguments

After the Israelites came out of Egypt, the main opposition to worship of the true God YHWH was idolatry. First, many retained the idol worship of the land they had fled, and later on, they copied the Canaanite religion of worshipping many gods, including Baal.

In a famous contest, Elijah, the forerunner of the prophetic ministry, showed up the absurd falsehoods of Baal-worship (1 Kings 18:16–40). He even mocked the silliness of them worshipping a nature god with ordinary limitations, like needing to sleep, couldn’t hear prayers, couldn’t be in two places at once, and even needing to heed the call of nature. This was a contrast to the true God who made everything, and could not be limited by anything He created—His fire even consumed vast amounts of water. This is an example of where we see both the negative and positive aspects of Elijah’s arguments.

We are not told of any religious leaders who rebuked Elijah for the negative arguments, on the lines of, “Just present a positive case for YHWH worship; don’t bash Baal worship. Don’t claim that Baalism is a theory in crisis; there is evidence for it—gobs and gobs of it.” No, clearly God blessed Elijah’s approach, I suspect because the false idolatry was leading people astray and straight to hell. In reward, both Elijah and Enoch were the only two people we know who were taken to heaven without dying.

Later on, Isaiah likewise contrasted the true God with the idols (Isaiah 40–45), again with the twofold approach. For the positive, the true God made the heavens and the earth, is the First and the Last, so is not limited by time. This means that He owns the past and the future, so could tell what is to come (44:7).

It’s notable that Jesus makes the same claim to deity by declaring, “I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he” (John 13:19). To make it clear, Jesus even uses exactly the same language as YHWH revealed to Isaiah 43:10 as translated in the Greek Septuagint:

Hina … pisteusete … hoti ego eimi (Isaiah 43:10)

Hina pisteusete … hoti ego eimi (John 13:19)

“That … you should believe … that I am”.2

It’s no accident that His enemies wanted to stone Him “for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33). Jesus never corrected them for how they understood His claims, and as we see above, three chapters later, He made it even clearer.

But with this powerful positive evidence, Isaiah used negative arguments against idol worship. One of the most cutting is how a man plants a cedar tree, and half he burns as fuel to warm himself and cook, while he fashions the remainder into an idol and prays to it for deliverance (Isaiah 44:14–20). Isaiah condemns the blindness and ignorance of such beliefs—“a deluded heart has led him astray.”

Conclusion

The prophets used both positive arguments for the true God and negative arguments against the leading competing false belief system. Today, the leading false belief system is goo-to-you evolution, teaching that humans are not made in God’s image but are rearranged pond scum. This is an anti-God belief and the foundation for atheism. The biblical precedent clearly calls for both positive arguments for creation and negative arguments against evolution.

References and notes

  1. .Hughes, E., Is CMI only focused on one thing? Yep, and it’s Jesus Christ! February 2017; creation.com/focused-one-thing. Return to text.
  2. .James White, The Forgotten Trinity, ch. 6, Bethany House Publishers, 1998. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Hugh B.
Yet another brilliant article that clearly shows the importance of Creation ministry in this troubled world. Unfortunately my Pastor doesn't recognise how vital this teaching is, and how much it is needed to combat the evolutionary mindset that is being drummed into society. I continue to share your work with people from my church, my family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for your wonderful ministry that is equipping people with biblically based answers that support the foundations of our beliefs.

God bless, and keep up the good work, in His name
Buck Buchanan
Bernard G.
Any time I engage in a discussion with a person who asks me, “Why do you bash evolution?”, it almost always ends up being an unbeliever (i.e. the scoffer described in 2 Peter 3:5) who is trying to convince themselves that they are theistic-evolutionists. They seem to struggle on the one hand, with “knowing instinctively” that there must be a Creator (Romans 1:19) but on the other hand, wanting to suppress that truth (Romans 1:18) by putting earthly/human thinking (i.e. science falsely so-called per 1 Timothy 6:20) above that of the God of infinite knowledge and wisdom (Colossians 2:2–3). They reject the very revelation that could teach them the truth (Hebrews 11:3) in the first place. And so what they end up with is a most nonsensical, self-refuting, self-contradicting worldview (i.e. the purposeful, finely-tuned and incredibly complicated symbiotic living things we observe in nature must have come about by some unguided, random, mindless, aimless, purposeless and directionless natural force which no one has ever observed, cannot be tested and is indemonstrable in any lab). To this messy convoluted gibberish, there is a solution (see John 8:31–32).
Steve H.
I’ve met some who claim they would believe had they seen Elijah’s demonstration of God’s power (1 Kings 18:16–40). Others say they would believe had they seen Jesus’ miracles, or seen him rise from the dead. Unfortunately, they were born too late for that, and they don’t trust the Bible as a historical record, so Jesus was right: “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (Lk 16:19-31).

For many this is simply a veiled excuse for their rebellion against God (2 Timothy 4:3; Romans 1:18–20): they believe only what they want to believe no matter how unsound or contrived the basis of that belief; they suppress the truth; they don’t want to believe.

God tells us that he can be found when we search for him with all our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 4:29). We may find him intellectually if we search with all our mind, but to truly know him we must also search with all our soul in order to enter into a relationship with him. As Charles Spurgeon said, “I may know all the doctrines of the Bible, but unless I know Christ, there is not one of them that can save me.”

Whilst the Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16), Jesus tells us that this seed of Truth will not grow well unless it falls on fertile soil (Matthew 13:1–23). For those of us who are God’s co-workers, this may mean: weeding (Matthew 13:24–30)—not pulling up the weeds, but countering their influence; watering and feeding the seed (1 Corinthians 3:6–7)—teaching God’s word; and protecting and encouraging growth by being “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13–16)—loving and leading them to Christ by our life’s example.

This may mean, at the appropriate time, teaching them creation science in place of the godless evolutionary science that has taken hold in the world.
Eivind G.
Sir I salute you as a retired pastor I focussed on teaching apologetics in my weekly Bible Study using so much of the exceptional material Creation Ministries supplies and I had the joy and privilege of seeing the church grow spiritually, numerically and in maturity and I continue to do the same thing now but travel internationally.
Continue your ministry sir for we are not dealing with time but with Eternity.…
Once again to the staff of Creation Ministries, one day in Eternity I will hug you and thank our Lord Jesus for you.
Gary L.
There is no gospel but the true gospel—the gospel of God! Preach and write about it, and be straight down the line. Many will be offended while some of us won’t. Eternity is a matter of serious and dire consequences! Well done to Jonathan who wrote this and the manner in which he so did. Many a man and woman now have a lot to say about God and Christ and hell, but there cometh a day!! where they would wish they had never been born!! Oh Holy One have mercy on us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, so that may be partakers of your heavenly glory and your majesty! That we may be absent from the day of your wrath. Lord Jesus save all weary souls!
Revd Robert W.
I think it is good to bash the theory of Evolution because it needs a good bashing: look at all the harm that it has done, is doing, and will continue to do unless it is given a good bashing. In the Church, it has wrought doubt about Genesis and the Old Testament; in Society, it has dethroned the Christian faith and ethic; in the schools and Universities, it has all but replaced good historical science with hopeless and mythical nonsense; and in the political sphere, it has led to such atrocities as the Gulag in Communism and the race-genocide of the Jews in National Socialism. Even today Evolution is behind such dangerous experiments as ‘genetic engineering’, which has within it unforeseen consequences possibly of a very drastic nature, and Abortion which takes away the life of the unborn. And what is it all based on? Where are the facts to support it? There are none. To parody the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, “In God’s Name, keep up the Good Work!”
Norman P.
Thank you for that beautifully clear mission statement.
Yesterday, for the first time in years, I walked past a bronze statue of Darwin into the local public library. There, inside, a portrait of Darwin hung on the wall. I felt an oppressive darkness, just like walking into Lenin’s Mausoleum. In each case, it’s not the man, but the spiritual powers that attend their demonic doctrines, as was no doubt the case with all dumb idols.
I donated a copy of a beautifully illustrated, locally-based Christian testimony which glorified Christ as Creator and Redeemer, which would be readily understood by ‘children of all ages’. I encouraged them to check it out, as indeed they should. I suppose I should not have been surprised to receive a polite refusal this morning.
Christmas lights everywhere, but to quote John 3:19: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” But the Comforter also says: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:11–13). To him be all the glory!
Mark M.
I must thank all of you at CMI. If it were not for your wonderful articles and and Bible based arguments, I might remain one of the confused. The information you provide continually encourages and strengthens thousands in the body of Christ. I pray that your ministry reaches tens of millions more. Having scientific and more importantly sound Biblical explanations for creation puts one on solid ground for their faith and a better place to operate with love to those not only lost but even more so to those in the faith who do not yet recognize the need for this information. Your ministry is a blessing to all, again thank you.
Lowell G.
I have nothing to add to the article or comments from other believers but “Amen! and persevere!”
Jordan C.
Amen! A very refreshing and insightful article! May the Lord Jesus continue to bless your ministry!
Dean R.
I have learnt so much from reading CMI. About Deism, Pantheism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Abiogenesis, Hebrew, Uniformitarianism, History, interpretation and distortion of data etc and how all these things come into play. Where the Ancient Greeks had a temple for this and a temple for that, the modern world too thinks it can have a belief for this and a belief for that. Modern idolatry on par with Caananite mythology.

Sadly but not surprisingly, Theism is caught up in this battle as evolution is bashed into young and old minds in the past few centuries. CMI rightly defends the Biblical and Christian position supported by observational and historical science. Something I was never taught in school.

God still speaks today and the battle is just as real as in Elijah’s day, but a step closer to the fulfilment of all things with the promised coming of Jesus the King and Pentecost. Colossians 1:15–23.
Dan M.
If there were real honesty in the scientific field concerning evolutionary origin hypothesizes there would be no need to stand up to faulty reasoning, that is by the way, forced on students in our schools and not open to critical thinking (sounds like a competing religion, doesn’t it?). I believe the hypothesis would have long ago been abandoned because of its prosperous suppositions and science would be the better for it. It is in fact the atheists who bash anything even smelling of biblical origin. I have experienced this first hand at a university I attended.
Science can't be used to prove origins biblical or otherwise because it is a one off event that can’t be confirmed by science. Science was created by Bible believers to test God’s laws of the creation to understand those laws.
Bottom line, evolution is a bad hypothesis, and any other bad hypothesis would have been long ago abandoned.
Study its evolutionary presuppositions, look at the evidence and then engage your reason, and any honest person (in my opinion) would see its impossible chances of explaining how we came to be.
Just let logic lead you where it may.
Nick M.
Why bash evolution? The answer is simple: Because it leads people away from God, and Jesus Christ. Like it or not, this ‘theory’ (if I can even give it that much weight by calling it that) is inherently used as a tool for atheism. And if, as creation.com has shown time and time again, the evidence destroys it and validates the Bible’s account, why not scream it to the ends of the Earth, especially considering that in doing so it will lead people to trust Christ?

Why anyone would even ask what the reason is to ‘bash’ evolution, especially if they are a Christian, is beyond me.
John M.
Merry Christmas!



J. Moore

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