Why wouldn’t God use evolution?
Feedback for the week of December 19, 2005
Evolution is not evil. It’s fact. My question is why wouldnt God use evolution, he has all the time in eternity to do his work. The earth really is 4.7 billion years old. You think that this amount of time is crazy and that it doesnt fit with the bible but in fact it does. The 7 days He used to create the Earth were only periods of time. They could be anything. There is no reason why God would not do it this way. It makes absolute sense.
Evolution is not evil.
I assume that you are referring to evolution in the “pond-scum-to-people” sense, rather than merely variation within a created kind. “Molecules-to-man” evolution, and its accompanying millions of years during which creatures evolved and died and suffered with diseases, sets itself up against the testimony of the Creator, who has clearly stated in His word that He created in six actual days, and that His original creation was “very good” (Genesis 1). Careful study of the Creator’s written record of history further testifies that the original creation events happened no more than around 6,000 years ago.
So you need to rethink some of this—is the God of the Bible being deceitful when He says He created in six days or are men’s ideas about evolutionary processes occurring over millions of years false? Besides, the concept of evil comes from the Bible … and if you think Genesis 1 is wrong, then why do you think the concept of evil is absolute?
Then repeat it. Please show me how you can change an ameba into a buffalo without adding copious amounts of information into the genome (something that evolutionary processes require, but which has never been demonstrated by empirical science to happen).
My question is why wouldnt God use evolution, he has all the time in eternity to do his work.
I’m not sure what ‘god’ you are talking about. The God of the Bible is not bound by time, He created it (Genesis 1:1)—He is the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13). Please see Who created God?
The reason we know that God didn’t use evolution is because He told us what He did. God is perfect and cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18) and His Word is flawless (Proverbs 30:5–6). It would be illogical to think that a perfect God, who eyewitnessed His creation, would be wrong when He speaks on it and that imperfect, fallible human beings would be right when they speculate about the past, especially when they didn’t eyewitness it.
The earth really is 4.7 billion years old.
Actually careful study of the biblical record reveals that the earth is really 6,000 years old. And if you think that the methods used to determine the “4.7 billion” years are accurate, then I suggest you do more research starting with the results of the RATE research project, as well as our section on radiometric dating:
You think that this amount of time is crazy and that it doesnt fit with the bible but in fact it does. The 7 days He used to create the Earth were only periods of time.
Then, do you think Jesus was being deceptive with His comments that are recorded in Mark 10:6? Jesus Christ, who is God (John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1) makes it clear there were no long ages. When He was asked about marriage and divorce, He said:
But at the beginning of creation God “made them male and female” (Mark 10:6).
Jesus, being God, can’t lie; so if the earth is 4 or so billion of years old, as evolutionists suggest, Jesus should have said at the “end of creation.” However, Jesus said “beginning of creation”; six days after the beginning would still be considered the beginning when Jesus spoke this about 4,000 years later. Please see Did Jesus say He created in six days?
Think of the theological implications of this … if Jesus was lying, then Jesus cannot be God. If Jesus is not God, then people who place their faith in Him will not be saved … .
Besides, you are making a bald assertion that the days are long periods of time without considering the major problems. For example, according to Genesis 1, God created plants before He created the sun. How can the plants survive for millions of years without the sun? Please see Did God really take six days?
They could be anything. There is no reason why God would not do it this way. It makes absolute sense.
So you do agree that they could be six normal days? See, the problem isn’t what God could have done, it is an issue of what God said He did. Either you trust God when He speaks or you trust men when they say God is wrong.
Either way, you are placing your faith in one of these two. God is perfect and His Word is flawless—I suggest that you place your faith in God instead of man.
If God is wrong here, then where else is God wrong? The next generation of children is not ignorant of this. When they hear their parents or church leaders say one doesn’t have to trust Genesis, they take it one step further—they say, “Then why should I trust the Gospel accounts either?”
This is one reason why the American church is dying and the church in England has almost died completely. When one generation compromises what God clearly says in one area, the next generation compromises most if not all of the rest of God’s Word.
I’m asking you in kindness to trust God and His Word over man-invented ideas. We were warned about such thinking by Paul:
See to it that no-one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
God will never be wrong but mankind is all the time. If you are wondering about what science truly says on this issue, then recall that most fields of science were developed by Bible-believing Christians. Real, observable science confirms God’s Word.
Kind regards in Christ,
Bodie Hodge, AiG–USA