Christ or Evolution - Which?
"To attack an abuse of men claiming to represent science is not only a privilege but a duty, and he who shirks it through fear of criticism or through dread of precipitating a controversy in which he himself may lose prestige is no lover of truth."— McCann.
The second plea that has misled some is that the Bible says that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), not Hell, making death to mean "to cease to exist." Death does not mean "to cease to exist." "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth" (1 Tim. 5:6). She "is dead," but she has not "ceased to exist" — she is cut off from God. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24) — not is passed from non-existence into existence, but is passed from being cut off from, separated from, God. "This is life eternal that they might know Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3).
The rank and file, the great body, of professing Christians in these
great denominations believe there is a hell; the teaching of the Scriptures
is plain. As an example of the Scripture's teaching, the Saviour said:
"If thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to
enter into life maimed, rather than having thy two hands go into hell,
into the unquenchable fire. And if thy foot cause thee to stumble, cut
it off: it is good for thee to enter into life halt, rather than having
two feet to be cast into Hell. And if thine eye cause thee to stumble cast
it out: it is good for thee to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye
rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell; where their worm dieth
not and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:43-48, R. V.)
The evidence is plain and positive that the Scriptures are a revelation from God. Professor James Orr, at the time of his death probably the most learned man on the earth, stated that of the greatest thirty infidels of our day and time he knew twenty-eight of them in their old age, and that every one of them, after mature investigation, had accepted the Bible as a revelation from God, and Jesus Christ as their Saviour. William E. Gladstone stated that in his life he had known the greatest sixty men of the world and that fifty-five of them had accepted the Bible as a revelation from God, and Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Space forbids giving the list of great infidels, such as Lord Littleton, Gilbert West, George Romanes, who were convinced by thorough, honest investigation that the Bible is a revelation from God, and that Jesus Christ is the Saviour. The evidence is plain and positive, for ignorant and learned alike. No honest man, ignorant or learned, can read "Walker's Philosophy of the Plan of Salvation," or John Urquhart's "Wonders of Prophecy," or E. Y. Mullins, "Why Is Christianity True?" or Nelson's "The Cause and Cure of Infidelity," or A. T. Pierson's "Many Infallible Proofs," and not be convinced that the Bible is a revelation from God and that Jesus Christ is the Saviour. There are many others, among them, "The Word and Works of God," by Bailey, "The Character of Jesus," by Horace Bushnell, "Miracles of Unbelief," by Ballard, "The Problem of the Old Testament," by Jonus Orr, "Did Jesus Rise," by J. H. Brookes, "The Resurrection of Jesus," by James Orr, "The Young Professor," by E. B. Hatcher, "Reasons for Faith in Christianity," by Leavitt, "Creation," by Arnold Guyot, "The Resurrection of Our Lord," by W. Milligan. I could fill this book with testimonies of great men that the Bible is God's revelation to man. Let me give a few:
Lord Kelvin, the greatest scientist on earth at the time of his death, stated, toward the close of his life, that there is not a single established fact of science which is in conflict with any statement of the Bible.
Sir David Brewster, doubtless the greatest scientist the world has ever known, signed a statement, together with seven hundred and fifty-three other scientists, that there is not one single fact of real science that conflicts with the Bible.
"The time is perhaps nearer than we anticipate when natural science and theology will unite in the conviction that the first chapter of Genesis stands alone among the traditions of mankind in the wonderful simplicity and grandeur of its words, and that the meaning of these words is always a meaning ahead of science, not because it anticipates the results of science, but because it is independent of them and runs, as it were, round the outer margin of all possible discovery."—Duke of Argyle.
"Who educated the first human pair? A Spirit interested himself in them, as is laid down by an old, venerable, primeval document which, taken altogether, contains the profoundest, sublimest wisdom and discloses results to which all philosophy must at last come."—Fichte.
"I have always found in my scientific studies that when I could get the Bible to say anything on the subject, it afforded me a firm platform to stand upon and a round in the ladder by which I could safely ascend."—Lieut. Maury, U. S. Navy, distinguished on account of both his valuable scientific discoveries and his published works.
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures."—Sir John Herschell.
These great bodies of professing Christians believe that the only hope for responsible human beings not going to hell when they die is through our Saviour, God's Son, as our real Redeemer. Witness: "But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, and at last He will stand upon the earth: And after my skin, even this body is destroyed, then without my flesh shall I see God,—Job. 19:25-26. "And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities,"—Ps. 130:8; "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."—Isa. 53:5-6; "the son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. — Mt. 20:28; "this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many unto REMISSION of sins,—Mt. 26:28; "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,"—Rom. 3:24; "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us,"—Gal. 3:13; "in whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,"—Eph. 1:7; "knowing that ye were redeemed not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ,"—I Peter 1:18-19; "nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption,"— Heb. 9:12; "Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own possession, zealous of good works,"—Titus 2:13-14; "And they sing a new song saying, Worthy art thou to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou art slain and did purchase unto God with Thy blood men of every tribe, and tongue and people and nation,"—Rev. 5:9. Now there could not be REAL redemption, the Saviour could not be a REAL Redeemer, but only a miser-able make-shift, if He were not REAL Deity, REALLY God's Son.
But if Evolution, which is being taught in our High Schools, is true, the Saviour was not Deity, but only the bastard, illegitimate son of a fallen woman, and the world is left without a real Saviour, a real Redeemer, and only hell is left for responsible human beings. The teaching of Evolution leaves no room for Jesus Christ's being Deity, but forces the teaching that He must have had a human father as well as mother. Not only so, but Evolution teaches not simply development within species,— every farmer, every stockman, every poultryman, believes that; that is the reason we line-breed; that is the reason we send our children to school; Evolution teaches that everything evolved from protoplasm, from the first amoeba, from the first living cell, not as big as the point of a needle; that the different species, man included, were evolved from the first living thing just above the non-living; that by very slight changes from generation to generation for millions of years, new species were evolved up to and including man.
Now, Genesis says positively ten times in the first chapter that everything brought forth "after its kind;" Evolution says that there are ten lies in the first chapter of Genesis; that everything did not bring forth "after his kind;" Genesis says that God created man; in His own image; Evolution says that there is another lie in the book of Genesis — that the first man was midway between the anthropoid ape and modern man; Genesis says that the first man spoke plainly; Evolution says that there is another lie in Genesis: that the first man chattered like animals in trees, having only exclamations of pain or pleasure.
The Saviour endorsed Genesis as the word of God; Deity would not endorse these lies as the word of God, if Evolution is true, and it is being taught as true in the High Schools throughout the land; then the Saviour whom we trust for redemption and whom we worship, was not Deity, but only the bastard, illegitimate son of a fallen woman; therefore the world is left without a real Redeemer; therefore hell is the home of all responsible human beings.
John McDowell Leavitt: "Take Jesus from the world and you turn it into gloom." Take His Deity and real redemption away and you turn the world into hell.
It will be shown in this book that the teaching of Evolution is being drilled into our boys and girls in our High Schools during the most susceptible, dangerous age of their lives. It if. true that it is being taught in the lower grades of our public schools, even down to the primary department, as will be shown in this book; and it is being taught in our State Universities and State Normals. But attention is especially directed here to Evolution in the High Schools, for three reasons: First, because it is the most susceptible, dangerous age of our young people; second, — comparatively few of the High School students go through the State Universities; vastly more, therefore, are being poisoned and eternally damned in the High Schools than in the Universities; third, the great State Universities and State Normals are barricaded behind strong political influences and millions of money, and they are hard to reach; from this barricaded position they can, in their high-browed arrogance, snap their fingers in our faces—until we can arouse the people to elect legislators who will cut off all appropriations wherever Evolution is taught, and mark my words,—it will be done. Are we under the heel of a worse than the Czar of Russia, to take our taxes from us and then ram down the throats of our children whatever they please? Ramming poison down the throats of our children is nothing compared with damning their souls with the teaching of Evolution, that robs them of a revelation from God and a real Redeemer. Have we, while asleep, been dragged back under "taxation without representation?" The men are angels, who will take my child from me and, under the plea of science, pour poison down its throat, compared to men who take my child away from home into the public schools, and, under the plea of science—when it is neither truth nor science—pour Evolution into its mind and damn its soul.
The plea will be made that many pass through the High Schools, and even the State Universities and State Normals, without being poisoned, without giving up the Bible as revelation from God and the Saviour as Redeemer. That is true: in many cases the training in the home, under the pastors and priests and in the Sunday Schools, has been so effective that they are able to escape; even so, many, because of the physical training, the strength, the health given to their bodies, are able to pass through our epidemics of small-pox, or of yellow fever, without taking it and dying; but that is no reason for forcing our children to be exposed to small-pox or yellow fever. Many do die from small-pox and yellow fever, and many, many, as will be shown in this book, are being damned eternally by the teaching of Evolution in our schools.
The third reason why this book is sent forth to warn against Evolution in the High Schools is that the scourge can be soonest reached and stopped there.
The Boards of Trustees of the public schools are absolute sovereigns; they can put in or put out whatever teacher they will; no power on earth can force teachers on them; in practically every school community in the land, Baptists, Catholics, Congregationalists, Disciples, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians and other professed Christian fathers and mothers arc vastly in the majority; they can put on the Boards of Trustees only men and women who will not employ any teacher who believes in Evolution; who will not employ any teacher who will not pledge to post himself or herself on the facts against Evolution, and expose it every time it comes up in any text book. And then carry the fight to the people and educate them until we can elect legislatures that will cut off all appropriations whereever Evolution is taught. They have us by the throat—it is the only way to break their strangle hold.
But the reader may ask: "Why not meet these great professors who teach Evolution and discuss with them and go to the bottom of the matter?" Meet them! They will not meet! Catch, if you can, some great State University, or Chicago University, or Columbia University, choosing a man as a representative to meet in public discussion and have the debate stenographically reported and published in book form, Philip Mauro, the lawyer of New York, or Alfred W. McCann, LL. D., the lawyer of New York, or George McCready Price, the scientist of California, or J. W. Porter of Kentucky, or W. B. Riley of Minneapolis, Minnesota, or L. W. Munhall of Pennsylvania, or R. A. Torrey of Los Angeles,—or William Jennings Bryan! They will discuss with an untrained school boy in the school room, where they have every advantage, but catch one of them, will you, discussing with a man who is posted, and open and above board!
It will be claimed that there are men who believe in Evolution who are devout Christians. Let the reader consider:
First. There are men who are great along some lines of learning who are not clear in their reasoning; they are not logical in their thinking; they would not know logic if they met it in the road. Any man who will only think clearly and honestly knows that it is absolutely impossible to reconcile Evolution and the ten-times-repeated statement in Genesis that everything brought forth "after its kind," and the Saviour endorsing Genesis as the word of God, with the Deity of the Saviour; and if He was not Deity He was not a real Redeemer. If these things can be reconciled, WHY DON'T SOME OF THE EVOLUTIONISTS SHOW THE RECONCILIATION? This has been put up to them over and over, and they remain as dumb as oysters—and they will continue to pass it by in silence. Second. Some men say they believe in Evolution, when they mean by it development within the species, as the stalk of corn from the grain, the oak from the acorn, the chicken from the egg,—that is not Evolution, and they know it,—they say they believe in Evolution so as to appear learned.
Third. Men claim to be Christians, and believe in Evolution, when they do not, down in their souls, believe that Christ really redeemed us—actually died for our sins.
Fourth. Men claim to be Christians, and believe in Evolution, and say that they believe that Christ was divine, but they believe that human beings are divine, that God is the Father of human beings, and so we are all divine; but down in their souls they believe that the Saviour had a human father as well as mother,—they have not the manhood to come out and say so— they do not believe He had pre-existence.
Fifth. I have never known a prominent Evolutionist who claimed to be a Christian, who ever in public emphasized the fact of redemption through the blood of Christ, of redemption through Christ dying for our sins, until driven by exposure or by public sentiment to make such a statement.
I quote from five of the great Evolutionists of the world, who claim to be Christians:
"God is not a bookkeeper recording in his ledger the daily deeds of men and issuing his curse on, those who fail in any requirement of the law,—but a righteous God loving righteousness in men and faith by which men come into fellowship with him." "A conception that he is a mere legalistic judge of men, ignoring their striving, their aspiration and their faith and pronouncing on them a curse because they have failed to fulfill all the requirements of the law."
"No New Testament writer teaches the doctrine that the death of Jesus satisfies a demand of God that sin shall be punished, or is substitutionary in the sense that in it Jesus endures the punishment due to others."
"The divine nature no longer sits apart in cold clouds, concerning itself with man only in the imposition of an arbitrary legislation from which it is itself exempt, and exacting the last farthing of the penalty of its violation."
"He came to save the lost by making to them a concrete revelation of the truth."
"But what in Jesus' mind is the attitude of God toward the sinner? That attitude is neither the imperial nor the judicial, but, as we should expect, the paternal."
"The Father's law of obedience is the security of the family."
"The breach is healed when the cause of it ceases to exist. The essential and sufficient condition of reconciliation is the change of man's attitude to God."
"The cross was not a device by which a far-away God enabled men to cancel their debt of sin."
"To win the approval of God one has simply to achieve a character that will merit approval."
"A humble and contrite heart is the only recommendation that a sinner needs with God. It is precisely the kind of atonement that every right-minded parent desires from a wayward child."
"Taking an immunity bath in a fountain filled with blood." "Moral justice cannot take the innocent for the guilty, even if the innocent would offer itself. To suppose justice to do this is to destroy the principle of its existence, which is the thing itself. It is then no longer justice; it is indiscriminate revenge."
These expressions are from a great college president emeritus, a great university president and three professors who train young preachers, all Evolutionists and they all deny that Christ died for our sins.
Sixth. Some learned professors, by mental contortions or theological sleight-of-hand, may be able to believe in Evolution and at the same time to believe the Bible to be really the word of God and the Saviour to be real Deity and our real Redeemer, but your honest High School boy and girl who think cannot, and with many of them it will mean at last—hell; hence, the subject of this book, "Hell and the High School."
And the blame for their doom I lay at the feet of the fathers and mothers of America who, cowering before the sneers of a lot of high-brows supported by your taxes, will not arise and through your local Boards of Trustees, drive every Evolutionist from our High Schools, and through your legislatures cut off all public funds where the Bible-denying, soul-destroying error is taught.
I know their pleas, I know their dodgings,—they will be met fairly and squarely in this book.
What is one boy's or girl's soul worth?
Whose boy, whose girl, will it be?
Where is your Christian manhood and womanhood?
Are you a preacher, and because of the high-brows in your congregation, because of their sneers, or because they will cut off your salary, or because they will work up opposition to you as pastor, you will not enter the fight, and you will let your child and the child of your neighbor be damned? Are you a grocery man or a dry goods merchant, and because you may lose a customer or two, will not enter this fight? Are you a society woman and you fear to injure your popularity, and so will leave this fight to others? Are you a boot-licking politician and for the sake of a few votes will you let your child's soul be damned to an eternity in hell?
"Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilead."
BUT: "Curse ye Meroz," said the angel of the Lord, "curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty."
We gave our sons to save the world from being crushed by the Germans, and we did well; but they had already stealthily crept in and captured our citadels of learning, and now they and their dupes are damning our children. The soul of one High School boy or girl sent to hell by your German Evolution is worth more than the bodies of all our brave boys killed in the great war in Europe. But they are being sent to hell by the thousands, as I shall show.
"But you are persecuting us professors!" Ah! Sissie! You have played the highbrow long enough. Now stand up and take your medicine.
But instead of standing up like men and meeting the issue, and meeting men in discussion and showing that their Evolution is right, is the truth and ought to be taught, they are, in then arrogance and pride, putting themselves above discussion and branding all who dare call their Bible-destroying, soul-damning teaching in question as a set of ignoramuses, sneering that their opposers are not "scientists." Well, a man does not have to be a hen to be) a judge of an egg, and this is a nest full of bad eggs. Or, in their self-assumed superiority, they maintain a dignified, sublime silence,—on the principle that a fool may be considered by some as wise, if he will but keep his mouth shut.
Or, as they are now beginning to do, they are playing the baby act, and whining for what they call "Academic Freedom," "Academic Liberty." One of them has recently put it thus: "The teacher should be allowed to teach as he sincerely believes. Not otherwise can he retain his self-respect, the confidence of his pupils or the respect of the public." I deny it! Shall teachers be allowed to teach that there is no such thing as disease and keep small-pox pupils in the schools? But the teacher who would thus teach and spread small-pox through the school would do far less harm than the one who teaches Evolution and spreads it among the pupils; for small-pox would only damn their bodies, while Evolution would damn their souls. Should teachers be allowed "academic freedom" to teach the anarchistic-communistic proletariat, "Down with the Church! Down with the State! Down with private property!"? That teaching could only damn the body; the teaching of Evolution damns the soul. Shall the teacher be allowed "academic freedom" to teach a plurality of wives? Are we slaves? Are there no limitations? Where will you draw the line? In the nature of the case, the limitations must be drawn by those who pay for the teaching: where else can the line be drawn? A man, dead drunk, staggered out of a saloon to the street waving his arms wildly, and hit a passer-by on the nose. The passer-by quickly hit the drunkard under the jaw and knocked him into the gutter. The drunken man staggered to his feet and stammered, "Don- don- don't you believe in personal liberty?" "Yes!" replied the gentleman, "but your liberty ends where my nose begins." Every teacher's liberty ends where injury to the body, mind or soul of the pupil begins. Who is to be the judge? The ones who pay for the teaching. Let the teacher who wishes to teach otherwise have liberty to teach, yes, but at his own expense, or at the expense of those who wish to pay for that kind of teaching.
"But you are fighting science!" We shall see.