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LESSON 3
Evolutionism

Key Scriptures


A. Biblical Creation and Evolutionism Are Irreconcilable

As pointed out in Lesson 1, the doctrine at creation is the starting point at the Bible and ot the Christian faith. and it is reiterated throughout Scripture. In fact. at least 165 passages in Genesis are either directly quoted or clearly referred to throughout the New Testament. including more than 100 from Genesis. chapters 1 through 11. Every one at the New Testament authors refers to Genesis I through II. Jesus Christ referred to Genesis, for example in Matthew 19:46 where He quoted from both Genesis I and 2: "Have you not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female. and said, For this cause shalt a man leave father and mother. and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh2 Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together. let not man put asunder". Was Jesus ignorant, or a liar9 It evolution happened, then for millions of years before man creatures lived and died. killed and were killed The Bible teaches that death entered the world only after the first man Adam sinned (Romans 5:12:1 Cor.15: 21 22). Was the Apostle Paul ignorant. or a liar, or was the Holy Spirit Who inspired him to write these passages in Romans and I Corinthians?

Modern evolutionism teaches that in the beginning there was the hydrogen atom from which by gradual accretion over millions and billions of years all higher organisms including man evolved. However, the fossil record does not show any intermediate forms between any and all major kinds of creatures. Top evolutionists meeting at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in the fall of 1980 admitted this "stasis" (well-defined major kinds appearing abruptly in the fossil record, rather than gradually evolving from each other). In view of this fact on alternate evolutionist scenario, "punctuated equilibrium", is now becoming more prominent among evolutionists. This model asserts that evolution look place by gigantic leaps. The mechanism for these "leaps" is supposed to be huge genetic mutations caused by great natural catastrophes This despite the fact that most if not all mutations are harmful or lethal

Both evolutionist models flatly contradict the Bible, which teaches clearly that God created all that is out of nothing by His Word within six literal days (Genii, John 1:1-3; Heb.11:3, Exod.20:8-1t, etc.). So-called "theistic evolution" is therefore also unbiblical'. Genesis I states no less than six times (Gen.1:21-25) that God created His creatures separately "after their kind". They did not evolve from other kinds by themselves or, as theistic evolutionists assert, by occasional nudges from God to help them over otherwise insuperable difficulties (such as life from non-life, sexual reproduction, etc,).

In addition, the order of events according to evolution conflicts totally with the order of creation given in Genesis I For instance, Genesis I teaches that God created fruit trees before fish (plants on day 3, fish on 5) Evolution teaches fish came before fruit trees Evolution says that the earth began as a hot molten blob; the Bible says that the earth was first created covered with water (Gen.1:2). Evolution teaches a "Big Bang" (explosion of a relatively very small ball of tightly packed atomic matter) twenty billion years ago. From this primeval explosion galaxies, then the sun, then the earth are supposed to have evolved very unlikely idea as it implies order arose by itself out of total disordered The Bible teaches that the earth was created on day 1, the sun not till day 4. (For other major discrepancies, see Ken Ham, The Lie: Evolution [El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 19871, pp ,I37-155.)

There are many, many other scientific evidences against evolution, and these evidences automatically support creation since evolution and creation are the only models of origins. For example, life cannot possibly arise from non-life no matter how much time might be available Darwin already feared that the human eye with its astounding complexity totally contradicted his theory. Today scientists know far more than in his day about this same marvelous complexity of all organisms, even ot one-celled creatures formerly considered "simple". This amazing complexity argues for design by a higher intelligence. It amply confirms the teaching of Romans 1:20: "For the invisible things of Him [God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they [men rejecting God are without excuse.

B. Evolutionism and Society
(*)As we already saw in Lesson 1, evolutionism goes hand in hand with the denial of God, of salvation by Christ, and of the entire Christian-biblical world view. Os unbelievers often understand better than Christians. Not for nothing does the Humanist Manifesto t, a key secular humanist publication. begin with the following planks: "First: RelIgious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created. Second: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process [evolution) Manifesto (I also asserts." First:

Any account of nature should pass the tests of scientific evidence [evolution]: in our judgment. the dogmas and myths of traditional religions do not do so.... we begin with humans not God, nature not deity"... and "Second: .. science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces."(~) ~l evolutionism says that the world is "self-contained" or "self-existing". that is. monistic (nothing exists outside this world. it is the one and on~ reality-this fits atheism as well as pantheism). The cosmic evolutionism of pagan antiquity' and also the neo-pagan "New Age" movement today, hold to belief in history as cyclical in an "oscillating universe," whereas the Christian-biblical world view sees history as linear and determined by God.

Cyclical history means that history repeats itself or goes through ever recurring phases or stages. An "oscillating universe" is a world that begins with some sort of "big bang or emanation tram a center (pantheists-New Agers speak of this center as "god"). expands to maximum extent and then falls back upon itself. only to begin this oscillation or megacycle again. and so on forever. Reincarnation is part and parcel of this cyclical history world view. It is all really a never-ending "recycling" of everything. good and evil. treasures and trash. and if taken seriously if leads to meaninglessness and despair.

(*)"New Age" evolutionism says evolution operates by "cosmic forces", by "spirit forces". or simply by "the Force" (Os in the movie Star Wars). All evolutionism in general and "New Age cosmic evolutionism in particular can only distinguish between relative good and evil. right and wrong. In general that which supposedly promotes the evolutionary process counts Os "good". that which hinders it. as "evil". Biblical Christianity based upon biblical creation is then by definition evil. indeed the enemy. New Age evolutionism sides with the "punctuated equilibrium" hypothesis of evolution rather than with Darwinism. Its "patron saint" so to speak is the apostate French Jesuit priest Pierre Tellhard de Chardin (1861-1955). He was a pantheistIc evolutionist who taught that God is evolving from matter into spirit. (For more on "New Age" thought. see Lesson 4.)(*)

How has evolutionism in its various forms affected society? Because of its belief in cyclical history. it has led to indifference or despair about the human condition and hence social stagnation in antiquity. The highest human virtue of ancient paganism was fortitude in the face of chance or fate. Only a very few men could rise above the multitudes condemned to labor hard to eat. beget offspring. and die. Because the world was seen as essentially irrational. modern science. which originated in the Christian West with its trustworthy. orderly and provident Creator-God. developed nowhere else. as historian of science Stanley L. Jaki has shown beyond any doubt. (For more on science and biblical creation. see lesson 7.)

With the advent of Charles Darwin (18()9-1882) and especially his famous Origin of Species (published 1859). biblical Christianity with its doctrinal foundation of biblical creation was scorned in the name of "science" as harshly as never before. Darwinian evolutionism's slogan, "the survival of the fittest." became the philosophical guideline for generations. (*)lt was not originated by Darwin himself. but by his like-minded contemporary Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) who was extremely influential in his day and the originator of "Social Darwinism."(') Social Darwinism. though considered politically "conservative" and allied with private free enterprise. is radically different from Adam Smith's concept of tree enterprise competition. Economics professor Jacqueline Ka sun writes that "Smith held that competition is good because it leads men to serve one another. no matter their intent whereas Spencer and Sumner [another pioneer of "Social Darwinism"] considered competition good because it eliminates the unfit'. and with full intent." The War Against Population. (Ignatius Press. San Francisco 1988]. p. 158) Not only "Social Darwinism" but also "Reform Darwinism." which tended toward socialism/collectivism. adapted Darwinian evolutionism to society.

Darwinian evolutionism lies at the root of the Nazi and Nietzschean "master morality." Hitler considered himself the champion of Darwinism in his endeavor to create a pure Aryan race of supermen. The Nazis began by killing oft the mentally handicapped and proceeded to kill millions of Jews in the name of eliminating the unfit and racially interior. In line with Nazi efforts to implement Darwinian evolutionism is the eugenics movement which flourished on both sides of the Atlantic tram the 1880s till after World War II. It began with Charles Darwin's cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911) and was dedicated to Stop the propagation of people Its elitist leaders despised as having little social worth. (~)One ot its most influential spokespersons was Margaret Sanger (1883-1966), a birth control pioneer who founded the now world-wide Planned Parenthood organization (heavily funded by the U.S. government and a top provider of abortion). In 1932 Sanger advocated the segregation and sterilization of millions of Americans of supposedly inferior heredity. The eugenics movement subsided for a while after the Nazi atrocities in the name of evolutionist racism gave the cause a bad name. It has lately recovered much lost ground. however.(*)

Racism was an early by-product of Darwinian evolutionism. The Caucasians were allegedly the highest race. and Blacks the lowest and most ape-like. Evolutionists were at odds among themselves about whether all mankind had evolved from one original pair or from several different ones. Blacks might have descended tram a more primitive ancestor than Whites. or else they had not evolved as rapidly. The Bible-believing Christian. of course. cannot be a racist. for he knows that all mankind is descended from Adam and Eve, and after the Flood from Noah and his wife.

Not only the Nazis but also the Communists adopted modern evolution Sm Karl Marx was delighted with The Origin of Species and proposed to dedicate his own Das Kapital to Darwin (Darwin declined the honor). Today Darwinian evolutionism is drilled into all students in Communist countries. To turn to Christianity from Communism also means to turn away from Darwin to belief in biblical creation. Communism also eliminates its "unfit" to create a better society. but its "unfit" are people from the wrong social class and the wrong religious beliefs.

"New Age" evolutionists at first appear less cruel and murderous than Nazi and Communist evolutionists. They do have in common with the Nazis a deep fascination with and rootedness in the Occult, however. and they share with the Communists-collectivists their commitment to a one-world collectivist society. at mankind is to be one coalesced. collectivist whole akin to on ant heap or. as New Age leader Marilyn Ferguson has put it. a "Kenyan flottid-bug community." (*)New Age saint Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was all for dialogue with the Communists. Of course it is quite appropriate that evolutionism of whatever stripe. which is based on monism (nothing exists outside this world. it is the one and only reality). fundamentally and ultimately unites atheists (Communists and secular humanists) as well as pantheists (Eastern mystics. New Agers) and strives for its practical realization and expression in a one-world society and government.(') This is to be the next step in mankind's evolution as well as would-be independent men's final victory over biblical Christianity and its hated God (Psalm 2:1-3). However. "He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision" (Ps. 2:4).

Review Questions:

1. Give several reasons why evolution is incompatible with the Bible.
2. What is "punctuated equilibrium?" Hew is it different from Darwinism?
3. Give several reasons why evolution is scientifically false.
4. "Monistic" means that.....(give definition).
5. Define "cyclical histor'y" and "linear history."
6. What is "Social Darwinism?"
7. Give several facts about the eugenics movement.
8. How do Darwinian and "New Age" evolutionists agree?

For Furiner Reading:

Ken Ham. The Lie: Evolution. El Cajon. CA: Master Books. 1987.

Jacqueline Kasun. The War Against Poputation: The Economics and Ideology at' Poputation Control. San Francisco: tgnafius Press. 1988. See esp. the first part of Chapter 7. "The Movement. Its History. and Its leaders".

Ian T. Taylor. In the Minds of Men: Darwin and the New World Order. Toronto. Canada: TFE Publishing. P.O. Box 5015. Stn. F. 1984.

On scientific evidences agoinst evolution and for creation. get catalog of books. videos and tapes from Master Books. P.O. Box 1606. El Colon. CA 92022.


Student Susmary for Lesson 3 Biblical Creation and Society

Lesson 3 – Evolutionism
Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1.21. 24-26; I?omons 5:IZ I Corinthians 15:21-22;

A. Biblical Creation and Evolution Are Irreconcilable
1. 165 Genesis passages cited in New Testament, more than 100 from Genesis Chapter 1 through 11
a. Jesus Christ cites from Gen.1 and 2 in Mt.19:t-6
b death NOT betore Adam Rom.5:12. I Cor 15:21-22 2. Fossil record does not show gradual (Darwinian) evolution a. punctuated equilibrium"
3. The Bible teaches God created the world out of nothing by His Word in Six literal days Geni. John 1:1-3. Exod.20:8-11, Heb.11:3
4. Order of creation in Genesis I difters from evolutionist sequence
a. fruit trees before fish
b. earth covered wth water, not "molten blob" Gen.1:2
c. earth on day 1, sun on day 4. evolution reverses this
5. Some other evidences (origin of life; complexity) omans 1:20

B. Evolutionism and Society
I. Monistic world view (this world is all there is fits atheism as well as pontheism)
2. Cosmic and New Age evolutionism by "cosmic force(s)"
a. evolution's "cyclical history" vs. biblical "linear history"
b. evolution's stagnant. meaningless world ot eternal recycling
3. Modern evolutionism and "survival of the finesr'
a. Social Dorwinism"
b. The Nazis
c. The Eugenics Movement
d. Racism
e. The Communists
f. New Age/cosmic evolutionism together with all branches of evolutionism committed to a one-world collectivist society --like ant heap - this is the next step of mankind's evolution (Ps.2]

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