Evolution or Eternity?
The theory of evolution has been around for so long, most people simply take it for granted that it’s an established fact, when, in truth, it’s anything but that. Even for Christians, we live in a world dominated with it’s thoughts and philosophy, and it becomes too easy to just move on, not realizing the impact it’s had on society. The concept that all life is accidental destroys any real meaning or purpose in life. It destroys belief in a Creator, who spoke all things in to existence and sustains all things. With this worldview, life doesn’t matter, as there is nothing beyond today. It doesn’t matter how one lives, for in the end, death consumes life and ends all existence. Just a cursory glance at how chaotic life is for so many people testifies to the hopelessness and despair they feel, they live in.
Scripture affirms the worth of life, testifying to our being created in the image of God. There is purpose in life, as living to glorify God also offers us a better way to live here and now. Life in Christ is the only way of life that provides a genuine hope for things beyond the flesh, life eternal in the presence of God. Contrary to what skeptics claim, Scripture has been affirmed as accurate, historically, geographically, consistent in its testimony, in prophetic fulfillment, and in other ways. As the psalmist writes, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (119:160).
The internal validation of Scripture is clear and precise, which cannot be said regarding evolution. For example, the continued lack of evidence for transitional forms is problematic, even though many have been claimed to exist, only to be discarded later. The time element demanded for evolution to happen, millions of years in most cases, cannot attest to any change from one species of being to another. Even one of the most basic elements demanded by evolution, random changes in genetics to bring about change, has not been demonstrated. Typically, most changes in DNA are detrimental to life, not positive. The discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 showed how complex life really is, and how harmful changes can be to life when our divine coding is manipulated.
By comparison, consider the complexity of software code that is used to create the operating system and programs we depend on for our computers. Without them, our devices would be useless. What if someone just randomly added and deleted code from these programs? Would it enhance the programs, or would it cause errors, bugs, and system crashes? We know what would happen! The intricacy of the human body and its systems is beyond comparison in complexity and function. Random changes to this typically proves problematic, if not fatal, to human existence. It doesn’t enhance our lives, or provide the impetus for positive change. We are told to just give it enough time, enough random changes, and it will work. Experience shows it does not.
Why are so many intent on pressing on with evolutionary thought, when so much genuine research points to its fallacies? We must realize evolution is more philosophy than science. If one abandons the evolutionary model, what is left is this; “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The existence of God leads us to His testimony of Himself in Scripture, and Scripture leads us to a very different type of life than that which an absence of God does. Aldous Huxley said it best. “I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently, assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption.” Grasping at evolution to escape God, however, will not provide a satisfactory end in judgment.
We can have confidence in what we believe regarding Scripture, God, and eternity. Faith without works, however, is dead (Jas. 2:26). Just as evolution creates a particular mindset and lifestyle, so should belief in God and His Son. We can offer all kinds of valid arguments regarding the fallacies of evolution, but still, the most powerful argument is the power of a life lived in submission to the will of God. It is not to be pitied, but praised. It doesn’t offer helplessness, but hope. It goes beyond being extant today, to being eternal in heaven. Only in Christ can one say this; “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil. 1:21).
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”