Posted: under Creation Blog.
Tags: beliefs, evolution
Many an email has accused me of being an evolutionist. To set the record straight (although I know that these emails will continue), I defend evolution on my website, as it is a viable option for believers. I show that you can still believe in an inerrant Bible, with a literal interpretation of Genesis, and believe in evolution. Most young earth creationists will not agree with this, but since all believers are all free to interpret the Bible, and since there is nothing theologically wrong with this interpretation, Christians can believe in evolution. With that said, I also realize that the majority of theistic evolutionists do not believe in an inerrant, literal interpretation. I disagree with their beliefs, but I respect their right to believe in such a manner.
Personally, I am a progressive creationist. I believe God created out of nothing, without animals evolving from previous life forms. But He did so over the billions of years of our earth’s history. Am I 100% certain of my beliefs? Of course not. That would mean I am omnicient, and I am not God. I reserve the possibility (5-10 percent) that theistic evolution may be the correct interpretation. However, I am 100 percent certain that the earth is billions of years old. You don’t need to be omnicient to see that.
In the end, does it matter whether evolution is true or not? Or whether the earth is young or not? Fortunately it does not matter. Jesus said believe in Him and you will be saved. He did not say believe in a young earth and be saved. When we get to heaven, we will see both young and old earth believers there, and both evolutionists and non-evolutionists. Once God reveals to us the truth, we won’t really care anymore, because we will be rejoicing in Him.
Posted: under Answers in Genesis, Creation Blog.
Tags: answers in genesis, evolution, murder
A recent article by Answers in Genesis shows that they still are pitching the idea that evolution makes people violent. In their News to Note for 27 Sep 08, they mention a Finnish college man who killed 10 people in a shooting. The article ends with this paragraph…
“But when the tale of cosmic history students are taught includes eons of amoral death and violence, with the animals of humanity merely the accidental result of billions of years of chance, and morals simply a social construct to make us feel better, why should anyone be surprised when—quoting Darwinian “scripture”—self-proclaimed “natural selectors” pick up guns and start shooting?”
I’m fairly certain that the shooter was an evolutionist. However, this does not make evolutionists evil. On the contrary, there are millions of Christians who are also evolutionists…are they evil too? In their crusade against evolution, Answers in Genesis could care less who gets in their way…whether they be Christians or non-Christians.
I agree with one of the implied arguments of the article. Christians do have a moral guideline to follow, which makes us less likely to commit sins. However, the article ignores one other little fact. Vile crimes have been committed by many a Christian as well (click here). The truth is we are all sinners, and in a bad moment we too can lapse into sin. Evolutionists do not have a corner on the market on sinful deeds.
The article will have the desired effect…make young earth believers distrust evolution even more. But it will also have another effect. It will alienate those Christian brothers and sisters who believe in evolution. With rhetoric like this, its no wonder that young earth creationism is shrinking into a corner all by itself, as more and more people abandon it in favor of true science.