In 1859 there was published one of the most influential books of all time, Charles
Darwin's The Origin of Species. Darwin's theory of evolution has been a major factor
in the decline of Christianity in the western world. It has provided the ideal reason
(excuse?) for people to imagine that they are not after all answerable to the God
who created them.
The notion of evolution, however, does not stand up to scientific scrutiny, despite
all its advocates in the media and educational system. 'Molecules-to-man' evolution
rests upon the idea of new genetic information being created in a species through
various 'mutations' which have been determined by natural selection. Mutations, however,
only corrupt existing genetic information; they can never add new information such
as would be necessary for the development of creatures into different, more complex
For example, evolution states that birds evolved from reptiles, but the new genetic
information necessary for the growth of feathers and of the muscles for flight would
not have been present in the original DNA of the reptile. So the transition is simply
The evidence of the fossils in the earth's geological strata is also soundly against
evolution. Evolutionists argue, for example, that over millions of years invertebrates
evolved into vertebrates, and fish evolved into amphibious creatures. If this were
the case, then billions of instances of the numerous transitional forms should be
present in the fossil record, but none in fact exist. Indeed, all the fossils are
found to be complex creatures, already fully developed into their own kind. Fossils
showing evidence of transition between apes and humans are also non-existent.
So man is not the result of some upward evolutionary progression. The opposite is
in fact the case : he is degenerated from the perfection in which God originally
created him. This is because the first man Adam chose to rebel against his Maker,
and thereby lost the fellowship with God and the spiritual life which he once enjoyed,
when God first formed him from the dust of the earth. All Adam's descendants, that
is, all mankind, now share his corrupted nature, and need to be rescued from it.
The good news of the Christian message is that the Lord Jesus Christ has intervened
in human history to effect this rescue. Christ has died on the Cross in the place
of sinners, bearing the penalty which their sins deserve. Those who turn from their
sin and come to Him for mercy are freely forgiven, receiving the gift of everlasting
Many people, however, never reach the stage of seriously considering their relationship
to their Maker, because they have been led astray by the theory of evolution (taught
as fact in our schools and universities, despite its many scientific flaws), and
so do not even think that they have a Maker, believing instead that their existence
is a mere phenomenon of a God-less nature.
How we must be wary of the power of fashionable humanistic philosophy to grip people's
minds, making them afraid of deviating from the received consensus. We must trust
instead to the infallibility of the Bible, which is the very word of God, and which
shall stand long after scientific fashions have come and gone. Man is not descended
from the beasts, but is infinitely higher than they, being made in God's own image
and possessing an immortal soul designed for eternal communion with Him who is the
omnipotent Creator of all things.
Let us close this very brief rebuttal of the theory of evolution with the following
two quotations :
"We are all animals, descendants of a vast lineage of replicators sprung from primordial
pond scum". 1
"God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female
created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,
and replenish the earth, and subdue it ... And God saw every thing that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:27-28,31).
WHICH OF THE TWO DO YOU BELIEVE?
1 Scientific AmericanJournal, October 1995; quoted by J. Sarfati in Refuting Evolution,
published by Answers in Genesis.
PENN FREE METHODIST CHURCH
HOW TO CONFRONT THE UNSCIENTIFIC NATURE
OF EVOLUTION IN CHRISTIAN PREACHING
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An address by PASTOR DAVID CARSON of Zion Tabernacle Church in Chester