Thursday, December 13, 2012

What Do We Lose (Part 2) if Christianity Makes Room for Darwinism - Evolution

What do we lose if we make room for evolution? Let's continue...

If there was no creation, then there can be no redemption. Redemption is a precious doctrine. It says that God owned us by means of creating us. After the fall of man, He bought us back (redeemed) us from the grip and ownership of Satan, of our sin, and its penalty, Hell. Simply put, God can't buy back (redeem) that which He hadn't previously owned. If God didn't create it, He doesn't own it. The cost of our redemption was the blood of Jesus. Without creation and the ownership that God derived from it, redemption by definition would be impossible and the blood of Jesus, pointless.

If there was no creation, then the account of Adam and Eve falls into question. If part of the account is inaccurate or incomplete, none of it can be trusted. The problem is, there are doctrines buried in those few chapters that are foundational to the essence of Christianity, the Gospel, and our own personal salvation. Let's take them one at a time.

Origin of Sin -- The Bible tells us that sin originated with Adam and Eve in the garden. With the veracity of this account called into question, we ask ourselves, "Where did sin come from?"

Sin Nature -- Evolution would contend that man at his core is good and righteous and given the perfect environment he would never do wrong. (Though, as we have discussed, Darwinism obliterates the moral foundations of society. Without a creator to set rules for the created, who is to say what is right or wrong?) The Garden of Eden account tells us that man's goodness is directly related to his fellowship with the Creator, and when that relationship is broken (in the fall, Adam's sin) then man cannot stay good no matter the environment. Sin became part of man's nature, deeply embedded from the time of conception. This is the sin nature passed down from Adam through the generations. We are sinners by nature, it is who we are. Thus, we cannot properly understand mankind's basic nature if we through evolutionary theory hold the account of Adam and Eve in question. Moreover, if we evolved, then we do not have a sin nature and all of our "sins" (Again, who is to say what a sin is in the absence of a creator?) can be blamed on environment. If I am not a sinner by reason of having my environment to blame for my misdeeds, then I do not need a Saviour and Jesus' death was worse than a waste.

Marriage -- In this day of attempts to redefine marriage another assault is taking place upon the foundation of the marriage narrative. The early chapters of Genesis make clear that God sanctioned marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman for a lifetime. It also shows how God wanted each spouse to operate within that framework. However, if creation is a myth and the first part of Genesis may or may not be reliable, then the institution of marriage loses its very foundation and is open to societal reinterpretation.  And, by the way, Jesus would have been way off the mark in his comments on Moses' writing of divorcement.

Protevangelium -- The first reference to a future Messiah who comes from the seed of the woman (Eve and eventually Mary) and is victorious over the serpent (satan) is recorded in these chapters setting the stage for the next four thousand years of human history.

Substitutionary Atonement and the Impotence of Man's Efforts -- When Adam and Eve discovered that they were naked they made aprons of fig leaves. In the symbolism of the Bible this refers to man's good works to covert his sin and obtain God's favour. For God, this was not enough. The covering of sin would require a life to be sacrificed and its blood to be shed as a substitute. God beautifully demonstrated this in making Adam and Eve coats of animal skins for their covering. This perfect picture of Christ's substitutionary sacrifice is lost to the uncertainty of the accuracy of the text stemming from evolutionary thought.

Penalty of Sin -- Because Adam sinned, God had to kick him out of the garden, he had to work harder, and his body began the slow march toward death. Without this account we would not know that sin has consequences. Without consequences for sin, why do we need a Saviour? Without consequences, what use is Jesus' sacrifice? 

There is so much essential truth that we lose if we sell faith in an all powerful Creator for the mess of pottage that is evolutionary thought or even so called theistic evolution. Simply put, either an all powerful God created just as the Bible describes, or evolution took place at some time and in some form. If evolution occurred, Christianity is a good moral system at best and at worst, a sham with no logical foundation. Christianity as we know it ceases to be without a literal, six day, twenty-four hour day creation. Everything that Christianity claims to be hangs on the veracity of the first few chapters of Genesis

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