Saturday, September 30, 2006

Evolution's Worldly Appeal

(Above: The theory of evolution claims that we may have evolved from simple one-celled organisms, such as this amoeba)

Admittedly, there are times when it seems much easier to accept a theory that gives man no purpose or reason for existing. In the framework of this often appalling world the notion is put forth that an almighty and loving Creator could never allow the suffering that we humans daily endure. Rather, the current state of humanity would appear to confirm a legacy of futility and emptiness. Evolution fits this mindset quite nicely. After all, it leaves open the possibility that our ancestors were single-celled organisms that spontaneously existed without rhyme or reason, perhaps even spawning from rocks or pieces of coal. What a great history this theory paints for mankind! Imagine how our schoolchildren must feel as they learn about such facts in their science classes. Unfortunately, they are entering a hostile world armed with the belief that no one really matters—that we are all here because of a million chance events occurring in proper sequence. Instead of seeing the world's dire need for God's saving and redeeming grace they simply accept the depravity around them and become an integral part of it. They are taught not to seek God.

In Psalm 10, Israel's King David writes of a world ruled by a desire to follow its own sinful ways and reject God:

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. In his pride the wicked does not seek God; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "God won't call me to account"? (v. 2,3,4,13)

Evolution instructs us that there is no God. The world in which King David lived a few thousand years ago suffered because of its denial of God and its refusal to answer to Him—not unlike our present-day world. Our legacy, therefore, is not one of worthlessness and futility, but sinfulness. Unfortunately, evolution does not teach about God's saving grace, which can free us from our bondage to sin and give us purposeful lives...

"...because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in sin—it is by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5)


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