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However, some Christians, called “Young Earth creationists”, do not believe in macroevolution, a key component of Darwinian evolution, in which living creatures “evolve” into different creatures.50 Imagine a world filled with only worms. There are no other animals nor humans in existence in this world, just worms. Now imagine that you skip ahead 15 billion years into the future and return to this same world that used to have only worms.
Now you see humans there. Slowly over time, some worms evolved into humans through various intermediary steps. How reasonable does this seem to you, really?
What happened on Earth is more complex than this imaginary situation. The starting point, in our world’s Darwinian evolution, was a lifeless planet. Then, through some unknown processes, chance got life started, a living single cell appeared, and humans evolved from this single cell as directed by chance.
Some very intelligent Christians, often “Old Earth creationists”, many of whom are much smarter than me, believe in this type of macroevolution. They believe, from the different Bible genres—literal, poetic, prophetic, etc—the Genesis creation account falls into the poetic/symbolic genre, and is not to be taken literally. They see no contradiction between the Bible and macroevolution.
Generally, both Young Earth and Old Earth creationists believe in the inspiration and inerrant authority of the Bible. What differs is their interpretation of the text in the Genesis creation account.
Without getting into the details about the scientific validity of macroevolution,51 I will guide those of you who wish to examine this topic in further detail, to experts who know much more about the matter. You can watch YouTube debates52 between Michael Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Pensylvania’s Lehigh University, and proponents of macroevolution. Behe wrote the book The Edge of Evolution, in which he criticized Darwinian evolution.
Many atheist scientists criticized Behe’s book, only for new scientific research to prove Behe right on a key area a few years later.53 For additional material, the debates between geophysicist Stephen C. Meyer and macroevolution proponents, are also worth watching.54 Leave your prejudices aside and, with an open mind, listen to experts from both viewpoints to decide which group is making the better argument.
After watching the debates among experts in the field, at a minimum, you will realize the case for Darwinian macroevolution is much weaker than how it is generally promoted. Why is the strength of Darwinian evolution overemphasized and defended with such passion? If the nature of scientific progress is dependent on challenging old ideas and assumptions, why is there such hostility and suppression whenever someone questions the principles of Darwinian evolution?
As quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s article, “The Church of Darwin”55, the world renown Chinese paleontologist, Jun-Yuan Chen, from the Nanjing University, who lectures worldwide, explaining that certain recent fossil finds are inconsistent with Darwinian evolution, had this to say when his research upset American Scientists: “In China we can criticize Darwin but not the government. In America you can criticize the government but not Darwin”.
[Discussion: What is an explanation for the western mainstream scientific community’s getting upset when someone challenges Darwinian evolution?]
Below are four factors that can make us humans, including scientists, resistant to change:56
Put yourself into the shoes of a scientist who has spent his whole career writing research papers about a hypothesis, which is about to be proven incorrect or obsolete. Are you likely to be 100% objective about the proposed change that would invalidate your life’s work? Furthermore, the stakes are higher in situations where there are worldview implications. In the case of Darwinian evolution, if it’s disproven, it could have significant repercussions on the worldviews of atheists.
If humans didn’t originate through Darwinian evolution and you do not want to accept the possibility of an intelligent creator, what options do you have? The title of The Wall Street Journal article “The Church of Darwin”58 is a fitting description. Many do hold onto Darwinian evolution with religious tenacity and fervor.
Does evolution disprove the Bible? No. First, almost all Christians believe in microevolution. Second, as we have discovered, the case for Darwinian macroevolution is weaker than what its proponents like to admit.
However, regardless of the weaknesses with macroevolution, some Christians reconcile it with their faith by saying macroevolution was the means God used to develop life. I do not think they are correct, but this interpretation of the Bible has no impact on whether Jesus died for their sins. Nobody’s eternity is at stake based on their beliefs about macroevolution or the age of the universe—only based on their beliefs about Jesus Christ. In the words of Jesus (Matt. 16:15): Who do you say I am?
Logic makes a strong argument for the universe having an intelligent creator, and I’m not referring to chance. The Bible says God created everything, including you. Friend, if you are an atheist, I would like to commend you for reading this article. You have shown a level of sincerity and open-mindedness, a rare breed these days, in that you are willing to consider views that may contradict your own.
With that in mind, I would like to ask you the following with all sincerity and kindness: If you have no idea how the Big Bang came to be, how can you be certain the cause was not an intelligent creator, who exists outside of the constraints of the universe he created?
What is causing you to outright reject the possibility of an intelligent creator? An intelligent creator of the universe is the best available explanation, and deep down you know this. You have a nagging feeling (Rom. Ch. 1) about this—a feeling that you have been trying to suppress most of your life, either consciously or unconsciously. The question is why?
[Discussion: What could be an explanation why anyone would not want to accept a reality of a creator-god, even if evidence supported this?]
Could it be you don’t want the world to be like that? Perhaps, you would like to keep on living your life as your own boss and not have to be morally accountable to a higher being? I get it. I’ve felt the same.
Perhaps, you like being in the mainstream, being popular and accepted—in and out of the workplace—instead of being one of those “wacky Christians”. Your preoccupations are valid ones. I often struggle with those same preoccupations. None of this changes these four facts though:
God offers you peace today. Regardless of your crimes, no matter how great or how “small”, the offer is the same: Get the maximum sentence or accept the plea deal to be cleared of all charges. Do not step into to eternity as an enemy of the God who created time, space, and matter.
That is a fight you will not win. Get on your knees in humility, confess your sins to him, ask for mercy, receive it, and make him the lord of your life. He will liberate you from guilt and instill a supernatural joy unlike anything you have experienced!
Does this mean you’ll become better than everyone else? No, it means you’ve been forgiven of your past, present, and future sins. Does this mean you will become perfect and stop sinning? No, it means It means God will give you great love towards him and an earnest desire to please him. It means that as you advance on your Christian walk the amount of your sin will diminish over time, even though you may sometimes take a few steps backward, before going forward again.
Don’t put off this decision. You do not know when your last breath will be. Death comes suddenly for most of us. Then, it will be too late.
This is what God is offering you now. It’s your move.
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