The Insufficiency of the Theory of Evolution Part 3 – Incompatible with Biblical Teaching
The idea that the world has been around for millions of years is not a new concept, nor did it originate with Darwin. Due to the ‘undisputable’ evidence of an old earth, Christians have been trying to fit this perspective into the teachings of the Bible. Theistic evolution and gap theory are just a couple of such attempts.
The Hebrew word that we translate ‘day’ in Genesis has a variety of meanings just like our use of the word day. For example, the word ‘day’ has three different meanings in the sentence: ‘In my father’s day, it took 2 days to drive to Florida if you were only driving during the day’.
Here’s what Genesis says:
And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
By using a number along with the phrase ‘evening and morning’, the exact definition of the Hebrew word for ‘day’ is clear (1). Almost all Hebrew scholars agree that the author’s original intent was to convey that the Earth was created in six literal days. Only by taking our preconceived ideas can we twist the text to include millions of years.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
The whole Bible treats the creation story as well as the rest of the book of Genesis as true history, not some poetic allegory. Besides, according to the current scientific theories, this supposed creation allegory would be all out of order anyways.
Evolution teaches that for millions of years before humans arrived on the scene, death, disease, and destruction reigned. The Bible takes an opposing view that death came through the sin of Adam:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead
(1 Corinthians 15:21)
Some people, possibly correctly, point out that the context of these verses refers to the human death that came after Adam’s sin. They then extrapolate this idea to say that animal death and disease for millions of years before the sin of Adam is consistent with Biblical teaching.
However, if one takes that view then you have to deal with:
God originally made all animals vegetarian:
and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food
God proclaimed that His creation after Adam was ‘very good’:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good
If evolution is true, God has said that this world of predation, death, disease, natural disaster, etc. is very good. This seems to be in conflict with passages such as Romans 8:20-25 where Paul writes:
in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from its slavery to corruption….For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pain of childbirth together until now.
(Romans 8:20b-21a, 22)
The Bible sees the current world with its death, destruction, disease, and disasters as corrupted, not good. We look forward to the day where
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
As you can see, the Bible clearly tells us that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days, death came after the sin of Adam, and only through Jesus Christ can we be forgiven and receive eternal life without death or pain.
This poses a problem. The theory of evolution and the idea of an old earth are so ingrained in our society that any mention of disbelief will instantly be met with scorn. Christians cannot afford to be ignorant about these things. We need to become familiar with the secular arguments and Christian responses – the Answers in Genesis ministry is a good place to start. After study of both perspectives, I think you will find that evolution is not as undisputable as some would have you believe.