by Reed DePace
Theistic evolution maintains that the natural processes currently seen in the physical world are part of God’s original creation. That is, these are the processes he has used to bring into being all that we see.
Thus stars and planets evolved over billions of years through processes involving death, decay and destruction. The ecosystems of our planet (geology, meteorological, biological, etc.) similarly evolved over millions of years through processes involving death, decay, and destruction. And God was in charge of it all.
O.k., got it.
So what does that mean for God’s claim that He made everything good, very good, that is perfect? What does it mean that God created everything without the reign of death to be found anywhere in the created order?
Well, the deadly poison of theistic evolution can be seen in the kinds of arguments that are being offered by young folks raised to believe both that God created everything and that He created everything perfect. Watch the Q&A discussion Doug Wilson has with such young folk at the Indiana University, Bloomington. Their arguments demonstrate that they hold to the following convictions:
- God created everything, including me.
- God created everything perfect, including me.
- God created the capacity to love as a part of this perfect creation, including in me.
- I was born with the desire to love members of my own gender.
- Therefore Christians who say homosexuality is wrong are acting wickedly – they are sinning!
It is not a surprise at all to find young folk raised in:
- Schools teaching them that everything came about via evolution,
- Communities that protect and promote their self-esteem,
- Churches that tell them God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives, and
- A Culture that says God (if He actually exists) doesn’t make mistakes,
Would reach the conclusion that their same gender sexual attractions are pure and holy.
Now, as Theistic Evolution has already affirmed that death, decay, and destruction are a normal, good, wholesome, beneficial part of God’s original creation,
How are we ever going to be able to justify the idea of sin and judgment?
It is no surprise when such folks, acting consistent with the necessary conclusions of Theistic Evolution, want to shut us up when we tell them the gospel.
“Fall, WHAT FALL! There is nothing wrong with me. You’re just a judgmental jerk!!”
by Reed DePace
POSTSCRIPT: For those who think I’m making ridiculous connections in this post, here is another example:
So how do you explain to these folks that the problem is the fall? How do you explain to them that God did not create this child this way? After all, mankind keeps evolving, right? If you follow theistic evolution you have no alternatives here.
POST-POSTSCRIPT: here is a good starting article to consider problems evolution: What Are the Top Ten Problems with Darwinian Evolution? This is a scientific perspective, not a biblical perspective. For those interested in an informed and reasonable critique of evolution from a science perspective, I recommend this site.