Today, evolution is the unifying force in modern biology; it is an elegant and convincing explanation for the staggering diversity of earth’s five million or more living species. The belief that this universe and all that is in it was not created with purpose as we see in Genesis, but rather happened by pure chance, is an aggressive yet deceptive tool of persecution that is being used to attack the very foundations of our beliefs and, sadly, is becoming a mainstream belief among Christians and non-Christians alike. While not as harsh as physical persecution, the intellectual persecution of this core belief can be a far more dangerous tool in destroying one’s faith.
Like our court system, we crave evidence for truth and understanding. In almost every decision we make in our daily lives we weigh evidence for what we hold to be true or false. It is here, at the very center of our logic and reasoning, that we are attacked for our beliefs in a creator. Unlike the statements we hold to be true – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) – some scientists would have you believe that there are “undeniable” amounts of “evidence” for evolution. Over the last hundred years, evolution has begun to litter everything from our media, to our schools, to even our nation’s government which was originally founded on biblical principles. Even more recently, some evolutionists have begun to publically and abrasively attack the intelligence of those who believe in a creator. Bill Nye, one of the front-runners of this movement, recently stated:
“To the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we’ve observed in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make our kids do it – because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.” (Big Think, 2012)
Bill Nye and some of his fellow contemporaries would have you believe that the Genesis account is a fictitious work in light of the “irrefutable evidence” that evolution is a “fact.” Further, he suggests that you can either believe in science or religion – but not both – and that belief in the latter is a detriment to our society.
Faced with such forceful accusations, some Christians may be led to give up on their faith or look to try to bend their beliefs to that of the “scientific evidence” and mentally meld evolution and the word of God together. When facing what may seem to be insurmountable odds, such as evolution, one must remember Paul’s words of encouragement, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)
In reality, the scientific theory of evolution is not as complete as one may be led to think, considering it is so heavily pushed. In fact, the evidence for evolution is spotty at best. The idea that living creatures can be produced naturally from non-living substances is called spontaneous generation and it is important to note that science has never observed such an occurrence. This, along with the other “evidence” that evolution seeks to stand on, fails when tested against physical science, mathematics, statistics, thermodynamics, neuroscience, and Mendel’s laws of genetics, and countless other fields of study. This continuing lack of evidence for evolution has caused evolutionists to vehemently push their beliefs on the world, because admitting failure would require acknowledging God’s existence and ultimately our subjugation to him. To believe in our God does take faith, but He has given us the gift of his creation to study and dissect so that we can see His work and laws by which we can better understand him. One of the most highly regarded scientists of the last hundred years and arguably one of the most knowledgeable individuals of how God’s creation works, Albert Einstein, once said:
“In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”
While it is true that the created can never fully understand its creator, we have more than simple, blind faith by which we can believe in God and his word. We are given an instruction booklet in which our creator explains three fundamental questions we all have: Who are we, Where did we come from, and What comes next? Armed with the word of God and his creation as evidence for his existence, we can resist these new attacks. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)