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So, because you are lukewarmĂ˘â‚¬â€ťneither hot nor coldĂ˘â‚¬â€ťI am about to spit you out of my mouth.Ă‚Â
by Charlie LiebertĂ‚Â
Many Christians want to reconcile evolution and the Bible by believing in Theistic Evolution. Here is a letter to the editor of the Greensboro News and Record and my response. I’ve also add some additional material after the letter;
Creationism doesn’t conflict with evolution. “I wonder is someone could explain to me the conflict between creationism and evolution. The first tells us Who created everything that exists, while the second tells us how He choose to do it. Where is the conflict?” Jim Reid, Thomasville, NC.
To The Editor, Greensboro News and Record, Greensboro, NC
Creationism does conflict with evolution. In Jim Reid’s letter he asked; “…if someone could explain to me the conflict between creationism and evolution.”
Well, Jim here’s the explanation.
The process of evolution REQUIRES reproduction, pain, struggle and death. This cycle of birth and death is essential to make the process work. If evolution is true then death is a positive factor in producing the world as we see it today. Natural selection, which is a real process in nature and causes changes in living organisms but does not produce any new genetic material, requires struggle and death to work. So for evolution, reproduction and death are essential and are driving forces in making it happen.
In the creationist model God makes a PERFECT world without pain, suffering and death but as a result of Adam’s sin death enters God’s creation. Death is an intruder and is NOT what God intended.
For those that believe the Bible and have received the gift of God’s salvation death was defeated at the cross of Jesus Christ. There Jim, is the difference; death is good if evolution is true and death is bad if creation is true.
You can’t have it both ways either we evolved from pond scum millions of years ago through a process of reproduction, pain, struggle and death or God made us and death is here because we are sons of Adam. When Jesus returns death will be thrown into the lake of fire and it will disappear FOREVER. No more pain suffering and death. If evolution is true then death is here to stay and no one can escape it’s grasp. If evolution is true it’s hopeless! It’s NOT hopeless because creation is true and redemption from death through Jesus Christ is available to whoever will choose it. Jim, choose life not death. [end]
I believe in “recent creation” (God made the Universe in six days about 6,000 years ago) and here are two reasons Biblical reasons why I take the “young Earth” position. I do NOT take it because of science, since science is an interpretation of evidence and can change. I believe science does, in fact, verify the young Earth but we’ll not discuss that here, but here are some links to explore that issue.http://www.sixdaycreation.com/oct2000.html
Here are the reasons:
1) The Bible is clear that death was a direct result of Adam’s sin, yet all the “old Earth” positions have death in the creation long before Adam’s sin because they are trying to accommodate the long ages REQUIRED for evolution. They argue that the death that came by Adam was only spiritual death, however, you then have to explain how we can have a better place in the new Heaven and Earth than Adam had in Eden.
Remember in the new creation (I believe it is a restored Eden); “the lion will lie down with the lamb” animals will be herbivores… That could not happen in the worlds they describe before Adam appeared. God would have used death and struggle as a POSITIVE process to gain improvement in all the old Earth scenarios. Death then would be a creative process used by God. That is NOT the God of Scripture!!!
2) At the end of each day God says his creative process is good and at the end of day six the scripture states; “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31 (NKJV). EVERYTHING was VERY GOOD.
This expression implies a perfect Creation with no sin, death, rebellion… Most “old Earth” processes have the fall of Satan, death, sin, and all other kinds of imperfection present before the end of day six. That would imply that the clear statement of Scripture either wasn’t “everything that He had made” or it really wasn’t “very good”. This in direct conflict with the clear words of Scripture.
The reason I call the old Earth position heresy is because of these two clear violations of God’s word. These two conflicts are real and not just interpretation of the meaning of the words. Death before Adam’s sin and an imperfect Creation before the end of Day six are concrete violation of the nature and character of God as He revealed Himself in Scripture, which is the definition of heresy.
There are other indirect Biblical reasons, but they are not a compelling as these two. For example; why did God give us the genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11 and Luke and Matthew if dating weren’t important?
One closing comment. I don’t believe that any particular believers that hold these positions are not truly saved but I believe the beliefs themselves are heretical. All believers understanding of God is imperfect and I would implore them to be receptive to the teaching of God’s Word. Remember, I was first an atheistic evolutionist, then a theistic evolutionist, then I considered gap, day-age, long days, etc. and finally arrived at the “young Earth” position three years after my conversion and an extended study of both Scripture and science (perhaps a process of evolution in my life!!).
The writer is producer of Creation Foundation Explanation seen on Greensboro Community Television in Greensboro.