FLOWER MOUND, TX: One writer, representing the views of many, wrote:
“I finally decided that, as a Christian, I would live by: ‘In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.’ One of my essentials, is God is the Creator. One of the nonessentials is how He chose to do that.”
Certainty a wonderful creed to live by.
The call to live by faith and respect
The Scriptures call for the believer to live by faith and respect the views of others. But for others, a faith-worldview must be supported by logic, facts, and truth.
Evolution as a concept and even as a “word” quickens the emotions. The constant barrage of claims that “facts prove evolution” and the growing anti-religious sentiment in society has caused faith-based Christians to ignore discussion of evolution.
And yet, many identifying with Christianity accept some form of evolution. To them God used evolution to accomplish His purposes. The evolution of the immaterial part of mankind (soul and spirit) with all the reasoning powers of the mind present a problem; so, the study of the implications of evolution is often ignored. For Christianity, the central issue ultimately rests on what one believes about Jesus of the Bible—what did he say and believe? Did Jesus rise from the dead?
Do the Scriptures record reliable information?
Deceptive news sidetracks critical thinking
Fake news outlets on the internet, like the satirical Babylon Bee, flood the internet with fake statements often picked up by uncritical readers as fact. They recently quoted Chuck Schumer as saying,
“These right-wing judges don’t think for themselves, they just do whatever the Constitution says. And it’s time for that to end.”
Or BBC’s announcement,
“The Lucy fossil rewrote the story of humanity. Might Lucy be our direct ancestor, a missing gap in the human family tree?”
Anti-evolutionists offer little critical thought to sensational headlines that place doubt on evolutionary claims. World Magazine’s recent headline read,
“Researchers are shocked by the unexpected results of a large new genetic study that appears in the journal Human Evolution. The findings indicate that either most animal species and humans originated at approximately the same time, or some major population crash wiped out most of the original species.”
Are any of these quotes accurate or just sensational headlines?
The word “God” or “creationism” makes atheistic evolutionists’ cringe. There is a certain fear that there may be a God. As Charles Krauthammer put it:
“I don’t believe in God but I fear him greatly.”
If there is a God, unbelievers must face Him one day—a fearful thought.
Two processes of evolution: microevolution and macroevolution
Evolutionists and creationists generally accept microevolution. It acknowledges small changes (allele frequencies) within animal species. It can be observed in the varieties of dogs, the cross pollinating of corn for better yields, and the development of the immune system to adapt to antibiotics.
Darwin’s theory goes much further, linking all plant and animal life to one cell life form, as the common ancestor to all highly developed forms of life. Yet, it has all come from non-living matter. Macroevolution is development above the level of species.
The serious objection to macroevolution is: How is it possible that inanimate matter can organize itself to contemplate itself? Is it sufficient to say that given enough time anything possible?
Evolutionists vs. Creationists
Evolutionists’ articles often accuse creationists of denying the validity of science and usually include arguments that attempt to impugn the creationists’ intelligence for unwillingness to embrace science. Creationists do not deny the science of space travel, validity of DNA, acknowledgment the laws of nature, and the use of science in detecting and healing diseases.
Biology, chemistry, and all-natural sciences are a part of their education and often their careers. They simply attribute the authorship of the laws of nature to the Creator God.
The conclusion of Dr. Walter L. Bradley, retired professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, an expert on polymers and thermodynamics writes: “If there isn’t a natural explanation and there doesn’t seem to be the potential of finding one, then I believe it’s appropriate to look at a supernatural explanation. I think that’s the most reasonable inference based on the evidence.”
The issue is not settled, of course. Did God use evolution to accomplish His purposes? How does one harmonize the Scriptures with evolution? A Christian scientist attempting to harmonize both views is next.
 This quote comes from Lee Strobel who interviewed Bradley and recorded his findings in The Case for Faith, 151 and 155.
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