Is the message of the Bible compatible with the theory of evolution?
Prominent Christian spokesman Al Moehler raised some eyebrows this weekend with this take on this controversial issue:
Evolution and Christianity Impossible to Reconcile,
Says Evangelical Theologian
“If you understand Christianity or even Theism – the belief of a sovereign creator God – and evolutionary theory in its dominant form , I find it impossible to reconcile the two,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on his radio program Thursday, the 200th birthday anniversary of Charles Darwin.
While the Bible doesn’t explain all the mechanisms God used to create the world, it gives believers many non-negotiables about what that creation is, who is behind it, and for what purpose it was created, said Mohler on “The Albert Mohler Program”.
The seminary head went on to explain how the “originating mechanism of creation” is where theism runs right into collision with where modern evolutionary theory is.
Whereas the Biblical account of creation accepts the role of a Creator, the theory of evolution “suggests that natural selection is indeed the mechanism and that it is entirely natural and in no case supernatural,” said the theologian.
“There is no way for God to intervene in the process and for it to remain natural,” he asserted.
Al Moehler is on to something.
The more we study God’s Word and the more we understand the implication of microbes to man by pure chance evolutionism, the more we come to an inevitable conclusion –
We can no more have biblically centered evolutionism than we can have a heapin’ helpin’ of kosher pork!
It’s amazing how many believers try to bend over backwards to fit a world view that denies the existence of a Creator into a book that begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
What is the reason for all these mental gymnastics?
I picked up a significant clue in a conversation I had with a dyed in the wool skeptic I know at a local health club.
This fellow is a retired attorney, and loves nothing more than getting into a good old fashioned debate.
Politics? Religion? How your mother dresses?
No problem for my friend Bill.
In fact the more potentially divisive and controversial the subject matter, the better he likes it.
So when Bill found out that A) I was a pastor and B) I took the Bible seriously, it was (as the kids say) “On like Donkey Kong”.
And nothing delighted Bill more than a knock down, drag out discussion on creation versus evolution.
Do any good scientists believe in the Bible’s account of creation?
Is the universe really billions of years old?
Hasn’t evolution been proven in the lab?
You name it, we have gone over it.
And although we couldn’t be more opposed in our points of view, we still maintained a respectful friendship.
Which set the stage for a particularly eye opening insight into this issue.
I was running on the treadmill one morning (approaching serious oxygen debt) when Bill came over and stood in front of the machine looking very pleased with himself.
“Hey! I just got out of the sauna!” he said.
“I had a very interesting discussion with someone in your line of work!”
“Really?” I replied between gulps of breath. “Another pastoral type, huh?”
“Yep! We got into a conversation about creationism. And he told me you can believe in the Bible and evolution at the same time.”
I rolled my eyes and knocked a couple of miles per hour off the pace of the machine.
I thought to myself, “Here we go again!”
But what happened next stunned me.
Bill looked at me and said, “That made me sick!”
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
“Why was that?”
“Well, anyone who has ever read Genesis knows that billions of years and Darwin’s theory just isn’t in there. I totally disagree with you, but at least you are consistent!”
And suddenly I realized a couple of crucial things.
First, most Christians who attempt to harmonize Darwin and the Bible are doing it because they are either want to avoid an argument they believe they can’t win, or because with the best of intentions they want to “build bridges” with non believers.
“You love Darwin, we love Darwin. Let’s join hands and sing “Kum By Yah”.
Second, the kind of bridge building that actually impacts nonbelievers isn’t a demonstration of how quickly we can compromise what we stand for in order to be seen as sophisticated and “with it” by the world.
What makes a difference is a believer willing to make a principled stand that is shared in a personable and respectful way.
The scripture puts it this way-
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. (I Peter 3:15-16)
The best way to win this debate?
Let’s decide to be faithful to the Lord and His truth consistently.
Let’s share God’s truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth evangelistically.
And let’s communicate these truths with love and respect personally.
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