“One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish, and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun. It is not a theory, and for pity’s sake, let’s stop confusing the philosophically naive by calling it so. Evolution is a fact.”
Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, (Source Natural History Magazine)
For years I accepted the dogma of evolution. I was a biology major in college and never completely questioned the veracity of evolution, even after becoming a Christian. My premise was that God must have used evolution to bring forth life and the ensuing diversity which now inhabits this earth. However, the deeper I investigated the claims of evolution, the more contradictions and flaws in this seemingly logical reasoning I uncovered. In spite of this, I simply resigned myself to thinking that man’s knowledge and technological advances have yet to catch up with God. I clung to the belief that God would be proven correct by man’s theory.
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
Mark 12:24 (ESV)
The Sadducees were one of the leading religious sects among the Jews during the time of Jesus. In the preceding passage, a group of them attempted to entrap Jesus by creating an absurd situation of a woman whose husband died and his brother, following Jewish tradition, married the woman. However, this brother also died and another brother then married her. This continued until all the seven brothers had married her and died. The Sadducees wondered whose wife would she be in the resurrection since all had been her.
Jesus, in a brilliant reply, chastised them and pointed out their question revealed their ignorance of God’s Word and God’s sovereignty. They were assuming that human relationships remain the same in heaven and marriages would still take place. Jesus said that God is the God of the living and all saints who have died in faith, like their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were now alive and in a new sanctified and glorified state. They were confused because they were operating from a perspective rooted in this world alone. They were unwilling to study God’s Word and recognize the supreme power of God over all creation. They could not fathom other possibilities.
Like the Sadducees, my problem was attempting to fit God’s Word into man’s theory of evolution. My worldview began with the premise that evolution was correct and therefore the Bible must harmonize with it. I found myself in good company, comforted by the knowledge that even some Christian scholars advocated for this. In spite of this confident bravado, there was a gnawing fear and doubt that was growing in my mind. What if the opposite were true? What if God and the Bible were the Truth and evolution was wrong?
God, through His Holy Spirit, revealed the Truth and correctly re-oriented my perspective to believe and trust in His sovereignty. I was frustrated with the theory of evolution because I began with the premise that it was the truth. God showed me His Truth is not subject to man’s theories and ideas to explain His Creation, but simply to acknowledge that He is the Creator. Man did not appear on the earth because of a random and fortuitous arrangement of inorganic molecules, forming organic compounds then emerging from some primordial goo to become a primitive one-cell organism. As staggering as this latter possibility, the proper circumstances had to occur for a primitive one-cell organism to evolve and become a man with trillions of cells. As Christian theologian and apologist, Norman Geisler wrote, “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.”
Is evolution a fact?
No. God is a fact and the Truth!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.