Creation or Evolution do we have to choose?

Table of contents for Creation or Evolution do we have to choose?

  • a) Are Christians bonkers to believe in the Creation story?
  • b) Is the Creation story in Genesis a parable?
  • c) There is so much evidence for Evolution!
  • d) Robbing God:

a) Are Christians bonkers to believe in the Creation story?

Cartoon Monkey's face; Creation or Evolution do we have to choose?
Cartoon Monkey’s face; Creation or Evolution do we have to choose?

I heard a young person say the other day that if anybody didn’t believe that Evolution was right must be bonkers.

Creation or Evolution; do we believe that God made mankind and the animals as separate, individual species, or do we believe that everything came from single celled organisms?
Does it matte, do we have to choose?

If the first chapter or so in Genesis was a nice story and not true, why would God want to start His ‘God breathed’ [i] book with that?

Why do I say that the Bible is God breathed? The Apostle Paul tells us that:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Surely if everything evolved into more and more complex creatures, then He would want to say that.
Why would He describe in detail something that was not true – Him creating things instantaneously out of nothing?
Why would He reinforce the notion that each section was a day?
And He elaborates the meaning of the days:

God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day….”
v8: “And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day….”
v13 “And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day….” etc.
Genesis 1:5-13

b) Is the Creation story in Genesis a parable?

Some people say that this is like a parable, but the wording sounds too definite – as if it is describing something that really happened.
Parables tell a story about something which is fundamentally true – it is not based on anything which is untrue.
If the Creation story in Genesis was a parable, then it would be fundamentally untrue if humans had evolved.

c) There is so much evidence for Evolution!

Christians are getting less and less confident with the Creation story, almost on a weekly basis we are told on TV programmes that such and such is millions of years old and this is a constant voice that tells us that the Bible is not reliable.

But there are many scientific facts that support a young earth.
Also there are many flaws in the Evolution theory.
Many people don’t realise that Evolution is a theory – it is not rock solid fact (excuse the pun!)

d) Robbing God:

When people marvel at Evolution they are not giving praise to God.
Creation is part of the glory of God.
By explaining that all of this world evolved we remove giant Evangelists for God. What do I mean?
These ‘natural’ Evangelists speak every language in the world, they speak about God day and night and are in every country and sea.
They are described here:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
Psalms 19:1-4

Yes, God’s created heavens and skies (and the whole of creation) speak about God – they are His Evangelists, but unfortunately their voices have been rendered almost obsolete by the voices of Evolution.

By Peter Reason

2 comments

  1. Thanks Mike for the link – I have watched the first 12 videos and there is some interesting stuff in there.
    It’s good to hear scientists who are Christians voicing their thoughts.
    I do feel that my points and questions in my article still stand….

  2. Hi Peter

    I thought I would respond to your articles on Creation in Genesis and the Scientific theories of creation and evolution.

    As a scientist and a Christian I found the differences in the accounts of creation and evolution in Genesis and from scientific evidence confusing and at times conflicting.

    Also some scientists (who shout loudly) try and use science to try and disprove the need for and existence of God, but there are many scientists who have a strong faith and who see no fundamental conflict between their belief in God and the “theories” of creation and evolution.

    The scientific method develops theories based on experimental results and observation and then tests them to try and show they are wrong and thus need revision and updating or why on the basis of current evidence they are recognised as correct. They can always be updated and changed if they are shown to be lacking by new evidence and often have been in the past.

    There is an interesting set of resources “Test of Faith” see http://www.testoffaith.com/ including DVD’s, films, booklets etc for educational use by churches and others prepared by eminent scientists who are also well known Christians – that argues that there is no fundamental conflict between their beliefs and the scientific theories they work with in their lives.

    I have found the resources very useful – and for example it explores Genesis 1 and 2 very carefully and allows a very helpful discussion which neither challenges the Genesis account nor discounts the scientific evidence – with its limitations.

    I would recommend it to you and anyone who wishes to explore these issues and others – I have run a course based on these materials and would be happy to share them or even run the course again if there are people locally who would like to explore these questions further.

    Best wishes

    Mike Bateman

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