On Feb. 12, many churches in the United States held an Evolution Sunday, stating that Christianity and evolution are compatible. But that belief is not theologically sound.
The Bible gives two points that relate to this issue: First, since God created the universe and gave us the Bible, facts about the universe will not contradict the Bible’s teaching. God cannot tell us one thing in the universe, and lie to us about the same thing in what he says in the Bible. That is impossible, for God is perfect.
Second, the Bible gives an account of how God made the universe. Unless you read Genesis with a large and inappropriate bias, the account supports creationism and goes against evolution.
Since the Bible says that evolution did not occur, and facts about the universe never contradict the Bible’s teaching, evolutionists must be wrong in some point: The evolutionists have interpreted the universe and scientific evidence incorrectly. There are two ways around this argument. One is to say that creationists have interpreted the Bible incorrectly, and that Genesis supports evolution. As I said before, this is most likely incorrect. The second way is for evolutionists to argue that Christianity is false, but that is a different topic.
Evolution is not as proven as evolutionists claim. Scientists have been wrong before; they believed for more than a millennium that the sun went around the earth. Christians must not be convinced so easily by scientists that the Bible is wrong in some points. Not only can scientists be incorrect, they can also be biased against Christianity.
If Christians say that the Genesis account of creation is merely a fable, then they invite people to cut up the Bible until only the desirable passages are left. And if Christians change their interpretation of Genesis to one that fits modern science but is almost certainly not what Genesis says, then they deny that the Bible is completely true. Both are destructive to the whole of Christianity. Christianity and evolution are just not compatible, and to combine them goes against theology and logic.
The heart of the theory of evolution is the idea that natural causes have creative power, while the Bible says that God alone created the universe. Theistic evolution combines these contradictory ideas, and most people look over the combination and its strange results.
If God has the power to create the whole universe and the natural processes that exist in the universe, as theistic evolutionists claim, no one can seriously restrict his creative power. Why can’t God create the universe in six days, as he says in His Bible? Why must God use evolution to create life? More importantly, who has the right to say that God used evolution to create life, when God clearly says he didn’t? If Christians believe in the omnipotent God of the Bible, shouldn’t they agree with God instead of with evolutionists?
I can make this argument even more interesting by turning it upside-down: If, as theistic evolutionists claim, natural causes have the power to evolve an organism that already exists, why can’t natural causes create an organism out of non-life? Why do natural causes require a God to work? Many evolutionists believe that God does not exist, that life can and did evolve from non-life. Their evidence for this has the same status as the evidence for the evolution of life into organisms that exist now. When do we believe the Bible, and when do we believe the scientists?
These questions reveal large holes in theistic evolution. Of course, theistic evolution is not discounted by the existence of other ways that the universe could have come about. Theistic evolution fails because it forces a choice between the Bible and science. This gives humans the job of choosing what is true and what is false. But mankind cannot choose what it wants to be true; it can only look and see what the truth is.
Jake Mokris is a homeschooled student and member of the Teen Takeover staff.