Half-Truths Aren’t True at All

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For decades now, many Christian leaders in the West seem to have dedicated themselves to convince the average pew sitter to accept the secular world’s interpretations of origins (including ideas like the “big bang,” millions of years of earth history, and evolution) vs. the Genesis account of God creating in six literal days approximately 6,000 years ago.

If the term dedicated seems a tad hyperbolic to you, consider this: the majority of Christian colleges and universities teach long ages and/or full-blown theistic evolution. Hundreds of books (some from the most popular and mainstream evangelical leaders influencing Christian culture today) flood Christian bookstores attempting to show how Christians can get around the plain reading of Genesis.

And unlike Answers in Genesis (where our focus is equipping believers to trust the authority of God’s Word from the very first verse), we now have so-called–Christian ministries that exist solely to convince Christians to specifically accept Darwinian evolution, which didn’t exist prior to 1859! The theistic-evolution-teaching think-tank Biologos (well-funded by the Templeton Foundation to teach Christians to accept what they term evolutionary creation) is described by Wikipedia simply and accurately in this way:

The BioLogos Foundation is a Christian advocacy group that attempts to reconcile evolution with the idea of God.1

We Have to Do It for the Children!

A typical response as to why we should accept these ideas instead of simply believing the plain reading of the text (like the majority of the Church Fathers, Reformers, and Christian laypersons have done throughout church history) is that people will turn away from the church if we don’t appear to be “scientifically minded” or intellectual in this modern world we live in.

In particular, many profess a motivation to help the next generation see why this compromise should be embraced. They reason that affirming a plain reading of the Bible will set young people up for apostasy, as once they learn “real science” compared to what the Bible teaches, they may reject all of Christianity when they reject the Genesis account.

Biologos contributor Karl Giberson’s article “Creationists Drive Young People Out of the Church”2 is typical of this type of plea. In it he cites studies by George Barna pointing out the “tension” between science and the Bible in explaining why so many young people from Christian homes are abandoning the faith of their parents.

As another example, Christianity Today published an online article titled “Young Earth Creationism Makes Life Difficult for Everyone,” where author Rob Moll proceeded to hammer Christians that teach biblical creation. And in his article he quotes the department chair of Wheaton Christian College, Stephen Moshier:

Many of us at Christian colleges really grieve at what a problem this young-earth creationism makes for the Christian witness.3

Who’s to Blame?

So the biblical creationists are saying the 70% fallout in Christian youth is due to teaching evolutionary ideas, and the theistic evolutionists are blaming the teaching of biblical creation as the reason for the mass exodus we see in Christendom throughout the western world because it conflicts with “science.”

But biblical creationists are teaching what the Bible plainly says, and the theistic evolutionists are teaching what the world says about origins. So, what groups like Biologos are revealing is that it’s people teaching what the Bible plainly says that is “embarrassing” and causing people to walk away from the faith.

But the faith they say they are worried young people will walk away from includes belief that their Savior was supernaturally born of a virgin, walked on water, instantaneously turned water into wine, healed crippled hands, cured diseases, and brought people back to life. All of which modern science says is ridiculous!

Let’s Split It down the Middle

Modern theistic evolutionists have relegated Genesis 1–11 to the intellectual dust-bin, just like the mainline liberal churches did years ago. They say it should only be viewed as mythology, metaphor, poetry, and allegory. Assuming they are correct, let’s calculate how much time in Scripture they are saying is non-history that cannot be taken as plainly written.

Well the Bible only records some 4,000 years of history, and most historians and archaeologists, etc. would agree that there is approximately 2,000 years of history between Jesus and the Patriarch Abraham. And the genealogies from Abraham to Adam provide another approximately 2,000 years. So fully half of the recorded time in the Bible occurs in Genesis chapters 1–11!

If 50% of the recorded time in Scripture has been declared metaphorical by many of our Christian leaders, why would they expect the next generation to believe the other 50% as anything else? If the “good news” that Jesus brings in the New Testament is dependent on the “bad news” revealed in the Old Testament, why would anyone trust any of it? And that is the logical conclusion that the vast majority of the people in the Western world have arrived at—that the Bible cannot be trusted.

And for those still fumbling around and trying to syncretize “faith and science” (i.e., Christian beliefs with evolutionary storytelling), the expectant results can be seen in quotes from professing Christian theistic evolutionists like Karl Giberson and Bishop John Shelby Spong. Christian parents should read the following admissions, the logical outworking of trying to absorb evolutionary ideas into traditional Christian doctrine and ask themselves: Is this the type of “faith” I want my children to adopt?

The biblical story of the perfect and finished creation from which human beings fell into sin is pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense. The virgin birth, understood as literal biology, makes Christ’s divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible. The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed. Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. It therefore cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.4

[M]y belief in God is tinged with doubts . . . I sometimes wonder if I am perhaps simply continuing along the trajectory of a childhood faith that should be abandoned.5

Atheists Know Better

These conclusions are the inevitable end result of applying the idea of millions of years and evolution to Scripture. The Bible gets modified, downgraded, and undermined, while the belief in “evolution” remains. And who understands this more than most Christians? Atheists!

Skeptics know the teaching of evolution is so effective in converting people to atheism that they openly use compromising Christians to promote their anti-God agenda!

Skeptics know the teaching of evolution is so effective in converting people to atheism that they openly use compromising Christians to promote their anti-God agenda! “Exhibit A” is point number 20 in the skeptic.com article “105 Ways To Promote Skeptical Activism.”

Make allies. Be cooperative . . . We need help. Build bridges. Work with religious groups. (Our best allies for defending evolution are members of the mainstream clergy groups.)6

Brethren, wake up! Here in their own words we see Bible skeptics admitting that the best allies for promoting atheism are collaborators in the church that promote evolution! Is it any wonder compromising Churches and Bible colleges are bleeding out their younger demographic at catastrophic rates!

Stand on the Authority of God’s Word

There is absolutely no reason for Christians to bow the knee to secular interpretations of the world around us and try to placate them because of intellectual intimidation. God’s Word is clear in what it says in the area of origins, and biblical creation is extremely well supported in all areas of theological, scientific, and philosophical disciplines.

Regardless, God’s Word should remain our final authority as to why we should not adopt man’s ideas over God’s revealed Word.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God. (2 Corinthians 6:14–16)

Footnotes

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_BioLogos_Foundation.
  2. Karl Giberson,“Creationists Drive Young People Out Of The Church,” Huffington Post, November 19, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-giberson-phd/creationists-and-young-christians_b_1096839.html.
  3. Rob Moll, “Young Earth Creationism Makes Life Difficult for Everyone,” Christianity Today, December 4, 2007, https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2007/december/young-earth-creationism-makes-life-difficult-for-everyone.html.
  4. Bishop John Shelby Spong, “A Call for a New Reformation,” July 1998, https://www.westarinstitute.org/resources/the-fourth-r/a-call-for-a-new-reformation/.
  5. Karl W. Giberson, Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution (New York: Harper One, 2008).
  6. Daniel Loxton, “What Do I Do Next?” Skeptic, March 2009, www.skeptic.com/reading_room/what-do-i-do-next.

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