Sadly, much of the church in the United Kingdom has succumbed to the teaching of evolution and millions of years. This has only been to the detriment of the church. There are many biblical reasons to reject theistic evolution, but in considering the person of Jesus, there are three specific arguments that refute this belief.
1. His Goodness
At the end of the six days of creation, God declares his creation to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31). The goodness of God’s completed creation is a reflection of His nature (1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 34:8, 106:1) since it is He alone who is good (Luke 18:19).
In the New Testament we read that the Creator and Savior of the world became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1–3, 14). In Acts 10:38, Peter said that Jesus, our Creator, “went about doing good.” Some of the good things Jesus did included feeding the hungry (Mark 6:33–44), healing diseases (Matthew 8–9), giving sight to the blind (John 9:1–8), stopping natural disasters (Mark 4:39), and raising the dead (John 11:43–44). The healing ministry of Jesus was a confrontation of evil, suffering, and death. However for those Christians who believe God used evolution, the problem here is that evil, suffering, and death are integral parts of evolution. Why then would Jesus have done all those things if, as the Creator, He knew them to be part of the “very good” creation which He created?
2. His Miracles
The Bible tells us that Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine at the wedding in Cana in Galilee (John 2:1–11). While this was the first of His earthly miracles, His first actual miracle was the creation of the world (John 1:1–3). Scripture clearly tells us that Jesus created the world by His spoken word (Psalm 33:6; John 1:1–3; Hebrews 11:3) and reveals how that creation took place: “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9). The New Testament bears witness to this through the instantaneous nature of His miracles in the gospels (e.g., Matthew 8:5–13; Mark 10:52; Luke 18:42–43). So when Jesus, the Word, spoke the divine command, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), we have very good reasons to conclude that it did not take millions of years for it to come into existence.
Theistic evolutionists inconsistently reject the supernatural creation of the world whilst accepting the reality of the virgin birth, the miracles, and the Resurrection of Christ, which are equally at odds with the truth claims of the secular scientific majority. This inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument.
3. His Death
Christians need to consider what Jesus’ death achieved if Darwinian evolution is true and physical death and suffering were already present in an evolving world. Those who believe that God created by evolutionary processes believe in a world where there were death, destruction, and catastrophe before Adam’s disobedience. This is faith in a Creator, Christ, who “creates” by using evolutionary processes, which is essentially faith in a “god” who said He created all things “very good” when He really used eons of death and struggle. If this is the case, then how can He be trusted to make a new and good creation (Revelation 21:1) since His definition of “good” may well mean an eternity of death and struggle?
Scripture speaks about a future restoration of Creation from the Curse brought on it through Adam’s rebellion (Romans 8:19–25). This restoration and reconciliation of all things comes about because of Jesus’ work on the Cross (Colossians 1:15–20). Theistic evolutionists must be able to explain what creation will be restored to. Will it be restored to a state of death and suffering?
By replacing or synthesising Genesis 1–3 with the philosophy of evolution and millions of years, many in the church have failed to understand how the person and nature of their Creator, the Lord Jesus, refute their own teaching.