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The Bible describes man as being completely ensnared by sin after Adam’s fall.
The Bible describes man as being completely ensnared by sin after
Adam’s fall: “
For what I do, is not the good I want to do; no, the
evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:19). Only
those who understand this fact, ask the appropriate question: “
a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
(Rom. 7:24). Only those persons who realize that they are sinful and
lost will seek the Savior. Jesus briefly formulated the reason for His
mission to this world as follows: “
The Son of Man came seek and to
save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Only as sinners can we find the
way to God: “
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you”
(Luke 15:21). Anyone who has unburdened his sins under the cross
of Jesus can joyfully cry out after being set free, “
Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25).
Evolution knows no sin in the biblical sense of missing one’s purpose
(in relation to God). Sin is made meaningless, and that is exactly the
opposite of what the Holy Spirit does—He declares sin to be sinful.
J. Illies sees aggression as the flywheel that actually set evolution
in motion. He regards the fist as the active instrument and proof of
becoming human. Hans Mohr regards murder, hate, and aggression
as the “eggshells of evolution” (see OB 9), the prerequisites without
which man could not have developed. If sin is seen in this way, then
one has lost the key for finding God. The Bible affirms that “
wrongdoing is sin” (1 John 5:17), and if the pardon through the Son
of God is disregarded, then “
you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).
Adherence to the doctrine of evolution conceals the real nature of
sin and leads one astray: “
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Jesus once told
people who held this view, “
that you would die in your sins” (John 8:24).
The conclusion is inevitable: There is no support for theistic
evolution in the Bible.