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Why was Darwin a "man of his times"?
If science is our starting point we are saying that our frame of reference is the constantly developing world of the scientist, the world of reason. If the Bible is our starting point, then it is the unchanging Word of God, the source of revelation. When these two worlds seem to clash, as Christians we either stand or fall by the Word of God, without compromise, even if we are vilified by others, even brothers and sisters in Christ!
Six days, six days, I ask you! From billions of years to six days! You're asking too much of me! Yes, it seems unreasonable, of course it does. Yet many scientists, proper scientists with doctorates and academic success are Creationists and have answered all the objections that evolutionists have put in their way and provided reasonable alternatives for their beliefs that don't compromise the Word of God. Despite what others may say, a belief in Creationism is not unreasonable, irrational or ignorant.
But the virgin birth and the resurrection are unreasonable, yet we accept them as truth. How big is your God? Do you struggle to fit Him into the box marked "miracles of Jesus"? If you can live with this then just consider Jesus' other miracles. The reason why Jesus himself believed in a six day creation was because he was the one who did the creating! He was around at that time. Were Dawkins or Darwin around too? So who better to believe, an active eyewitness or an atheist postulator of theories?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:1-3)
Make no mistake, evolution is the religion of our age and it serves a jealous "god" that is most definitely not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It not only tells us that life came about through blind chance and that we are descended from apes, but it has insinuated itself into our consciousness, through our educational, legal, communication and - sad to say - ecclesiastical systems. It tells us that as life itself was a random chance, then our lives are random too. It has no room for absolutes, governed only by its rule of survival of the fittest. It makes abortion and euthanasia acceptable and finds its perfect expression in totalitarian regimes, like Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, where individual freedoms are sacrificed for the good of the majority, because individual lives are considered worthless.
Charles Darwin was groomed by his father to be a clergyman and, in his own words, "did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word in the Bible." His life, of course, followed a very different path, one that destroyed that faith, to the extent that, in a letter to a correspondent shortly before his death, wrote "I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation, and therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God." So Darwin's life work on formulating the theory of evolution was to lose him his faith in Father God.
It's all really down to a concept that I sketched out in a previous article, which we will revisit next week ...
(This is an abridged extract from Steve's book How the Church Lost the Truth: And How it Can Find it Again)
A Lib Dem candidate who was due to stand in the upcoming election...