The book of Genesis is a truly remarkable book. It is the foundational book for many fundamental biblical doctrines. Without Genesis such glorious biblical messages as justification, redemption, sanctification, man’s relationship to God and man’s need of a Savior, would all be obscure and unintelligible. It gives us the first glimpse of hope in the face of death and sin (Gen. 3:15) and begins the unfolding of God’s plan for man’s redemption. It is no wonder that it is the most quoted book throughout the rest of the Bible.
Unfortunately, Genesis also carries the burden of being the most attacked and abused book by skeptics. The first eleven chapters are especially targeted by those who revile God and his word. The real tragedy is that many supposed “Bible believers” have given in to the attacks against Genesis 1-11. They have failed to realize the importance of defending the historicity and factuality of these crucial chapters. But the skeptics know the importance of such attacks. They know that if they can cause people to doubt the creation account, the fall of man, God’s punishment of sin with a global flood and man’s dispersion across the face of the earth then they have won a great battle in the war for the hearts and souls of mankind. What happens to the faith of one who has accepted the false notion that Genesis 1-11 is nothing more than allegories, folk-lore and mythology, when they see Jesus referring to Adam and Eve as actual historical people? (Matt. 19:4f). The skeptic knows what will happen! They know that if they can get people to discount the veracity of the original account that they will also be able to get them to doubt the reliability of anyone who refers to these accounts as actual historical events.
The level of success skeptics have had in this attack against biblical reliability can be seen in the very sad development of those claiming to be “Bible believing Christians” trying to harmonize false theories like evolution with the biblical account of creation. They have been deceived into thinking that they must make the Bible fit with what “learned” people say about human origins. Even though they claim to believe the Bible, they actually believe men and man-made theories, above the Bible and think that the only way they can “defend” their belief in the Bible is to find a way to make the two agree. Rather than seeking “agreement” between the Bible and so-called “scientific theory,” we must be resolved to defend the Bible as the inspired word of God and to never think that the Bible must be brought into agreement with men. It is man that must be brought into agreement with the Bible, not the other way around.
Truth is truth and it will never be contradictory. That means when we find man-made theories that disagree with and contradict biblical truth, we must reexamine our man-made theories, not doubt the truth of the Bible! Such is definitely the case with the book of Genesis.
In our doctrinal statement, we have said that we believe the Genesis account of creation to be true and, therefore, we reject the idea of Theistic Evolution. We want to be very clear about this statement. It is not that we accept the truth of Genesis and choose to reject Theistic Evolution. It is that because we accept the truth of Genesis we must reject the false theory of Theistic Evolution. Despite the attempts to harmonize evolution with the Bible by calling it “Theistic Evolution,” there is actually no possible way that the two ideas of Special Creation and Organic Evolution can be harmonized in any way whatsoever. Either God created all things, including organic life, the way Genesis says he did, or he did not – it cannot be both. But that is exactly what Theistic Evolution attempts to do. The idea is that the theory of evolution has been scientifically proven and, therefore, the Bible must be made to harmonize with that theory for human origin. Nothing could be further from the truth! Actually, there is an ever growing movement in the scientific community against the theory of evolution. More and more true scientists are openly questioning the “science” behind the theory of evolution. When a person examines the true evidence involved it becomes very clear that evolution has been anything but proven.
“Theistic Evolution” attempts to hold on to a belief in God while at the same time accepting the evolutionary theory, which by its very nature denies the existence of God. They say, “Yes, God created everything but he used evolution to do it.” That is, God began the evolutionary process and allowed everything to develop to its current form by that means. Not only is such an idea completely absurd, it is antibiblical. It makes a liar out of our Lord and his apostles. It is nothing less than damnable false doctrine (2 Pet. 2:1-3).
If Theistic Evolution were true then that would mean Adam and Eve were the product of millions of years of evolutionary processes. The earth would have been at least millions of years of old, though evolutionary geologists say billions. Whether it was millions or billions of years old by the time Adam and Eve came along, it certainly could not be said that they were “from the beginning” or “in the beginning.” However, that is exactly what Jesus says of them.
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female (Matt. 19:4).
Jesus, our Lord, said that God made them and says when he made them, AT THE BEGINNING. 200 Million years from the beginning of the world is not THE BEGINNING! When is “the beginning”? It is when our Lord “laid the foundations of the earth” (Heb. 1:10). It is when God “created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). “In the beginning” is when The Word created “all things” (John 1:1-3). Now, six days (Gen. 1, 2) could be grouped together to say they constitute what happened “in the beginning,” but 200 million years? I think not!
So, either Theistic Evolutionists are wrong or our Lord is wrong. They both can’t be right. We do not have the space in this article to give all of the fallacies that true science itself exposes in the evolutionary theory but I would strongly encourage the reader to do some research in the field of Apologetics (i.e. Christian Evidences) for more information. However, with no more evidence than this one verse we have enough to expose the antibiblical nature of so-called Theistic Evolution.
In 1 Timothy 2:13, Paul says, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” The word “formed” here means, “to form, to fashion, to make, to mold” (Louw and Nida). It is a word used in reference to the work of a potter who forms the clay into his creation. But, if Theistic Evolution is true, God didn’t form Adam and Eve. He simply sparked the evolutionary process that eventually produced Adam and Eve. It could not be said that they were formed like a potter forms the clay with his own hands.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7).
For thou hast possessed my reins [For You formed my inward parts, NKJV]: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Ps. 139:13, 14).
Theistic Evolution is a lie, and a sad attempt at twisting God’s word to harmonize with false man-made theories. Let us never be tempted to compromise God’s word simply because “smart people” say something different than what the Bible says.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever (Ps. 111:10).