One of the strong oppositions to our complete trust in the Bible is the theory of evolution. From an innocuous start as a theory, it has become the norm of thinking for many people on how the natural things around us (and ourselves as the human race), came into existence. It heavily impacts the world view of Christians and non-Christians alike, and affects the way science, medicine, history and many other subjects are perceived, researched and taught.
As a child, I grew up with the idea that evolution has a strong standing, and I tried to consolidate it with the creation story of Genesis. So, possibly, the days of creation were actually long periods of time. Isn’t there a verse somewhere that says to God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day? And so, although I desperately wanted to believe the creation story of Genesis 1, there was always the confusion of the evolutionary process. In the end, I decided it must not be that important. I believe humans were created in God’s image, and for the rest – however that happened really has nothing to do with my faith.
Wrong!! I didn’t realise how much this point of view impacted the way I trusted the Bible to be (or not to be) the infallible Word of God.
A number of years ago a friend gave us a set of DVDs on various themes of this subject, from the view of Creation Science. As a family we watched the whole series and I was set free! The Word of God really was true in respect to the six days – yes, literal days! – of creation! And as my knowledge grew, I realised how many Christians were being led astray and confused by the religion of evolution.
There is in fact no evidence for evolution on such a grand scale as to allow one species to develop into a totally different one, as is taught in schools, and accepted as truth. Many people are being deceived by half truths and even open lies. And what is promoted as a science, is in fact a philosophy of deception that many choose to believe, and work very hard (spending unbelievable amounts of money) to prove. With every so-called discovery to prove evolution, the media goes into a frenzy, but when the half truth or lie of the “discovery” is later exposed, it is kept quiet.
Obviously, it will take more than a quick blog to explain the depth of deception of the evolution perspective. The point I am trying to make is this: it brings immense peace and freedom to be able to believe that the whole of the Bible is truth.
The truth of the creation account as set out in Genesis 1 confirms and underlines the truth of the rest of God’s Word. God is in fact the Creator, and He chose to tell us openly how He created. Not over periods of millions of years (which incidently becomes millions and billions more with each new “discovery”), but in six days. And on the seventh, He rested.
“And God saw everything that He made, and behold, it was very good.” (verse 31)
To accept the truth of God as the Creator God, impacts our faith in all aspects of God’s character as revealed in His Word and our experience. If we can fully trust Him in one aspect, we can fully trust Him in all. To me, it brought tremendous relief. Because, how can we as mere mortals judge and discern which passages of Scripture to believe and which not? We can’t! We can only rely on God – that He has given us His complete, infallible Word – the whole Truth!
by Lise Oosthuizen