Natural Selection Versus God’s Word
The Great Commission and God’s Word
The Bible is the most influential book in the world. It is the most translated and most purchased book on earth. As of 2020, at least one book of the Bible has been translated into an astounding 3,312 languages. Both the New and Old Testaments have been translated into 704 languages. These translations came from the original biblical languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The Wycliffe Bible Translators’ website reports that presently 1 in 5 have the Bible in their language. There are 7,360 languages spoken worldwide, and 5.7 billion people have access to reading God’s Word in their language. The Wycliffe translators work closely with the many mission groups whose sole purpose is to spread the word of God’s gospel message. Wycliff Bible Translators have an ambitious goal of translating the Bible into every language in 2025. The Gideons are another organization that plays a significant role in the spreading of God’s Word. In 1908, an Association of Christian businessmen founded the Gideons and began with a mission to make the Word of God available to everyone in every facet of life. They have taken more than 2 billion Bibles in more than 95 languages to 200 countries, territories, and other possessions worldwide. It is the Gideons’ firm belief that the written word is a powerful agent to change lives. Their goal is not merely to distribute Bibles, but they “exist to advocate for those who are lost.” Their vision is an inclusive effort, and everyone is included in spreading God’s written word. The Gideons profess in “a firm belief that anyone can be valuable to this invaluable cause.”
The Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, preached and passed on his authority to the disciples through the Great Commission to spread His Word to the whole world. God’s Word has spread all over the globe. There are 2.4 billion Christians on earth, representing 31.5% of the population and ranking first of all global religious groups according to the Pew Research Center. This extensive study published on December 18, 2012, titled “The Global Religious Landscape,” has been updated over the years. The number of conversions into Christianity rank first in net gain as reported in the World Christian Encyclopedia. The spirit of Christ persists as many are brought to share their faith in God’s Word with evidence of the Holy Spirit’s power to change lives profoundly.
God’s Word is not like the works of Shakespeare or the Iliad and the Odyssey, ancient Greek poems. There is no comparison to any of the great writers of literature that have transcended from generation to generation. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit to provide for us a pathway for God’s righteousness. We are reminded of this in 2 Timothy 3:16, “God breathes out all Scripture and it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” The written works of humans will one day be forgotten and disappear when the world ends. Still, God’s written word comes from God himself and will live for eternity, as Matthew 24:35 makes clear to us: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
The religion of Islam will surpass Christianity in 2035 because, as Pew Research Center has explained, “Muslims are projected to be the world’s fastest-growing major religious group in the decades ahead.” Signs of this rapid growth are already visible. In 2015, the Pew Research Center on the Global Religious Landscape reported this dynamic change that Christianity is declining in the United States and Europe. Christians are projected to decline from 78% of the U.S. population in 2010 to 66% in 2050.The non-religious defined as atheists, agnostics, and others who do not affiliate with religion is increasing in the western world. These non-religious groups are the third-largest group in the world. In the 2012 study, this group numbered 1.2 billion, 15.2% of the religions of the world. The number has increased significantly since this study across the globe.
In another study made by Pew Research Center in 2017, it was reported that in America alone, 77% of the converts to Islam were raised as Christians. In Western Europe, where Protestant Christianity had its birth and Roman Catholicism was established, there is a movement away from religious core values. On May 29, 2018, the Pew Forum study entitled, Being a Christian in a Western World, identified that those who do not attend church were classified as non-practicing and stated, “Although many non-practicing Christians say they do not believe in God ‘as He is described in the Bible,’ they do tend to believe in some other higher power or spiritual force.” This prevailing group of non-practicing Christians outnumbered all other religions and the non-believers in Western Europe. It’s no wonder that so many churches that were built in Europe during the Protestant reformation in the sixteenth century are no longer in existence. Presently, the God of the Bible is now challenging to find in Western Europe.
The Pew Research Center study on global religions was predicting future outcomes by human fertility. They did not include the amount of secular propaganda in our schools worldwide that keeps proselytizing Darwin’s evolution that excludes God’s role in Creation. Of course, this consists of communist countries like China, with a population of 1.44 billion people. The Chinese Communist party supports atheism and teaches Darwinian evolution dogmatically. In Russia, for most of the 20th-century, communism repressed a belief in God. Today about one-fourth of the population is non-religious. Communist countries favor secularism and dogmatically teach atheistic evolution. Throughout America and Western Europe many converts to Islam were former Christians. There is one basic answer as the apostle Paul states, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:20)
One of the major influences that would induce those to defy God and that would attempt to eliminate Him as our Creator and Savior were Charles Darwin, with his famous work that introduced his theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. It was published at the end of 1859 and had a profound influence over the world, stemming a movement that declared their war against God. Darwin’s proposed evolutionary theory propagates the philosophy of naturalism, a belief that all observed things, whether living or nonliving, came to be only by natural causes. God is nowhere to be found. He has been censored out, and according to Darwin, nature and its forces are now occupying the throne of worship.
The Birth and Death of Darwinian Evolution
Darwin was trained in Christ Church College in Cambridge to become a clergy member in the Church of England. He had a devout interest in natural science and wanted to pursue studies in geology and botany. He also loved to collect beetles and other living things.
At that time, natural science found its home with the study of the Bible because they believed God was the Creator of the world that we observe. It was prevalent in the early 1800s in British higher learning institutions. Darwin’s mentor, John Stevens Henslow, whom he idolized, was an outstanding botanist and geologist. He assisted Darwin in his botanical studies while he was at Cambridge from 1828-1831 and thought highly of him as one who would make an impact in science. Henslow would recommend Darwin take his place as a naturalist at the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Darwin would send his collected specimens from many parts of the world to Henslow, who would pass them on to designated scientific experts to review. Darwin’s name would become well known because of Henslow’s efforts. It provided a path of acceptance from the scientific community to approve his diabolic theory of evolution. The HMS Beagle tour would change Darwin’s life and give him a foundation for his theory of evolution. He had to establish a background in which small, subtle changes took place over long periods of time for evolution to occur. With the assistance of Charles Lyle, he published the Principles of Geology in three books from 1830-1833. Lyle emphasized that the natural processes that are working today have continuously been operating in the past, as suggested by John Hutton in 1785, which is called Uniformitarianism.
The process defies the biblical creation model of 6000 years and the Worldwide flood during Noah’s time, as stated in Genesis 6-9. This judgment of God was Catastrophic in nature, destroying the earth along with its inhabitants, including people and animals as it is stated in Genesis 6:7, “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
Most of the scientific world holds steadfastly to the old earth in billions of years of historical geology and biology with the assumption of slow change. Creationists disagree, pointing to the fossil record with billions of fossils found in sedimentary rocks that have been water-driven with numerous fossil graveyards found all over the earth with animals buried instantly. The rocks are layered not because of slow change but because of the tremendous amount of energy originated by the internal forces of the earth as stated in Genesis 7:11, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” At the time, Cambridge was teaching geology and biology from a biblical viewpoint.
Darwin built his evolutionary theory on Lyle’s long periods of time, who became a close personal friend and encouraged him to develop his idea of how evolution works with small intervals of time.
It is interesting to note that Darwin did not originate long periods of time and small changes in the evolutionary scenario but many others before, including Jean-Baptist Lamarck (1744-1829), a French naturalist and biologist. Lamarck introduced one of the first coherent theories on evolution, which he describes in his 1809 Philosophie Zoologique, which believes in a complex force of nature that drives an upward climb of biological complexity. Lamarck is most well-known for his theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics termed Lamarckism. The environment will shape the Evolution of living things with the use or disuse of certain traits. He proposed that it is how Evolution works. This is exemplified by the heedless idea that humans are descendants of primates and once had tails. Lamarckism proposed that because humans do not climb trees anymore like their ancestors, a tail was no longer needed. He pointed to the coccyx or tail bone as a remnant of Evolution. These bones are fused at about the age of 30 and are found at the end of the human vertebral column. The coccyx is not a useless structure pushed by evolutionists who are biased to the idea that humans evolved from monkeys. Today we know that this structure is the place for attachment for many tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It acts as a place for the muscles of the lower pelvis to attach that provide for urination, evacuation, and many other essential functions. It also plays a significant role in supporting and stabilizing a person while he or she is in a sitting position. The injury to the coccyx area is very painful and can be debilitating. There are many more examples that put Lamarck’s theory to rest.
Two essential factors that Lamarck used that Darwin would hang onto is time and the environment being the force that makes their evolutionary theory work. Lamarck gave the idea of long periods of time having a God-like power and being unlimited, which he clearly states in 1809 Philosophie Zoologique expressing,
Oh, how very ancient the earth is! And how ridiculously small the ideas of those who consider the creation to be 6000 years old. Time is unimportant and never difficult for nature. It is always at her disposal and represents an unlimited power in which she accomplishes her greatest and smallest tasks. This antiquity will appear even greater when he realizes the length of time and the particular conditions which were necessary to bring all living species into existence.
Lamarck defies the Word of God by stating how ignorant it is to believe in young earth when long periods of time are needed to inflict change from the simple to the more complex.
The second component would be the environment that would shape different organisms. It would provide the force to make changes within the organisms. Lamarck and his theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics failed dismally as exemplified previously. It appears that over time with more information gathered by scientific experts, what is declared an evolutionary remnant has valid biological function. Darwin introduced the mechanism of natural selection as how evolution works. His theory was much more appealing than Lamarckism and would find an audience that was willing to accept the survival of the fittest and the war against the weak. Darwin claimed that evolution works by the extinction of the weak in the struggle to survive in their natural environments. It would set up a competitive outcome as individual against individual, species against species, race against race, and the list goes on. He believed wholeheartedly that would be the force that would produce the distinctive biological traits that define a species. It seems logical at its face value, but it is a brutal process and would leave many organisms to their extinction because they are unfit. The biggest problem is that environment does change and sometimes, catastrophically. It can be devastating, such as in fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes, and exploding volcanoes. What happens then to the traits of organisms that were excellent for survival when everything changes? Darwin was brainwashed with the belief of very slow change over long periods of time that could not be observed. He neglected the fact that dramatic changes in the environment could take place and change everything forever. Darwin’s theory of natural selection fails because its objective is blinded to the future and its changes that will follow. Darwin proposed that natural selection would produce new species, but instead, it brings extinction to the species.
Today, we know what drives changes within the kind. Whether it be in plants or animals, we know that the genes made of DNA are locked up in the chromosomes. These chromosomes contain information that gives everyone their uniqueness in human traits like skin and hair color, height, body and facial structure, and the list goes on. We inherit this genetic information from our parents’ chromosomes. The human population is 7.76 billion, and everyone has distinct, unique traits. Another good example is the hundreds of breeds of dogs today, from the tiny Chihuahua to the giant Great Dane. This demonstrates an array of traits of the dog kind, but they are genetically dogs. The origin of species does not come from Darwinian evolution, but the Creator, as it is stated in the first chapter of Genesis, “after their kind.” They were created each kind with their genetic information to become a unique variation of that kind. Humans will always be humans; dogs will always be dogs; cats will be cats; and so on. The variations within the kind make an interesting and engaging biological world that God has bestowed on His creation so that we can see His magnificent glory. The prophet Jeremiah has excellently proclaimed this by saying, For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and [there is] none else. – Isaiah 45:18
Darwinian Evolution is an abomination to God’s Word. Evolution is a war against the weak which the Bible opposes: “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” (Matthew 19:30) Christ’s teachings make it clear that we should feed the poor and feeble and love each other as ourselves. There is no mention of race in the Bible because we are all one blood created in God’s image. We are all so valued by our Creator and Savior that He would send His beloved Son to die so that we will have eternal life. Darwinian Evolution defies this truth to its very core.