Many people in the Christian community fear the words, ‘Evolution is science. If you deny evolution, you deny science. If you doubt evolution, you destroy Western Civilisation and progress. You want people back in the Dark Ages.’
This slogan is designed to silence criticism of Darwinian evolution. However, one should be careful to distinguish between science and the other so-called ‘science.’
# God mandated science
- When God created Adam and Eve, He told them to ‘rule’ over the animal kingdom. 1 In Genesis 1:28 He said, ‘…fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ We see the command to rule and subdue as the ‘science mandate.’ Man is to investigate nature and learn how it works. Then he can apply laws of nature in practical applications.
- Operational science depends on observations or experiments that can be repeatedly observed and measured. An example is the flight of birds. Scientists study it with repeated experiments and observations. Then they formulate flight principles and apply them in practice, like air planes. Operational science has brought immense benefits to society, like electric motors, medicines, improved crop growing, communications, electricity, et cetera.
# Ruler of this world mandated ‘science’
- There is no mandate from God to study origins. He told us in Genesis 1 and other passages that He created it all in six days. Origin investigations has its origin in the mind of the ruler of this world. It is rebellion against God’s Word. As God’s sworn enemy, he opposes the Scripture in every way he can.
- The past cannot be tested by repeated experiments. It is called ‘forensic science.’ Forensic science refers to the way detectives reconstruct crime scenes. They look for clues, motives, et cetera. Criminal investigations need forensic science, but the devil imposes the ‘necessity’ of origins investigations on society.
- Origins or evolutionary ‘science’ is a useless endeavour. It has never led to practical applications. No Nobel prize has ever been awarded for it. It only benefits the devil. People who believe in evolution usually reject the Bible, and this leads to loss of eternal life with God.
- Operational science is mandated by God and benefits society.
- Origins science is promoted by the ruler of this world, and benefits hell.
- The devil’s creation lies eventually lead people to discard the Bible.
No one has been able to prove scientifically that evolution is true. Sinful man, influenced by the devil, invests billions to try to convince people that the universe and life on earth evolved. One of the effective ways to silence critics (that is not necessary for operational science) is to tell doubters that they are science deniers. It is a lie. No follower of Jesus should ever be frightened by it. We bow to Jesus, not to the lies of the devil.
1. Genesis 1:26