What did Darwin think about Genesis 1?

Charles Darwin is supposed to have ‘proved scientifically’ that life on earth evolved.  He didn’t give attention to the big bang or the origin of our solar system, but concentrated on biological life on earth.  It is interesting that he studied theology, but despite God’s claims in Genesis 1, decided to oppose them.  What is interesting about it, is the following:

”God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness He called ‘night.'” 1

He also named the ‘sky,’ the ‘land’ and the ‘seas.’ The emphasis is on the word ‘called.’  In the Bible the sovereign who was in control could name a person or thing, or change names.  For example:

  • The Egyptian Pharaoh who killed king Josiah of Judah changed the name of one of Josiah’s sons, Eliakim, to Jehoiakim and made him king in the place of his father. 3
  • In 2 Kings 24:17 the king of Babylon who conquered Jerusalem, put Mattaniah on the throne and changed his name to Zedekiah.
  • King Nebuchadnezzar changed the names of Daniel and his three friends when they, as captives, entered his service. 4

When God named the day, night, sky, land and seas He, as Sovereign, claimed ownership of them.  God partially transferred that right to Adam when He gave him the command to rule over creation. 5  In Genesis 2:19-20 we read how God brought Adam to the animals He created to name them.

  • God let it be known that He is the Sovereign and creation is His.  That’s it.  Final?
  • Well… not that final.  God has an enemy who said, ‘I will make myself like the Most High.’ 6  The devil wants to annihilate God’s claim because it induces people to believe in Him.
  • Romans 1:20 tells us, ‘For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without any excuse.’

#  As is his character, the devil opposes God’s words and actions all the way.

So he devised a deceptive plan to counter God’s claim.  It is called evolution.  Normally people think that Charles Darwin was the man who explained that evolution is a fact.  Not so, even the Greeks hundreds of years before Christ thought it might be true.  However, Charles Darwin was the man of the time.  Galatians 4:4  says about Jesus, ‘But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman….’  There is a right time, even for the enemies of God.  So Darwin published his book with the title shortened to ‘The Origin of Species’ in 1859.  It is the world’s counter to God’s claims that He is the Owner and Sovereign of creation.

#  Today evolution is the ‘acid’ that erodes faith in God’s Word.

It has even gained a foothold in the Church.

  • Why is it important for the devil to deny that the universe is God’s property?  If people are sure that God is the sovereign Creator, they might accept God’s invitation to become part of His family.  That is not something the devil wants.
  • How serious is the issue about the ownership of the universe?  Just look around you.  Marvel at the billions that are spent to help researchers to prove that first life and then plants, animals, birds and fish evolved; to prove that people evolved from ape-like ancestors.  Book after book, giants like National Geographic, and other science journals, films, research papers, et cetera are devoted to try and prove that Darwin had it right to deny that God is the great Creator.  Would it get that much attention and funds if it was not vitally important who created and owns the universe?

#  Conclusion

The issue of the creator of the universe is big.  All efforts are employed to deny that the Bible’s account is true as written.  We, as followers of Jesus, who know that God does not lie, know that He is the Creator, and we honour Him for His wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

References

  1. In Genesis 1:5
  2. Genesis 1:8,10
  3. 2 Kings 23:34; 2 Chronicles 36:2-4
  4. Daniel 1:6,7
  5. Genesis 1:26,28
  6. Isaiah 14:14b

The tireless search for our ancestors

Most people are aware of the constant search for our ape-like ancestors.  This search costs millions, but it suits the agenda of the evil ruler of this world, the devil. 1  He wants people to believe that they evolved, and that Genesis 1 is nonsense.  Man came from ape-like ancestors through the process of evolution.

#  They trust that most people are gullible. 

People believe that a few bones are conclusive evidence that we evolved.  For some reason the bones are supposed to be clear, factual ‘proof’ that they are our ancestors.  Except for some small problems:

#  The ‘proofs’ fade away and are replaced.

For the seekers after ‘The Lost Bones of the Ancestors’ the search never stops.  If this or that one is not right, there are always new finds, new announcements, new news conferences where they discuss the latest find in great detail.  After a while it is replaced by another ‘exciting breathtaking find.’

#  They want to rewrite the story of our species.

Evolution News and Science Today reports that the latest find was in North Africa, in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.  The article explains that the main idea is to ‘Rewrite the story of our species.’ 2

#  Why do they look for these ‘ancestors?’

Isn’t it a waste of time to try and account for the intellectual mind, creativity, clear speech, et cetera, of man?  But the search has to do with one thing only: any search, however costly and futile, is better than to accept that Genesis 1 is true.  They cannot and will not agree that God is the Creator, since that means they have to take notice of what Scripture reveals and they refuse to do that.

#  The search is a tribute to the accuracy of Genesis 1.

It is remarkable that such a massive ‘industry’ as evolution, paleontology, the search for aliens, and others have sprung up to refute the Genesis 1 account of creation.  It is a tribute to the accuracy and truth of the Bible.  The money spent on these fruitless searches would have gone a long way to help the poor and destitute or some other worthy cause.  That, however, is not the idea.

Conclusion

The search for aliens and our ‘roots’ will never stop.  Why?  Genesis 1 will remain a stumbling block for the ruler of this world, the devil, in his quest to lead people astray.

References

  1. 1 John 5:19b
  2. David Klinghoffer, Another Day, Another ‘Rewrite’ on Human Origins, 06.12.17

Chop one verse and others will follow.

There is a massive ‘industry’ to defend Darwinian evolution, even from inside the Church.  Despite the fact that there is no solid scientific proof for Darwinian evolution, some ‘Christians’ still insist it is true.  The problem is, one has to be consistent in the exegesis of Scripture.  Let us look at two very specific verses, Romans 1:20 and Ephesians 2:10.

#  Romans 1:20

  • ‘For since the creation of the the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without any excuse.’
  • The word used is ‘workmanship’ or ‘handiwork.’  Creation is the handiwork of God.  This specific word ‘handiwork’ is found only in one other place in the New Testament, in Ephesians 2:10.

# Ephesians 2:10

‘For we are God’s workmanship [handiwork], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’  That means the ‘creation’ of new creatures in Jesus, is also the handiwork of God.

#  God created two separate ‘things’

  • God created the universe through Jesus ‘…and through whom [Jesus] He [God] made the universe….’ 1
  • God also created His children to be new ‘creations’ in Christ Jesus, ‘…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’

#  Romans 1:20 and Ephesians 2:10 are related.

Because the New Testament uses ‘handiwork’ or ‘workmanship’ only in these two verses, there is a relationship between them.  Both testify to God’s creative ability.  The one is physical and visible, the other one spiritual and invisible.  Yet both are real: they demonstrate God’s, ‘eternal power and divine nature.’ 

#  They stand or fall together.

If six day creation is not the handiwork of God, why would the creation of new people in Christ be?  This is an example of the ‘domino’ principle in Scripture.  When you lose faith in one verse or principle, your faith in the rest of the Bible starts to topple.

Conclusion  

Both Ephesians 2:10 and Romans 1:20 are true.  God created the universe in six days to be our temporal home.  He will renew it to be the eternal home of people who were renewed in their inner being.  All this is due to God’s power!

References

  1. Hebrews 1:2
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:17