Can A Christian Believe In Theistic Evolution And Be Saved?

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The belief system of Christianity is based upon facts, not blind faith. The Bible teaches that the earth and everything in it was Created in six days just like our own, and that this Creation week took place just a few thousand years ago. Secular scientists, most of which have an anti-supernatural bias, claim everything evolved over long periods of time.

Special Creation is what the Bible teaches. If one reads the Bible alone and does not consider any scientific input, that person will never think evolution was involved in the creation process. So why are there so many in the church who believe that very thing? They believe science is at least as right if not more so than the Bible. The reality is that the Bible is right. Science changes what they hold as truth, the Bible never does. The truths of the Bible are consistent and provable especially since that which is perfect has come in complete revelation.

Evolution Puts Faith In Man

The entire field of evolution is false. There was no big bang. Spinning gas can make neither stars nor planets. Lightning strikes on pond scum cannot alter lifeless chemicals in living cells. Everything reproduces after its own kind, and mutations cannot change a species into a different kind. Variation within a species is not evolution, but is consistent with the Creation model. Darwin observed variations between finches, but everything he noted was still a finch. Evolution, whether astro-physical, chemical, or biological, has had no part to play with the existence of the universe, as well as life on earth.

And still, faithless members of the church doubt the Bible and agree with scientists. They have a hybrid of God’s truth and man’s error, and call it theistic evolution. In other words, evolution explains all that exists, but where the science doesn’t work out, God miraculously helped evolution over the hump. What non-sense. Not only is it factually untrue and Scripturally unviable, but it is fatally false doctrine to boot. Anyone who believes in theistic evolution is lost just as if that person believed in atheistic evolution.

Creation Puts Faith In God

The book of Hebrews says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (11:3). Whatever is understood here, it is by faith, so look at the beginning of the chapter to see what that involves: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (11:1). The word “substance” in the Greek is hupostasis, and means “foundation.” This is even clear in the English rendering of “substance” (sub means under, stance means to stand).

Faith is a foundation upon which one builds his hope in the unseen. What makes up this foundation of evidence is the evidence of Scripture, which helps build the foundation of our faith (Romans 10:17). So to understand something by faith is not a blind leap in the dark, nor it is an assumption one feels is right. Faith is not based on some experience that is better felt than told, nor upon something that makes us happy to believe in it. To understand anything by faith is to know it with assurance based upon the evidence.

Saving Faith Believes In Creation

So back to our original text, notice what is understood by faith: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” This is exactly what the Bible says. Not only in Genesis, but throughout the Bible, it mentions that God spoke the created order into existence. This is what the faithful know based upon the facts of the Bible. This is in contrast with what does not play a part in the faithful’s understanding or origins. The verse concludes, “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Theistic evolution teaches that things which are seen were indeed made of things which do appear, but God explicitly says it is not that way. In short, faith teaches Special Creation and not theistic evolution. More to the point, faith teaches against theistic evolution.

When one reads a few verses down, one finds, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him” (11:6). It is by faith that one understands that God spoke the universe into existence, just like the Bible says. Equally clear, by faith it is evident that theistic evolution is not only nowhere taught in Scripture, but is itself a belief that is contrary to the Scripture. In short, those who hold to theistic evolution do not have a Biblical faith. And since without faith it is impossible to please God, then those who hold to theistic evolution are displeasing to God. Such a compromise puts such a disbeliever in the same camp as the atheists, and both await the same condemnation at the Day of Judgment.

 

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About nealabbott

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