Why Origins are Important

I. Ideas Have Consequences

A. What you believe

1. Determines how you think!

B. What you think

1. Dictates what you do!

C. What you do

2. Dominates your life!

D. Proverbs 23:7

1. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

E. Mark 7:19-21 – “What comes out of a man defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

F. Luke 6:45 – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

II. Basic Conflicts

A. Truth

1. There is no such concept.

2. Only God knows and reveals.

B. Science

1. Science is “objective” – don’t question

2. Understanding “science” requires truth.

C. Ownership

1. Mine versus His

III. Two Overarching Worldviews

A. Naturalism (evolution, humanism, secularism, atheism)

1. This is a belief system that requires that nothing exists outside our natural universe, and that contained within the natural universe are sufficient forces that “caused to be” all things that now exist. Naturalism eliminates God or gods entirely from consideration.

B. Supernaturalism (theism: all gods or religious beliefs; biblical Christianity; creationism)

1. This is a belief system that requires that some One or some Thing outside the natural forces and laws has “caused to be” all the things that now exist. Biblical Christianity is creationist. Other religions are theistic, but not creationist.

a. “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion – a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality…. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true still today.” – Michael Ruse “Saving Darwinism from Darwinians” National Post, May 13, 2000, Sec. B., p. 3.
b. “Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment to materialism.” It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine foot in the door.” – Professor Richard Lewontin “Billions and Billions of Demons” The New York Review, January 9, 1997. Harvard University geneticist, biologist, social commentator

IV. Incredible Arrogance

A. “I am on the brink of understanding everything and I commend you to use your brains, because your brains are the most wonderful instruments in the universe, and through your brains you will see that you can do without God. There is no necessity for God because science can explain everything.” – Peter Atkins SmithKline Beecham Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford & Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society - 1998 debate

V. Naturalist View of Humanity

A. “Just a bit of slime on a planet.” – Peter Atkins, The Daily Telegraph, April 13, 1996

B. “More-or-less farcical outcome of a chain of accidents.” – Stephen Weinberg, cited by Russell Stannard, Doing Away with God, Marshall Pickering, p. 80, 1993

C. “Robot vehicles” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, p. xi, 1999

D. “No more than ingenious machines that have evolved as strange by-products in an odd corner of the universe.” – Fred Hoyle, The Nature of the Universe, Penguin Books, pp. 120-121, 1994

VI. The Bible Text Insists

A. Creation – from nothing – by God

1. In six, 24 hour days

2. Not very long ago

B. No hint of evolutionary processes

C. No hint of long ages

D. The curse on creation due to sin

1. spiritual and human relationships

2. everything dying and falling apart

E. The world-wide flood of judgment

VII. The Central Issue

A. If we can’t trust the Bible to be accurate in matters that are testable, how can we trust it in those matters that can not yet be tested?

B. “These two world views stand as totals in complete antithesis in content and also in their natural results. . . . It is not just that they happen to bring forth different results, but it is absolutely inevitable that they will bring forth different results.” – Francis Schaffer, A Christian Manifesto, 1981

VIII. Continual Message of Scripture

A. Genesis 1:1-2:4 – The detailed creation record given by God.

B. Psalms 148:1-6 – Typical of praise psalms extolling God’s created universe.

C. Isaiah 45:11-12, 18 – God proclaiming His creative acts and power.

D. John 1:1-3 – The foundational authority of Jesus Christ as Creator of all things.

E. Colossians 1:15-16 – Specifies Jesus Christ as Creator of everything that exists.

F. Revelation 4:11 – Heaven’s court praises Jesus because He is the Creator.

IX. Evolution’s “God”

A. “The evolutionary process is rife with happenstance, contingency, incredible waste, death, pain and horror…. [Theistic evolution’s God] is not a loving God who cares about His productions. [He] is careless, wasteful, indifferent, almost diabolical. He is certainly not the sort of God to whom anyone would be inclined to pray.” – David Hull, Nature, vol. 352,   August 8, 1991, p. 486.

 B. “The secrets of evolution are death and time — the deaths of enormous numbers of lifeforms that were imperfectly adapted to the environment; and time for a long succession of small mutations that were by accident adaptive, time for the slow accumulation of patterns of favorable mutations” – Carl Sagan – Cosmos, 1980, p. 30.

X. Evolution – in any form

A. Charges God with waste and cruelty.

1. God is ignorant and impotent – must experiment and use trial and error.

2. God uses the most inefficient, cruel, and wasteful process to create.

3. Death becomes the “good” device of God to produce the “best” over time.

XI. Christian “Cre-volution” – Various Attempts to Harmonize

A. Theistic Evolution (most “liberal” scholars)

1. God the Evolver

2. God both “creates” and “uses” evolution.

B. Progressive Creation (many in the I.D. movement)

1. God the Injector 

2. God “guides” the evolutionary process and “helps” as and when necessary to “make” things “good.”

C. Day-Age Creation (resurging now – competes with Theistic Evolution)

1. God the Allegorizer

2. The “story” holds “meaning” but is not intended to be an accurate account of what really happened

D. Gap Theory Creation (“Gap” between verse 1 and 2 of Genesis 1)

1. God the Re-Doer

2. God created a “pre-Adamic” world in perfection. Lucifer rebelled; caused the ruin and destruction of the 1st world.  Genesis 1:2 starts “our” creation.

XII. All hybrid theories are inconsistent and incompatible with the nature of God.

A. All are attempts to “accommodate” the “ages” of evolutionary development.

B. Makes God the author of some 5 billion years of death and confusion.

C. Contradicts Romans 5:12

1. Death is the result of sin.

D. Contradicts 1 Corinthians 14:33

1. God does not author confusion.

E. Exodus 20:11 cannot be taken in any sense as “age.”

F. The problem with these theories is twofold:

1. They are absolutely made up out of whole cloth (imagined by the author – with no biblical or scientific evidence behind them)

2. They are designed specifically and pointedly to make the Bible fit what “science” (atheistic and evolutionary science) says is true.

G. In both cases, these authors have place the mind and authority of man above the written Word of God – and have made their own opinions and the “findings” of sinful and unsaved man supersede and change the message that God has revealed, inspired, and recorded for our understanding.

H. Some suggest (actually most of the Hybrid Theorists) that the Bible’s record is in general harmony with the evolutionary pattern of development. That is absolutely not true – and any honest reader can spot irresolvable conflicts between what is written in Genesis and what is “believed” to have happened by evolutionary science.

XIII. Conflicts

A. Biblical Record

1. Matter created by God

2. Earth before Sun and Stars

3. Ocean before Land

4. Light before Sun

5. Land plants first life

6. Land plants before Sun

7. Fruit trees before fish

8. Birds before insects

9. Birds before reptiles

10. Man before Woman

11. Man before rain

12. Creation finished

B. Evolution’s order

1. Matter forever existing

2. Sun and Stars before earth

3. Land before ocean

4. Sun, earth’s 1st light

5. Marine organisms 1st

6. Sun before Land plants

7. Fish before Fruit trees

8. Insects before Birds

9. Reptiles before birds

10. Woman before Man

11. Rain before Man

12. Creation ongoing

C. Evolution’s Worldview

1. Eternal matter

2. Big Bang

3. Universe

4. Earth

5. Life

6. Man

7. Random forces

8. Natural selection

9. Higher orders

10. Social evolution

11. New World order and peace

D. Biblical  Worldview

1. Creation

2. Fall & Curse

3. Flood

4. Dispersion

5. Redemption

6. Reconciliation

7. God’s Patience

8. Reconciliation

9. Redemption

10. Millennium

11. New Heavens and New Earth

E. Both of these are “belief systems” and require “faith” to focus the thinking processes. Both of them are presuppositional – that is, there is nothing to prove about them. They are “stories” which are “believed” and “embraced” as fundamental Truth.

Series: 
In the Beginning
Lesson: 
#2
Book: 
Genesis
Verses: 
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