Is God An Evolutionist?

Joe R. Price
Layton, Utah

Scientists recently announced the discovery of gaseous residue in far off outer space which they believe is evidence supporting the "Big-Bang" theory of the origin of the universe (a primeval explosion which they conjecture created the universe 15 billion years ago).

Now, theologians are heralding the harmony between the Big-Bang theory and the biblical theme of creation. Rev. Frederic B. Burnham, a science historian and director of the Trinity Institute said, "Christian cosmology and the Big Bang are very compatible understandings of the arrow of time . . . there was a beginning and there will be an end" (The Salt Lake Tribune, April 25, 1992, A-1).

A 1991 Gallup poll of Americans showed that 47 percent believe that mankind was created by God in the last 10,000 years. Only 9 percent polled said they believed mankind evolved without God, while 40 percent stated a belief that mankind has evolved during millions of years, but that God guided this process (Ibid.). This last figure is interesting. Many people are convinced they can harmonize the theory of organic evolution with the biblical record of divine creation. It cannot be done. One must either deny the inspired record of creation or give up the humanistic philosophy of general evolution. The question is: "Will we believe the Bible or not?"

The Bible says that God created the universe, including man, in six days (Gen. 1; Exod. 20:8-11). In attempting to harmonize his faith with scientific theory, the religious evolutionist changes the meaning of "day" in Genesis 1 to "eons" or "ages." This is presumptuous handling of the word of God without grammatical support (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15).

Organic evolution says man is an animal who arrived here by chance. The Bible says man is the result of the deliberate, creative planning of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Theistic evolution cannot make these points agree.

Organic evolution asserts that man evolved from a one-celled creature to the fully developed organism he is today. The Bible says exactly the opposite. It reveals the creation of a man mature in body and intellect. The evolutionary theologians don't like to discuss this!

No, God is not an evolutionist! God did not use organic evolution and natural selection to create and develop humanity. Divine command produced the heavens and the earth: "By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psa. 33:6). Let there be no mistake: Theistic evolutionists are infidels who deny the biblical record of creation! Male and female were made '!from the beginning of the creation" (Mk. 10:6). So said Jesus.

Guardian of Truth XXXVI: 16, p. 486
August 20, 1992