There are many voices in the wind. It is an old saying that has found it’s way into countless books, movies and song lyrics and a sentiment that has never rung more true than in our lifetime. As 7 billion people roam the planet searching for answers to life’s biggest questions, the chatter of so many voices can becoming utterly perplexing at times. Unfortunately, some of those voices have found their way into the church. The most shattering of these is Charles Darwin’s theory of Evolution. With its beginnings as an atheistic (and quite racist) alternative to the Genesis account of creation, it is astonishing how many Christian preachers and scientists espouse Darwinism. And, while some, like Hugh Ross, have no qualms with believing in both Christ and Evolution, the consequences of the latter have been catastrophic to humanity as well as the church. Darwin’s teachings have inspired such atrocities as the Jewish Holocaust in Nazi Germany and the legalization of abortion on demand in the United States, which led to 60 million abortions in the United States to date (Margaret Sanger).
The theory is still taught in schools today and believed by the masses despite the overwhelming evidence of its error, but what is more disturbing is how much of the church has placed the “wisdom” of man above God’s eternal Word. Many theories of science and philosophy that stood in opposition to God have come and gone, but His Word has always been vindicated and found to be truthful and infallible. In our time, when Christians should be fighting against this destructive and unproven doctrine, many have instead manipulated the Bible to make (as Ken Ham often explains) Evolution and Old Earth theories “fit” into the text.
The Gap Theory
The first of these manipulations is the Gap Theory. Espoused by respected Christian leaders such as Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, John Hagee and Chuck Colson, this baseless theory is widely supported by Christians who have accepted Evolution and the Big Bang/Old Earth teachings to be scientific fact. The premise of this theory is that there is a gap of billions of years between the first 2 verses of Genesis 1. While I could write an entire blog on the fallacies of this theory (and many others have), I will highlight a few.
First, Exodus 20:11 tells us, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” This directly contradicts both the Gap Theory as well as the accompanying proposition that each day in Genesis represents millions of years (Day Age Theory). In giving the law, God reiterated for all of us that He created everything – the heavens and the earth and everything that is in them – in just 6 days. This was to be the model for the Jewish people when God commanded them to work 6 days each week and rest on the seventh day. If the 6 days of creation were really millions of years, that model would be illogical at best and hypocritical at worst and our God is neither.
Sin Led To Death Not The Other Way Around
Next, the primary message of the Bible is that sin led to death and Jesus came to give His life for humanity’s sin and thus conquer death, Hell and the grave. If there were billions of years between the first two verses of Genesis and millions of years covered by the 6 days of creation, then death would have had to come before sin, thereby contradicting the Gospel message. As I touched on before, while the Bible is never in conflict with scientific fact, there have been many times when scientific hypotheses have contradicted God’s Word, only to be disproven later as the Bible was proven true. When we place God and His Word in their proper place, we can be assured that anything proposed by man that contradicts the Biblical texts will eventually be exposed as false.
Replenish or Fill?
Christians often point to the word “replenish” in Genesis 1:28 (“…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…”) to support the idea that the earth had been around for billions of years and other creatures (such as dinosaurs) existed prior to the creation of man in the Garden of Eden. There are a couple of problems with this belief. First, the word, “replenish” comes from the original 1611 version of the King James Bible, not from the Hebrew root. We should never rely on a translation of the Bible to determine the original meaning of a word, but rather seek out the meaning of the word in the original language. The Hebrew word here is male’ (maw-lay’), which literally means, “to fill, be full.” Out of 249 times that this word is used, it is only translated as a form of “replenish” 7 times. Almost every other time, the translation is “fill” or a similar word, which leads me to the other problem with this argument. The word “replenish” in 1611 did not mean re-fill as it does today. In the Old English, replenish simply meant fill. It wasn’t until more than a century later that the dictionary was changed and people started using the prefix “re” to mean “again”. So, when the King James translation was published, the verse meant simply “fill the Earth,” just as the verse appears in many other translations today.
When we begin to compromise God’s Word in favor of human wisdom, it weakens and undermines our faith and the faith of future generations. The teaching of Evolution in public schools was fiercely debated for decades before the powers that be were finally able to use the fear of falling behind Russia in scientific advancement in the 1950’s to convince the people to allow the theory to be a part of the curriculum. Though opposed by many Christians for decades, the errant theory has indoctrinated generations into believing that science and God are not compatible. Now, in 2016 America, we have large numbers of Christian students abandoning their faith after graduation and gravitating toward humanistic agnosticism or outright atheism. If we are to reclaim future generations, we must educate ourselves on the fallacies of Evolution and the accompanying theories as well as the abundant evidence for Creation and Intelligent Design and pass this knowledge on to our children and grandchildren to equip them to respond whenever and wherever they find their faith under attack. I have included links below to some websites that will help in your study of Creation vs. Evolution. May God bless you and guide you in your journey.
(Many of these ministries as well as Quin Friberg, the founder of this ministry, are on YouTube as well.)Tags: creation, evolution, gap theory, replenish