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Is Atheism a Religion?

A common belief among many atheists is that atheism is not a religion and has been proven to be true by science. There are a couple of reasons why they think this. First, it is commonly believed that a religion requires a belief in a supernatural being, uses rituals, and has an established set of beliefs that cannot be verified by science, thus a religion requires faith. Secondly, the theory of evolution is thought to prove that God is not needed, so God must not exist. Is this way of thinking correct? Is atheism scientific or is it a religious belief? Let’s take a look.

The Definitions of Science and Religion

The best place to begin this topic is by defining the words religion and science.  The American Heritage Dictionary defines science as “the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.” It gives two main definitions for religion. The first being a belief in a supernatural power and the second as “a cause or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.”

Furthermore, the word “religion” comes from the Latin religare, (re - back; ligare – to bind). This expresses the idea that a person is bound or tied to their beliefs.[1] This, along with the definition above, shows us that a religion does not require the belief in a supernatural power. It also does not need rituals for the followers to perform. Although most religions do have these things, they are not required. It is also important to realize that if there are organized religions, like Christianity and Islam, then there must be unorganized religions as well. Interestingly, there are some atheists who do organize.

Has Atheism been proven by Science?

I have had the experience of speaking with atheists who will tell me that atheism is scientific fact since evolution is true. A problem with this idea is even if evolution is true that does not prove that there is no God, so this does not mean that atheism is fact. (I personally do not think that evolution has been proven true. I also have written articles [see here and here as well] in the past that show that the God of the Bible is not compatible with evolution.)

One cannot prove atheism through scientific observation and experimentation. You cannot put God, or no God, under a microscope and declare whether or not he exists. Ron Carlson and Ed Decker make a good point on this topic: “It is philosophically impossible to be an atheist, since to be an atheist you must have infinite knowledge in order to know absolutely that there is no God. But to have infinite knowledge, you would have to be God yourself. It’s hard to be God yourself and an atheist at the same time!”[2]

Atheists must believe that life came from nothing through random chance. This means that everything came from nothing. How can material things spring into existence from nothing? Sir Fred Hoyle once said concerning evolution: “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials contained therein.”[3]

This kind of thinking cannot be proved in a science laboratory. That does not mean that it did not happen, but that it has not been scientifically verified. To believe in something with no direct observational evidence is to have faith in it. Neither creation nor evolution can be proved or disproved by direct observation and experimentation. Both have to be accepted by faith.

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The Major Beliefs of a Religion

Another point to make about atheism is that it gives answers to life’s most sought-after questions. These questions are typically sought after by a religion:

1)      Where do we come from?

2)      Where are we going? Is there an afterlife, etc.?

3)      What about morality? Do right and wrong exist?

4)      What is the meaning of life?

All human beings ask these questions at some point in their lives. Science cannot answer any of these. Why? You cannot go into a laboratory and observe morality. Neither can you observe the past, the future, or the meaning of life. These questions all fall under religion, not science. Whatever your belief is on these questions you are accepting them by faith.

Where do we come from?

Christians believe that we are created in God’s image. Atheists believe that we are nothing but accidents. We are nothing but randomly evolved creatures that emerged from the slim. Christianity teaches us that we are important while atheism teaches that humans are not.

Where are we going?

The Bible teaches us that God created the world perfect, but humanity rebelled against him and brought sin and death into creation. Scripture then tells us the account of God breaking into history as Jesus Christ. Jesus will return to restore the world back to its original pristine condition.

Atheists believe that there is no future for mankind or the universe. Eventually humanity and all life on earth will go extinct. The universe will run out of energy and will
simply cease to exist.  A good summary of what atheists think will happen in the future follows:

“…one day the universe will reach what is called a heat death, although it is in effect a cold death, for the temperature of the universe will be just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. This will happen when all the energy that is available to do work will have been used up, and then nothing will happen – the universe will just ‘be.’ The time period for the universe to reach this state is almost unimaginable. It is thought that it will take about a thousand billion years for all the stars to use up all their fuel and fizzle out. By then, of course, there will be no life in the universe; every single life-form, including humans, will have become extinct billions of years previously. There will still be, however, occasional flashes of starlight in the dark universe as very large stars collapse in on themselves to form black holes. For the next 10122 (that is the figure 1 followed by 122 zeros!) years, this so-called Hawking radiation will be the only thing happening in the universe. Then, when all the black holes have evaporated, there will be darkness for 1026 years, during which time the universe will simply ‘be’ and nothing will happen.”[4]

Christianity teaches us that the world will once again be perfect, but only those who believe in Jesus’ divinity and resurrection (Romans 10:9) will get to experience it. Atheism teaches that there is no ultimate future.

What about Morality?

Christianity teaches that humans are to do good and shun evil. God determines what good and evil are and humanity is to obey God. Atheism teaches that there is no ultimate good or evil. Since there is no absolute authority like God, then mankind determines what is right and wrong. Morality is relative and can change throughout time.

What is the Meaning of Life?

How we answer this question comes from our thinking about the previous questions – especially the first two about our origins and the future. Christianity gives us a history that the world was created good, fell into sin, and will ultimately be restored when Christ returns. This gives a good look at the reason why God created us in the first place. Genesis 3 tells us that God was actually present in Eden with Adam and Eve before they sinned. Revelation 21 speaks about how God will come back and live with us in the New Heavens and New Earth. The meaning of our lives is to live with and have a relationship with God (see this article for a more in-depth look at the subject).

Atheists believe that we have no ultimate meaning in life. We are born, we live a short life, and then we die. Our names will be forgotten and we will no longer exist. Eventually all of mankind (and everything else) will cease to exist. Everything that we do has no purpose.

Conclusion

One evolutionary biologist summarizes an atheistic point of view:

“There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.”[5]

Atheism is a religion. It cannot be proved (or disproved) by science. In order for a person to believe in no God they must accept it by faith.

What do you think? Is atheism science or religion? Do you agree with the conclusion of the article? Leave a comment below and visit us on Facebook.


[1] Gary Bates. Alien Intrusion Updated and Expanded. (Powder Springs: Creation Book Publishers, 2004). Pg. 58.

[2] Ron Carlson and Ed Decker. Fast Facts on False Teachings (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 1994). Pg. 17.

[3] “Hoyle on Evolution.” Nature, vol. 294, November 12, 1981. Quoted in Bates, 133.

[4] Tommy Mitchell and A.J. Monty White. “Is Evolution a Religion?” In The New Answers Book 2. Ken Ham ed. (Green Forest: Master Books, 2008). Pg. 216.

[5] William B. Provine. Origins Research 16, no. 1 (1994):9. Quoted in Mitchell and White, 213.

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Why Are Conservatives Losing the Culture War?

Brannon Howse, founder of Worldview Weekend, opens his book, Grave Influence, with the following words:

“We’ve lost the culture war. I wish I could tell you otherwise and go happily along with the many Christians who still think we can recapture America, return to our moral and spiritual roots, and revitalize our wayward institutions. But I can’t, and someone needs to tell you – loudly and clearly. My job is not to be optimistic or pessimistic but to be realistic.”

“When I say we’ve lost the culture war, what I mean is that we are not going to reclaim the culture in America and return to the days of June and Ward Cleaver. We won’t see a majority of the officials in legislative and judicial branches of our government go back to the original intent of America’s founding fathers as reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other original documents. We are not going to witness prayer, Bible reading, and [the] posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools again. There will be no drastic decline in divorce, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, and homosexual ‘marriage.’ The United Nations will not be eliminated. The undermining of our national sovereignty and parental authority will not be reversed. And we will not return to unlimited religious freedom.”

“Please understand I am not advocating that Christians retreat from the culture. I am asking Christians to stand for righteousness by defending the unborn, opposing same-sex marriage, fighting active euthanasia or the attacks on religious and parental authority – even if we know the laws and hearts of Americans resist our Biblical worldview.”[1]

Those are some powerful words. I think it should be obvious to any conservative Christian that we are losing the so-called “culture war,” and if Howse is correct, we have already lost. Homosexuality is gaining ground (just look at the latest news concerning gay marriage), there have been tens of millions of abortions over the past few decades, the Bible is constantly being mocked, and Christianity at large is always in the crosshairs. In fact, our culture has become so secular that even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has openly mocked Scripture and even the teachings of Jesus. There has even been a study that shows that two-thirds of youth that attend church have rejected Christianity while in middle and high school, and college as most believe.[2]

But why has this happened? Why are conservative Christian values constantly under attack, and why are we losing so many battles. Let’s take a look at what some of the leading conservative Christians have to say about the Bible.

What Conservatives Believe

The Telegraph reports the following concerning former President George W. Bush:

“’I think that God created the Earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty and I don’t think it’s incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution,’ he told ABC television. Asked whether the Bible was literally true, Mr. Bush replied: ‘probably not. No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it.’ ‘The important lesson is “God sent a son,”’ he said.”

Another top conservative is John McCain. What does he think about evolution and Christianity? The Aspen Times reports the following:

“’I think Americans should be exposed to every point of view,’ he said. ‘I happen to believe in evolution. … I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not.’” [see here, here, and here for good reasons why Christians need to think twice about accepting evolution]

Then there is Bill O’Reilly, the popular television host on Fox News. A few months ago, O’Reilly got into a heated debate when he said that those who oppose gay marriage are thumping the Bible (see the video here). O’Reilly has also stated that the Gospels contradict themselves and that the Bible is allegorical. He criticized the belief in Adam and Eve, Noah, and Jonah. Concerning the thumping of the Bible comment, The Blaze reported the following:

“Reading one viewer’s email that said faith will always be linked to policy when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage and calling gay lifestyles a ‘sin,’ O’Reilly said it was a losing argument. ‘This is the crux of the matter: Your belief system is constitutionally protected and I respect it,’ he said. ‘But if you think you will influence any U.S. policy with a ‘sin’ analysis, you are misguided in the extreme. Want to stop your country from going down the drain? Fight smart.’”

The Problem with “Conservatives”

The reason why conservatives are losing the culture war can be seen in the reports mentioned above. President Bush, Senator McCain, and Mr. O’Reilly, (and many other “conservatives”) are the reason why conservative values and morals are being overturned in America. This can be clearly seen with O’Reilly. One of the oddest things about his remarks concerning the Bible is that after he finished saying that the Gospels contradict themselves he said, “and certainly the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, have been played down in this country.”

He doesn’t seem to realize that he had just “played down” the Scriptures with his comments. He and the others do not seem to realize that conservative beliefs are based on the Bible. If the Bible is not true, then conservative values fall apart. I have written about how the theory of evolution contradicts the teachings of Jesus; teaches us that God is either stupid or evil, and that it contradicts what Jesus, the Apostles, and the Prophets taught about heaven. Yet Mr. Bush, McCain, and O’Reilly believe that God used evolution.

By doing this they have compromised the foundation of the Gospel. One example is marriage. Jesus looked to Adam and Eve to teach about the union between man and woman (Matthew 19:1-12). If the book of Genesis is false, then what conservatives believe about marriage is also not true. If Jesus thought that Adam and Eve were real, but, in fact, they are only allegory like O’Reilly thinks, then Jesus was wrong. How can we trust him to save us if he was wrong on such a simple matter?

And it doesn’t stop here. What about abortion? Jeremiah 1:5 says that God knew Jeremiah before he was born. This clearly means that Jeremiah was a person before he was born. This quite naturally leads to the conclusion that abortion is wrong. But wait! According to our conservative friends that I quote above, the Bible contradicts itself, and is only a bunch of stories. If so, then how can we trust it? How can we trust the Bible for a teaching on abortion if we cannot trust Genesis or the Gospels?

What O’Reilly, and every other conservative who thinks like this, doesn’t understand is that conservative values are based on the Bible. Take that away and you only got a bunch of conservative opinions. If the Bible is false then we can believe whatever we want. Who cares if we are gay, kill babies, or do anything else? If the Bible is not the authority on truth, then we can decide truth for ourselves, unless you want to say that another religion’s holy book(s) is true.

If the Bible is not our authority, why not allow people to have more than one spouse? Why not extend abortion to babies outside the womb like Princeton Professor Peter Singer has taught? Why not allow sex with animals, or with close relatives? Can I commit adultery too? Let’s also do what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued for when she was an attorney for the ACLU in 1977, that the age limit for sex should be lowered to include twelve year olds![3] But let’s not stop there! How about no age limit at all?

One last thing to consider: O’Reilly believes that we should not use the Bible when determining issues such as homosexuality. What he doesn’t seem to realize is that all policy on this issue (and others like it) is based on our religious views. Those who do not mind homosexuality are using their worldview to argue for it. So would O’Reilly tell them not to “thump atheism” (or whatever religion) when discussing this issue?

Here is the point of the matter: conservatives are losing the culture war because they have given up the very foundation of conservatism. Should we not be surprised that our culture has become so secular? We have removed the very reason not to be secular! Christians need to wake up and learn how to defend their faith. And if the culture does not listen, then ok. We are still to defend the Scriptures even if they do not listen. Jesus, Peter, and Paul did.


[1] Brannon Howse. Grave Influence (Collierville: Worldview Weekend Publishing, 2009). 7.

[2] Ken Ham & Britt Beemer. Already Gone (Green Forest: Master Books, 2009).

[3] Howse, 305.

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The Importance of Genesis

One of the most important books in the Bible is Paul’s epistle to the Romans. In this letter we find the basic theology for the Christian faith. Take a look at the following verses:

  1. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)
  2. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
  3. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

These verses give us the foundational facts of the gospel: 1) every person is a sinner; 2) the punishment for sin is death; 3) that God gives people eternal life through Jesus Christ; and 4) if you believe that Jesus is Lord and that he rose from the grave, then you are saved and receive that eternal life. This is a very simple, straightforward presentation of the gospel.

One can even go further and explain what eternal life is. Revelation 21:4 teaches us, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Romans 8:19-25 adds that all creation (including animals) will be liberated from sin and death at the time of the resurrection of believers.

The Problem for Today

It used to be that many people in America, and other once Christian nations, understood what these passages meant. However, in today’s world, the amount of people who have little to no understanding of the gospel is increasing, especially among young people. What do I mean? If you would approach the average young man or woman and told them about the gospel with the above verses you may be countered with the following questions:

  1. What is sin?
  2. How can death be a punishment? Death is a part of the natural order of things. All things, people and animals, die. So      how can death be a punishment?
  3. Why do I need to be saved? What exactly am I being saved from?

Many people do not even understand what sin really is, nor do they understand why death would be a punishment. Why is this so? Let me show you something that Jesus said. Luke 16:31 says, “He [Jesus] said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” John 5:46-47 says, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

These verses are very important to the topic at hand. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In the book of Genesis, Moses taught that God created the world “very good.” He then proceeds to describe how Adam and Eve brought sin into the world. Sin, according to Scripture, is the reason why death exists.

I have written other articles dealing with the creation vs. evolution debate. Jesus believed in a recent creation (not one that goes back billions of years), evolution contradicts the character and nature of God, and God will restore the world to an Eden-like paradise. The passages presented in this article (the ones in Romans, Luke, and John) just add to the reason why Christians should reject the theory of evolution.

No Understanding of the Gospel

Many people in today’s world cannot understand what sin is or why death would be a punishment for it because they have been taught that death has been a part of life since the very beginning. Evolution teaches that it is because of death and suffering why some species evolve and survive, while others go extinct. What Christians call sin (adultery, murder, theft, etc.) are only natural since our species is only trying to evolve and survive.

This is why the book of Genesis is so important. Without the book of Genesis (what Moses wrote) the gospel falls apart. Without a once pristine world, and without Adam’s sin, the very meaning of sin, death, and redemption are completely destroyed. What is Jesus saving us from if death has always been in the world? How can Jesus restore the world if it does not need to be restored? And restored to what precisely? Death and misery has always been around according to evolution. If God is to restore it, then that means that heaven will have misery and death as well.

You see, our society is so saturated with the idea of millions of years of death (evolution) that we are having a major problem with understanding the gospel. It is very difficult to get someone to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior if that person does not believe that they are a sinner and that sin is only a natural way of life. How can we get him or her to believe in Jesus if death is the mechanism of nature? How can Jesus be saving us from something that God created as part of the world? Does that mean that God messed up?

You see the problem? The theory of evolution has destroyed the foundation of everything that Jesus did and stands for. This is why Christians need to understand the creation vs. evolution debate. The gospel depends on a proper understanding of the book of beginnings. A few amazing websites that the reader can visit to help them learn more about this important topic are: www.answersingenesis.org, www.creation.com, and www.icr.org.

What do you think? Is the book of Genesis important to the gospel? Leave a comment below and see us on Facebook.

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Heaven and Evolution

Many may be scratching their heads because I am using heaven and evolution in the same title. What you will learn today is that heaven is one of the best reasons why a Christian should not accept the theory of evolution. In past articles, I have shown that Jesus was a young-earth creationist and that evolution contradicts the character and nature of God. In this article, I will lay out why heaven also contradicts evolution.

In a past series, I wrote that the most common beliefs about heaven, a spiritual world or a brand new heavens and earth, were false. Instead, our eternal destination is this planet. This world will be restored to the perfect paradise that it was before Adam and Eve sinned. This understanding about heaven has an enormous impact on the debate between creation and evolution. What is interesting to know is that Christians who believe in an old earth and/or evolution do not teach a restored world; they believe in one of the other two options.[1]

The Bible teaches that there was no death, disease, or suffering of any kind before sin came into the world. We also know that God will swallow up death forever and wipe away our tears (Isaiah 25:8). Revelation 21:4 repeats this and adds that there will be no more crying or pain. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 also echoes this by saying, “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’”

This view of death is completely different from what evolution teaches. According to the theory of evolution, death, disease, suffering, and pain have been in the world since before sin came into God’s creation. If God used evolution and is going to restore the world, then this means that heaven will actually have more death, more disease, and more pain than our current lives. In fact, the evolutionary worldview teaches that before the first humans came into the world, there was mass death that has not been seen by man. This means that in heaven there will be mass extinctions of animals, disease, and many other horrors that cause us pain in this world.

To sum it up, if God used evolution, then heaven will be worse than our present lives. But as a Christian knows, heaven is the removal of evil from creation. What do you think? Leave a comment below or on Facebook.


[1] Pattle Pun, a biologist at Wheaton College, believes that God used evolution over millions of years. He argues that man is to be a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), and that mankind is not to be restored to a pre-Fall status, and God will create a brand new creation. He even uses Timothy 4:4-5 to say that since everything that God created is good, then death must be good, since death does not necessarily always equal evil. Death (or natural selection as Pun says) is only evil when mankind exploits it. See Pattle Pun. “A Theology of Progressive Creationism.” Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith 39 (March 1987): 9-19. Retrieved from http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1987/PSCF3-87Pun.html

Hugh Ross, the founder and director of the organization Reasons to Believe, also teaches that this present universe will be replaced by “a brand-new one.”See Hugh Ross. Creation and Time. (NavPress: Colorado Springs), p. 69.

Evolution and the Nature of God – Part 2 of 2

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In part 1 of this series, I argued that the theory of evolution contradicts the very nature of the God of the Bible. If evolution is true, then God cannot exist in the way that the Scriptures teach. Even so, there are some Christian evolutionists who believe that young-earth creationism is a stumbling block to scientists. They believe that a young-earth is very offensive to scientists and that God wants this stumbling block removed. Instead, we should only concentrate on the salvation of Jesus Christ.[1] Will these non-Christian evolutionists accept Christ if he used evolution? Let us look at what some of the most well-known evolutionists and God-haters have to say.

What evolutionists say about God and Evolution

Atheist Charles Templeton says:

The grim and inescapable reality is that all life is predicted on death. Every carnivorous creature must kill and devour another creature. It has no option. How could a loving God create such horrors? … Surely it would not be beyond the competence of an omniscient [all-knowing] deity to create an animal world that could be sustained and perpetuated without suffering and death.[2]

Note what Templeton is saying here. He says that an all-knowing God (like the God of the Bible) would never use evolution. This goes right along with what I wrote about in part 1. What about what other evolutionists think? The evolutionary philosopher, David Hull, notes the implications that evolution has on Christianity:

The problem that biological evolution poses for natural theologians [Christians who believe that God used evolution] is the sort of God that a Darwinian version of evolution implies. . . . The evolutionary process is rife with happenstance, contingency, incredible waste, death, pain and horror. . . . Whatever the God implied by evolutionary theory and the data of natural history may be like, he is not the Protestant God of waste not, want not. He is also not a loving God who cares about his productions. He is not even the awful God portrayed in the book of Job. The God of the Galápagos is careless, wasteful, indifferent, almost diabolical. He is certainly not the sort of God to whom anyone would be inclined to pray.[3]

Jacques Monod, the Nobel laureate and French biologist, says:

[Natural] selection is the blindest and most cruel way of evolving new species, and more and more complex and refined organisms…The struggle for life and elimination of the weakest is a horrible process, against which our whole modern ethics revolts. An ideal society is a non-selective society, one where the weak is protected; which is exactly the reverse of the so-called natural law. I am surprised that a Christian would defend the idea that this is the process which God, more or less, set up in order to have evolution.[4]

What Hull and Monod are saying is of paramount importance to the creation-evolution debate. A god who would use evolution is not the God that the Bible teaches about. A god who would use evolution is diabolical and wasteful. Christianity cannot be integrated with Darwin’s theory and still have a loving God. In fact, Monod even goes as far to say that if God used evolution then our society is more ethical than what God is.

Arthur Falk, a secular humanist, says, “So natural selection seems smart to those who see only the surviving products, but as a design process it is idiotic. And the raw brutality of the process is offensive.”[5]

Richard Dawkins, perhaps the most famous atheist in the world today, says:

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands  of animals are eaten alive, many others are running for their lives whimpering with fear, others are slowly devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must also be so. If there is ever a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored.[6]

Historian Ron Numbers summarizes the issue at hand:

For creationists, history is based on the Bible and the belief that God created the world 6,000-10,000 years ago. … We humans were perfect because we were created in the image of God. And then there was the fall. Death appears and the whole account becomes one of deterioration and degeneration. So we then have Jesus in the New Testament, who promises redemption. Evolution completely flips that. With evolution you don’t start out with anything perfect, you start out with primitive little wiggly things, which evolve into apes and, finally, humans. There’s no perfect state from which to fall. This makes the whole plan of salvation silly because there never was a fall. What you have then is a theory of progress from single-celled animals to humans and a very, very different take on history, and not just human history.[7]

You cannot word the differences between the loving God of the Bible and evolution any better than that. I gave the quotes in this article to show the reader why many scientists simply refuse to believe in Jesus Christ as their savior: if God used evolution then he is idiotic and/or evil. This is one of the main reasons why so many scientists are not Christians. The view that scientists will accept Jesus, who is the God of love, if God is taught to be the mastermind of evolution, is a horrible argument. Many scientists actually lose faith in Jesus because it contradicts the teachings of the gospel. Evolution, and not young-earth creationism, is the stumbling block for scientists believing in Jesus.

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[1] Hugh Ross. Creation and Time. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1994. Pg. 71-72.

[2] C. Templeton, Farewell to God. (Toronto: McLelland and Stewart, 1996. Pg. 197-199. Italics are mine.

[3] David Hull. “The God of the Galapagos.”  Review of Darwin on Trial by Philip Johnson. Nature 352  (1991): pg. 485-486.

[4] Jacques Monod, “The Secret of Life,” in an interview with Laurie John, Australian Broadcasting Commission, June 10, 1976. Quoted in James Stambaugh. “Whence Cometh Death? A Biblical Theology of Physical Death and Natural Evil.” In Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth. Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury Eds.(Green Forest: Master Books, 2008.  pg. 393.

[5] Arthur Falk, “Reflections on Huxley’s Evolution and Ethics,” Humanist 55 (Nov/Dec 1995): p. 24. Quoted In Stambaugh, 393-394. Italics are mine.

[6] Richard Dawkins, “God’s Utility Function,” Scientific American 273 (Nov 1995): pg. 85.

[7] Gwen Evan, “Reason or Faith? Darwin Expert Reflects,” Wisconsin Week, Feb. 3, 2009, www.news.wisc.edu/16176.