Life on Earth - Two Faiths - 15
Some have said that the creation account in Genesis is not meant to describe a specific event in history, but is only a symbolic representation of how God initiated the first life on earth for it to evolve by itself over the next millions of years. But mixing the theory of evolution with the Bible raises some serious problems. To harmonize the Bible with evolution first requires agreement between what Genesis says, and what science says.
What Genesis says has been written down for thousands of years, and has never varied. On the other hand, what scientists have said has not stopped changing. It is no closer to finding a view which cannot be shot through with errors and shortcomings pointed out by the proponent of another theory of how it occurred. So what science says has not therefore been settled.
Some discerning observations were made by Dr M. Denton in his book, Evolution—A Theory in Crisis, “... no biblically derived religion can really be reconciled with the fundamental assertion of Darwinian theory. Chance and design are antithetical concepts, and the decline in religious belief can probably be attributed more to the propagation and advocacy by the intellectual and scientific community of the Darwinian version of evolution than to any other single factor” - Burnett Books, p. 66.
The theistic evolutionist proposes various alternatives as possible ways in which the Creator might have made use of a process of evolution:
1. That the Creator produced a primeval living cell which then evolved into the vast variety of living forms as seen today;
2. That variations in living forms occurred by chance, which the Creator used for His purpose;
3. That the Creator manipulated the process of variation so that His purpose was finally achieved.
None of these three suggestions can be accepted by those who believe that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” - 2 Timothy 3:16, and therefore its total accuracy.
At the same time, none of these propositions is acceptable to the evolutionist, who sees life as an accident of nature without any need for a Creator. The theistic evolutionist fails to uphold the principles of both the Genesis record and the theory of evolution. He is both casting doubt on an explicitly defined Divine record, which was confirmed and endorsed by authority of Jesus Christ. In addition, he fails to please the evolutionist by introducing miracle into a rigorously materialistic hypothesis.
Acceptance of theistic evolution demands that relevant Bible passages must be reinterpreted to mean something different from what they naturally convey. This makes science to be the standard by which the Bible is to be judged and reconciled - even though the continually changing theories of science do not provide a finally settled concept.
Where does the book of Genesis say anything about evolution? Are there any hidden clues to a process of evolution to be seen in the power of the Creator to create at His command: "And God said...” Finally, where does this record convey any sense of gradual, ongoing process from simple forms of life to the more complex, and that it occurred over exceeding long periods of time?