I have chosen for it the most pivotal issue with regards to our modern, post-modern, and post-Christian understanding of the world we all inhabit. There are two broad generalities in regard to that understanding.
Either the secularist understanding: that whatever is the source of our physical, measurable reality is unguided, undesigned; and without mind, will, or purpose. That through in endless series of unguided processes involving the interactions of matter, that the conditions became orchestrated for the integration of the information necessary for a self-replicating cell to arise, on at least one planet out of untold billions in the universe (and, it follows by statistical probability, on untold numbers of others, as well). That the proteins needed to form a code for self-replication continued — again, by mindless, unguided processes — to increase in complexity over time, in response to random genetic mutation and environmental pressure. And to diversify by those same factors. And that is the mechanism by which every plant and animal on the face of the earth came to be. Including you and me. That is, we are the most complex product of a series of interactions by which microbes became — “evolved” — into men.
The other broad categorical understanding insists that creation requires a creator. That “everything that HAS A BEGINNING has a cause”. That there are inferential evidences that prove that the universe had a beginning — e.g., if it were infinitely old, it would be uniformly cold, all heat having flown to cold; and that since a thing cannot create itself, it follows that something “other” to the universe, something beyond and outside of it, had to have created it. And that given the precise parameters by which our space-time environment is “tuned”, or “designed”; and the fact that at least one order of organisms within it has the capacity for abstract thought, design, and free will —
it follows that so, too, does the universe’s Creator.
Begging the question: what is the character of this Creator? Has It — has He — created us, and our reality, for a purpose? And if so, what is it? Can we know?
The former understanding is the one that informs our time. It has been the unchallenged view within secular academia for over century. And from there has permeated the media, government, and our culture at large. it brooks no opposition. No dissent from it is allowed. Any suggestion that the world is the product of design, of deliberate mindful order, is suppressed; the advocate of such a position cancelled.
It is also a Big Lie.
A lie which is, in our time, the impetus behind the cancelling of our freedoms, our liberty, our individual autonomy and inalienable rights. All of those are bestowed upon us “by our Creator”. The primary one being the right to life. The denial of which has resulted in the holocausts of Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Mao’s China, and the abortionists’ abattoir. Because if there is no creator, there are no rights. That is why this is the fundamental, foundational issue. It is also the chief challenge and threat to the truth of doctrinal Christianity. It is the primary reason why untold numbers of people are unable to accept that truth. And is responsible for the loss of childhood faith among countless young people, upon encountering the indoctrination and peer pressure of their specious and spurious higher education.
“Politics follows from theology”. And a theology which denies the “Theos” produces a distorted politics which denies humanity. And any compromise with it produces theological and doctrinal error.
And so, I inaugurate this topic on the “new” board with another selection from Adrian Rogers — commentary on Psalm 100, which was my sequential Old Testament reading from yesterday. Just another in those intriguing “linkages”…
“Brevity is the soul of wit”. And a master like the late Pastor Rogers can adroitly sum up in 300 words what a hack like me requires 800 to do. A note: Pastor Rogers went home to the Lord in 2005. In the years since the following was written, the increase of our knowledge has not only failed to produce a single fact proving the fallacy that microbes became men;
it has been devastating to it, from an objective scientific standpoint.
The Big Lie
You may believe that you descended from an ape or an ape-like creature. That’s your business. You ought to know your kinfolks better than I do. I totally reject evolution.
I reject it for logical reasons. There are four intellectual bridges that the evolutionist must cross if evolution is true. But no evolutionist can cross the origin of life. He can’t explain how life ultimately started. No evolutionist can undo the fixity of species. Organisms always bring forth after their kind. No evolutionist can violate the second law of thermodynamics. Energy is never destroyed. Put another way, everything in the physical, material world wears out. Change is ever downward, but evolution assumes that the world moves upward in complexity. And no evolutionist can explain the nonphysical properties of creation. Evolution can’t account for our love of music or art or beauty. Or our hunger for God.
I reject evolution for moral reasons. If we came from animals we act like animals, with no absolutes of right and wrong to govern us. But God has established a fixed moral law in this world. The most immoral persons of history have embraced atheistic evolution, from Karl Marx to Adolf Hitler.
I reject evolution for theological reasons. With all the unction, function, and emotion of my soul I tell you that the Word of God doesn’t teach evolution. You may claim to believe in both God and evolution, but you are doing mental gymnastics. If all animals and man evolved, the historic foundation of Christianity and the very reason for the atonement collapses.
Did man just evolve out of some primordial ooze? Or is he the creation of God? Did God make man, or did man imagine God? My dear friend, “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3).