Vol. 1 - No. 10 

October, 1982

Evolution Or Creation, But Not Both!

by Warren Berkley

There is atheistic evolution and theistic evolution, but neither are compatible with the Genesis account. Even be-fore an evolutionist denies or concedes the existence of the Creator, he is at odds with the Bible. The theory of evolution (in either form) and the Bible account of creation are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE!

No one would be foolish enough to deny that changes do take place in the world. We know, for example, that some animals that once existed in a abundance on the earth cannot be found today. Change does take place over the process of time, and I am aware of no creationists who deny it.

But when evolutionary scientists urge the theory of evolution they are talking about more than just change! The theory is really a philosophy about certain kinds of drastic changes, not just change in general. I certainly believe changes occur in nature, but I don't believe in a change from lifeless matter to living organisms. I believe changes occur in the animal kingdom, but not a change from monkey to man. THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION THAT IS COMMONLY TAUGHT TO-DAY IS MORE THAN JUST THE IDEA OF CHANGE. IT IS A PHILOSOPHY ABOUT CERTAIN KINDS OF SPECTACULAR CHANGES THAT DO NOT STAND THE TEST OF SCIENCE OR SCRIPTURE!

This point is made by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart: "....we must first understand what we mean by the term evolution. If it is defined as simply 'change' -- as the development of an infant to an adult or change within a kind, as dog or cat, -- then this would pose no problem. This evolution, or developmental change within certain kinds, is completely consistent with Holy Scripture. The problem is that the prevailing theory of evolution goes far beyond this. The theory states basically that complex elements have developed from simpler elements, and living organisms have sprung from non-living chemicals, by a chance association." (Answers To Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About The Christian Faith, page 100).

This theory of evolution and the Bible doctrine of creation are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

Evolutionary scientists agree! They admit that evolution and creation contradict one another. This was reported in The Wichita Eagle-Beacon recently: "Last January, The Kansas Academy of Science adopted a position paper taking a stand against the teaching of creation, calling it an 'anti-evolutionists doctrine' that did not meet the criteria of science." (Page 7A, April, 1982).

The famous evolutionary biologist, Sir Julian Huxley, once said, "Darwinism removed the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion. Darwin pointed out that no supernatural designer was needed; since natural selection could account for any known form of life, there was no room for a supernatural agency in its evolution  I think we can dismiss entirely all idea of a supernatural overriding mind being responsible for the evolutionary process." (Quoted in The Twilight of Evolution, by Henry M. Morris, page 25). The question of origins can be given an evolutionary answer or a creation answer, BUT NOT BOTH.

Mark the contrast: The theory of evolution says that "millions of years ago, lifeless matter acted upon by natural forces gave origin to one or more living organisms which have since evolved into all living and extinct plants and animals including man." The Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…..And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:1, 27; Psalms 33:9; Matthew 19:4). Now, which is the true account? Both can-not be right!

The following points are designed to emphasize the inherent contradiction between creation and evolution. Here are four reasons why the two are not compatible:

[1] GOD "CREATED." The Bible says that God "created the heavens and the earth," and God "created man." The word means, "He called into existence that which had no previous existence. Psalms 33:9 explains: "For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast!" There just isn't any place in the evolutionary scenario for GOD CREATING in the scriptural sense of the word.

[2] THE TIME FACTOR. God accomplished creation in six days. The Bible report is that "there was evening and there was morning, one day!" Additional evidence is found in Exodus 20:9-11. Proponents of evolution demand that the earth is BILLIONS of years old. If you leave things up to chance and gradual change, a maximum amount of time is required. The Bible account of creation does not allow all the time demanded by theistic and atheistic evolutionists!

 [3] GOD'S WORK "GOOD" & "FINISHED!" Six days after starting, the Bible says that God surveyed the whole creation and pronounced it very good." There is no indication that anything was struggling to survive! "…..God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." (Genesis 1:31). The very next verse says, "And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." (Genesis 2:1). Theistic evolutionists say that God started a process, but it never was finished; various levels of complexity and order gradually came into existence, but the process continues. The Bible clearly says: "…..the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them."

[4] "ADAM WAS FIRST FORMED, THEN EVE." (1 Timothy 2:13). The creation of Eve from Adam has long been the despair of theistic evolutionists. They propose that man evolved from an apelike ancestor, and that this is what Scripture means when it says Adam was formed from the dust of the ground. But there seems to be no way at all to account for the "evolution" of the woman, when the Bible says she came "from the man!" You run into all sorts of problems when you try to force the theory of evolution into the Genesis account. IT WON'T FIT! 

Evolution and the Bible doctrine of creation are incompatible. I mean, if you believe what the Bible says in Genesis, you cannot consistently hold to the theory (atheistic or theistic).

In my judgment, then, the following statements border on absurdity: "The concept of evolution is neither degrading to man, detrimental to human dignity, nor in conflict with the Bible…." (Neal D. Buffaloe, "God or Evolution," MISSION, April; 1969, pp. 17, 20, 21). And, "if we look carefully at the issues about which we are talking, however, we can find that evolution and the Bible show amazing agreement on almost all issues and that one is not mutually exclusive of the other." (John Clayton, THE SOURCE, 1976, p. 130; as quoted in THE RESTORER, Vol. 1, No. 10, October, 1981, p. 2). Have these men objectively considered the points cited above? Or, have they assumed the evolutionary premise to be true?