Evolution vs. Creationism Pt. 1: Can Christians Believe in Evolution?

Genesis 1:1 — In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This is one of the first verses that kids learn as Christians, and one that sticks with us for our lives. It is also one of the founding principles of our Christian faith, and almost all Christians believe that God did, indeed, create the earth. The debate starts when we try to decide just how He did it. Many people believe that God created the earth in six days, and many other people believe that God started evolution, and guided the process. I believe that evolution cannot be true, because it puts God in a box (saying He couldn’t create the world out of nothing), lessens our relationship with God, and it ruins the whole fall into sin, and Jesus’ sacrifice to undo that.

Job 26:14 — Behold, these are but the outskirts of His ways, and how small a whisper do we hear Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?

God is limitlessly powerful. Imagine that. He is so powerful that we can’t even imagine everything He can do. Think for a moment about the creation of the world from nothing. You can imagine that can’t you? That means that God could do even more than that. To say otherwise is to put God in a box, and also contradict the Bible not just once, but countless times (see mark 10:27, Matthew 19:26, Genesis 18:14, Mark 14:36, etc…).

Genesis 1:27-28 — So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gad blessed them and said to them “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

If God took 4.5 billion years to get from creating the world to humans he didn’t create us directly. If instead we say that God created a cell, or caused proteins to coalesce in such a way that eventually He knew that humans would be born He didn’t create us, He just created our distant ancestor who was without intelligence, and utterly different from us humans. If we say this, how did God create us in his image? How did God breathe life into man? how could God bless something that wouldn’t exist for millions of years, or hadn’t existed for millions of years?

God also said after creating each thing, that they should be fruitful and multiply after their own kind. God didn’t say “Be fruitful and multiply until you become another animal.” God also said after each creation that it was good. He didn’t say that it was alright, but should become something better. He said that is was good.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 — Thus it is written, “the first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. the first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 

God’s 6 day creation is a crucial part of the “arc” of the bible. The fall kicked it all off. It led to the sinfulness of humans and the need for a savior who came as Jesus, and died for us thereby reconfiguring the human condition. If we evolved then we were not created from dust, and there were probably more than only two humans. If we evolved how did we fall from perfection? evolution implies that humans were not created perfect, and then fell, but that we were created flawed, and rose to our current level.

This is why I think Christians can’t believe in evolution. I believe that it puts God in a box, and is counter to the rest of the Bible story. The trouble is of course that while I tried to write an unbiased post, I am human and therefore biased. Creation is not what assures us a place in heaven though. So If any of us are wrong about this one topic, but still believe in Jesus’ saving power we are still saved.

See part 2 here.

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