The word “theistic” comes from the Greek word θεός (theos). Organic evolution is evolution apart from God. Theistic Evolution is using evolution as the tool of God. The doctrine of theistic evolution claims that God created and developed things, but that He did it by evolution over billions of years. People teach this to try to harmonize the Bible with the guesses of science.
It is more reasonable to believe that Almighty God created the earth in six literal days than to believe He used six periods of time covering billions of years. If these days were long periods of time (half-light & half-dark), how did plants survive in the long periods of darkness? The half period of light would be just as damaging. Also, it is not reasonable. Plants need insects for pollination, but according to theistic evolution, plants survived three long periods of time without the insects. Did Adam and Eve gradually evolve and then live through a long period of time?
If so, Adam was just a little boy, relatively speaking, when he was 930 years old. However, Moses tells us Adam died when he was 930 years old (Genesis 5:5). If the word “day” means “long period of time,” when did it change to its present meaning? There is no scripture mentioning a change. We know the word “day” in Genesis chapter one is a twenty-four hour day because any time a number appears before the word “day” in the Hebrew it always means a twenty-four hour day.
Theistic Evolution calls Jesus a liar! Matthew records:
And he answered and said, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? So that they are no more two, but one flesh (Matthew 19:4-6).
If evolution is true then eventually the world would produce a person greater than Jesus Christ. Of course, if evolution is true, then Jesus was a fake. The Bible says He came to save man from sin (Luke 19:10). It also says He was the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). If evolution is true, these statements are false. If evolution is true, the Bible is false and there would be no hope of eternal life (John 14:1-6).
Unfortunately, there are even members of the church of Christ who teach Theistic Evolution. One writer said,
Even if you did evolve from totally non-living inanimate matter, the question of God’s existence would not be affected in the slightest. He also said,
There is a leap of faith in nearly everything we do, and there are some questions relative to God, His origin, His plan, and His methods that cannot be totally comprehended [understood] by any of us.
Theistic Evolution says God used evolution to create and develop the earth. We have shown this to be unreasonable. Theistic evolution is not based upon the Bible. It is an attempt by people who claim to believe the Bible is from God to make the Bible and evolution to agree. It is impossible to believe in evolution and the Bible.
Why do some people choose to believe in Theistic Evolution? Some believe it because they are unable to answer the guesses and theories of science. Others choose to accept it because they can be accepted by their friends and yet can still claim to believe in God and the Bible. May God give us the courage to stand up for the truth of the Bible and not compromise the truth.
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