Macroevolution, the belief that one species can evolve into a totally different species, is often assumed to be true because it’s taught in public schools, many scientists back it, and those who buy into it either hate the idea of God’s involvement in creation or they want to minimize his influence. Scientists have also made the assumption that since microevolution, or changes within a species occurring because of what is already present in that species’ genes, is common then that must mean macroevolution is possible. Even Darwin called the idea of macroevolution a theory and it’s a theory which did not originate with him, but he became the most prominent figure to espouse the idea. Here’s what he said about this theory:
“When on board H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America … On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question [of origin of species] by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years’ work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; …
In the five succeeding chapters, the most apparent and gravest difficulties in accepting the theory will be given: namely, first, the difficulties of transitions, …” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶¶1, 8 (emphasis mine).
Darwin also acknowledged his theory was not the only possible explanation of species–“Furthermore, I am convinced that natural selection has been the most important, but not the exclusive, means of modification.” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶9 (emphasis mine).
In essence, Darwin took the facts he observed and twisted the facts to suit his own personal beliefs. Although he grew up in a Christian home, he rebelled against what he was taught. It might be possible that he blamed God for his mother’s death in his early childhood. But here are some other statements made by Darwin in comparison to the Bible:
- “Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists until recently entertained, and which I formerly entertained–namely, that each species has been independently created–is erroneous.” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶9 (emphasis mine)
- Genesis 1 says God created each species individually after its own kind.
- Darwin said, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
- According to the Bible, there are many problems which science cannot solve. Science cannot deal with the sin in one’s heart, it does not always heal sickness, nor can it resist devilish forces. Only God through Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:9), heal every disease (Psalm 103:2-3), and give us victory over evil spirits (Luke 10:19).
- Darwin said, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”
- Although adapting oneself to one’s environment helps one survive, the Bible is filled with examples of God defending the weak against those who are stronger in spite of adapting (e.g. David vs. Goliath, Moses vs. Pharoah, Elijah vs. Ahab and Jezebel, etc.). It is ultimately God who determines whether a nation stands or falls (Jeremiah 18:7-8).
- Darwin said, ” Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress”
- God clearly states in his word that man will become worse in his sinfulness (2 Timothy 3:1-5). God will have to punish man with plagues and ultimately destroy sinful man and the earth because of man’s ever-increasing evil (Revelation 6-20).
- Darwin said, “I am a strong advocate for free thought on all subjects, yet it appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity & theism produce hardly any effect on the public; & freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follow[s] from the advance of science. It has, therefore, been always my object to avoid writing on religion, & I have confined myself to science. I may, however, have been unduly biased by the pain which it would give some members of my family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion”
- Darwin claimed to have avoided direct attacks on religion, but his theories are just that. Science can help man understand certain things about his world, however “[t]he fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” And Darwin was a fool indeed. God can reveal much more about science to those who seek him out than people like Darwin who want to avoid him altogether.
Darwin had the wisdom of this world which is foolishness with God. His theories will one day be shown openly to be complete folderol, poppycock, and utterly bogus. He was a man who was “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) and those who follow his beliefs are like him.