We got a comment on one of our older but still popular posts yesterday that I wanted to share.
Ok, so to me this is really messed up. Christians are those who believe every word Christ said about life, death, God, heaven and every aspect of life. For us, Christians, the words of Jesus are always truth. We are not to question or doubt about anything that Christ said (it is normal to have doubts, but to live with a doubtful attitude towards Christ means that there’s something wrong with your faith). In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus said that man and woman were a result of evolution. I’m sorry, what? No, it says that man and woman were CREATED. I think you should rethink your point of view on this “theory”.
A brother in Christ that loves you.
A lot could be said about this person I’ve never met in my life describing himself as a “brother in Christ that loves you,” which sort of reminds me of when my dad would say, “This is going to hurt me a lot more than it will hurt you” right before beating me with a medieval cudgel. But I’m going to focus on the bolded part instead.
This is called a false dichotomy, also known as a false dilemma, false choice, bifurcation fallacy, or total, epic logic fail.
This is like when my wife tells me, “You either do the dishes, or you’re sleeping alone,” which isn’t true, because there are more options than just those two. Like play video games until after 2 a.m., then I can crash wherever the heck I want. Plus, we have a 1-month-old, which means no number of parents is getting much sleep, regardless of how many dishes get done.
This commenter’s argument, which is stunningly common by the way, is a false dichotomy because he managed to find the word “create” in the Bible and thinks he has disproved the theory of evolution.
Now, he might have a case (at least among folks like me, who place an awful lot of stock in the Bible) if the evolution of life and God as creator were mutually exclusive ideas, but of course, they aren’t.
Scripture also says, and Christians believe, that God carefully, lovingly crafts each person in the womb by hand (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139). Does that mean that the well-documented, natural process of prenatal development, wherein a baby grows gradually over a period of nine months with absolutely no observable intervention by supernatural forces, takes away from God?
To quote the Apostle Paul, “Oh, hell no!” God exists outside of nature, so the existence of a natural process does not preclude his supernatural oversight, involvement and authorship, regardless of whether you are talking about the water cycle, a single birth or the development of all life.
It’s not one or the other, or at least, it doesn’t have to be.
We are a thread in a glorious tapestry, woven by the hands of God. We are a fruitful branch on the tree of life, and God is the gardener. We are a drop of bright color on the canvas of a master artist.
We are the product of millions of years of biological evolution. We are also a master work of God, fearfully and wonderfully made.
Evolution may be true, as the evidence suggests, or it may not be. But if it is not true, the reason won’t be because God did it instead.
God is the creator, period. That is what we believe. The only question is whether evolution was his tool in creation (as the water cycle is his tool in bringing the rain, and prenatal development is his tool in kitting us together in utero), or whether he used something else.
When it comes to evolution and the proper interpretation of the Bible’s creation accounts, there are certainly some great and valuable conversations to be had. This is not one of them. Let’s drop it in the dustbin, right alongside “Why are there still monkeys?”
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