Creation and Evolution (Part 3 of 3)
Evolution’s process of natural selection doesn’t and can’t explain everything about human nature. One can believe in God’s use of evolution in creation without swallowing the teaching that natural selection eliminates any need of God to explain the world as it is. That directly contradicts biblical faith.
Belief in evolution as a biological process does not exclude belief in a literal Adam and Eve and their historical fall into sin. Paul clearly believes that Adam and Eve were historical figures (Romans 5:12ff). Those who believe in the authority of the Bible must believe the same. If Adam is not a literal person, Paul’s teaching makes no sense— “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21–22, NIV).
Derek Kidner suggests that in the evolutionary process, at a point in time, God chose one man and uniquely endowed him with His own image, which elevated him to a higher plane of life. The special creation of Eve followed that event. These two were placed in Eden as representatives of the whole human race. Others believe that Adam and Eve were the result of evolution and also the recipients of God’s image. Still others believe that God uses evolution to develop life on earth but creates Adam and Eve through a special act with no common ancestry with other animals. Denis Alexander summarizes five ways Genesis 2–3 is understood. Some see it as a parable about the sinfulness of all human beings. Some understand it as a figurative account that happened to a group of early human beings. Still others see Adam and Eve as historical figures while also believing they came about through evolutionary biological processes. A fourth group holds to old earth creationism, whereas the fifth believes in young earth creationism.1 None of these five ways perfectly explains all the data. We must humbly, tentatively hold our position, agreeing to disagree cordially with those who believe the Scriptures are authoritative but interpret them differently than we do. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29, NIV). #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
1. Denis Alexander (Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? (Monarch Books, Oxford, UK, 2008).
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