Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Quote from Dr. John D. Morris

The quote that follows explains further the concern I expressed in a previous post regarding Evolution and the Christian faith.  Dr. John D. Morris is the president of the Institute for Creation Research and an avowed young earth proponent.  Dr. Morris' words demonstrate the incompatibility of Darwinian evolutionary theory and classic Christian theology.  One cannot embrace Evolution and not change the Faith. 

"Evolution and the Bible most seriously conflict at this point (their respective views of death, which are central to each viewpoint). If evolution (or even just the concept of an old earth, with death and fossils predating man's sin) is correct, then death is natural, death is normal, death produced man. Most importantly, in this view, death is not the penalty for sin, for it preceded man and his sin. But if death is not the penalty for sin, then the death of Jesus Christ did not pay that penalty, nor did His resurrection from the dead provide eternal life.
While belief in creation and the young earth may not be essential for salvation (many Christians wrongly believe and do many things the Bible teaches against), if evolution is right, if the earth is old, if fossils date from before man's sin, then Christianity is wrong! These ideas destroy the foundation for the Gospel and negate the work of Christ on the cross. Evolution and salvation are mutually exclusive concepts.
Many times evolutionists understand this issue better than Christians. In his article, "The Meaning of Evolution," atheist G. Richard Bozarth claims that "Christianity has fought, still fights and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, for evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus' earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of God. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing" (American Atheist, September 20, 1979, p. 30).
Thus the issues of death and time reveal the utter incompatibility of evolution, in any form, with Christianity."

From: "Evolution and the Wages of Sin" on the ICR website


Pr Mark Henderson said...

Something which struck me recently while reflecting on this issue is that most theologians who are prepared to compromise with Evolution in the area of Protology do not follow through by accepting the consequences of "the science" for Eschatology. Just as scientism has a different theory of origins from Christianity, so also it has a different theory of how it will all end, particularly for our solar system. The scientists are quite right to say to the theologians 'you can't accept the principles of naturalism as determinative of your theology in on area but not another'. One day - if it hasn't begun happening already - these theologians will wake up with little left of historical Christianity.

The Rev. Donald V. Engebretson said...

That's an interesting observation. We speak much of origins, but what of the end? One must be consistent throughout.