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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The Marriage Of Christianity And Evolution: Oil Meets Water! (Part 2)

Standing on the platform, dressed in the finest suit money can buy the groom eagerly watches as his bride gracefully moves down the aisle. She walks down the aisle and up the stairs onto the platform, the train on her beautiful white dress flowing behind. She stops. They take one another's hands. The look into one another's eyes.

The preacher begins to speak as the mass looks on in awesome adoration. After a few moments and a song or two, the end or the ceremony is near. The preacher begins to close the service, "If any object to these two being joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace."

Without warning, I spring from my seat and shout at the top of my lungs, "I do!" I stand to my feet intending to speak my mind and so I do...

This post is part two in a series of posts regarding the incompatibility of Christianity and evolution. If you have not read the first article, The Marriage Of Christianity And Evolution: Oil Meets Water (Part 1), I highly recommend doing so before continuing.

As I continue my quest to debunk those who would have you believe that Christianity and evolution are two reconcilable systems of belief, I am brought to an issue of great importance...

The Theological Dilemma - Evolution forces a new, heretical outlook on several key doctrines in the Bible. In fact, the theological ramifications of Evolution are so dramatic that a thorough examination into them will reveal the shear ludicracy of trying to combine these two world views. Consider the following areas of philosophy:

The doctrine or philosophy about the nature of death - The Bible teaches that death came as a result of sin whereas evolution forces the presupposition that millions of years of death have resulted in our refined state of life. Evolution and the Bible give contradictory views about the origin and nature of both sin and death.

Consider the following quotes.

According to the Bible, death didn’t exist in the beginning. The book of Genesis says that God created a perfect, sinless world, unmarred by struggle or strife. When he finished creating, he pronounced his creation “very good” (Gen. 1:31)."

In the biblical account, death did not enter the world until the first human sin. According to Genesis, God made clear to Adam and Eve exactly what food they were to eat, and only one tree was prohibited: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17)."

Death, then, is clearly a consequence of disobedience."
~ Jamie Kiley

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin..."
~ Romans 5:12

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed."
~ James 1:14

Christianity is based on the idea that death is a result of sin, and that it is a drastic departure from the original plan that God had for mankind.

Evolution, on the other hand, demands that death and suffering had taken place long before the fall of Adam. In fact, it requires millions of years of death simply to evolve a species capable of choosing the sin that Adam chose. Hence, death is the doorway to life...or at least more advanced life, rather than a consequence for sin.

"The Utility of Death: Evolution could not take place without it, because the higher forms of life are so specialized that they cannot change much in a single lifetime." F. H. Pike

Again, we are able to conclude that Evolution and Christianity simply cannot be combined into one philisophically sound series of beliefs. The marked differences are simply too dramatic to reconcile. This marriage is off.

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