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CHRISTIANITY OR EVOLUTION?

By Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

 

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

Lord’s Day Evening, August 27, 2000

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19).

That is the real reason so many people believe in evolution rather than creation by God, as presented in the Bible.

In almost every creation vs. evolution debate the evolutionist states that scientific creationism is not science. They will tell you that creationism must not be taught in the public schools because it is religion. What they don’t tell you is this: evolution itself is a religion - based on philosophical humanism. Evolution is a religion that attempts to explain the origin of life.

The renowned astronomer, Dr. Robert Jastrow, writing in the Science Digest, said that you must start with faith - whether you are an evolutionist or a creationist. Dr. Jastrow himself is an evolutionist and an agnostic. But he said this:

 

Perhaps the appearance of life on the Earth is a miracle. (Many) scientists are reluctant to accept that view, but their choices are limited. Either life was created on the earth by the will of a being outside the grasp of scientific understanding, or it evolved on our planet spontaneously, through chemical reactions in nonliving matter.

The first theory (creation) places the question of the origin of life beyond the reach of scientific inquiry. It is a statement of faith in the power of a Supreme Being (God) not subject to the laws of science.

The second theory (evolution) is also an act of faith. This act of faith consists in assuming that the scientific (evolutionary) view of the origin of life is correct, without having concrete evidence to support that belief.

 

Since neither creation nor evolution has been observed, and neither one can be tested in a laboratory, there must be an assumption or faith. Evolutionists are dishonest when they deny their "faith." They do not begin with facts, but with faith.

Evolution is not science. It is not based on observable, testable grounds. Therefore it is not science. It is science fiction. It is "scientism" - a form of mythical religion. Many people have made science into a religion. Most Christians don’t even talk about God with as much reverence as these people talk about science. An inscription on the front of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that fact. It says:

To science, pilot of industry, conqueror of disease, multiplier of the harvest, explorer of the universe, revealer of nature’s laws, eternal guide to truth.

They have turned science into a religion.

The renowned historian of science, Dr. Marjorie Grene wrote, "It is as a religion of science that Darwinism holds men’s minds...preached by its adherents with religious fervor, and doubted, they feel, only by a few muddlers imperfect in scientific faith."

Notice that Dr. Grene says that evolution "holds men’s minds" and that "its adherents (preach it) with religious fervor." Evolution has become a religion. It is a religion which is against Biblical Christianity.

Dr. Colin Patterson is the senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History. Dr. Patterson says that many evolutionists have nearly made Darwin into a "god." He said, "Just as pre-Darwinian biology was carried out by people whose faith was in (God), post-Darwinian biology (biology today) is being carried out by people whose faith is in, almost, the deity of Darwin." "Ichthus" with Darwin in place of Jesus is actually an honest statement. Darwin is their God in the new religion of evolutionism.

The world-renowned scientist, Dr. Heribert Nilsson of Lund University, emphasized the religion of evolution. Dr. Nilsson said,

My attempts to demonstrate (or scientifically prove) evolution by an experiment have (all) completely failed. The idea of evolution rests on pure belief.

That is religion!

If you want to impress young people, especially if your argument is very weak, you start by saying, "Science has proved," or "Scientists believe." These statements seem to convince nearly everyone. But we must learn to ask, "Is that true?" "How do you know it’s true?" "What is your evidence?" Evolutionists have no evidence. Their theory rests on religiously held notions, not on scientific evidence. B. Leith admitted this when he said, "The theory of life that undermined nineteenth century religion (Darwinism) has virtually become a religion itself. That is why it is threatened by fresh (new) ideas."

The evolutionist Julian Huxley, in his book, Issues in Evolution, said this:

In the evolutionary pattern of thought there is no longer either need or room for the supernatural. The earth was not created, it evolved. So did all the animals and plants. So did religion. (Evolution itself is) the new religion that arises to serve the needs of the coming era.

Physicist Dr. Wolfgang Smith agrees that evolution is a new religion. He wrote this:

The doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It (says) that living beings created themselves, which is in essence, a metaphysical claim. Thus... evolution is in truth a metaphysical (religious) doctrine decked out in scientific garb.

L. T. More, of the University of Cincinnati, wrote:

The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one becomes that evolution is based on faith alone, exactly the same sort of faith...one encounters (in) the great mysteries of religion.

Dr. More goes on to say why he doesn’t give up the false religion of evolution:

Our faith in the doctrine of evolution depends upon our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation.

In the religion of evolution, man is not responsible to God the Creator. Man evolved, he was not created. In the religion of evolution, mankind is getting better and we have a wonderful future in a brave new world we will create. We are evolving and becoming better all the time. Evolutionists believe in something like Star Trek - they say in the future man will conquer the universe. They say we will fly in spaceships and rule the galaxies.

Young people, do you believe that? Do you think the world is getting better and better? Young people, do you think the world is better than it was fifty years ago? Do you think it’s easier to get through life than it used to be? Do you think kids have it easier now than they used to? Do you think the world is evolving and getting better and better?

I say you’re right. The world is getting worse. It’s harder for you young people than it was for your parents. You’re not evolving! It’s getting worse, not better!

Your generation, the X generation, sees it! You young people today know instinctively that evolution is wrong. Your life is harder. Your future looks difficult. Those old people fed you a pack of lies when they told you it would evolve and get better and easier! Somebody lied to you. Your parents, your teachers, the older generation told you a lie! We’re not moving toward Star Trek! We’re moving toward the gutter. You’re not going to be Luke Skywalker and see Star Trek! You’re not going to have a walk in the stars - you’re going to have a hard, difficult, gritty life in the jungle of a broken down city full of broken down people. The old people lied to you! It’s not a brave new world we’ve created! It’s a dark, dirty, frightening jungle!

That’s why I say that evolution is wrong and the Bible is right!

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19).

The religion of evolution teaches that man created himself, and the universe created itself. But the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ created the world! Jesus Christ created mankind!

 

I. Jesus Christ created the world and mankind.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3)

 

II. Mankind rebelled; sin entered the world; and mankind came

under a curse.

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).

"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous" (Romans 5:19).

"They are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God" (Romans 3:9-11).

 

III. Jesus Christ, the Creator Himself, suffered on the Cross to redeem

mankind from the curse.

"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree" (Galatians 3:13).

Jesus Christ rose from the dead to free mankind from the curse of sin.

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead" (I Corinthians 15:20-21).

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as the curse is found.

- Isaac Watts, "Joy to the World!"

 

IV. Jesus Christ will come again

1. At the rapture

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him....For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (I Thessalonians 4:14, 16-17).

2. At His return to the earth to set up His Kingdom

"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet." (I Corinthians 15:24-25).

"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south....and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee." (Zechariah 14:4-5)

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast...and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4-6)

Those are two different religions.

1. Evolution teaches that you are only an animal which is evolving - moving upward on the evolutionary scale. It teaches that the human race is evolving upward and will one day rule the universe - probably from space ships - like we see in "Star Trek" and "Star Wars."

2. Christianity and the Bible teach the opposite. The Bible teaches that the human race was created perfect, but fell and was ruined by sin.

Then the Creator Himself came and died on the Cross to pay for your sins if you trust Him and are converted.

Then Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He is alive in Heaven. He will come again physically to set up His Kingdom on this earth. If you are converted now, you will reign with Him over the earth at His coming.

The Bible says,

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15).

Will you love darkness rather than light? Will you believe the false religion of evolution or the truth of Jesus Christ, given in the Bible? That is your choice. The Bible says, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."

Now if you decide to give up the false religion of evolution and become a Christian there are two things you must do.

1. You must decide to come back to this church next Sunday and every Sunday and learn the facts about Bible Christianity, and make new friends here.

2. You must not only learn the facts of the Bible. You must also come to Jesus Christ and throw yourself on Christ. Let Him wash away your sins in His Blood, shed on the Cross. Let Him forgive your sins and transform you into a real Christian through conversion. And then come here and be with us in church every Sunday. Your friends and relatives will mock and laugh at you. They may think you have gone crazy to come here every Sunday. Let them laugh! This is what you need and you know it - deep down in your heart you know we’re right and they are dead wrong! Look at their lives. They have no hope. They have no peace. Turn away from their laughing and mocking and come with us and we will do you good. And you will find happiness, peace and joy you never knew before, right here - in this church!

God bless you as you do it!

 

Scripture Read Before Sermon: I Corinthians 15:1-4, 20-26

Solo by Benjamin Kincaid Griffith "It Took a Miracle"

THE OUTLINE OF

CHRISTIANITY OR EVOLUTION?

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

 

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil"

(John 3:19)

 

I. Jesus Christ created the world and mankind, John 1:1-3.

II. Mankind rebelled; sin entered the world, and mankind came

under a curse, Romans 5:12-19; Romans 3:9-11.

III. Jesus Christ, the Creator Himself, suffered on the Cross to

redeem mankind from the curse, Galatians 3:13. He rose

from the dead to free mankind from the curse of sin,

I Corinthians 15:20-21.

IV. Jesus Christ will come again

1. At the rapture, I Thessalonians 4:14, 16-17.

2. At His return to the earth to set up His Kingdom,

I Corinthians 15:24-25; Zechariah 14:4-5;

Revelation 20:4-6.