For the honest seeker of truth the Evolution vs Intelligent Design question can seem like a daunting mountain to scale. How many would-be Christians have been dissuaded from Christianity because Evolution (if true) makes Christianity obsolete, or worse, just plain wrong?
To make matters worse you have a very vocal and aggressive campaign going on in the media to label creationists (or anyone who takes the Bible “too” seriously) as fundamentalists, or even worse…extremists! The second that label sticks you really have to worry because you could find yourself in Guantanamo Bay along with other REAL extremists!
Hitler would be proud of such tactics!
The main thrust of anti-creationist propaganda is the idea that creationists are know-nothing amateurs who should keep their religion private and out of evidence-based IMPARTIAL science.
The main-stream media subtly and not-so-subtly imply that creationists have a stake and are thus biased and untrustworthy.
On the other hand are the secular scientists, who have no stake and are totally impartial, open to following the evidence coolly and calmly wherever it leads.
So what actually is at stake for Christians and atheists in the Creation vs Evolution debate?
The Christian’s Stake:
As mentioned above, the popular media distortion about science and Christianity is that Christians have a stake in believing in creationism whereas scientists represent the impartial, honest and rational inquirer.
This could not be further from the truth.
Yes Christians have a stake in the Creation vs Evolution controversy but it is not what the media portrays.
Christians do not want to twist the facts and deceive themselves to support what the Bible teaches.
What is the point in following a book that can be proven to be wrong? Why radically change your life when you know in your heart of hearts you are deceiving yourself? The apostle Paul makes this point clear.
“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” -1 Corinthians 15:14
If the Bible claims things to be true that are actually false then our “faith is in vain” – pointless! We might as well go and live the hedonistic lifestyle to the full – YOLO as young aspiring atheists like to say!
The Christian strives to give up all of his sinful desires because his God has told him to do so in His Word.
Surely this is a huge incentive to make sure the Bible is actually factually accurate and thus trustworthy!
Atheists like to claim that Christianity is just a crutch to the weak-minded and feeble. A false hope to help them get through the day. This sounds plausible at first glance, but after a little pondering proves itself to be ridiculous.
What possible good is a crutch that people keep telling you is broken (not true). As you lean on this crutch to walk (become a Christian) you are going to keep checking that it is not broken and that it will actually hold your weight (check that Christianity’s claims are true).
As I have said before, real Christianity is about TRUTH, not wishful thinking. Perhaps there are some Christians who don’t dare check if the things they believe are true. For the atheist to attack these weak and vulnerable people just seems desperate and pathetic.
That said, attacking the weak and vulnerable fits perfectly with the evolutionary thinking of survival of the fittest. The attacking pride of lions always singles out the vulnerable, weak and hurting bison.
The Evolutionist’s Stake:
At its heart, the bias of the evolutionary scientist comes from the sinful desires that all of us who call ourselves human possess. Pride dwells in the human heart, constantly whispering in our ears;
“You are a good person, you are not a sinner”.
The God of Christianity says the exact opposite. God proclaims that mankind was created to live according to His standard of righteousness, not our own. The great tragedy is that since Adam sinned, we, as his offspring, have inherited from Adam, corrupted and sinful desires and ambitions.
“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” –Romans 3:23
Atheistic scientists want to be the “masters of their own destiny”, denying that certain of fallen man’s desires and ambitions are sinful when God declares them to be just that. The God of Christianity says HE is the master of their destiny. Atheists consider themselves the highest authority on morality and right living for their lives – There is NO WAY they are giving God the reigns.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” –1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Sadly I’m sure most of us would have to admit to being mentioned in that list at some point in our lives.
From this root cause of sin comes a plethora of other incentives to remain loyal to evolutionary theory in spite of the evidence.
- They have devoted their lives to studying the ins and outs of a theory that is false. There is nothing worse than admitting you’ve wasted your life studying falsehood.
- Their jobs depend on them believing in Evolution. If they ever adopted Creationism they would be fired without so much as a second thought.
- Any prestige that they had worked for would be lost in an instant if they gave up on Evolution.
- They would be mercilessly attacked from every angle, insulted and abused anywhere they mentioned their new belief.
- Admitting you are wrong is difficult.
Perhaps you feel that this is unfair as some of the above points can also be applied to creationists becoming evolutionists.
For the evolutionist, this life is all he has. Wilful evidence manipulation, deceit and falsehood mean nothing if there is no God to judge you. The only issue is could anyone take away some of the worldly things you have accumulated if you were ever found out. Now I am not saying this is what all evolutionists do, but I am saying that without a belief in God it’s easy to justify.
In today’s climate when the whole scientific establishment is rigged against Creationism, I highly doubt that there would be any earthly retribution for less-than-rigorous investigation on the evolutionist’s part. The Ernst Haeckel diagrams, the Piltdown man, the peppered moth and the Nebraska man all testify to evolutionary scientists’ less-than-rigorous investigation of evidence in their totally impartial clamour to prove their religion.
To the creationist Christian on the other hand, worldly riches are insignificant compared to the heavenly rewards for leading a just, honest and upright life. To the Christian it doesn’t matter if you get away with deceit now because God is watching and He will call you to account.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Matthew 6:19-21
In the end, to the disdain of the secular media, we must admit that both sides have a stake in the Creation vs Evolution debate. Both sides are far from impartial. The only issue is who is more likely to distort the evidence to support their view.
I believe that true, God-fearing Christians, who know their God is watching, are more likely to be honest with the evidence than atheists who believe they are ultimately accountable to no one but themselves.