growing opposition within the Church.
I thought I'd start with a very basic biblical truth: This world is greatly deceived by the Devil and his demons. Revelation 12:9 says, "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." This verse is important because it not only tells us how influential the enemy is in our world, but it links us back to the very beginning in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:1 the serpent asked Eve, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" The question is an attack on the truth of God's Word, an attack that continues to this day. When Adam and Eve disregarded what God said, not only they, but their children and all of humanity thereafter suffered the consequences.
We see much the same thing happening today when it comes to the teaching of evolution. The idea was born of the atheistic worldview of naturalism. Webster's Dictionary defines naturalism as "a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; specifically : the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomena." My Christian friends who believe in evolution must admit that this is a lie. The theory of evolution was born of the need to explain the universe without a creator. As naturalism is taught as reality in contrast to the "stories" of the Bible, children are growing up, moving out on their own, and promptly leaving the Church in droves. Many of those whose parents embraced theistic evolution just don't see the need to add God to the equation.
I know the objections. "But evolution is proven scientific fact!" I don't have time to deal with all the contradictory evidences. You can easily find such things at Answers in Genesis or the Institute for Creation Research. I'm more of a logical kind of guy. Nothing describes the world and the state of our existence so truthfully as the Bible. The way it describes me is so spot-on, I know there's a wisdom there that rises above anything that the world has to offer. That wisdom is the truth of God. The "truth" according to atheistic scientists is evolution, which remains pure speculation. If it were true, it would be quite easy to prove in the fossil record. Oh yeah, I wasn't going to get into those details… Long story short, I trust God's Word. I don't trust those who don't believe because they lack wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." It's not because they're deliberately deceitful, but because they are deceived. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 says, "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
"Now wait a second! This sounds like some kind of wacko conspiracy theory!" Well, yes. It is. The truth is, there is a giant conspiracy plotted by the Devil and his demons, involving many unwitting participants (including atheistic scientists, college professors, etc.), whose purpose is to spread lies that steal people away from eternity with God. You can see the fruit of their work with each passing generation as our western culture is becoming increasingly secular and atheistic. Those most devoted to the cause reflect the heart of their deceiver with their mockery of those of us who believe God's Word, especially the historical account of Genesis.
Here's a thought to ponder: If God used evolution, why does knowledge of this "truth" lead so many away from Him? How does this jive with the following?: "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' They answered Him, 'We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'? Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:31-36) Is it not true that belief in evolution has resulted in countless young people forsaking their God-given purpose and chasing after the life of sin that enslaves them?
I'll conclude this chapter with the following encouragement:
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…" (Ephesians 6:11-18)