Real Christians Cannot Believe in EvolutionJean Kelley September 13, 2019 100 Comments
A dedicated Christian cannot believe in both the evolution of mankind and believe in Christ at the same time. Well ok, you CAN believe anything you want, but if you believe the Bible is inspired by God, then you cannot also believe in evolution. Here’s why. According to Christianity, Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden and brought a curse on all mankind. All of their descendants, that’s us, are now born in a state of sinfulness and separation from God. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed in order to atone for a person’s sin. Though it seems that more often than not, people were condemned to death for their sin, rather than given the option of sacrificing an animal. But let’s move on. To solve the problem, Christianity believes that the goal of Jesus was to become the final sacrifice for the sins of humanity. If we accept Jesus as our saviour from this curse of sin, then it is His sacrifice on the cross that reconciles us to God. Thus we can now make heaven our home. Let’s back that up with scripture: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.” “Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” If Adam never existed, then Christ’s sacrifice was pointless. What was Jesus saving us from? A non-literal metaphor? A Genesis fairy-tale? Who wrote the scriptures I just quoted? Paul. Paul wrote more books in the New Testament than any other author. He is the main reason Christianity is what it is today. And Paul believed in a literal Adam and Eve. “From one man [God] created all the nations throughout the whole earth.” “The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam — that is, Christ — is a life-giving Spirit.” Aren’t Paul’s writings meant to be inspired by God? If you don’t trust Paul with the Genesis account, why believe anything Paul says? Jesus Himself confirms the creation account, and quotes Genesis: “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ As an aside, Jesus also references the stories of Noah and Jonah as real events: “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” So if Jonah was never in the belly of the fish, if it was just metaphor, does that mean Jesus was only metaphorically dead? “People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” This is Jesus confirming these events, and not one word indicating that these stories are simply metaphors, as many liberal Christians like to think. Let’s look at one more thing. The genealogy of Jesus Christ. “Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry. Jesus was known as the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Heli. The son of David, the son of Abraham, the son of Noah, the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. And just incase we think there were some form of human before Adam, Adam was the son of God. If Adam never existed, then neither did Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. And for that matter, Abraham, Noah, and King David did not exist either, as their lineage is also traced back to Adam. Maybe they’re all metaphors! Maybe the Israelites made up their entire history! Christians, if you do not believe in a literal Adam and Eve, then there is no need to believe in a saviour. In order to reconcile this problem, we could take Adam and Eve out of the picture and say that Jesus was sent to save us from sin in a general sense, but that’s not the doctrine taught in the bible. The writings of Paul are very specific that Adam is the cause of sin entering the world, and is the reason for Christ’s sacrifice. If you believe the Bible is holy in any sense, then you cannot replace Paul’s doctrine of sin with your own modified version. To disregard Adam is to modify Paul’s doctrine according to your own beliefs and biases. In essence you’d be fabricating your own reason for Christ’s death. The gospels are the only reliable source of what Jesus supposedly said and did. If they are incorrect, then you have no other foundation on which to base your belief in Christ. As science and archeology advances, what other stories in the Bible will you turn into metaphor? Why not just get off the religion bandwagon, and be good for goodness sake? HOST: Can I just bring you, in a sense, to the point of the question? HOST: Do you accept that humans evolved from apes? GEORGE PELL: Yeah, probably. From Neanderthals, yes. RICHARD DAWKINS: From Neanderthals? GEORGE PELL: Probably. RICHARD DAWKINS: Why from Neanderthals? GEORGE PELL: Why.. who else, who else would you suggest? RICHARD DAWKINS: Neanderthals were our cousins, we’re not descended from them. HOST: So let me put this to you as a question. At what point in this evolutionary scale was a soul imparted to the humans from God? GEORGE PELL: Look a soul isn’t, it’s not like putting a spot of gin in a tonic. GEORGE PELL: A soul is the principle of life. GEORGE PELL: So whenever there was a principle of life that could question, that could be open to awe, GEORGE PELL: that was able to communicate, then we had the first human. HOST: So are you talking about a garden of Eden scenario with an actual Adam and Eve? GEORGE PELL: Well, Adam and Eve are terms, what do they mean, Life and Earth. GEORGE PELL: It’s like every man, that’s a beautiful, sophistocated, GEORGE PELL: mythological account. It’s not science. HOST: You shouldn’t see it in any way as being an historical or literal truth? GEORGE PELL: It’s certainly not a scientific truth. And it’s a religious story told for religious purposes. HOST: Is there a point where you distinguish between metaphor and reality? For example, Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. GEORGE PELL: It’s difficult to know how exactly that worked, GEORGE PELL: but Moses was a great man, there was a great encounter with the divine. GEORGE PELL: Actually with Moses, GEORGE PELL: we get the key that enables us to come together with the Greeks, with reason, GEORGE PELL: because Moses said, “Who will I tell the Egyptians?” GEORGE PELL: And he said, “Tell.. that My name is, I Am Who I Am” HOST: I’m gonna bring Richard Dawkins back in here, because we’ve… RICHARD DAWKINS: Well, I’m curious to know, RICHARD DAWKINS: if Adam and Eve never existed, where did “original sin” come from? RICHARD DAWKINS: But I also would like to clarify the point about RICHARD DAWKINS: whether there ever was a first human. RICHARD DAWKINS: That’s a rather difficult and puzzling question, because RICHARD DAWKINS: we know that the previous species from which we’re descended RICHARD DAWKINS: is probably Homo erectus, and before that, some sort of Australopithecine. RICHARD DAWKINS: But there never was a last Homo erectus who gave birth to the first Homo sapiens. RICHARD DAWKINS: Every creature ever born belonged to the same species as its parents. RICHARD DAWKINS: The process of evolution is so gradual that you can never say, RICHARD DAWKINS: “Aha! Now suddenly we have the first human.” RICHARD DAWKINS: It was always a case of just a slightly, different from the previous generation. RICHARD DAWKINS:That’s a scientific point which I think is quite interesting. I’m not sure if it has a theological significance, except that I think successive popes have tried to suggest that the soul did indeed RICHARD DAWKINS: get added, rather like gin to tonic, at some particular point during evolution. RICHARD DAWKINS: That some point in evolution there was no soul, and then later there was one.