8. Is evolution treated as a religion?

In this section, I want to show that ‘Evolution’ itself is the god of evolutionist. It is given life, a spirit, intelligence, reason, humor, the power to design and create; it has a plan and uses strategy to implement that plan. By the words of evolutionists themselves, evolution has the same credentials as God. I do think it is ironic that evolution is praised as a non-religious answer to disprove God, but then is praised as though it were a god.

Carl Sagan praised evolution as the product of the Cosmos. He made a point to capitalize cosmos the same way that Christians capitalize God. Sagan even altered the Christian doxology to substitute Cosmos for God. Yet at the same time, he criticized religion as non-scientific. Though evolutionists adamantly deny that evolution is a religion, their own words contradict them. These quotes are taken directly from the sources referenced. Many will say that they don’t worship evolution. However, if you are getting your beliefs from those who worship evolution, your beliefs are intended to point you to their god. Let’s look and compare the god of evolution, as defined by evolution itself, to the God of the Bible. Then let us choose which God we will follow.

Who is the Creator

Evolution does not deny creation, it attempts to take credit for it. You can hardly read a book or watch a nature program where it is not said that ‘evolution created’, or ‘evolution designed’ something. In my research for this article, this was the number one phrase that stuck out. I had hundreds of phrases to choose from, but I narrowed it down to three.

NATURE SAFARI
Evolution’s theme seems to be “pain is good”. It helps keep us away from things that are invariably unhealthy. This is how evolution works. It designs systems to help us survive.

Though the word ‘create’ was not used here, Nature Safari is crediting evolution with the design of the nervous system. With the forethought of survival, evolution designed pain to help promote survival.

Quinnipiac University

Evolution creates limbs.
Evolution has created biodiversity.

Oxford Ancestors
Evolution have created millions of different Y-chromosomes each with their own unique genetic fingerprint.

These two quotes not only credit evolution with the power to create, but also with the ability to create millions of unique designs. Evolution created millions of different Y-chromosomes each uniquely different? Why would evolution want such diversity? Once survival has been achieved, what need would there be in diversifying so greatly? Millions of uniquely different chromosomes would not be needed to survive. Can we conclude that evolution likes different colors, styles and shapes?

The Bible responds:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

The Bible makes it clear that God created all things for His pleasure and man was created to have fellowship with God. Many try to marry evolution with the Bible by saying that God used evolution to create all things. However, this is a direct rejection of the Bible itself. For evolution to exist, death had to exist before man. The Bible addresses this issue. Romans 5 clearly stands in contradiction of evolution:

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned —

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

The Bible states that death entered into the world because of Adam’s sin. This is the foundation for understanding the redemption through Christ. By one man sin entered, by One Man death and sin was defeated on the Cross. If you reject the Genesis account, you have no foundation for the redemption plan that was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. You can’t believe evolution and still believe the Bible. You can claim to, but if you deny the foundation, there is no basis to believe the New Testament redemption that is built on that foundation.

If sin did not enter through Adam, the Bible is founded upon a lie. A lie mixed with truth is still a lie. You can’t choose evolution and the God of the Bible because scripture is in direct conflict with the premise that evolution is founded upon. Evolution requires death over millions of years. The Bible requires sin of man before death could enter the world. Jesus came to fulfill the penalty of our sin that began with Adam. The Bible leaves no room for mixing and matching beliefs.

Who is Planning this Journey?

Evolution claims:

Cybernetica
Like every law of nature, the Plan of Evolution does not determine uniquely and in detail how things will develop. It only sets the boundaries between the possible and the impossible.

The Ecologist
With these capabilities and patenting incentives’ scientists, and their corporate and government sponsors, have the potential of becoming the architects of life itself, the authors of a technological evolution designed to create new, more “efficient”, species of microbe, plant and animal (including humans) which better comport with our technological system. Genetic engineering is the final adaptation of life to machine. (IE, Evolution designed man with technology to become the designer to take adaptation to the next level).

Mario F. Heilmann
University of California at Los Angeles
Evolution tends to find all possible strategies in order to occupy diverse ecological niches.

Here we see evolution prophets proclaiming ‘The Plan of Evolution’ as though it began with the end result in mind. Do you believe that evolution has a plan? Notice that these evolutionists even capitalize evolution as though it were a god deserving higher attributes and deserving a proper name. ‘The Ecologist’ quoted above echoes a similar belief that Richard Dawkins expressed in his article about phenotypes. Dawkins claims that genes have a plan and use bodies as vehicles to carry out that plan. ‘The Ecologist’ carries this one step further. They claim that evolution is using scientists to invent more efficient species and ultimately life will evolve through technology. Life will be carried on through machines. Heilmann of the University of California offers some agreement by stating that evolution finds all possible strategies to further its purposes.

Evolutionists testify that evolution is intelligent. It thinks; it plans; it has a purpose in mind; it uses strategies to achieve its goals. Evolution is not merely a concept, but an intelligent, self-aware higher power that uses all resources to further its goals. We are merely pawns used to set the stage and vehicles used to reach a destination.

The Bible Responds

Are we merely pawns in the hand of the cosmos? Is our only purpose in life to be a carrier for evolution and then to be used and discarded once we have served evolution’s motives? The attributes given to the Plan of Evolution somewhat resemble polluted version of the truth of God. Like all things, the counterfeit never measures up to the authentic gospel. Just as evolution claims to have a plan, God has a plan. Unlike evolution, God does not use us and cast us away once He achieves His goals. Unlike evolution, God does not need a vehicle to serve His purpose. His plan is not to survive, but to guide us into a relationship with Him. Look at Ephesians 1:

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him.

What is the true Plan? To reveal the mystery of God’s will. His plan is to gather those who respond to Christ together in Him. Consider the following passage:

NIV Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The Plan of Evolution is to use us to further its cause. The Plan of God is to prosper us, give us hope and a future, and to reconcile us into fellowship with Him. Just as evolution claims to have had a plan from the beginning and a goal in sight, God proclaims the end from the beginning. He sees and has planned what lies ahead. Isaiah 14:24 says, “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand”.

It isn’t God’s overall plan that is declared, but He also planned our life from the beginning. Look at Psalm 139

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

With great care and detail, God has planned each person’s life before they began in the womb. Before you had a breath on this earth, God already fashioned your days. Each one of us has the right to veto God’s plan. That is why it is important to realize that God’s plan is to prosper and not harm us. Once we trust God, we can submit to His plan. We must enter His purposes through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We can enter a relationship with God and experience His plan only through the cross. We must choose which God we will follow – the cruel god of evolution who uses and discards its resources, or the true God who planned every breath with such detail that His thoughts toward us is greater in measure than the sands of the world if they could be numbered.

Who is Spirit?

Evolution Claims:

Ken Wilbur, in the book “Sex, Ecology and Spirituality:
The Spirit of Evolution”, decided that hierarchy was a fundamental concept.

It is interesting that even the spiritual attributes of God are given to the god Evolution. The Spirit decided on evolution’s hierarchy. Could this ‘Spirit’ be a false god? Look at 1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

Could the god of Evolution be one of those spirits?

The Bible Responds:

We have already seen the mockery of people like William Edelen who said:

“I have often asked — When are Jews and Christians going to grow up, evolve spiritually, and let go of the archaic and primitive biblical concepts of ‘God’?”

“Anyone who believes today in the year 2000 that the bible is ‘reliable’ and ‘infallible,’ without error or contradiction, is approaching insanity.”

Are Christians fools for believing scripture? In the world’s eyes – yes. Or as 1 Corinthians 2:14 puts it, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

We must choose which God we place our faith in: The Spirit of Evolution, or the Spirit of God. We each must choose whether we believe Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” and continued to create plants and animals according to their kind, or “the Spirit of Evolution” moved upon the earth to create life and establish its hierarchy.

Romans 8:14 tells us, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” What about those who identify themselves with the Spirit of Evolution? Matthew 12 gives a warning:

30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
31 ” Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

To call the work of the Holy Spirit evil is blasphemy. Also to give credit for the work of the Holy Spirit to a false Spirit is also blasphemy. Do we take the work of God and credit it to the god of evolution? Do we identify ourselves with leaders who are founded upon and preaching this false belief system? We are told, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24. You cannot mix the error of evolution with the truth of God. Truth mixed with error is error. We can only have a relationship with God founded upon truth. Every lie is in conflict with God. To know God, we must submit to Him by submitting to His truth that cleanses us. There is no middle ground. To identify ourselves with those who mock God is to mock God as well. Consenting is just as much a sin as actively participating.

Who is the Master Engineer?

Evolution:

Mario F. Heilmann
University of California at Los Angeles
Evolution produced deceptive mechanisms frequently.
Of course, evolution also favored the capacity to detect deception, because someone who is not easily deceived has higher inclusive fitness.

Evolution, the ‘master designer’ is in conflict with itself. It hides its creations by deception so they can survive and then created species with the ability to detect the deception it created and the detectors are favored because they are more fit. Not only is evolution in conflict with itself, but evolutionists are in conflict with each other. Here are two quotes to consider:

University of Washington
We’ve seen evolution backing up occasionally to explore a missed opportunity.

Richard Dawkins
“Unlike human designers, natural selection can’t go downhill not even if there is a tempting higher hill on the other side of the valley”.

University of Washington is making an observation. We know that ‘evolutionary hierarchies’ don’t account for much of what we observe. Therefore U of W claims this is evolution backing up and following missed chances to create diversity. Dawkins on the other hand is recognizing that this is not possible if they are to be consistent with the evolutionary model. The genetic code does not allow for backing up. Gaining even one beneficial mutation has never been observed and would be a miracle in itself. You can’t reasonably accept the idea that once evolution achieved this miracle, it discarded the DNA and reverted back down the chain to explore another avenue.

The university is acknowledging that evolution following a straight chain doesn’t account for what we see and Dawkins is acknowledging that evolution can’t change course. Is it reasonable to think that if what science observes doesn’t fit what science believes to be true that maybe the belief is flawed? In order for evolution to back up and explore missed opportunities, there would have to be an intelligent architect returning to the basics and reengineering each species. Lets continue examining Evolution’s ability to design.

University of Illinois
Many reactions have been characterized in which evolution has taken advantage of the local charge effects to engineer specific features of importance in mechanism and control.

NATURE SAFARI
…the logic of evolution. Evolution designed our psychological attributes, like it designed our physical attributes, to help us survive.

Here we see that evolution uses logic to plan, design and engineer features and mechanisms. In this case, Evolution has designed our minds, not to think, but to help us survive. In the following quote from Time Magazine we will see that evolution decided which attributes were worth developing and which were not. The article began by talking about physical regeneration in some animals. We pick up from there.

Time Magazine
But evolution did not do the same thing for the central nervous system. …if the central nervous system of an animal were to regenerate, the animal would not have the speed and agility it once had, and would thus be easy prey. It is better for the animal to just die. Evolution decided that it’s better not even to try.” The challenge for medical science in finding a cure is that the body must be made to do what it was not made to do.

The logical conclusions we can draw from this explanation is that evolution designed us with certain functionalities. Evolution designed our bodies with certain goals in mind. Evolution purposefully denied us the ability to heal our nervous system. Evolution decided it wasn’t worth the effort to fix what it could not make new. There are some logical contradictions in this article that seem to be missed by its author. He claims, evolution’s purpose is survival of the species. It does not help the species repair damaged nerves because if it does, the animal might be easy prey and would likely die. Therefore, it is better to let the animal die. To avoid the animal being killed it is better to let it die? Which would increase survival chances, a repaired nervous system that wasn’t quite as good as the original and giving the creature a chance, or imposing certain death?

In reality, evolutionists are trying to marry observable science to the evolution model. Because the facts don’t fit the model, they design arguments to explain away what is in obvious conflict with observable science. Also note that the only foundation for this argument is the authority dependent on evolution being a fact. If you have faith in the evolutionist’s because he establishes his authority within the box of evolution, then you may find this argument valid. If you remove the authority of the evolutionist, the argument has no weight or credibility. Here are two more quotes about the master designer according to evolution:

Scientific America
DNA and RNA are the molecules that evolution chose to store all genetic information.

Cairo American College
Therefore, evolution decided to pass some of the workload over to the male.

Just as a writer chooses whether he will store his works on paper, computer or any other medium, evolution chose to store its volumes of information on molecules of DNA. It is interesting to note that one single cell contains enough information in the DNA code to fill 1,000,000 pages the size of an encyclopedia. One illustration of the sheer volume of data in DNA comes from Prof. Werner Gitt:

Let’s look at the amount of information that could be contained in a pinhead volume of DNA. If all this information were written into paperback books, it would make a pile of such books 500 times higher than from here to the moon!

Evolution claims to be the glorious master designer of this remarkable process. With some of the worlds greatest researchers and a wealth of modern technology, the modern computer hard drive cannot come close to holding a fraction of the data that DNA can store on the head of a pin. To give a mental image, a pinhead filled with DNA would have enough information to fill 119,428,000 miles of books stacked flat one on top of the other. By faith, the evolutionist credits this engineering mastery to the god of Evolution.

The Bible responds:

Psalm 147
5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
6 The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

Isaiah 42:
5 Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,
7 To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
8 I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.

Can time and chance write millions of volumes of data on the head of a pin? Can chance assemble this masterful design and put the mechanisms in place to use it? Can Evolution create, design, engineer, decide and strategize ways to put its plan in motion? Are you giving God’s glory to the god of evolution?

Are you a Christian who believes the Bible is false and credits evolution as the mechanism God uses – in spite of the fact that God said, “I will not give my glory to another”? People try to justify living between two worldviews, but in reality, to choose evolution is to reject God. People may be able to feel better emotionally by claiming God uses evolution, but this marriage with evolution can’t be reconciled without denying the truth of scripture. Death came by sin and sin by Adam, therefore, evolution is impossible unless you purposefully reject the truth of the Word of God.

Who directs our steps?

Evolution claims to be the director of our steps:

Boston University
Evolution shaped us to take advantage of environmental contingencies

Evolution claims to have shaped us for our advantage. However, according to evolutionists, evolution has also manipulated us with illusions that we are persons and have a conscious thought. Look at the following two quotes:

NATURE SAFARI
Why would evolution “invest” in the brain circuitry required to create self image.   Self image impinges on the conscious brain, so it must have an important function.  Consciousness, as you recall, is a finite and precious resource that cannot be squandered on irrelevant distractions.

Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism Inc. 1994
In “What Is ‘Consciousness’?” Adam Carley interprets other work in the study of consciousness to suggest that the “self-aware self” is nothing but an illusion, a trick of short-term memory that evolution preserved because it let humans learn more richly from experience.

Is there any wonder why the world is filled with hopelessness? Can there be anything more depressing than to think that I am living in an illusion and that I don’t really exist as a person, but it is just a trick of evolution to manipulate me into certain behaviors? Why do kids go on killing sprees and then end the reign of terror with their own suicide? If there is no purpose in my life other than to pass genes on, then how can I not feel hopeless?

 

Twenty years ago we were shocked at any killing by children. Today it is just another news story. After each mass killing the reporters usually ask why. They speculate that guns are the source of evil, more self-development programs are needed, or any number of secondary issues. They refuse to acknowledge that the natural, logical conclusion of evolution is hopelessness and a purposeless life. When people lose hope and they believe there is no accountability after this life, why would they not allow their depression to become destructive?

 

Can you teach children that they are animals of chance and then ask them to act civilized? Everything in the life of evolution is forced and not out of a free will. Evolution tells us what to think, deceives us into thinking we are people and forces us to choose behaviors it deems beneficial.

 

Even our sports and health activities are not our choice. According to Mario F. Heilmann of the University of California at Los Angeles, “Evolution made us choose fitness enhancing behavior…” Evolution made us choose to be fit. The god of evolution directs our steps according to the evolutionary religion. We have no true will and no choice. We are ignorant followers of these directives according to this religion masquerading as science.

 

The Bible responds:

Evolution claims to direct us by manipulation but God directs us by leading. Unlike the claim of evolution, God does not force anyone into His ways. God calls us to submit out of love for Him. Our steps are guided by His word, not unconscious directives. Look at Psalm 119:

133 Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.

Deuteronomy 11:
26 “ 
Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:
27 “the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today;
28 “and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

We are not tricked into certain behavior; we are given a choice. I can freely choose to live a lifestyle that is by nature under the curse of sin, or I can choose to submit to God and live in His will, which is by nature blessed. Through His word, we are blessed and He brings order to our lives. Look at Psalm 37:

22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

It is ironic that critics argue that the God of the Bible is oppressive. In reality, their own god is the one who oppresses. Our God plans our ways, directs our steps, and gives us His word so that we can inherit everything He has for us and then presents it as an option we can choose. The commands of God are non-oppressive, gentle, and generous. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and burden is light. There are constraints, but not oppressive burdens. The constraint is imposed by me when I submit. I submit because I see the tremendous value of my inheritance and my relationship with my Creator. I am not being oppressed, but I am pursuing what I desire – my God.

The professor from Boston University quoted above claims that Evolution has shaped us. That is quite a different picture than what God has revealed. God shaped us by creating us in His image. Those who surrender to Him and trust Him are continuously shaped so that we will one day stand before God in celebration and victory. The counterfeit religion of Evolution falls far short of truth. In some areas it vaguely resembles the truth, but when examined closely, it is oppressive and seeks to bring people under the bondage of a hopeless existence.

The Big Picture.

Evolution claims that it has the power to resolve problems and determine outcomes.

NATURE SAFARI
Evolution was faced with the same problem as a growing city.

Publisher’s Weekly 10-02-2000
Evolution has created civilizations and later destroyed many of them.

Can evolution truly create? Does it have the power to destroy? If we look at the big picture that is being painted, we can clearly see that almost all the attributes of God are being attributed to Evolution. Evolution is a god. It has the power to plan, design, create, judge, and destroy. When arguing against creation, evolutionists argue that religion has no place in science. However, if we look at their own words we can clearly see that religion is dictating modern science. The prophets of evolution are fighting to promote their religion and attempts to suppress God from challenging the god of evolution. Here are more attributes of the evolution god:

Scientific America
It might take another decade to learn whether evolution routinely plays such a sophisticated game with mutation rates.

Orgel’s second rule:”Evolution is cleverer than you are.”

The Cosmic Clock
Types of evolutionary intelligence are given the opportunity to develop and progress within that System.

Evolution plays sophisticated games; the Evolution god has intelligence; and Evolution’s intelligence is higher than man’s. This is remarkably similar to God’s claim in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

While denying being a religion, evolution systematically undermines the Bible and paints a portrait of the god of Evolution. The God of evolution does not require holiness or a relationship; it does not ask for submission and love, it takes over when the need arises. The god of evolution does not teach us to live morally; it shapes us by force as it sees fit.

People think that because evolution does not require us to do anything religious, it is not a religion. You don’t have to go to church to worship the evolutionary god. You only have to acknowledge it and then you can brand yourself as one of ‘the elite’. Evolution only requires one thing – faith. Those who don’t have faith in Evolution are branded as heretics of the intellect. We call those who have faith in Christ ‘Christians’. Those who place their faith in Evolution call themselves ‘Intellectuals’. To be an Intellectual, you don’ t have to have an education or higher intelligence, you only have to profess your faith in Evolution.

Evolutionists love to brand creationists as ignorant; however, when you follow evolution back as far as it can go, you end up at the same place where biblical creation begins. Something has to be taken by faith. Either matter appeared out of nothing to create the big bang, or God created matter out of nothing by His own power. Which theory is backed by reason? Did matter create itself by the power of Evolution, or did God create matter by His own power?

Which God are you submitting to? The Bible responds by saying,

Exodus 20:3 ” You shall have no other gods before Me.

Judges 10
13 “Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.
14 “Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.”

If evolution is a lie, why do people accept it without question? I believe the answer is found in 2 Thessalonians 2

10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

When people refuse the truth, God gives them over to what they have chosen. You cannot remain neutral with God. You either receive the truth or receive the lie. You will choose what you desire. I have heard many people say, “I just can’t believe.” We often deceive ourselves into thinking that we are being noble, but in reality we are making a conscious choice. The Bible says that every person has been dealt a measure of faith. We have been given the ability to believe and it is ingrained within us.

I encounter a lot of skeptics. Some are agnostics, atheists, or false religions. They all claim to disbelieve, but when I press further the response is always the same. “I don’t want your God.” When all the façade is stripped away, the reality is that God does not offer the gratification they are looking for. They want to draw self-identity by working for salvation instead of receiving it as a gift of grace. They want the freedom to sin without feeling like there is accountability. They don’t want to let go of their life because they trust themselves more than God. They are afraid to give God control.

Evolution is a convenient god. It doesn’t require anything from us and doesn’t ask us to do anything. It also offers no hope in this life or the life to come. Our God asks us to give up everything we have in exchange for all that He has. If we don’t trust Him, that sacrifice is more than we are willing to give. But those who have faith, see that our inheritance in Christ is more than we can possibly imagine, and more than we will ever deserve. Jesus said that we must follow Him by faith first. Then we have our hope for our future in Him.

Luke 9:
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Psalm 36
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Which god do you choose? The true God requires faith. If you choose to believe, you surrender by confessing your sins, confessing Him (Jesus Christ) as Lord and then laying down your life in exchange for the life He has created for you. Your hope is in His everlasting Kingdom, not the passing kingdom of this world. Choose whom you will follow. If Evolution is a god, follow him; but if the Lord is God then follow Him.

Eddie Snipes

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