Did God Use Evolution?

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The Bible describes man as being completely ensnared by sin after Adam’s fall: “For what I do, is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:19). Only those who understand this fact, ask the appropriate question: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24). Only those persons who realize that they are sinful and lost will seek the Savior. Jesus briefly formulated the reason for His mission to this world as follows: “The Son of Man came seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Only as sinners can we find the way to God: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you” (Luke 15:21). Anyone who has unburdened his sins under the cross of Jesus can joyfully cry out after being set free, “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25).

Evolution knows no sin in the biblical sense of missing one’s purpose (in relation to God). Sin is made meaningless, and that is exactly the opposite of what the Holy Spirit does—He declares sin to be sinful. J. Illies sees aggression as the flywheel that actually set evolution in motion. He regards the fist as the active instrument and proof of becoming human. Hans Mohr regards murder, hate, and aggression as the “eggshells of evolution” (see OB 9), the prerequisites without which man could not have developed. If sin is seen in this way, then one has lost the key for finding God. The Bible affirms that “All wrongdoing is sin” (1 John 5:17), and if the pardon through the Son of God is disregarded, then “you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Adherence to the doctrine of evolution conceals the real nature of sin and leads one astray: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Jesus once told people who held this view, “that you would die in your sins” (John 8:24). The conclusion is inevitable: There is no support for theistic evolution in the Bible.

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