All the scientists decided to tell God to retire, now that they had figured out a way to make a human being from the soil itself. So, a delegation went in His holy presence, and said Lord, now that we are independent and we are creators in our own right, give us the power and retire. The Holy One asked, indeed, what have you accomplished? The scientists said that they can now independently make a man, the highest of his creation! The Holy One said, okay let me see it done. So the scientist went to pick up some dirt… and the Lord answered… no, no, no… Don’t use MY dirt, create your own!!
I literally cringe when I hear a Christian say this to an atheist who endorses evolution and I still hear it often. It is untrue. Scientists do not believe humans evolved from monkeys. They believe that humans and monkeys had the same ancestor at some point in history. When an atheist hears this from a Christian why should he/she engage in further conversation? The Christian has just proven that he/she does not know enough about the subject to have a meaningful conversation.
I am a Christian who believes in the biblical account of creation where the theory of evolution does not fit into that belief. However, I am not unaware or discount the evidence that supports evolution. Contrary to many Christians I have interacted with most scientists do not have an agenda to disprove God. They use science to find truth and that necessarily excludes supernatural causes. I agree that evolution is the best non supernatural explanation for our current biology today and if I was not a Christian I would believe it as well.
As Christians we believe in the creation story by our irrational faith and not by science. Our attempts to use science go to undermine our faith. It gives the impression that we Christians are not satisfied with our faith and must somehow prove that God created everything as the Bible says.
Examples include intelligent design which is not science. It is an attempt by Christians to use science to prove what we believe and that is not science. Science has one agenda and that’s to get the truth, scientific truth which excludes supernatural causes. Intelligent Design researchers have a bias and are looking for ways to use science so the outcome indicates God created everything. It compromises our integrity and does not strengthen it.
Evolution is not evil or good it just is. Christians must recognize the good that has come out of the science of evolution such as better and more environmentally friendly pesticides, keep animals from extinction, disease control, understanding gene functions which leads to better drugs, new and better vaccines, advanced cancer treatment, evolutionary algorithms to advance technology and many more I bet I could find.
I am not advocating the veracity of evolution only that we as Christians should know about evolution and should not discount the good that has come from it. There are many Christians and non-Christians who have problems with the theory based on science and we should be pursuing that as science and not as theological ideas. Our faith simply requires us to believe something else. It does not require us to disprove the theory of evolution
One last point. As Christians we need to rightly understand evolution and teach our children about it. It needs to be taught in our schools as all of the current scientific knowledge needs to be. Teach science in the classroom and teach theology in the churches. I believe every word below about creation.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… …And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. ~ Genesis 1:1,31 ESV
But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. ~ Genisis 2:18-23 ESV
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