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Does Mark 13:19 contradict evolution?

In the KJV, Mark 13:19 reads:

For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

These are the words of Jesus.  It seems to me that the logical interpretation from that passage is that there was no affliction at the beginning of creation, and therefore the afterlife will resemble this perfect creation.  This seems to cancel out a world full of death that even Christian evolutionists require for their worldview.

Another interpretation of this verse may come from a later translation in the NIV:

because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now–and never to be equaled again.

This translation, like many others, seems to suggest that the afflictions in the end times will just be escalating – not that there was no affliction in the beginning of creation.  Although this interpretation allows death from the beginning of creation, it does confirm that afflictions will increase as time passes.  This concept seems to confirm the theory of de-evolution that some creationists use.  De-evolution basically says that genetic mutations ultimately lead to an unrecoverable loss of genetic information (diseases, allergies, etc.) and cannot be used as a mechanism for creating new biochemical pathways.  According to de-evolution we are basically unraveling, versus the commonly accepted theory of becoming stronger and more complex (think pond scum to man). 

If afflictions are increasing it can be attributed to the entrance of sin in the world, the following curse on creation (a perfect world broken), and the scientifically observed decrease of information due to mutations.

Either interpretation is a conundrum for Christian evolutionists who think we should be focusing more on Jesus’s teachings than Genesis.  Perhaps Jesus knew a thing or two about Genesis!



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