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Creation/Evolution

We should still reject evolution even without a literal reading of Genesis

 

Although I personally believe a literal view of Genesis is the most logical and consistent position for a Christian to hold, I recently found an argument for rejecting evolution that did not require a fundamentalist literal reading of Genesis.

The following is adopted from “A Wesleyan Criticism of Theistic Evolution” by Kevin Jackson, retrieved from http://wesleyanarminian.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-wesleyan-criticism-of-theistic-evolution/

Theistic evolution functions on principles that are contrary to God’s revealed character. It is absurd to argue that a good God who is involved with His creation would create a world that runs on principles that contradict His nature.”

Jackson argues that the very basics of God’s character and interactions with his people throughout the Bible contradict the very aspect of natural selection which “rewards the strong, the powerful, the aggressive, the fertile, the selfish.”

The author goes on to point out that Jesus himself declared that “the last will be first. Jesus says that blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek. Jesus says that the meek will inherit the earth.” 

Yet natural selection is an actual observed phenomenon.  Creationists do not contest this.  So, what is the explanation for it?  It must be the result of the fall as the very mechanisms of it defy God’s loving characteristics.  A system that rewards the strong and lets the weak fall by the wayside is not compatible with God.  Therefore natural selection must not have been a part of that God’s original creation.

This rejection of evolution does not require a literal reading of Genesis.  It is based on the character of God and his son Jesus.  Jackson goes on to explain how Jesus as our example defies the concept of natural selection – therefore it must be an intruder on the original created order.  The author ends it with a very powerful verse to confirm his position:

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God”.Romans 8:20-21

 

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