A Great Lie
It is said that if you tell a lie often enough people will eventually believe it – even though it may be a very big lie. One such lie facing us today concerns the origin of man. Throughout the media we find people who assert that the universe is the product of a ‘big bang’ and that we have descended from primitive forms of life. This process has taken billions of years and is the result of pure chance. So despite the world’s complexity, beauty and harmony there is no infinitely-wise Creator who designed it all.
The name for this idea is ‘evolution’ – a never-ending chain of gradual development which has led from molecules to man. It is only a theory but it is presented as though it were a fact. The apes are said to be man’s closest living ancestors and using a few bones and a lot of imagination scientists have made drawings of various ‘ape-men’ – the supposed ‘missing link’ between humans and apes. The theory of evolution has now influenced generations of young people in our schools and universities.
The theory of evolution can only be termed “science falsely so called” (1Tim.6:20). Despite its many good uses science cannot discover man’s origin. To understand where we came from we must listen to the One who was there when man first appeared. The Bible opens with the words, “In the beginning God...” (Gen.1:1). God was there before everything else and by His almighty power He brought all things into being out of nothing. Having created the conditions necessary for life He then made the plants and animals in all their amazing variety. Finally He made man, male and female, in His own image. He placed our first parents in a paradise, to glorify Him and enjoy His friendship.
The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve rebelled against God, breaking His commandments, and thereby our race was plunged into sin, death and divine wrath. As a result God placed a curse upon the whole creation. Adam and Eve tried to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord (Gen.3:8) and now people hold to evolution out of a desire to avoid God. They would like to believe that there is no Creator to whom they are accountable so that they may live their lives just as they please.
Evolution, regardless of how many believe in it, is a false theory and a menace to mankind. It leaves us with no final authority and no fixed standard of behaviour. The law of God on marriage, the family and the sanctity of life is disregarded and abortion, adultery and homosexuality are all justified. Every man does what is “right in his own eyes” (Judg.17:6).
Much of the suffering and sorrow in our society is a direct consequence of our disobedience to the commandments God gave us for our safety, prosperity and happiness. Moreover if we follow the lie of evolution then we are left without any real purpose in this life or hope for the next. Is there any light to guide us out of this darkness?
A ruined creation, with sinful man at its centre, requires a complete renewal. Men may try all they can to restore the planet but the real remedy is the one which has been provided by the Lord Jesus Christ in His redeeming work completed at Calvary. The Bible says, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2Cor.5:17). If Jesus has saved us from our sins then we may look forward to “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2Pet.3:13). Do you have this hope?