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  1. 1. Exposing the flaws in Theistic evolution Wed n es d ay 2 4 th Jan u ar y 2 0 1 8 Laindon Bible Study Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1 v 25)
  2. 2. A live and debated topic! (Pub. 2017) Flaws in Theistic evolution 2 The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian church. Prominent organizations such as Biologos (USA) and Faraday Institute (UK) insist that Christians must yield to an unassailable scientific consensus in favor of contemporary evolutionary theory and modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life accordingly. They promote a view known as "theistic evolution" or "evolutionary creation." They argue that God used--albeit in an undetectable way--evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. This book contests this proposal. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced. It documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives-- making the book essential reading for understanding this worldview-shaping issue.
  3. 3. How the Bible emphatically opens... In the beginning God created Genesis 1 v 1 Flaws in Theistic evolution 3
  4. 4. The opposing general theory Flaws in Theistic evolution 4 from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. (1st Ed. 24th Nov. 1859, final sentence)
  5. 5. Can there be a middle-ground? Is it defendable to be a Christian & an evolutionist? Flaws in Theistic evolution 5 ??? Evolution CreationMiddle-ground evolution is real, but that it was set in motion by God Francis Collins Theistic evolutio n Atheisti c evolutio n Special creatio nTheistic evolution, theistic evolutionism, or evolutionary creationism are views that regard religious teachings about God as compatible with modern scientific understanding about biological evolution. Wikipedia
  6. 6. The dangers of human compromise Flaws in Theistic evolution 6 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1 v 8 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 1 Kings 18 v 21 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3 v 15-16
  7. 7. Is this compromise really taking root? Flaws in Theistic evolution 7
  8. 8. Is this compromise really taking root? Flaws in Theistic evolution 8 GALLUP Poll, May 3-7 2017
  9. 9. Is this compromise really taking root? Flaws in Theistic evolution 9 GALLUP Poll, May 3-7 2017
  10. 10. Theistic evolution a strong delusion Suggests either that: God created the building blocks for life but then left things to chance or else only oversaw the development at a distance God created a single prototype for each natural order which then developed/evolved into todays worldwide diversity Forces a metaphoric or parabolic reading of Genesis 1-3 rather than a literal one (noted on previous slide) Seeks to lessen/nullify Gods ongoing world involvement Introduces a process completely absent from (and never implied within) scripture Flaws in Theistic evolution 10 * * Cp. 2 Thessalonians 2 v 12
  11. 11. Ten fatal problems with evolution Who lit the fuse? Perfect conditions Chance = no purpose Intricacy & intent Billions necessary! Assembly needed Required together Social conscience Why such a diversity? Symbiotic life Flaws in Theistic evolution 11 ?
  12. 12. Exposing the (scriptural) flaws in TE Flaws in Theistic evolution 12
  13. 13. Exposing the (scriptural) flaws in TE Flaws in Theistic evolution 13 Human kind created not evolved Man made in the image of God (the Elohim) Moral consciousness bestowed, did not evolve Species separate, discrete and indivisible The (literal) 7 days concluded the work of creation
  14. 14. What saith the scripture? #1 Human kind created not evolved Flaws in Theistic evolution 14 And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Matthew 19 v 4 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Corinthians 15 v 45 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2 v 5 formed / made not evolved
  15. 15. What saith the scripture? #2 Man made in the image of God (the Elohim) Flaws in Theistic evolution 15 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1 v 26-27 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Genesis 5 in his own image / in the likeness of God
  16. 16. What saith the scripture? #3 Moral consciousness bestowed, did not evolve Flaws in Theistic evolution 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. [] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [] And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil Genesis 2 v 16-17, 3 v 5 & 22 in the day knowing good and evil
  17. 17. What saith the scripture? #4 Species separate, discrete and indivisible Flaws in Theistic evolution 17 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. [] And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1 v 11-12, 21-25 10 x after kind
  18. 18. What saith the scripture? #5 The (literal) 7 days concluded the work of creation Flaws in Theistic evolution 18 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew... Genesis 1 v 31-2 v 5 finished / ended not initiated
  19. 19. What else does the Bible say? No other logical explanation for the things seen! Flaws in Theistic evolution 19 For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1 v 20 (NIV) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19 v 1-3 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Isaiah 40 v 26
  20. 20. Our conclusions from this evening Theistic evolution another example of an unwise human compromise Evident that it has taken hold in the world, generally, and Christendom, specifically It directly opposes clear scriptural teaching and can therefore be openly refuted Theistic creation the only logical explanation! Flaws in Theistic evolution 20