Natural Evil for Billions of Years? Biblical Problems With Evolution

Death. Disease. Predation. Extinction. Natural disasters. According to theistic evolutionists, these natural evils have been around since God kickstarted evolution’s work billions of years ago.

But does this idea line up with Scripture? Did death and suffering occur before Adam and Eve sinned? Let’s see what the Bible says.

Is Death for Billions of Years Very Good?

In order for evolution and natural selection to work, animals must die—and species must die out. Only then can other species with more physical and mental advantages continue to propagate and adapt. It’s called survival of the fittest for a reason!

This means death and suffering must have been at work for billions of years before humans came onto the scene and had a chance to sin.

But as Dr. Terry Mortenson points out, “The biblical teaching on death is very clear and consistent from Genesis to Revelation.”

After each day of Creation, God called what He had made “very good.” What does that mean? We can see in Genesis 1:29-30 that part of Creation’s “very good” state is that humans and animals were vegetarian. There was no killing for food. Animals may have started eating meat after the Fall, but God didn’t give humans permission to eat it until after Noah and his family stepped off the Ark (Genesis 9:3). Clearly, there was—at the very least—no intentional killing or suffering before Adam and Eve sinned.

God deemed earth’s original condition good. And in fact, the only thing God didn’t call good was the fact that Adam was alone. Think about that. If God called being alone “not good,” does it make sense for Him to call billions of years of death, disease, and natural disasters “very good”?

Some object to this view that death was absent until after the Fall. After all, they reason, if humans and animals ate plants, then that means there was plant death!

But Scripture never refers to plants as living creatures. “According to Genesis 1 and other Scripture passages, plants are not living in the same sense as people, animals, and birds are,” says Dr. Mortenson.

Will we trust God’s Word about the “very good” state of the earth before the Fall?

Suffering Because of Sin

It’s true that Adam and Eve’s sin created a spiritual barrier between humans and God. But their sin didn’t just affect them—it affected the rest of creation, too. God’s judgment on mankind extended to the entire world:

“Cursed is the ground because of you,” God said, “through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you” (Genesis 3:17b-18a, NIV).

God’s curse even affected what the land produced—thorns and thistles. There’s also evidence that the word “cursed” in this passage indicates God allowed destruction to occur on earth that didn’t occur before.

For example, after destroying the world with the Flood, God promised, “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21, NIV).

Later on in Scripture, the apostle Paul also talks about this curse on the land.

“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 freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:20-22, NIV).

These passages—among others (click here to learn more)—indicate that suffering, decay, death, and natural evil are a result of the Fall and God’s curse on creation, not part of God’s original created order.

Learn More About Theistic Evolution

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That’s why we offer thousands of helpful, entertaining videos at Answers TV to help answer some of the most common questions people have about evolution and God’s Word.

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Why Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible With the Bible

Can theistic evolution and Scripture mix? In this video, Simon Turpin, executive director of Answers in Genesis-UK, explains the consequences of injecting naturalism into the Bible. Learn how to renew your mind with God’s Word!

Couldn’t God Have Just Used Evolution to Create?

What if God didn’t create the world in six literal days? What if He kickstarted evolution to do the work for Him? In this five-minute video, Cal Smith explains why this idea simply doesn’t fit with Scripture.

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Is It a Sign of “Intellectual Humility, Boldness, and Rigor” to Compromise God’s Word?

William Lane Craig’s In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration won Christianity Today’s “Award of Merit” for 2022.

The theologically liberal-leaning publication Christianity Today recently published its book awards for the year 2022. These are books they believe are “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture” next year. Well, the book that won the “Award of Merit” under the category “Apologetics & Evangelism” is one that several of our AiG staff members have read—and certainly wouldn’t recommend!

Christianity Today hails this book as a “bold, rigorous, original work at the intersection of faith and science” and a “breath of fresh air” to those “who wonder whether contemporary science, including evolutionary science, is compatible with the Christian faith.” What is this book? It’s In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration by Dr. William Lane Craig.

It’s sad, but not surprising, that Christianity Today gives an award to a book that undermines the authority of the Word of God. Indeed, Craig refers to Genesis as “mytho-history,” and in video interviews about his book, he even comes across as mocking the Genesis account of the creation of Adam and Eve and the fall if one takes the account as literal history.

The Christianity Today write-up of the book claims,

But [Craig’s] project is not revisionary. Rather, he is seeking, with intellectual humility, boldness, and rigor, to walk the path of reason in the search of truth.

Well, Craig certainly “walks the path of reason.” He puts finite man’s word (fallible human reason) and academic pride in authority over the Word of God as he revises the Bible in light of man’s ideas. This really has become a plague in Christian academia and much of church leadership!

But is Craig really in “search of truth”? No, because he rejects the plain reading of the Word of the one who is Truth and exalts the fallible word of man.

But is Craig really in “search of truth”? No, because he rejects the plain reading of the Word of the One who is Truth and exalts the fallible word of man. His rejection of the historical account of Genesis is because he is desperately trying to fit man’s evolutionary beliefs, which are based in autonomous fallen reason, into God’s Word. It’s a compromise of the infallible Word.

Real “intellectual humility” (the words of the CT writer) calls us to humbly accept that God knows more than we do and that he can be trusted in everything, including giving us an accurate account of history. “Boldness” compels us to reject the allure of man’s praise, believe God, and take him at his Word. And “rigor” calls us to be faithful to the genre of Genesis (which is clearly historical narrative—not “mytho-history”) and rigorously study the Word of God, not take ideas from outside Scripture and twist Scripture to fit them in.

You can read a review of Craig’s book, written by Dr. Terry Mortenson of AiG, on our website: “Undermining Scripture Regarding Adam: An Initial Response to William Lane Craig.”

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This item was discussed today on Answers News with cohosts Tim Chaffey and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:

  • Bible and LGBT books appear in same holiday reading display.
  • Would human extinction “eliminate suffering”?
  • Did the genus “Homo” mix and mingle in the “Stone Age”?
  • And more!

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The Creator in the Manger

In the true Christmas story, the Prince of Peace takes on human flesh, conquers sin and Satan by His death and Resurrection, and reconciles sinful believers to the holy God.

The Christmas classic ballet The Nutcracker spins the tale of a wooden nutcracker whose fight against the evil Mouse King transforms him back to a prince. The true Christmas story is far more miraculous and magnificent: the Prince of Peace took on human flesh, conquered sin and Satan by His death and Resurrection, and reconciles sinful believers to the holy God.

As the Son of God, this Prince has reigned in harmony with His Father from eternity past. The Bible begins with the truth of the Creator: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Gospel of John begins similarly and identifies the Agent of Creation as the Son: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1–3).

At Christmas time, we celebrate the day that the eternal Creator entered His creation.

At Christmas time, we celebrate the day that the eternal Creator entered His creation. The Creator who stretched out the heavens was laid beneath them in a manger. The limitless Son of God took on human limitations. As a baby, Jesus depended on Joseph and Mary for care and nourishment. Yet the humility of His incarnation did not detract from the glory of His deity: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Although full of glory, the Lord Jesus was not welcomed, even from birth. The Baby’s cradle was a manger because no proper room could be found. Lowly shepherds visited the newborn Savior. King Herod sought to kill Jesus by ordering the slaughter of the babies in Bethlehem. Creation neither knew nor received their Creator: “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10–11).

The same rejection happens today as “Merry Christmas” is replaced with “Happy holidays,” and nativities are banned from public display. These outward changes are a sign of hearts that refuse Jesus. People hang Christmas lights yet hide their eyes from the “true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). Why? “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19–20).

The reason so many reject Jesus, the “light of the world” (John 8:12), is that they love the sin that Christ’s light exposes. Sinful mankind would rather cling to their independence, immorality, idolatry, irreverence, and indulgences than turn in repentant faith to Jesus as the only Savior from sin and Lord of life.

Many continue to reject the Prince of Peace, and the enemy, Satan, “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), strives to blind men from the light: “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

But there is hope. God the Father makes rescue missions into dark enemy territory: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13–14). Redemption means to free by paying a ransom. Christ gave His life as a ransom to the Father by dying in the sinner’s place (Matthew 20:28; 1 Peter 2:24).

The Son willingly gave Himself to be laid in the manger and later laid on the Cross.

The Son willingly gave Himself to be laid in the manger and later laid on the Cross. In his book God’s Gift of Christmas, John MacArthur writes, “Those soft little hands, fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, were made so that nails might be driven through them. Those baby feet, pink and unable to walk, would one day walk up a dusty hill to be nailed to a cross. . . . Jesus was born to die.” Yes, Jesus was born to die for sin and rise in victory.

The sinner who receives Jesus becomes a child of God: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12–13). Because of Jesus’ birth into this world for redemption, the sinner can be born into the family of God. That’s reason to celebrate at Christmas and throughout the year!

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Science Confirms the Bible

Learn about DNA as evidence for the infinite God, the basics of genetics and natural selection as they relate to biblical “kinds,” the origin of so-called races, the truth about Cain’s wife, evidence for the worldwide Flood, the actual time of the Ice Age, literal vs. figurative creation days, the origin of death, dating methods, and more. The Bible is true. Science confirms it, and with the help of this video, you and your teens will be better equipped to defend it!

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The Evils of Modern-day Halloween and What a Christian Can Do

Psalm 24:1 points out that everything belongs to the Lord. Therefore, there is no reason to let Satan have Halloween.

It should be obvious from a Christian perspective that many modern practices of Halloween and days of the dead have evil intent (e.g., 1 Corinthians 10:20). There has been considerable paganism that has been associated with Halloween over the years. Even evil acts such as vandalism, fires, destructive pranks, glorification of sensuality, death, and demons are in strong opposition to the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19–23). So, a word of caution must be given to Evangelicals who promote some of the questionable modern practices of Halloween.

If anything, an alternative in opposition to Halloween should be offered by Christians. Psalm 24:1 points out that everything belongs to the Lord. Therefore, there is no reason to let Satan have Halloween. Despite the Halloween origin, it is not his day in the first place!

When Satan tried to tempt Jesus, he offered Jesus something that was not his to offer (Matthew 4:8—all the kingdoms of the world). Jesus obviously didn’t succumb because it wasn’t Satan’s to give, nor did Satan exercise any authority over Him. Many today believe that Halloween is Satan’s day and recommend staying away from it. But recognizing such a thing would be to disregard that Satan owns nothing and that all days belong to God. Christians can take this day and make better use of it, such as by celebrating Reformation Day, a harvest festival of praise for a God who provides, an extra day of the Lord’s Supper to remember Christ’s sacrifice to end animal sacrifices, and so on (Colossians 2:16–17).

So where do you go from here? Please encourage your pastors and elders to have some sort of church function to counter modern practices of Halloween. Of course, one of the only nice things that Halloween really has to offer could also be involved—sweet treats (in moderation of course)!

If a Christian alternative is not possible in your location, then take advantage of this opportunity to share with people the message of the gospel and how Jesus Christ has conquered death and the forgiveness that can only be found in God when you greet “trick or treaters.”

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YouTube and Google to Stop Monetizing “Climate Change Deniers”

You’re likely very aware of the censorship increasingly taking place by “Big Tech” (companies such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). From banning ads that promote abortion pill reversals (ads which save lives) to deleting LifeSite News’ (a pro-life group) YouTube channel to placing those they disagree with in “Facebook jail,” these massive corporations are doing everything they can to impose their anti-God worldview, their religion, on the culture. And there’s another recent example of their militancy in blocking those they disagree with.

Google and YouTube have made the decision to “stop monetizing content with creators that deny climate change.” This means those who make money (sometimes make their living) off their content via ads and creator payments will no longer be able to do so if they question the narrative when it comes to the issue of catastrophic, man-made climate change.

Reportedly, “This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.” In other words—question the narrative and big tech will make sure you can’t make a living! So, if we were to say that one has to believe in the true history of world as given in the Bible and understand the effects of the global flood and the ice age it generated as being a major cause of climate change, we could also be targeted. And if we were to quote Genesis 8:22 as true, we could also be targeted: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

Google claims they are “making these changes in response to frustration from advertisers and content creators about their messages appearing alongside climate denialism.” But, based on their history of censoring anything they don’t like, it’s not a stretch to say de-monetizing these videos is meant to decrease the amount of content that they disagree with and to help make sure no one sees it.

Censorship of a conservative worldview or of an interpretation that disagrees with the mainstream narrative is only going to increase.

Censorship of a conservative worldview or of an interpretation that disagrees with the mainstream narrative is only going to increase. Christians, in particular, are going to be pushed off these platforms as the world becomes more anti-God and anti-Bible. We need to be prepared for what is coming and determine to continue preaching the truth of God’s Word and the gospel message no matter the consequences.

Source: Answers in Genesis

Man Becomes Sportswoman of the Year – Answers News: October 11, 2021

Squirrel hid 175 pounds of nuts in Chevy Avalanche pickup while owner was away, Fox news host Ainsley Earhardt launches series ‘Beyond and Back’ to show ‘proof of Heaven’, researchers explore what drives animal infanticide, transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard named Sportswoman of the Year, Canadian Christian activist on trial for alleged ‘hate crime’ at a 2016 ‘pride’ parade, . . . and other stories reviewed during this October 11, 2021, broadcast of Answers News.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

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Hosanna Cinema Presents “The Drop Box”

Friday October 15th 2021, Saliña 135, 7:30pm.

The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.