Dedicated especially to the coming generation in our ecclesias
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament showeth his handiwork.
- Psalm 19:1
One hundred and fifty years ago, on November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published his controversial views on evolution entitled On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. (Later editions carry the shorter title: The Origin of Species). His work is now proclaimed as the "seminal work of scientific literature considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology."
Darwin was born 200 years ago and his theory of evolution has been instrumental in turning the masses away from belief in the Creator. Isaac Newton, a renowned scientist who died about 80 years before Darwin was born, made the statement that "opposition to godliness is atheism and atheism is so senseless and odious that it never had many professors." Darwin's views have greatly reversed that sentiment among more than three fourths of present day scientists. The effect of his godless theory has been the systematic erosion of morality contributing to these present evil days likened prophetically by the Lord Jesus to the days of Noah and Lot. In fulfillment of that prophecy, this year has been monumental in the advancement of gay rights with a number of states passing legislation allowing gay marriage and several other states considering it. This is one of the leading indicators of the perilous times in which we live, rooted in disbelief of God's Word.
This month, November 2009, the world celebrates science, falsely so called (1 Timothy 6:20) and the liberty that Darwin provided by justifying atheism and eliminating responsibility for behavior; the fool hath said in his heart there is no god. Science is the modern idol before which all are called to By definition science is "knowledge," but much of what passes for knowledge is mere speculation and hypothesis. Men of science are unapologetic for their lack of reverence for the scriptures, contending that they are only interested in that which can be demonstrated and proved. Yet, they are blind to the obvious and consumed with their own designs.
The scientific community has increasingly refused to allow any evidence of "intelligent design" to gain prominence, using intimidation, harassment and politics to boycott any who dare question the conclusions of their established Darwinian house rules. Their own scientific evidence in many cases discredits their established evolutionary theories and yet they continue the façade without embarrassment or excuse. In 2007, NewsWeek magazine published a comprehensive article showing that recent DNA tests have proven that those familiar charts that show the progression of evolution from monkey to modern man have been supplanted by a more complex, yet to be determined process, concluding that the "Neanderthal Man" was not our ancestor and that man's origin is now considered to be less that 50,000 years old. Still, the scientific community, the educators and the wise of this world continue quoting and asserting Darwin's doctrine.
In spite of and in contrast to the conclusions in NewsWeek, this anniversary celebration of Darwin's views has been preceded by the exuberant introduction of "IDA," a complete fossil, tail and all. The claim is that "IDA" is 47 million years old, predating the assumed "human" evolutionary process (long before the same anthropoid primates that some of their own have already concluded are not the ancestors of man). Without shame, and unsupported by DNA evidence, they are introducing this fossil and misleading the simple by implying that they have finally found the "missing link" that will support their paradigms. The evidence however, reveals that the only thing that is evolving is their theory. If their past is any indication, they will continue to present and applaud new discoveries that conflict with their previous conclusions. In truth, all they really offer is fleeting mirages of something they prefer to believe, and they will only consider evidence that appears to support their predetermined conclusions.
Brethren, we need not be confused or deceived by these serpentine wiles of a self-serving scientific vision. May we be content within the natural realm to follow science's own dictum, that science is concerned only with that which can be demonstrated and proved. The Bible does not change in its presentation of truth about our origins. It stands firm in declaring that God created the heavens and the earth. Therefore, the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). While evolutionary theories continue to struggle for legitimate evidence, archeology and fulfilled prophecy continue to verify the enduring truth of God's word. The heavens (continue to) declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
We dedicate this Special Issue to a defense of those things which are most surely believed among us; there is indeed a great Creator of heaven and earth and He has a defined purpose for this earth and man upon it. This earth will be filled with God's glory by those who by faith in His word and by obedience to His commands, choose to glorify Him. When His Kingdom comes, the lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. We long for that day when all will know Him from the least to the greatest ... when He will destroy the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations (Isaiah 25:7).
The Christadelphian Advocate Publishing Committee