"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
The Theory of Evolution has robbed saved people of a great blessing. I say this because there are so many that have been saved and are still in the baby stage of their spiritual lives. I saw this as I worked as an aide in the public school this past year. The teacher was reading a library book to the kids about when the world began and how old the world was, saying it was millions of years old and that dinosaurs and man did not live on the earth at the same time. Job might have scratched his head by what he said in Job 40:15-24 about the behemoth. Also, Genesis 1:24-31, says that the beast of the earth and man was created on the sixth day. This young lady professes to be saved and is a member of a Baptist Church, but one of three things is wrong; 1) She has not been taught, 2) She has not paid attention or 3) she hasnít studied it out herself. Any or all of these might be so. I am afraid there are many in the same situation in Christianity today. I hope to show why I believe in Godís Creation and manís ignorance in this article.
Let me start by bringing attention to manís ignorance. Psalm 14:1 says, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." Psalm 10:4, "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." Psalm 36:1, "the wicked saith within their heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes." These few verses show manís ignorance.
The following verses tell about manís spiritual condition before they are saved. This also goes with manís ignorance. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Ephesians 2:1, "and you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins";. Ephesians 4:18 says "having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart." Lastly I Corinthians 2:14 says "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Man by nature is spiritually ignorant, lost, not saved, not born again and not concerned about God or anything else spiritually. A bad situation!
On the other hand there are saved people that are so backslidden and away from God that they wonít hear or listen when God speaks. Look at what I Corinthians 3:1 states, "I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ." Paul goes ahead in the next few verses and says I have to give you milk because the world has gotten a hold of you. Same way today! Galatians 4:9, "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly element, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage." We are made free in Christ! Revelation 2:4 says the church at Ephesus "lost their first love." Many people that are saved fit in that category today.
Hopefully enough has been said about why people donít believe in a literal creation. Let me start the last step of this article by using II Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect , throughly furnished unto all good works." I understand and believe that the Bible I read from, study from and preach from is God inspired. It is not a fairy tale as some would believe. God said what he meant and meant what he said. This was done by His people as it tells us in II Peter 1:20-21. The Bible is used by God to speak to us today by the Holy Spirit, whether by preaching, teaching or personal study. When we open it up and it says "all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God," Romans 3:23, thatís what it means. John 3:16 says "if we believe on Jesus Christ, we have everlasting life." We are saved by faith. Hebrews 11:3 says "the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." Verse 6, "but without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Why is it so hard to believe that God spoke things into being? Genesis 1said it happened that way. Nehemiah 9:6 says "Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heavens of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all, and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."
People tell us to prove that there is a God. The fool says there isnít one. The Bible begins by assuming that everyone already knows there is a God. Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Believing that God created everything in six 24 hour days takes a lot less faith than to believe in Evolution. I know that I have been told that I act like a monkey and in some ways may look like a monkey, but God said He created animals after their own kind. My parents were humans like Adam and Eve, so I am a human too! People are always trying to show how smart they are and instead show how ignorant they are. Our salvation comes by a child-like faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Our faith in the Bible comes the same way. I have no problem believing it from cover to cover. Following everything it says is another story. In closing, my concern is for each one that reads this article. Are you Saved? Are you believing in Christ as your personal Saviour? Acts 4:12 says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. II Corinthians 6:2 says, "now is the day of salvation."
Bro Rick was saved in February,1970 at the age of 17 after being under conviction for many years. Was baptized into the fellowship of Salem Baptist Church, Willow Hill, Illinois. He married Janice Meadows in August1973 and they are blessed with three lovely daughters that are saved and serving the Lord in their churches. Bro Rick surrendered to the ministry in 1976 and has pastored churches in Illinois and Kentucky.
If Bro Rick can be of help to you, please call 618-592-4561 or P.O. Box 126, Stoy, Illinois 62464
A BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The verbal inspiration of the Scriptures
2. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
3. The Trinity of the Godhead
4. The Genesis account of Creation
5. The Depravity of Man
6. Salvation by Grace plus nothing and minus nothing
7. The Blood Atonement of Sin through Jesus Christ
8. Christ is the Great High Priest and we need not the Intercession of any man, but that Christ ever lives to intercede for us.
9. To be saved, the soul must be born again
10. Once saved we are Godís children eternally
11. The local visible church was organized by Christ during his personal ministry on the earth
12. The perpetuity of His Church
13. The commission is to make disciples, baptize them and teach them the word
14. We believe in home missions as well as foreign missions
15. The second coming of Christ is imminent
Why are These Important?
Jesus said..."God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth"- John 4:24
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth"-John 17:17