By Roger Oakland
Evolution` not only robs God of His glory in creating life, it also destroys God’s purpose of death and God’s plan to overcome it through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) and “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Contrary to the abrupt formation of each species as stated in the Bible’s creation story, evolution teaches that through the cycle of death came higher forms of life. Through endless cycles of death in one-celled organisms came simple life. From the death of simple life came the formation of more complex life. Finally, through the death of apes came man. Evolution proposes that death combined with the survival of the fittest of a species is the mechanism which produces new and greater forms of life.
This philosophy is cousin to the concept of reincarnation, which is rooted in the pagan religions of the East. Reincarnation states that death and life are intrinsically joined together. They link arms with another cousin, suffering (known as “karma” in India), which is seen as the result of negative acts performed in this or other lifetimes. Such a concept is in contradiction to the view of abrupt appearance or creation by God, and ultimately of resurrection.
In Genesis 3:21, God clothed Adam and Eve with “coats of skin.” These served as a covering for their sin, just as Jesus shed His blood on the Cross as a covering for sin unto salvation. In Scripture, death came about as a result of sin and is not a means of an evolutionary mechanism by which simple life is transformed into more complex forms or man is reincarnated into successive lives. To believe such a premise destroys the very heart of biblical Christianity. To cancel out and nullify the purpose of death and the atonement through the shedding of blood utterly contradicts God’s plan and purpose. The Bible tells us, “it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). How frightful to think that many go into eternity without knowing Christ as Savior because they would rather believe in a spiritual form of evolution than the Word of God.
Genesis develops the theme of atonement. The Jews were told continually to offer animal sacrifices to God with thanksgiving. Noah carried extra animals on the Ark to thank God for saving them. When the angel of death passed over the Egyptians’ homes and killed the firstborn sons in judgment for Pharaoh’s rebellion against God, those Jews who had the blood of an unblemished lamb painted on their front portals were bypassed. Their lives were spared that the Jews might later inhabit the Promised Land. The sacrifice of an unblemished lamb illustrates the purpose and necessity of God’s Messiah, Jesus described as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) and is a prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah 53.
Like the Jews who were bypassed by the angel of death, sinners today can be spared the ramifications of death only if they are covered by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is broken due to sin, and we are lost in our sins. But when we turn to Christ and receive Him as our Savior by faith, He puts a new life within us and gives us right standing with God. By faith, we have received eternal life, and we begin a life of living for God. All of this is the result of Jesus’ death on the Cross where He shed His blood for our transgressions (Romans 5:1).
What does all this have to do with evolution? Here’s what G. Richard Bozarth, atheist and outspoken opponent of creationism, has said:
Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!1
Bozarth’s statement makes it apparent that atheism’s agenda is to advance evolution and destroy the very foundational principles of biblical Christianity. It is sad to think that it takes an atheist to have the insight that evolution undermines and destroys the meaning of the Cross while many Christians would blindly go and embrace it.
- Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution” (The American Atheist, September 1978), p. 28.