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Why Christians Must Challenge Evolution

Scientifically, the Theory of Evolution is seen by more and more scientists as having major weaknesses. Future sermons will support that fact. The real problem with evolution is that it presents students with a worldview that eliminates the possibility of God in creation. More than a few Christians have had their faith weakened or destroyed by the sole teaching of evolution to the exclusion of Intelligent Design which is just as or more reasonable as evolution.
Nexxt week's message is called, Three Scientific Facts That Challenge Evolution"

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Why Christians Must Challenge Evolution

  1. 1. Welcome to God’s Time with you! He Enjoys you! Come and Enjoy Him Today!
  2. 2. Challenging Evolution Why This is Critical for Christians ❖ “We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Cor. 10:5)
  3. 3. Nature Reveals God ❖ "For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20)
  4. 4. The Theft of a Father’s Love Evolution is a Thief A Parable
  5. 5. Evolution Steals God’s Glory “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Ps. 19:1
  6. 6. Scientific Facts ❖ Do not speak for themselves ❖ Always interpreted to fit within a framework ❖ The framework of the Theory of Evolution: Naturalism ❖ Things made themselves without the influence of any intelligent outside source ❖ Evolution is a deduction from this philosophical assumption! ❖ Nothing eventually gave rise to everything…by itself!! ❖ Protozoa became professors—all by chance over time
  7. 7. Consequences of This Theory ❖ God’s glory as Creator is denied ❖ Belief in God and the Bible is weakened by “experts” ❖ Human life = just accidental animal life. ❖ Abortion is fine! Euthanasia is great! Eugenics is good! ❖ The spiritual purpose and destiny of human life is lost ❖ There is no absolute basis for morality or legal laws ❖ No God. No sin. No sin, no need for a Savior. ❖ We can so do as we please. Sexual morality is whatever we like. ❖ Life is just about being the “fittest” to survive. Some people are not valuable
  8. 8. No Absolute Morality ❖ Your concept of origins greatly determines your self- worth, the purpose of life and how you live that life. ❖ If there is no God, there is no basis for morality except what we make it. Man becomes the sole judge of what is right and wrong at any given time. ❖ Historically, human behavior has been largely controlled only by one of two things: by religion or by force.
  9. 9. No Trustworthy Bible ❖ Denies God as Creator: Genesis, Psalms 104, Job 37-40, Isaiah, Mark 10:6, Luke 3: 23-38 ❖ Denies Jesus as Creator: John 1:3, Col. 1:16, Heb. 1:3 ❖ If God is not Creator, what else in the Bible is not true? ❖ College & High School kids get confused about their faith when “experts” prove that God did not create us.
  10. 10. ❖ Teachers and professors who try to teach origins by Intelligent Design are persecuted by our schools & government agencies. ❖ Students are ridiculed and not allowed to discuss alternate theories. Persecution of Non-Evolutionists
  11. 11. The Bible is Reliable History No Fact in the Bible Has Ever Been Proven Wrong by Science
  12. 12. Main Points of Evolution ❖ All life on earth descended from one prehistoric cell ❖ Small, random mutations over time produced every living thing. All mutations happened by pure chance, pure accidents. ❖ After random chance created these increasing complex organisms, Natural Selection (survival of the fittest, those most able to reproduce) weeded out the weaker organisms to give us the organisms we have today. ❖ Therefore, no Intelligent Designer, no God created all
  13. 13. The Theory of Evolution ❖ “The theory of evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species" in 1859, is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes inheritable physical or behavioral traits. Changes that allow an organism to better adapt to its environment will help it survive and have more offspring. ❖ Evolution by natural selection is one of the best substantiated theories in the history of science, supported by evidence from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including paleontology, geology, genetics and developmental biology.” 474-controversy-evolution-works.html
  14. 14. Darwin Predicted ❖ "I can see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale," he speculated. ❖ The idea didn't go over very well with the public. Darwin was so embarrassed by the ridicule he received that the swimming-bear passage was removed from later editions of the book. ❖ Scientists now know that Darwin had the right idea but the wrong animal: Instead of looking at bears, he should have instead been looking at cows and hippopotamuses.” https://
  15. 15. A Clash of Worldviews ❖ Not science vs religious views ❖ Real science is testable, duplicatable, falsifiable ❖ It is scientific philosophy vs. religious views & Intelligent Design views ❖ The Theory of Evolution seems to be a necessary scientific philosophy that atheistic scientists require in order to support their worldviews and lifestyles. ❖ Only 33% of US scientists believe in a personal God ❖ Only 20% of National Academy of Scientists might believe in God
  16. 16. Dr. D. M. S. Watson–, noted evolutionary biologist and science writer in the magazine“Nature”: vol.124: p.233, 1929 “Evolution is a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.”
  17. 17. Orthodox Darwinism Demands Atheism ❖ “Evolutionary theory weakened one of the most intuitively compelling arguments for the existence of God: the argument from design.” ❖ “Professor Nigel Williams wrote that Darwin “destroyed the strongest evidence left in the nineteenth century for the existence of a deity” ❖ “Darwin said that atheism “is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follow from the advance of science [i.e. evolution]” darwin/darwinism/why-orthodox-darwinism-demands-atheism/ ❖ Similar to why German princes followed Luther!
  18. 18. Why German Princes Followed Luther ❖ Church was corrupt and over- controlling of politics & money ❖ German princes could take church lands and money once they as revolt Rome as Lutherans ❖ German princes became more wealthy and powerful as Lutherans.
  19. 19. Man’s Quest to Replace God ❖ Human rebellion against God began with man’s quest for knowledge that would eliminate the need to get that knowledge from God ❖ “The tree was desirable to make one wise” ( Get. 3:6) ❖ And “knowledge puffs up” (1Cor. 8:1)
  20. 20. The Renaissance and The Enlightenment ❖ The Renaissance ( 1400-1600) rediscovered Greek & Roman books and the unbiblical, humanist pattern of thinking they communicated. ❖ The Enlightenment ( 1600-1800) intensified the distrust of the Bible, religion and made human reason the main yardstick for truth. It is also called The Age of Reason. Church abuses over centuries were partly responsible for the rejection of Christianity and its God. (Haiti’s history!) ❖ The Scientific Revolution ( late 1500’s-1700’s) strengthened man’s reliance on human reason alone. ❖ People could find truth themselves about the world without relying on the Catholic Church, which had often abused its position.
  21. 21. Love God by Thinking ❖ "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’” (Matt. 22:37—spoken by Jesus)
  22. 22. ❖ “We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Cor. 10:5) ❖ “…we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more like Christ.” (Eph. 4:15) ❖ “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) Our Job Today As Christians
  23. 23. Christian Apololgetics ❖ The ministry of giving a defense of the Christian faith ❖ Ravi Zacharias, Norm Geisler, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, C.S. Lewis, Michael Brown, Hank Hanegraaff, Gary Habermas, J. Warner Wallace, Mike Licona, R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, NABEEL QURESHI ( Pray for Nabil. He has cancer!)
  24. 24. Christians Schools Offering Apologetics Degrees
  25. 25. NT Creation Apologetics ❖  Paul’s creationism argument on Mars Hill in Athens!! ❖ Some mocked, some wanted to hear more and some believed in God on the spot! ❖ “He is the God who made the world and everything in it… ❖ He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. ❖ From one man, He created all the nations throughout the whole earth…” (Acts 17:24-26–Paul to Greek Pagans)
  26. 26. NT Creation Apologetics ❖ “…for he (Apollos) powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” ❖ Acts 18:26—speaking of the Apostle Apollos
  27. 27. Be Careful! Ideas Have Consequences Truth Matters
  28. 28. The Theory of Evolution ❖ Robs God of His Glory as Creator ❖ Demeans the value of human life ❖ Eliminates the divine basis for moral law and legal laws ❖ Questions and mocks the Bible ❖ Supports abortion, eugenics, euthanasia and racism ❖ Supports immorality of every kind. Sin is irrelevant.
  29. 29. Anti-semitism & Evolution: A Terrible Combination Luther, Nietzsche, Hilter Ideas that Killed Six Million
  30. 30. Famous Evolutionists ❖ Adolf Hitler killed 42 million in WWII ❖ Stalin: Killed 20 million Russians ❖ Mao Zedong killed 45 million Chinese ❖ Margaret Sanger: Racist, eugenicist, Founder of Planned Parenthood and free-love advocate, anti- Christianity leader. (1879-1966) ❖ Richard Dawkins: passionate atheist, biologist/author
  31. 31. Turkey just canceled Evolution teaching in HS
  32. 32. Churches Make Mistakes ❖ The Inquisition: 1100-1550 ❖ Burned Bible Translators: 1500’s ❖ Swiss Presbyterians Drown Anabaptists in 1527 ❖ “Avoid Protestants” 1950’s ❖ Deliberately skip Mass once and go to hell if not confessed to a priest before you die.” 2017 ❖ Hide 3000 pedophile priests & bishops from the law. 1950-2017
  33. 33. Government Make Mistakes ❖ Slaves: just property: Dred Scott, 1857 ❖ Unborn children are not people 2017 ❖ 500 treaties with Native Americans be broken or changed without consent ❖ The Tuskegee Study: 40 years of Federal Lies against poor Black men. ❖ Native Americans in Virginia are not an ethnic group: 1924-54 ❖ Mixed marriages in VA are a crime: 1924-1967 ❖ Poor, mentally challenged people can be compelled to be sterilized in VA 1924-1979
  34. 34. Science Makes Mistake ❖ 1983, astronomer Carl Sagan coauthored an article in Science that shook the world: "Nuclear Winter: Global Consequences of Multiple Nuclear Explosions”. In 1990, he said he was way off in his calculations.
  35. 35. Fooled Scientists for 40 years Piltdown Man, 1912 Thought to be THE missing link 40 years later, it was discovered to be a complete fraud by a a amateur archeologist in search of fame. Evolutionary scientists concluded: “The Piltdown hoax stands as a cautionary tale to scientists not to be led by preconceived ideas”
  36. 36. “The Piltdown Chicken” ❖ 1999 fossil from China allegedly showing a dinosaur with birdlike plumage was displayed triumphantly at the National Geographic Society and written up in the society's November magazine. ❖ Was later proved to be a fraud. ❖ Desperate for “proof”, the evolutionists are fooled.
  37. 37. ❖ Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ❖ (John 8:32—spoken by Jesus) Truth Sets People Free
  38. 38. "Darwinism is a trivial idea that has been elevated to the status of the scientific theory that governs modern biology.” Dr. Michael Egnor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook
  39. 39. ❖ “We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Cor. 10:5) ❖ “…we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more like Christ.” (Eph. 4:15) ❖ “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) Our Job Today As Christians
  40. 40. Romans 1:21-22 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.”