“Sinners adopt shady, suspect presuppositions like ‘evolution’ in order to preserve their own autonomy. Evolution exists because there is a desire in the heart of sinful man to adopt whatever theory preserves his status at the top of the pecking order. People would much rather descend from a gorilla than from God because the gorilla retains no sovereign control over them. And that’s just the way they like it.”
On The Appeal of Evolution:
The appeal of evolution is this: if you and I ‘came into being’ through a non-orchestrated, biological process then our ‘purpose in life’ has not been orchestrated either. And if that were true, then we would never have to look outside of ourselves in order to find meaning, purpose, or value in our lives.
And as a result, we’re free to live out our days on Earth without yielding our will to anything (or anyone) that is greater than ourselves.
Silly? Yes. But it’s a worldview that many people want!
This issue is at the heart of so much sin and rebellion. You see, sinners want to avoid bending the knee to anything greater than themselves and so they will adopt presuppositions like ‘evolution’ that just happen to preserve their own autonomy. Evolution exists because there is a desire in the heart of sinful man to adopt whatever theory preserves his status at the top of the pecking order. People would much rather descend from a gorilla than from God because the gorilla retains no sovereign control over them. And that’s the way they like it!
I’m convinced that this issue is the primary appeal of evolution, in spite of its many flaws and inconsistencies.
Or to put it another way, if a scientific theory (no matter how shady it might be) will allow man to retain his own ‘godhood,’ then that theory is going to attract his affections.
On The Implications of Creation:
When the Bible tells us that “in the beginning, God created” this has the effect of placing God outside of creation itself.
In other words, if God formed the world, then He must be greater than the world. If God created something out of nothing, then He must transcend (or be external to) that which He created, right?
Well, presuming that you agree with that logic, then what does it matter?
First of all, if God really is ‘transcendent’ (or external to) His creation then what He has made does not govern His actions, but He governs them. That is another way of saying “there is a God, and we are not Him.” (h/t Bud Powell)
Second, if God is ‘transcendent’ over His creation then He is does not rely on His creation in order to sustain Himself. Simply put, God does not need us! You see, God is not Tinkerbell in the sense that His wings might fall off if we fail to believe in Him. There is nothing that God needs from you and I in order to find fulfillment.
Sometimes we can forget this fact. Sometimes we reduce God to a lonely old man knocking on the door of our hearts in search of our companionship. Well, that’s not the God of Genesis 1:1 (or any other part of Scripture).
A ‘perfect’ God does not have needs that must be fulfilled by something that His own nature does not possess. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and He is not reliant on His creation’s actions in order to be happy, content, or complete.
Finally, the fact that God ‘transcends what He has made’ means that the purpose (and utility) of what He has made will always come from His own will. In other words, if you and I want to discover “our purpose in life” then the answer must flow from the will and intent of the one who formed us.
Our meaning in life is not derived from our own volition in choosing it, any more than a hammer’s purpose stems from the will of the hammer! Instead, as ‘created beings,’ we must look to our Creator in order to understand who we are, and what we’re made to do.
Rev. Toby B. Holt is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Marietta, Georgia. This transcript is used with permission.