The theory of evolution takes an axe to the very root of creationism, which tells of God creating the world and everything in it in six days. If it can be proven that the Bible account of the creation is false, the foundation of the Bible that states with authority that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” brings the entire Bible into question. If God did not create the earth, then what else is a lie? This is enough to turn many away from the truth – some unbelievers and even some believers. Based on this, how can a Christian believe the theory while still professing belief in God?
If you Google “evolution,” “proof that evolution is false,” or even “the fallacy of evolution” you will find literally millions of results in a split second. There are web pages dedicated to both evolution and creationism. The problem is a number of pages dedicated to creationism, instead of beginning with straightforward facts to back their claim – and there are many – begin with an emotionally charged verbal assault on the proponents of evolution, especially in a school setting beginning in grade school and going through college, and basically pepper the article with slanderous insults, saying, for example, “Children believe the Theory of Evolution because they have been brainwashed by the education system.” http://www.biblelife.org/evolution.htm
This is just one site dedicated to debunking the current atmosphere of unbelief that begins with a rant against people and/or institutions. Those who employ this tactic, using the World Wide Web as their platform to reach people for Christ are, by this approach, sabotaging their own credibility. This particular article continues in this vein for nearly three-thousand words before beginning to put forth what the article’s title, “Top Ten Scientific Facts Proving Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is Wrong, False, and Impossible,” states as the purpose of this writing.
I, as a Christian who doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution, bounced back to Google from this article very quickly, seeing this as a waste of my time. The information I am seeking, facts to back up creationism, which are numerous, is so far buried under piles of vitriolic rhetoric that reading further is to me a waste of time. How would non-Christians react? How about genuine fact seekers with one foot in the world and one foot in the Bible?
There are many websites that successfully present the facts I am looking for to support my own belief in creationism in order to better defend my beliefs. Christians need to be enlightened and be ready to give an answer, not an attack.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander (1 Peter 3:15-16). (Emphasis mine)
The Bible says through Peter, that we are to be gentle and respectful, especially when dealing with unbelievers. Attack and ridicule are never going to turn a hardened heart to God and we are His ambassadors. If we look just like the world and talk like the world we earn the name of hypocrite and cause shame to come on the Lord and if that is not enough to discourage you, the Bible says you incur God’s judgment on you as well.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. Romans 2:1-3, 24
So as we, who have the knowledge of the Lord and the truth of His Word, seek to present the truth, let us be careful how we exercise the freedom of knowledge.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23