Before demonizing Charles Darwin, we should take a look at the man from all angles. Although he undoubtedly was a pawn of Satan, was he out to do evil, or was he a sincere scientist, interested in the natural order of life and how it arose? His life story says the latter. All of the evil in the world is perpetrated by the “god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4),” Satan who traps the unwary and binds them in chains “where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands 2 Timothy 2:26 (MSG).”
After his early education at a boarding school, he attended the University of Edinburgh, where he became a member of the Plinian Society where he was first exposed to freethought, which proposes to examine all things through the lens of “logic, reason, and empiricism,” i.e. human intelligence.
It is the same trick used by Satan from the beginning when he tempted Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan puts forth the argument that God is holding out on humankind, oppressing them lest they become like God. This is the very thinking that caused pride to rise in Satan’s heart to the point of being unbearable, precipitating his fall from grace in the Heavens and banishment to the Earth until his time is come to be destroyed in the lake of fire.
About this same time Darwin had chanced across some writings by his grandfather in the same vein, who wrote:
would it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament, which the great First Cause endued with animality…. possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down these improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end!
This is plain and simple idolatry. No matter the form or presentation, it is again the common thread of the idea that man is the master of his own destiny and betterment with no need for God.
During this time, Darwin lost interest in college and his father enrolled him in Christ’s College to pursue a career in the clergy. Perhaps Darwin, possessed of a genius level IQ of 165, was an eminent danger to Satan’s kingdom had he (Darwin) in fact entered the priesthood. We will never know since he eventually charted the course of his life in the completely opposite direction, opposing the creationist view. Ironic.
Darwin was becoming a skeptic as he pursued an evolving interest in Natural Theology which basically boils down to debating, outside the Bible, as neither this nor God’s divine revelations are allowed as references, the existence of God, what other names can God be called by, and whether God is omniscient (all knowing).
Darwin once wrote that his readings of natural theologists, gave him “a burning zeal to add even the most humble contribution to the noble structure of Natural Science.” And the snare of the evil one is set.
Prior to settling down into the life of a clergyman (something that would in fact never happen), Darwin undertook an expedition with a group surveying sedimentary rock in Wales. When he returned home he found that his plans for a position in the clergy had not materialized and, therefore, set out on a five-year expedition on the HMS Beagle which was tasked with surveying underwater geography.
During the voyage, Darwin decided to write a book on geology due to a found aptitude for theorizing on the subject of geology, making educated guesses as to what the visible rock and earth told about what had gone before. At one stop on the journey of The Beagle, Darwin unearthed large-scale fossils of extinct mammals and Satan’s trap was sprung.
Further findings encompassed more animals and plants unlike the current ones to be found at the time leading him to the conclusion that life was not staid as he previously believed, and he returned home to England with a new passion and the first stirrings of what would become his life’s work – the theory of evolution through natural selection. Although Darwin’s theory didn’t come as an original thought (it had been put forth prior to Darwin’s theory), it was the beginning of the tide turning towards an “accidental” creation, a process that needs God no more than it needs His revealed Word. And so begins the doubt of God and His work based on this theory which is still taught as fact in our schools.
We will later further explore the life of Darwin as he moves, sometimes forward and sometimes back, regarding the validity of his theory when compared to the mounting proof for creation.