Evolutionism has turned the truth about God and man upside down
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
In the opening chapter of his classic and immensely successful book of business advice, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie wrote this:
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
Carnegie continues, “Criticism is dangerous because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.” According to Carnegie, the whole key for business dealings with people is to cater to their pride and self-obsession, while leading them to your product.
The poor Missouri farm boy was getting his business wisdom out of a biblical worldview – beginning with the fundamental depravity of man. Pride is the foremost of the Seven Deadly Sins, and we all deal with it on one level or another. Successful businessmen and entrepreneurs intuitively know they must appeal to a man’s selfish interest as they try to sell their products. A customer is ultimately won over as the salesman caters to his personal pride.
The natural man is most motivated by the desire to serve and please himself. The Bible, and the Ten Commandments themselves, warn us about this tendency. For example, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” (Exodus 20:4).
Yet, in spite of the wisdom of biblical insight, modern man, supported supposedly by science in the form of evolution, has undercut a biblical worldview. According to this more modern understanding, mankind is not a fallen sinful creature whose fundamental problem is depravity. Mankind has supposedly evolved upwards from lower animals and organisms with no need to be forgiven or redeemed! In this view there is no fundamental moral flaw because there is no God-given moral standard. Man can be perfected through education. Rather than understanding ourselves as broken images of our Creator, we routinely set up idols made in our own image.
Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859 provided the scaffolding, the framework, for millions of little idols made in man’s own image. And the theory was greeted with enthusiasm in many circles – particularly “higher education”. Ian Taylor, in his classic. well-researched book on evolution vs. creation, In the Minds of Men, documents from original sources the Harvard and Yale. The title of his book aptly exemplifies man’s depraved inclination – that the minds of men are indeed prone to idol construction and worship of false gods.
Sinful mankind has removed God and made man inherently good. With evolutionism as a tool, man has turned the truth about God and man upside down. Evolution says that we are no longer sinners, but merely products of nature. And God is no longer the holy, sovereign Creator, but either non-existent or merely an impersonal force.
With godlessness comes immorality. In fact, immorality is predisposed toward godlessness. Indeed, a strategy of Satan is to get people to compromise themselves morally, making them feel both addicted to and defeated by immorality. Several well-known quotes of famous evolutionists come to mind – admitting that the alternative to evolution (God, the Creator Almighty) interfered with their sexual mores. And the documented strategy of communists to undermine traditional biblical morality in order to advance their materialist, godless ideology is another case for this point.
The forces for godlessness seem relentless. Evil is, in fact, relentless in this world. Thankfully, though, we know that in the end our Lord triumphs once and for all! In the meantime, as Christians we need to be equally relentless – as it says in the Scriptures, with “full assurance of faith” … “let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering” … “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (Hebrews 10:22-23, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
For all of Dale Carnegie’s good advice, the Bible is, in fact, the greatest bestseller of all time. And the more we understand and incorporate its truths into our lives, the better off we will be. That’s why people need to believe it – from Genesis through Revelation – and not fall into the falsehoods of evolutionism!
At Creation Moments, we know we must be relentless in our proclamation of the truth about creation. It is so foundational to the problems of modern man. We are here with plenty of resources for you, your family and your friends. We invite you to participate with us in this crucial ministry of our day! Indeed, we depend on your prayers and financial support to make these resources freely available to people all over the world.
I'm a missionary in China and I love getting your Creation Moments emails every day. Don't ever quit. Keep proclaiming the truth. It gives me information, direction, gets me thinking, and strengthens me and those I pass it on to. - D.R.