Our belief in creation or evolution can have great social and political impact. Take Germany in the 1930’s for example.
Darwinian evolution, the idea that we came from something less than human allowed for the holocaust to happen. Abortion proponents often use this rationale for the killing of innocents. We have completely surpassed the holocaust and are about to become the greatest source of democide in the history of the world through legal abortion. Democide is defined by a government that kills the citizens under its control. In the 20th century, global democide killed over 250 billion, more people than the entire population of the world during the time of Christ.
Some very well known Christians who have influenced millions have fallen into this wicked deception.
C. S. Lewis thought that the story of creation was a Hebrew folk tale,
“No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth’. … [I]f you compare it with the creation legends of other peoples–with all these delightful absurdities in which giants to be cut up and floods to be dried up are made to exist before creation–the depth and originality of this Hebrew folk tale will soon be apparent.” – C. S. Lewis, Miracles
He also believed in evolution,
“[T]hat man is physically descended from animals, I have no objection … For centuries God perfected the animal form which was to become the vehicle of humanity and the image of Himself … The creature may have existed for ages in this state before it became man … [I]n the fullness of time, God caused to descend upon this organism … a new kind of consciousness which could say ‘I’ and ‘me,’ … which knew God … [and] could make judgments of truth, beauty, and goodness” (C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain).
Billy Graham didn’t believe that it mattered how God created man.
“Either at a certain moment in evolution God breathed into one particular ape-man who was Adam, or God could have taken a handful of dust and created a man just like that” (“Cooperative Evangelism at Harringay,” United Church Observer, the official paper of the United Church of Canada, July 1966).
“I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the Scriptures. I think that we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things they weren’t meant to say, I think that we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man. …whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God” (Graham, Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, 1977, pp. 72-74).
Don’t get me wrong. My point is not to condemn Billy Graham or C.S. Lewis for their inconsistent beliefs on creation. They did many good works for God and are to be commended for that. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We do well to remember He will reward all according to His righteousness. My point is that any very well known Christian who influences millions with his beliefs has an untold impact. We need to be very careful to whom influences us and compare everything they say against scripture. I am guilty of not diligently seeking God and following the crowd over the years. It is easier and we tend to fit in better. Well, that’s been thrown out the window.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. “1 Thessalonians 5:21-23. I am guilty of falling short of this as well, so this post like all others are reminders to help me change my evil ways, straighten my paths, and exhort all that read.
We need to stand firm on God’s word and not on our own understanding because our hearts are utterly wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 – says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Did you know that “above all things” means all things God has created including Lucifer. So, beware of your heart. There is nothing in it you can trust. We must tremble at our ways and step firmly upon the Rock, sway not right nor left, and “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39