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God Did Not Use Death to Create

There are some professing Christians that believe God used evolution for his method of creation, but that view is fundamentally flawed. If you study on it, one simple problem with that idea is how we react to suffering and death. While we know that everyone eventually dies, we are not passive about it.

God did not use evolution as creation. Such a view is fundamentally flawed, negating the reason for the death and Resurrection of Jesus.
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From the standpoint of atheistic naturalism, there is no hope. As I have stated before, my oldest brother had Down Syndrome. He lived much longer than expected, finally passing away at age 64. My father had dementia, Alzheimer's, and (I think) Parkinson's, and didn't know who I was — or who he was — at the end. Not too long after he died, my mother was taken by a malignant glioma. There are many other people I could mention who have lost loved ones and even suffer under conditions right now. However, we have that hope based on promises in the Bible for a grand reunion when everyone will be whole again.

According to Scripture, death is an enemy that has been defeated by Jesus (1 Cor. 15:26). Most professing Christians celebrate the bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter. Theistic evolutionists diminish the character of God as well as misrepresent the plain teachings of Scripture by pretending that God used death, suffering, inefficient and wasteful processes, and the cruelty of evolution as his method of creation. If death is a part of God's plan and existed before the literal first Adam's sin (Rom. 1:12), the death on the cross of the last Adam was pointless (1 Cor. 15:45). We do have hope, and we believe God.

Naturalistic explanations do a poor job of explaining the impact of death on our lives. Natural factors like droughts and predators offer no explanation for why it hurts so much when loved ones die. Nor do they explain why the Lord Jesus had to die to redeem us. Real sin, not natural processes, must underlie death.

The view that God used eons of death to create us suffers at least three faults. First, it contradicts plain statements in God’s Word. Genesis 1:25 says, “And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind.” God made Earth’s land creatures through miracles, not nature. Or take Psalm 146:5-6, which refers to “God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them.”

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