Theistic Evolution essentially means that God created but using evolutionary processes. This means
The Earth is very old
6 "days" of creation are not literal
The description in Genesis is poetic and the actual order of creation was different
Mankind is old
God works through evolutionary processes
Millions of years of death and suffering before humans and sin entered the world
This raises some theological issues for Bible believing Christians. For example, the Bible says that
death is the consequence
of sin through
in Romans 5:12 "Therefore, just as sin entered
the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all
Yet the model of Theistic Evolution puts death
the Fall of Mankind
so it cannot be
the consequence of sin.
According to 1 Corinthians 15:26, death is an intruder into God's creation:
"The last enemy to be
destroyed is death."
Why would God take billions of years to evolve the Universe? He didn't need to, he could have created
it in an instant. Neil Shubin an American Paleontologist estimated that if the Universe is 4.5 billion
years old and this is scaled down to one hour, then animals existed in the last ten minutes and
humans only in the last one hundredth of a second - which seems quite insignificant.
The Bible states that the whole point of the Universe is God's relationship with mankind - that
mankind is the pinnacle of creation. Scholars of Hebrew agree that the intention of the Biblical
language used in Genesis is to describe
six literal days.
If God used "evolutionary processes" to create the Universe (millions of years of death and dying) how
can He "restore everything" (Acts 3:21)? There wouldn't have been a time when everything was
perfect - with no death, no pain, no suffering. Death is an ever-present within evolution, so how can
there be restoration?
The idea of Theistic Evolution developed after Darwin, as the church compromised it's former belief
and tried to add evolution to the Bible, replacing
God's wisdom with Man's "wisdom"
Theophilus of Antioch (AD 177) “There are not two myriads of myriads of years, even though Plato
said such a period had elapsed between the deluge and his own time, . . . The world is not uncreated
nor is there spontaneous production of everything, as Pythagoras and the others have babbled;
instead the world is created and is providentially governed by the God who made everything. And the
whole period of time and the years can be demonstrated to those who wish to learn the truth. The
total number of years from the creation of the world is 5,695” “On the fourth day the luminaries came
into existence. Since God has foreknowledge, he understood the nonsense of the foolish
philosophers who were going to say that the things produced on earth came from the stars, so that
they might set God aside. In order therefore that the truth might be demonstrated, plants and seeds
came into existence before the stars. For what comes into existence later cannot cause what is prior
to it”. (Ref Theophilus, 3.25,28 and 2.15)