Once while D. L. Moody was preaching, a note was passed to him. He opened it and on it was the letters “F O O L.” Without missing a beat, he said, “I have received many unsigned letters in my day, but this person has signed it but forgotten to write the letter.”
The writer and the preacher saw different FOOLS. It has been said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This also can be said of identifying the FOOL. Certainly, the Scriptures behold a fool differently than the world. The Bible does not pull any punches when it comes to its identification of a FOOL. Psalms 14:1 and 53:1 unmistakably state—
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
The apostle begins by elaborating on the FOOL, who says, “there is no God,” in Romans 1:18 —
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
THE FOOL is ONE WHO HOLDS THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and SUPPRESS THE PLAIN TRUTH ABOUT GOD.
TO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH is TO HINDER and RESTRAIN it while HOLDING FAST to INACCURACY, INCORRECTNESS, DECEPTION, DISHONESTY, UNTRUTH, and UNTRUTHFULNESS. Here Paul is referring to the SUPPRESSION of the evidence of God’s existence that comes through observation. Verses 19-20—
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
FOR SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD indicates that this is no new discovery of God’s eternal power and divine nature, but what men have had, and might, by the light of nature, have enjoyed ever since the world was created.
BEING UNDERSTOOD in an intellectual way—that is by proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather through intuition to understanding. Understanding is not insight from a sixth sense, but attains truth from logic and reason!
THE CREATION OF THE WORLD demands a Creator. The Bible asserts that CREATION itself offers the proof of a powerful “Someone” behind it all—and that someone is GOD!
THE INVISIBLE QUALITIES—HIS ETERNAL POWER AND DIVINE NATURE HAVE BEEN CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD FROM WHAT HAS BE MADE. We do not see God, and yet we acknowledge Him as God by His works.
The astronomical odds against this world happening merely by chance provide insurmountable evidence for a Creator. The intricate beauty and complex design of the creation—from sub-atomic particles and molecular building blocks of life to galaxies and the expanses of the universe—demonstrate that a DESIGNER planned and made it all.
SO THAT MEN ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE. Man brings condemnation on himself by rejecting God’s revelation of Himself in Creation.
The Bible opens with the simplest of scientific laws: cause and effect—
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God is the cause and creation is the effect. The opening chapter of the Bible records that GOD SPOKE and ALL OF MATTER came into existence.
On the other hand, EVOLUTION (when taken to its only logical and rational assumption) teaches that NOTHING CREATED SOMETHING! There is effect without cause!
So the evolutionist is forced to begin with ETERNAL MATTER instead of THE ETERNAL GOD. For instance, THE BIG BANG THEORY assumes that the universe began from a singular state of infinite density or substance. And from this infinite substance came all matter, which over the course of time evolved into living organisms.
Hence, EVOLUTION is the process by which all living things have developed from primitive organisms through changes occurring over billions of years, a progression that includes the most advanced animals and plants, which have evolved by the elimination of the unfit, or the “survival of the fittest,” a process defined as NATURAL SELECTION.
Despite massive education efforts—including a pitch for EVOLUTION on every public television program that deals with nature—the state of public opinion hasn’t changed much in the last thirty years. Polls show that under 10 percent of the American public believes in the official scientific orthodoxy, which is that humans (and other living things) were created by a materialistic evolutionary process in which God played no part. The remaining 90 percent is more or less evenly divided between BIBLICAL CREATIONISTS (who take the Bible literally) and THEISTIC EVOLUTIONISTS (who think evolution was God-guided).
Why won’t the people believe what the evolutionary scientists tell them science has discovered? Is it that people don’t understand the theory? Or is it that people understand the theory better than the scientists do?
EVOLUTIONISTS would have us believe that evolutionism and creationism cannot be put in the same category, as one is of science, of the rational, the other is of faith, of the supernatural. They claim that evolution is rational and scientific and Creation is not rational and faith! In other words, those who believe in creation are lamebrains!
According to the Bible, the opposite is true! Creation is rational and evolution is faith! You judge who is operating on faith or reason! The famous evolutionist George Gaylord Simpson, said—
Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind.
Is that a statement of fact or faith? Is it scientific or philosophy? Simpson’s statement is unproven, therefore, it’s a philosophy of science, not a fact of science and it must be taken by faith!
PLATO and ARISTOTLE tried to develop a comprehensive set of principles that would account for their knowledge of both the natural and the human world. ARISTOTLE was the founder of BIOLOGY, which is the science of living systems, and CHARLES DARWIN regarded him as the most important contributor to the subject.
The 1995 official Position Statement of the American National Association of Biology Teachers sets forth what is generally accepted by many, but not all, science organizations and educators. I quote—
The diversity of life on earth is the outcome of evolution: an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable and natural process of temporal descent with genetic modification that is affected by natural selection, chance, historical contingencies and changing environments [End quote].
The Darwinian theory doesn’t just say that God created slowly. It says that naturalistic evolution is the creator, and God had nothing to do with it.
The notion that God is a remote First Cause who establishes the scientific laws and thereafter leaves nature to its own devices is called DEISM.
When Darwinists say that their theory does not deny “the existence of God” and claim that they are saying nothing about “religion,” they usually mean that they are willing to allow DEISM as a possibility for people who are unwilling to give up God altogether. Many evolutionary naturalists see no harm in making this concession, because a God who confines His activity to the ultimate beginning of time is unimportant to human lives. DEISM is not CHRISTIANITY.
The OT starts “in the beginning God created,” and John’s Gospel starts—
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3).
Evolutionary science starts “in the beginning were the particles” and “creation required no preexisting mind or purpose.”
Nothing is true just because a BIG SHOT says its true! Even evolutionist Carl Sagan tells us, “In science there are not authorities; at most, there are experts.” Of course, the experts get the idea that they are authorities and that what they say must be right just because they said it.
Learn to distinguish between what scientists assume and what they investigate. Most contemporary scientists don’t investigate what the Supreme Court called “the religious viewpoint that a supernatural being created humankind [or anything else]. They disregard that possibility because they consider things supernatural to be outside of science. In other words, scientists start by assuming that evolution is true, and they try to give purely natural explanations for everything, including our existence.
Evolutionary theory is a philosophy, not a science. Darwinism remains unproven under the fundamentals of scientific investigation. It is assumed but not proved!
Learn the difference between testing a theory against the evidence and using selected bits of evidence to support the theory. PALEONTOLOGY, the study of ancient life or the FOSSIL RECORD, is extremely disappointing for the evolutionist.
For instance, the so-called CAMBRIAN PERIOD of geologic time is the first and longest era for which an abundant fossil record exists. Unfortunately, for evolutionists there is an explosion in this fossil record of the basic animal groups, which all appear suddenly and without any evidence of evolution. Learn to recognize when the evidence shows a theory false.
When evidence speaks against the theory, other theories are proposed. Now some evolutionists hold that species change little throughout their history, and when change does occur, it is usually associated with speciation—the process by which a single species evolves into two or more species—and transpires relatively rapidly in geologic time. This theory says don’t expect to find any evidence, except it on FAITH!
Also learn to distinguish between theories that put themselves at risk—that is, invite testing by observation or experiment—and theories that can’t be shown to be either true or false. Everything scientists say isn’t necessarily scientific, and some theories that come from eminent scientists may be as speculative as a theologian’s musings about what heaven is like.
If I told you I have an ANGELIC THEORY—that heaven is a wonderful place, where the deceased in Christ go and become angels with wings. Some, however, get there prematurely and haven’t earned their wings so they must come back to earth and do good needs in order to receive them—you need to question my theory and ask for proof! Of course, when asked, I might reply that “in time, theologians in will eventually find a great many of my angelic teachings in the Scriptures to support my theory, while others certainly will observe these angelic Christians and prove my theories true—you just accept them until they do! After all, I have studied the Bible in depth and I specialize in assumptions!”
Darwin’s theory of evolution was originally stated in such a risky form. It predicted, for example, that fossil hunters would eventually find a great many transitional intermediates between major groups (they didn’t) and that animal breeders would succeed in creating distinct species (they didn’t).
Today evolutionary theory is usually stated in risk-free form. Naturalistic evolution is identified with science itself, and any alternative is automatically disqualified as “religion.”
But the rational mind understands that Darwin’s theories have not been proven by OBSERVATION, EXPERIMENT or EVIDENCE, yet are accepted as truth! Evolutionist accept evolutionary theory on FAITH—with a mind and heart described in verse 21-22—
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.
Watch out for the universal human tendency to believe what we want to believe. Even top scientists have to guard against the temptation to believe what they want to believe. For one thing, their funding may depend on an experiment coming out “right,” and so they may be tempted to accept too readily a preliminary test that gives the result they want. That is why scientists place so much importance on repeatable experiments—ones that give the same result when they are performed by other scientists who don’t necessarily have the the same reason to want a particular result.
Because we have FUTILE THINKING and DARKENED HEARTS, we need to be baloney detectors! The easiest person to fool is ourself. Critical thinking is paramount in all areas of life, especially science and religion. People never become angels—and they certainly don’t earn wings! We haven’t evolved from some primate—ape or otherwise either! We are created in the image and likeness of God with the ability to think and reason.
FAITH isn’t something opposed to reason. Faith is something that everybody needs to get started in any direction, and to keep going in the face of discouragement. Reason builds on a foundation of faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 defines FAITH—
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Like Darwin, scientific materialists have faith that they will eventually find a materialistic theory to explain the origin of life, even though the experimental evidence may be pretty discouraging for now. They HOPE to find evidence and ARE CERTAIN everything evolved from SOME ETERNAL MATTER that was created by NOTHING!
Because they have faith in their theory, Darwinists believe that one common ancestor for the animal families once lived on the earth, even though that ancestor can’t be found. Hence, their belief is a philosophy—a religion—not scientific! Evolution is a hypothesis, an assumption that is followed in spite of contradictory evidence.
Given that every position has its difficulties, where should we put our faith? To use the words that Jesus taught us, what is the foundation of solid rock, and what is the foundation of sand? The Christian says that rock is Christ, and the foundation is God’s Word.
The evolutionist says that the rock is matter, and that we should never move from an unshakable faith in science and materialism even when we begin to be discouraged by the difficulties of explaining all the things that do exist without allowing a role to a Creator.
The claim that 2 plus 2 equals 5 is not a dissenting opinion; it’s a mistake! But we don’t have to force people to believe the truths of arithmetic. If properly educated, they will accept them by reason.
Mathematic teachers love students who will argue with the answer in the textbook. Why? Because such students learn best. They test their own theories and discover 2 plus 2 equals 4.
Isn’t it odd that a math student can question the textbook, but not a science student? Just let a student in a secular college mention CREATION and watch the bells and sirens go off! STOP! Only Darwin may be taught in these schools. The predictable result of this one-sided educational and legal regime is that evolution has become the focus of a culture war instead of a subject that can be discussed constructively in educational institutions or in the political realm.
Many science educators teach the students they were created by evolution and that evolution is a purposeless and unsupervised natural process. Of course, those statements go far beyond the scientific evidence and state a religious position, but educators also insist with a straight face that they are not saying anything about religion or God. If they were addressing the subject of religion, they would have to allow the other side to be argued. Therefore, they must not be addressing it.
In California, for example, state curriculum guidelines advise teachers not to go into the merits of objections to evolution in class (where other students might be influenced) but to tell objecting students to take such questions up with their parents or minister. When a teacher does try to take objections seriously, the result is likely to be a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union or People for the American Way, plus bad publicity in the press for the school.
Ironically, the roles have been reversed from the famous SCOPE TRIAL OF 1925. Then the evolutionist was forbidden to speak in the class room, now the creationist is forbidden! When the free exchange of ideas is eliminated—there is no freedom! And TRUTH always suffers!
Therefore, “in the beginning there was a naked gene that somehow evolved from a chemical soup.” The discovery of the structure of DNA and its genetic code begs for a Designer, however!
Today’s bulletin was not recorded on my computer disk in some fragment and disembodied form and somehow resulted as information typed on paper. Originally, I wrote it in a designed program called a Word Processor, and it existed only as an electronic file on my computer’s hard disk.
The words and images come from me—it’s author, the computer, paper and ink are merely media. Similarly, the information written in DNA is not the product of DNA. Where did the information come from? Who or what is the author? Who created the program DNA to store the information and than coded it with information?
Physical laws cannot be the answer. If physical laws cannot provide the information on today’s bulletin, could random chance do the job? If we put all the letters and spaces in a bag, shook it, and poured out the random contents—how long would it take to produce today’s bulletin? Of course, we would have to wait for each letter to evolve along with the bag and then the power to shake it!
With the discover of DNA, we know that life consists not just of matter (chemicals) but of matter and information and information is not reducible to matter, but it is different altogether. A theory of life thus has to explain not just the origin of the matter but also the independent origin of the information.
Complex, specified information of the kind found in today’s bulletin or a biological cell cannot be produced either by chance or at the direction of physical and chemical laws.
Biology has revealed a fantastically complex world of interacting proteins and enzymes. These molecular mechanisms are irreducibly complex. What this means is simply that they are made up of many parts that interact in complex ways, all the parts need to work together. Any single part has no useful function unless all the other parts are also present. There is therefore no pathway of functional intermediate stages by which a Darwinian process could built such a system step by tiny step. Even if each step represents a random mutation, a copying error in the reproduction of DNA, this means that the steps must be very small indeed, because mutations that are large enough to have visible effects on the organism are nearly always harmful or even fatal.
Consider the proposition that a single ancestral bacterium gave birth to distant descendants as diverse as man, trees, insects and birds. If Darwinism is true, then universal common ancestry virtually has to be true also. The only materialist alternative is that life arose from nonliving chemicals many separate times, and this seems not only improbable but inconsistent with the observable fact that all living organisms share a common biochemistry. Life seems to have arisen from a single source, and if Darwinism is true, that source must have been a material ancestor.
Folks, Darwinian theory is just a story, not a scientific explanation. For it to be true one must hold that EVOLUTION IS FACT and SCIENCE and RELIGION are separate realms.
SCIENCE is built upon direct observation of natural processes, and on experimental verification of hypotheses. Nothing is more impossible now than to observe, experimentally, the origin of the solar system or the evolution of man or the development of life over the geological ages! Consequently, speculations on these subjects are necessarily outside the scope of genuine science.
In the world as the evolutionists understand it, only matter existed at the beginning. Human beings did not fall from perfection into sin but evolved from savagery to civilization. Sin itself is an illusion, a guilt trip imposed by manipulative religious authorities. The way to meet humanity’s needs is to provide enlightened social programs and therapies guided by scientific knowledge. According to them, this world is all there is, and the rational person aims to enjoy it and perhaps improve it a little before entering the oblivion of the grave.
Darwinism sets us free from sin—by proving that there is no such thing as sin. There’s just antisocial behavior, which we can control with measures like laws and educational programs.
The Biblical view of the world is the opposite of all that. In the beginning was the Word, and nothing was created expect by the Word. The fundamental fact about the human situation is that we are captured by sin, and we cannot escape from sin by our own efforts, however enlightened and humane those efforts may be. That is why the Word had to become flesh and dwell among us. There really is a heavenly Father and a risen Savior who can save fallen souls, and at the end of this earthly life there is death followed by eternal life with God or Hell.
The knowledge that God has given to man concerning His eternal existence and power condemns man entirely. Even while breathing, men forget that the breath is from God. The ATHEIST uses the breath that God has given to declare that he does not believe in God. The AGNOSTIC uses the breath that God has given to declare that he does not know whether there is a God, even though the effects are all around him, demonstrating the very principles which he uses in his science.
Will the Creator give man brains to see these things and will man then fail to exercise his will toward God?
The sorrowful answer is that both of these things are true. God will give man brains to smelt iron and make a hammer head and nails. God will grow a tree and give man strength to cut it down and brains to fashion a hammer handle and a cross from its wood. And when man has the hammer and nails, God will put out His hand and let man drive nails through it and place Him on the Cross in supreme demonstration that men are WITHOUT EXCUSE.
And on that Cross, God reveals His love and holiness in WRATH! It is only because this is the day of God’s patience that He tolerates ungodliness and wickedness. But the judgment of God must burst forth against those who use the knowledge that He has given them against Him and His kingdom.