Darwin’s theory of evolution is sometimes suggested as being counter to religious beliefs. This simply is not true. The “monkey trials” may have made good drama in “Inherit the Wind” and may have made William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow more famous, but evolution and the Bible work hand-in-hand.
Clearly, God made finches and there is nothing in the Bible that indicates that finches cannot adapt to their environment. The continuous improvement of species is part of God’s nature. The survival of the fittest is not invalidated in the Bible. Darwin’s evolution fits nicely in the palm of a Creator’s hand.
The part of man’s evolution that is evil is not Darwin’s theory, but it is man’s humanness. The changes in society over the years, which have progressed: (1) from satisfying basic needs, (2) to addressing society’s needs as most important, (3) and finally to today where individual’s needs are paramount, may be explained by Darwin’s theory of evolution, a process of changing from a worse to a better state, thrown into reverse. This theory might be renamed “evilution,” the process of changing from a better to a worse state.
“God bless America” became “God bless me.” Then, it became “Bless me.” Now, it is only “Me!” The survival of the fittest may apply, promoting those who are willing to do whatever it takes to make their lives better. These are usually the mean and evil spirited of our species. All of our species are endowed with a generous amount of humanness, but as generations pass, there are more who have hardened hearts.
And our species has adapted to a new environment where everybody focuses on themselves. All aspects of society change, as well, adapting to this new world. If it is all about the individual, marriages become disposable, family life is less important, laws restricting people from doing what they want are eliminated, and religion and ethics take a back seat to individual rights.
Analyzing the last paragraph, you might say that America has emphasized and supported frontier individualism, so why is individualism a bad thing? Well, it is not the same type of individualism. The 21st century individualism is not the same as the18th, 19th, and even 20th century individualism.
Today’s individualism is “all about me.” How you look, how many expensive toys you have, your car and house status are the important traits. The old individualism was being able to survive in a difficult environment on your own or with family. That is not an issue today. The old individualism was individualism with a conscience. That is not the case today.
So, who cares? As long as people do what they want and don’t hurt anybody what’s the problem? If they like dope, let them smoke dope. If they are “try-sexual” and want to try anything with anybody, then let them because they aren’t hurting anything. If our country is deep in debt, don’t worry about it. We can print more money. That doesn’t hurt anybody. All these things may not hurt anybody immediately, but eventually we are no longer conscious of our conscience and our social systems are destroyed.
In other words, the system of democracy will evolve by adapting to these changes in our society until it is destroyed, which is the unfortunate end result of all systems. Thus, man’s systems will all fail through “evilution” or entropy because of the humanness of man. God’s system will not fail because evolution is part of God’s natural progression of improvements and there is no failure in the created world.
Why do we know our universe was created? Most scientists believe that evidence proves that there was a Big Bang. The Big Bang was our view of the creation of our universe. Only the Creator saw the creation from the other side.
How do we know that the created universe will never fail? Most scientists believe that in our closed universe that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. In other words, our created world cannot fail or be destroyed. Energy can transform to matter and vice versa, but the total amount of energy and matter in our universe will always remain the same.
But man’s governmental systems will all fail, whether they are democracy, oligarchy, theocracy, socialism, communism, or totalitarianism; it is important to remember that our lives are short and our afterlives are long. Live the short life as best you can, but focus on the much more important afterlife.
Evolution generally leads to an improvement and more control since it is a scientific process that was part of creation. Typically, those adaptations which serve the species better are passed on to subsequent generations. “Evilution,” on the other hand, leads to chaos and failure since it is mankind’s perversion of systems.
If our species creates “evilution” during our lives, does what we select in life follow us into the afterlife? If we focus on ourselves during life and are still thinking about ourselves when we die, then that is all we will carry into the afterlife. Can you imagine “evilution” forever? Can you imagine what it would be like living with yourself for eternity? If you are thinking at death and you do not believe in God, then you will certainly be lost in a chaotic environment that you cannot possibly imagine during your life, but that you certainly will imagine through your worst nightmares when you die.
As Jesus said, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” If you believe in God and are thinking about God, then God’s evolution could also be found in the afterlife. Nobody knows exactly what will happen in the afterlife, but God’s world is a controlled, peaceful world following His natural processes, perhaps including evolution. By continuing to believe and think about God, you may evolve and develop in His universe.
We all know we are sinners during our lives, but does this humanness follow us into the afterlife? Does it follow us even if we believe in God? If we are sentenced to living like in the movie, “Ground Hog Day,” for the rest of eternity that could be worse than a death sentence where we just stopped thinking. I believe that God’s world has plenty of room for adaptation and evolution, so that we can develop into a better thinking entity or soul. Otherwise our humanness in life, even though forgiven at death by God, would follow us into the afterlife where perhaps God could no longer forgive it, especially over eternity.
Some of the early Christian Gnostics believed that shedding your bodies and material things would free individuals from the created world, restoring a lost union with God. They did not believe that humanness would follow man into the afterlife since it would be left behind in the material world.
The discovery of one’s true self can result from the teachings of Jesus. In effect, you become one with God. And some of the Gnostics believed that anybody could be the son of God, just like Jesus, simply by following the teachings of Jesus and uniting with God. In other words, when you entered the afterlife, if you were thinking of God as the truth, then you would merge into God as another son like Jesus.
Why were the Gnostics dismissed and the other books about Jesus, primarily Gnostic, not included in the Bible? Well, the Gnostics believed that religious truth could be discovered by individuals without the help of religious leaders. The First Council of Nicaea, a council of Christian bishops convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine in AD 325, had no use for Gnosticism because it opposed organized religion and its leadership. The Nicaean Council attempted to reach consensus of what Christianity would be from that point forward, of course, leaving out all the Gnostic books and theology.
The Gnostics were early existentialists similar to Soren Kierkegaard who believed that the individual with a conscience would be going one-on-one with God in the afterlife and that religious leaders were irrelevant for this future event. In effect, entering the afterlife was a mystical experience with your individual thought process taking you where it led you. If you linked with God, then you would have control over the situation; whereas if you were separated from God, then you would be lost forever in a deep, dark pit of chaos.
The Bible mentions two separate judgments: first, at death when God’s grace grants you passage into Heaven based on only your belief; and the second, where your actions may be judged with appropriate consequences. Some theologians believe that the second judgment is really only evidence that you do, in fact, believe. In other words, if you truly believe in God, then you will follow God’s law and your conscience and act accordingly. But the Bible references consequences administered after a final judgment before God, much like a trial with punishment.
God creates everything and then man makes choices during his life of the creations in front of him. God does not make him choose from this menu; he does that on his own. That’s called “free will.” Man makes decisions and then there are consequences waiting around the corner. Nobody knows for certain what the consequences will be, but it will certainly be chaotic and out of control. When we dive into the afterlife, nobody has a clue exactly what is going to happen, but it will be a surprise. If you do not have a strong belief in God, you will be caught in a giant rip tide that will take you out to sea.
We can speculate that there may be two paths: one to Hell and one to Heaven. Hell could be chaos with an escalation in punishment depending on some “evilutionary” theory of consequences, but nobody knows. The best approach in the afterlife might be to follow the path of Jesus to Heaven, the controlled universe which offers peace for eternity, hoping for continual improvement through evolutionary development of our souls. It also would be very helpful if we left our humanity behind when we entered God’s kingdom.
Bottom Line: “Evilution” should never deter you from the straight and narrow path of Jesus.