As I speak out about creation, evolution and science, I sometimes have fellow Christians ask why it really matters what we believe about origins. For the record, let me just say that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God has raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). But that does not mean that our beliefs about creation have no impact on salvation.
If we accept evolution, the predominant atheistic view of origins, then we accept that there were millions of years of suffering, death and survival of the fittest before Adam and Eve, yet the Bible says that death came through Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12). Based on the fossil record, we would also have to accept that there were things like thorns and disease in God’s original creation that He called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). If we compromise on the creation account, we are compromising on the authority of the Word of God, which can weaken and ultimately destroy our faith.
In this video about one man’s journey from Christianity to completely abandoning his faith, listen for these key points:
my tipping point came when I realized that Genesis 1:1 was erroneous
once Genesis fell, the rest of the Bible fell with it
once I accepted that the Bible’s account of cosmic and human origins could not possibly be true, I began to realize that it was just the first in a long line of things about which the Bible was wrong
Abandoning my Faith: A Personal Journey
So while creation is not a salvation issue for many of us today, the story above illustrates how compromising on the authority of the Word of God can certainly become a salvation issue for us. I have seen the pattern in this video revealed many times before. Church leaders and parents often encourage children to trust in Jesus, but they don’t give them real scientific answers as they begin to formulate their own worldview. Instead, children go to college and are indoctrinated by professors who are happy to teach with authority about their naturalistic worldview that is completely incompatible with the Biblical account of history. It is no wonder that nearly 70% of children leave the church in Canada by the time they have completed their first year in college.
So not only can belief in evolution become a salvation issue for us, it can hinder our ability to evangelize and equip those in our sphere of influence and our future generations. Why would a loving God have used sickness, death and survival of the fittest to arrive at his creation? If there was millions of years of death before Adam’s sin, how could death be a result of Adam’s sin? If death is not the result of Adam’s sin, how can we have assurance that we can have eternal life through Jesus’ gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17)? There comes a point in most people’s journey of faith when the simple encouragement to ‘just trust in Jesus’ doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s why we need to have answers. That’s why it matters to me.
I encourage you to share why it matters to you in the comments below. For a better understanding of why it is important to take a stand on the Biblical creation account, check out these resources: