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The Folly of Godless Beginnings

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

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25 Jul 2019 (All day)
The Folly of Godless Beginnings

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, wherein he laid out his case for the Theory of Evolution. In the space of just 11 years, the majority of scientists and the educated public in the West had accepted evolution as a fact. Significant progress in science and technology in the last 100 years has undermined most of the assumptions made by Darwin, yet evolution is still taught in schools throughout the United States as the preeminent theory of how life developed on earth. 

The Chicken and Egg Problem

In 1996, Michael Behe—considered the father of the modern Intelligent Design movement— coined the phrase “Irreducible Complexity” to describe “a single system, which is composed of several interacting parts, and where the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to cease functioning.” Take for example the human eye, which relies on complex structures working together for it to function. From the earliest days after Darwin’s theory was published, scientists have recognized the theory’s inability to explain how an eye could evolve its interacting parts, especially since the lack of purpose in natural selection would never allow for a single part to remain should it not be functional in isolation.

Technological advances over the last 50 years, especially in microbiology, have only exacerbated the problem for Darwinists. For instance, we now know that cells are made of molecules built with DNA and proteins, whereas Darwin thought they consisted of some kind of malleable jelly. This knowledge poses a kind of chicken and egg problem for evolution. Proteins cannot arise without DNA, but DNA needs proteins to function. So, which came first?

The Genetic Problem

Modern science is revealing that most of the adaptions we see in animal species are not the result of evolution, but rather of devolution. In Michael Behe’s latest book Darwin Devolves, he gives the example of the polar bear, which descended from the brown bear and has adapted to life in arctic conditions. The changes to metabolism and fur pigment required for the polar bear’s survival, however, are not the result of an evolutionary process where genetic improvement occurs but rather of damage to genes that cannot be reversed.

It would almost certainly appear as if life’s genetic makeup has not evolved to its present state but has been intentionally designed with the inherent ability to adapt itself to wide- ranging conditions on this planet.

The Heart Problem

The mounting evidence against evolutionary explanations for life and the universe make opposition to the existence of a Creator an irrational position today. That’s why the psalmist identifies the heart as the issue that causes a man to be foolish and deny God’s existence.

The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven
upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand,
who seek God.
They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

(Psalm 14:1–3)

Ephesians 4 says the “blindness of their heart” causes men's understanding to be darkened (v. 18). And failure to acknowledge the truth leads to the “old man” becoming corrupt (v. 22).

We’ve all the heard the phrase “God is dead” coined by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in the late 1800s. His famous statement, however, was less about the existence of God and more about Western civilization having killed and buried Him in their minds.

In fact, Nietzsche was deeply concerned about the dangerous effects this philosophy would have on society that he thought would become nihilistic without the moral doctrine Christianity provided. In essence, he thought society would become corrupt as men’s hearts turned from God. Even so, Nietzsche could have hardly imagined the utter destruction that would follow in the next century as a result.

Because Darwinian evolution taught that certain races were superior to others, another field of science soon developed called Eugenics, which was intended to guide the survival of the best species. In the United States, Darwinian racism was used as an excuse for slavery, since black Africans were considered inferior to whites of European descent. Eugenicists such as Margaret Sanger supported the mass sterilizations forced on those deemed unfit to procreate, and founded organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which to this day targets black communities where it carries out abortions by a disproportionate margin.

In Germany, Eugenics was embraced by the Nazis, who in their quest to dominate the world as the superior race killed 6 million Jews and caused the deaths of 50 million in WWII. The Communist regimes of the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, and North Korea killed over 100 million in the last century due to a philosophy that expressly denied the existence of God and embraced a humanist explanation for man’s existence.

Philosophies built on the rejection of God killed more people in the last century than the rest of history combined. The psalmist rightly says, “They have done abominable works” and “There is none who does good.”

The Jewish Problem

On January 20, 1942, fifteen Nazi bureaucrats met for lunch at the Villa Wannsee in Berlin where they enjoyed caviar and cognac while deciding the fate of 11 million Jews in what was called the “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem.” The central debate surrounded the allocation of resources to achieve their objective in the most efficient manner

Only a month before, the United States had finally entered the war following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Any reasonable person would have expected Germany’s leaders to focus on the new threat America posed to their military ambitions. Instead, critical resources were shifted to ensure as many Jews as possible could be slaughtered in the Holocaust that ensued.

There is nothing rational about this. The explanation is a spiritual one.

Psalm 14:4 has this to say:

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?

Rejecting God as Creator ultimately results in the rejection of His people. Revelation 12 gives us a vivid picture of this disturbing trend as Israel, represented by the woman with 12 stars around her head, faces the continual threat of being devoured by the dragon. Unfortunately, this is the ancient source of hatred that has plagued the Jewish people and continues to seek their destruction today, whether through rockets from Gaza, nuclear bomb programs in Iran, or violent attacks on synagogues here in America.

Our Response

Psalm 14 goes on to say in verses 5–6:

There they are in great fear,
For God is with the generation of the righteous.
You shame the counsel of the poor,
But the Lord is his refuge.

If you visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, you might notice the display of Nazi atrocities is laid out in a dark, snake-like path below ground. If you look up, however, you will see light beaming in through the glass ceiling above. You will also catch a glimpse of the trees in the Avenue of the Righteous—trees planted for gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It’s an amazing picture of the eternal life we can have in Christ, doing good works, as opposed to the darkness of the exile from Eden and eternity—should we choose the way of the snake.

We will need courage, though, to stand up against the evil arrayed against Christianity and the nation of Israel. There is a price to be paid for standing up for the Jewish people, and for standing up for righteousness. But we don’t have to live in fear like unbelievers, for we know where we have come from and we know where we are going.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). To be meek means to be poor in spirit, to have a realization that you are nothing in yourself, that all your value and worth come from being in Jesus. The world doesn’t value meekness. The world values strength and power, the survival of the fittest.

We are called to a different perspective; we understand that we are corrupt and weak and in need of a Savior.

God’s Response

Those who support Israel can only do so much and often it feels like a losing battle. Last year, the United Nations passed more resolutions condemning Israel than all the other member states combined. The United States might vote “no” but cannot stop all those nations. Even Israel, with one of the most powerful militaries in the world, finds it difficult to stop the rockets and incendiary devices from Gaza.

Ultimately, only God can save the Jewish people and Israel. That’s why Psalm 14:7 says:

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would
come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity
of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

The modern-day return of the Jewish people to their land is no coincidence. It is an act of God in fulfillment of His promise to Abraham that He would give his descendants the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. It is God’s bold response to a world that has not only rejected Him but has rejected His people. And He’s testing hearts to determine how they will respond to His latest miracle in the universe.

As David Ben Gurion once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”


This message was delivered at the ICEJ USA's 2019 Conference, Beginnings. To listen to this message in its entirety click here:

 

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