Fallacies of Theistic Evolution

Theistic Evolution is a concept that tries to mix or find compromise between the ideas of a special creation and the concept of evolution. Generally speaking, the various forms of Theistic Evolution allow for a Creator who works through the process of evolution, including competition and natural selection, as a means of making plants, animals, and mankind. However, not only does theistic evolution contain all the problems of the Theory of Evolution, but it is also filled with problems, difficulties, and self-contradictions from a scriptural standpoint.

Death before Sin

One of the prime understandings of Scripture is that when Elohim created man there was a special relationship between them. When Adam and Eve were disobedient, this relationship changed and death came into the world. This leads to the need of having a Savior who can bring people back into that special relationship and the promise of eternal life. If any types of Theistic Evolution are used, then Adam and Eve would have had ancestors which were fighting and killing each other for survival for millions of years. This would negate the effects of the first sin, as death would have already existed in the world. The judgment of death for disobedience would have been meaningless. It is commonly stated that instead of mankind bringing death into the world as stated in Scripture, evolution suggests that death brought man into the world through competition and natural selection.

Day Age Theory

The most common example of Theistic Evolution is the Day Age theory. The Day Age model states that each of the seven days of creation found in the book of Genesis was actually a long period of time in-stead of a literal twenty-four hour day. These long periods of time are often made to be in the thousands, millions, or billions of years which would accommodate the natural origins of the universe and the Theory of Evolution. This has the same flaws and errors associated with death before Adam & Eve and the first sin mentioned above. Furthermore, Scripture always speaks of the Creation Week as a literal seven days.

Gap Theory

Another attempt at placing large amounts of time within the creation account is known as the Gap Theory. It states that there was a large period of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 during which time people existed before Adam and Eve, the angelic wars were led by Lucifer’s rebellion, and there occurred a general destruction of that form of the Earth. The Gap Theory creates many internal inconsistencies within the Scriptures. Most prominently, the idea of a pre-Adamite civilization and the angelic wars cause difficulties with the concepts of mankind’s special relationship with Elohim and of salvation. Furthermore, at the end of the Creation Week, Elohim saw that “every thing … was very good” (Gen 1:31). Death did not yet exist and even Lucifer would not yet have rebelled since everything being good must include him as well.

Fallacies of the Pre-Adamite Civilization

Some have suggested that there were civilizations before Adam and Eve. Could this have happened? Or is this based on a poor interpretation of Scripture? This concept creates many problems within Scripture, theology, the meaning of death, and the need for salvation.

XLIIC. Last Updated: 15/02/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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