Let’s suppose evolution was true. Life began not at Creation, but at the Big Bang. Through a series of chance chemical reactions, matter was formed, creating the ideal conditions for life on a single isolated planet in a galaxy called the Milky Way.
Millions of years of genetic mutations and climate changes later, man steps (or I should say, gradually emerges) onto the scene.
How would history be affected if this actually happened?
First of all, there would be no Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve would have descended from a lesser-evolved species of humanlike creatures. There would have been no fall of man because without God present to create, there would be an absence of laws to violate. Without a standard of right and wrong, there would be no judgment on sin and hence, no need for God the Son to come to Earth and die for humanity. This next result of evolution might be a shocker: Satan would not exist—remember he had to be created, too (Ezekiel 28:13-15). Christianity and the Church would also be unheard-of concepts.
The impact of evolution on our world would be catastrophic in every aspect. But I praise God history didn’t transpire this way. There is a God Who formed the world and all that inhabit it. As the Source of all truth, He has given us His Word to enlighten us concerning His will and our role in His creation. He has also provided His Son to redeem us from the penalty we deserve for our failure to measure up to His standards.
You may not think the Creation vs. Evolution debate is a big deal. Think again. The significance of your present life, as well as your destination in the life to come, rests squarely on the accuracy of the Biblical historical account. Go ahead and study both sides for yourself and come to your own conclusion, but I will rest my confidence in what the Bible says.
No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that “in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth”. — C.S. Lewis
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.