Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 2, 2018

Do You Think Like an Evolutionist?

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We swim in an ocean of evolutionary thought. Sometimes we barely keep our heads above the surging waves. The evolutionary mindset has infected everyone, even Christians, and has profoundly corrupted our thinkingfrom logic to morals.

Here are 10 common expressions that will help you see if you Think Like an Evolutionist (TLE). They will help you see if you have the TLE virus and will indicate how deeply entrenched the TLE virus is in your soul.

Check yourself on the following expressions of evolutionary thinking. They illustrate the pervasive evolutionism that subtly infiltrates believers’ minds.

1. “The Bible is not a science textbook.”
If you agree with this statement, then you may have the TLE virus. The statement is false when it is used to claim that the Bible does not contain scientific truth and that it should not be applied to judge scientific theories. (See the Science in the Bible series of blog posts.) Although the Bible provides no detailed technical explanations or mathematical formulas, it certainly contains truths which are essential for interpreting scientific data accurately and evaluating scientific explanations properly.

2. “Scientists are unbiased, objective researchers. All those experts endorsing evolution must be right.”
This is TLE propaganda! “Unbiased” researchers do not exist. Research professor of biology Richard Lewontin of Harvard University explicitly admitted the bias for materialism (naturalism) that he and most scientists have:

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. . . . Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
(Richard Lewontin, quoted in Lita Cosner, Evolutionists Say the Oddest Things, Creation Book Publishers, 2015, p 4.)

All scientists and all non-scientists have deeply-held beliefs which determine how they see the world and what they conclude from the evidence. The issue is not whether you are biased — everyone is biased — but whether you are biased with the RIGHT bias. Some biases are right; some are wrong. Consequently, a majority position is often wrong because it originates from a wrong worldview (bias). The objective standard for evaluating a worldview (bias) is the Creator’s Word.

3. “The present is the key to the past.”
This evolutionist mantra is backwards! The TLE virus is rampant. Instead, the past is the key to the present, and the key to the past is the reliable historical record of Genesis. Mountains and valleys were shaped rapidly at Creation and by the Flood — not slowly by geological processes acting in the past the same way they act in the present.

Ten questions to determine whether
you think like an evolutionist.

4. “The Grand Canyon is 600 million years old.”
When you hear this claim, do you
(A) Marvel at how old the Grand Canyon is;
(B) Feel impressed with scientific expertise in calculating ages;
(C) Wonder, “How do they know that?”;
(D) Exclaim, “Nonsense! It’s only 4500 years old.”
Answer:
(C) is good. Cautious evaluation trumps uncritical acceptance of scientific claims.
(D) is best. It demonstrates Biblically-informed critical analysis.
(A) and (B) reflect evolutionist thinking infected by the TLE virus. Scriptural inoculation against the TLE virus is needed.

5. “Mother Nature.”
This is bogus TLE terminology. The Great Creator controls all natural processes, weather included. If you refer to “Mother Nature” or “Mother Earth” in your speech, then you have the TLE virus.

6. “Who first discovered dinosaurs? When?”
Adam first discovered dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. If your answer was different, then you have the TLE virus.

7. “Whatever.”
Imagine Adam saying “Whatever” when the Great Creator commanded, “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall NOT eat.”

Nor was Jesus a “whatever” man. He told a lawyer, “You have answered CORRECTLY.” (Luke 10:25-28) Jesus embraced absolutes; He knew truth matters.

“Whatever” proclaims tolerance for any idea, any choice, any consequence. It shrugs with cavalier indifference to even the existence of truth. This verbal weed could never have proliferated apart from the evolutionary mindset that rejects absolutes. If you cringe when someone speaks up for truth, your thinking is infected with the TLE virus.

Evolutionism is the ultimate “whatever” philosophy, since it is random and has no foundation in absolutes. Creationism is built on the True Word of the Great Creator. Nevertheless, if you must use “whatever,” use it Biblically: “Whatever is true…whatever is right…” (Philippians 4:8).

8. “Homosexuality is a personal matter. It doesn’t hurt anyone.”
If you agree, then you have the TLE virus. Legitimizing homosexuality is at root a denial of God’s creation order — one man and one woman inseparably joined for life. No matter how private, sin is never purely personal. It always has widespread repercussions.

9. “Everybody makes mistakes. Just divorce and move on.”
If you casually accept divorce because “times change; this is a modern world,” then you have the TLE virus. When Jesus was asked about divorce, He cited the origin of marriage at creation, concluding, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6) Rejection of Jesus’ creationist answer has resulted in the tragic divorce epidemic.

10. “The appendix is a useless vestigial organ.”
If you believe this, you have the TLE virus. Once assumed to be an obsolete relic of evolution, the organ’s very name reflects its presumed auxiliary status.

The appendix is actually a highly specialized organ with important embryological, immunological, and bacteriological functions. The appendix serves as a storehouse of good bacteria. This reservoir repopulates the intestines after illness or antibiotics kill off beneficial intestinal bacteria.

Evolutionists once incorrectly believed the centimeter-long vomeronasal organ in the nose was vestigial. We now know that it detects odorless pheromones which affect feelings and mating behavior. It is wired directly to the hypothalamus, which controls emotions and drives.

Human anatomy books in the 1890s and early 1900s listed 180 supposed vestigial organs and structures — simply because the purposes were unknown. Today the list is empty.

Creationists know that God designed everything for a purpose, independent of whether man discovers the purpose. There are no vestigial organs. If you think otherwise, you have the TLE virus.

Antidote for the TLE Virus

In 1951, the famous British philosopher C. S. Lewis suggested evolution was “the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives.” This scholar was identifying the TLE virus that infects almost everyone’s thinking.
(Numbers, Ronald L. The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design. Harvard University Press. 2006. p 175.)

Jesus warned His disciples, “See to it that no one misleads you.” (Matthew 24:4) He repeatedly told them, Watch out and beware of the leaven (teaching) of the Pharisees” (Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1).

Would Jesus warn us today about the “leaven (teaching) of the evolutionists” which so corrupts believers’ thinking, from logic to morals? Watch out and beware of the TLE virus!

How does one cure the TLE virus? The antidote for the TLE virus is frequent mind-washing with Scripture (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:26). Believe the Bible, not proclamations that contradict clear Biblical teaching.

Questions to Ponder

1. What other expressions do you commonly hear that indicate a TLE virus infection?
2. What time each day will you schedule mind-washing with Scripture to inoculate yourself against the TLE virus?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday May 2, 2018 A.D.

See to it that no one misleads you.” – Jesus (Matthew 24:4)

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  1. Very enlightening. I was beginning to become skeptical about the idea of vestigial organs and I am so delighted to finally have the answer to what the appendix actually does. It might make interesting reading to discover the truth about the 179 other organs and structures that were originally listed. Where did you get your information? Was it in a book? Or do you need to write the whole book for us? Inquiring minds NEED to know! Thanks again for stretching our thinking and pointing us in the right direction.

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    • German anatomist Robert Wiedersheim (1848–1923) wrote a book The Structure of Man: An Index to His Past History in which he listed 86 vestigial organs. The list expanded to 180 in subsequent editions. See the Wikipedia article The Structure of Man.

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      • Currently having trouble finding that article. Could it be listed under a different title?

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        • Click the link (The Structure of Man) in my comment above. It will go to a paragraph in the article on Wiedersheim.

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        • Thank you. That was eye-opening.

          But it still lacks information. It would be interesting to have all this information collected together into one place: namely in a well-illustrated, heavily foot-noted book. Maybe you could write it? Because I know I’m not writing it!

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  2. P.S. This reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, “TIME CHANGER”, in which the professor is telling the class that any science that tries to refute the teachings of the Bible is not very good science. I wish more people could understand this before it is too late.

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