“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Do I take the Bible literally?
God has given all men the faculty of mind to situationally distinguish between allegory and reality, unless we consciously or unconsciously block the process (see Romans 1:20-23). For the believer without ambiguity, the Bible’s literal six-day creation is contextually clear, as is Jesus’ metaphorical proclamation, “I am the door.” It is in this light we take the Bible literally.
Does belief mean we fully understand?
Of course not.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
A wise man will not let his lack of understanding undermine his sensibilities, but will connect by faith these pieces until sight intervenes to confirm, knowing that there remains the likelihood that this will not occur until we arrive home. At this juncture, the Holy Spirit is necessary, for without Him our faith is in faith, but with Him, our faith is in the Lord.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
But I believe in God ~and~ Darwinism!
Then you have a problem. If that’s your position, then you essentially maintain that God is a liar in spite of the fact that the Bible clearly specifies that God cannot lie (see Hebrews 6:18). Simultaneously you are also professing that man (in this case Darwin) is smarter than God. You must know that you cannot believe in man and God without consequence.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24
Are there other parts of the Bible you reject?
If so, with every occurrence you deny your God-given faith and subvert your confidence in the Father, while planting doubt in the minds of those over which you have influence. Your salvation may be intact, but what of the damage you may be causing along the way? Have you considered the wreckage found in the wake of your unbiblical convictions? Has Darwinism (or other false doctrines) helped, sustained, or profited you? I submit that unless you’re a teacher hired to promote God as a Divine deceiver, there is no sustained profit or gain in this ideology. A person of this ilk may in fact be nothing more than a tool in the hands of satan.
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Proverbs 1:5)
A Darwinist and a Creationist die and find themselves standing before the throne of God. Consider the worst case scenario for each:
If the Creationist is wrong (that is to say, his literal interpretation of a six-day creation is errant), what might God say? I venture it would be something like, “Welcome my good and faithful servant, I can’t believe you took Me seriously! Come on in you silly goose!”
But what if the Darwinist is wrong? Might the conversation go, “Why didn’t you believe Me? What part of, ‘I cannot lie,’ did you not understand?”
If you do not wholeheartedly believe God, do you know God? I for one will not gamble with that equation. By faith I’ll choose to err on the side of Biblical truth rather than on the side of religious skepticism, as there is nothing to be eternally gained by putting faith in man and everything to be gained by wholly trusting in the Creator of all things.
“What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11
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