The Evolution Train
Poll results of the general public's attitude to moral issues have increasingly shown that spiritual values have declined in recent decades. For instance, fewer people now attend church; belief in a literal Hell is no longer strong; marriages are increasingly being replaced by 'living together'; abortions have become legal in many places; and crime has taken an alarming upswing. One poll revealed that 40 years ago the major problems in schools in California were talking, chewing gum, making noise, and running in halls. Today they are drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, suicide and rape.
Young people in particular are largely shutting out God's values and replacing them with arbitrary human standards. Too many look to human reason and materialism for answers, rather than trying to find God's solution from the Bible or through prayer. Today's generation has become the 'me' generation.
In the few centuries before the 1800's, Western society was largely based on Christian principles. A 'knowledge explosion' took place during those centuries which was firmly founded on Christian values. In art, paintings at that time were mainly on religious themes. In literature, Bibles became more freely available, religious classics such as 'The Pilgrim's Progress' appeared, and encyclopaedias and science books were based on a literal acceptance of biblical creation and Noah's Flood. The founders of modern science were mostly Bible-believing Christians who saw science simply as thinking God's thoughts after Him. In music, the great composers were prolific with beautiful church music and religious themes - Handel's 'Messiah', Haydn's 'Creation', Mozart's 'Requiem', Beethoven's masses, and Bach's 'Magnificat' are just a few well-known examples.
But in the mid-1800's a change crept in.
With the publication of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' in 1859, doubt was cast on the Biblical account of creation. Darwin suggested that all living things could have 'evolved' from simple life-forms to those that are more complex. If this were true - and Darwin could only propose it, for he could have no absolute proof - then seemingly there was no longer any need to believe the Bible when it says God created various kinds of creatures and plants intact in the beginning. If the Bible was wrong on science, why would it be right on anything?
Some influential people took up Darwin's proposal. One was English biologist Thomas Huxley, who promoted much of Darwin's 'suggestion' as fact. Huxley became evolution's strongest promoter. It was Huxley who coined the word 'agnostic' to describe his own uncertainty about God. This was also the position being adopted by others who, because of the burgeoning evolutionary philosophy, now seemed to have justification for doubting the Bible.
Influential German philosopher Karl Marx, author of the revolutionary 'Communist Manifesto', so admired Darwin that he presented a copy of his book 'Das Kapital' to Darwin with a personal note: 'Mr Charles Darwin. On the part of his sincere admirer Karl Marx, London, 16 June 1873.' Russian dictator Joseph Stalin was studying in a theological seminary when he began to read Darwin's works. He soon became an atheist. Stalin's adoption of evolution's 'survival of the fittest' idea shaped his lifestyle, which led to oppression of the Russian people, self-glorification, and large-scale murder.
Adolf Hitler saw in the evolutionary doctrine a reason to establish a 'master race' of Germans, which spurred elimination of 'inferior' humans such as Jews. Mao Zedong's favourite authors were Darwin and Huxley. An estimated 30 million slaughtered Chinese have paid the price.
History shows that as belief in evolution has proliferated, spiritual values have declined. After all, the Creator God of the Bible is all-knowing and all-powerful. But if chance evolution is true, who needs a Creator-God who presumably has little part in a 'naturally-evolving' world; or a Creator-God who seems incapable of creating life-forms properly in the first place?
With this unfavourable backdrop, we can see why so many people today are living for themselves instead of for God. Art and music no longer have those devout religious themes. Modern art is painted, and modern music is written and performed, mostly to bring fame, money, and glory to its performers, not to God. Literature for general readers now lacks moral values, and is often motivated by a desire for a best-seller with high royalty payments. Scientific discoveries in many cases now are undergirded by the desire for healthy research funds or prestige for the discoverers, instead of 'thinking God's thoughts after Him' for the self-less benefit of mankind.
But the 'me' generation must start to realise that the evolution train has taken them for a ride. If the Creation-science ministry can help them see the wreckage evolutionary belief has strewn behind them, they may then be able to see that society's return to its Creator, who is the Saviour Jesus Christ, will again put people on the right track - which is the path to eternal life.
Source: 'Creation Ex-Nihilo', Vol. 11, No. 3