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Truth vs. Evolution
There are certain truths that are foundational for the understanding of Biblical principles and the application thereof to our everyday lives. We often hear it said that people want to know, “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose in life?”, and “What will happen when I die?” I believe the first three of these questions are philosophical questions that become important after childhood. But, I believe our first and primary concern is manifested at birth, and requires no deep contemplation. It is immediate in the here-and-now in every moment of our lives ... We want to survive. From day one, a baby will scream its head off if it is hungry, lonely or in pain, if it is not tended to. Self-awareness is usually achieved at about 2 years of age or less. The concept of death is often encountered early in life; for example, when pets die or a child learns of a close relative who has “passed away,” or even an immediate family member who dies. Long before we contemplate what our purpose in life is, we want to live. We don’t want to die.
Some religions offer answers to the question of the life in the hereafter, and present acceptable pictures of that time and place. They also advocate a pathway to that life in the hereafter. The picture that we are presenting is the one offered in the Bible. That sounds simple enough; all we have to do is read the Bible to understand how to make it into the next life. And, I would totally agree with that – if it weren’t for the fact that long before we develop the ability to read with comprehension, we are taught interpretations of what the Bible says, depending upon the religious bent of our families, usually based on decisions made by our ancestors centuries before. So, we are first taught what the Bible says, THEN we read it according to how we’ve been taught. WORDS are printed on the page, but MEANINGS for those words are not on the page. Meanings are our BELIEFS about the words written on the page. Our understanding of Scripture is heavily influenced by the philosophical, moral, cultural, political, racial, economic and familial stance of those living as far back as 1700 years ago. And, it happens that many true, Biblical concepts don’t make much sense to us, now, because the words were written by a nomadic people living as far as 5 to 6,000 years ago, and translated in succession by a number of foreign cultures with different language syntax, until it finally arrives on our doorstep in shambles after such a long journey. We then ignore the parts we don’t understand, using a form of rationalization that makes sense to us living in the present philosophical, moral, cultural, political, racial, economic and familial environment. Often, these rationalizations are taught from the pulpit and accepted by people who do not read the Scripture but rely on “educated professionals” to “work out” their salvation for them.
But, this is not what the Bible teaches. It teaches that we must work out our own salvation … with fear and trembling,
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:12.
We at Yahweh’s Assembly in Yahshua believe that we need to read the Scripture for what IT says. This means searching for the Hebrew meaning in the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible. Wait. The HEBREW meaning in the Greek texts? Yes. We believe that although there is not a complete record of the Hebrew New Testament, it is at least written by Hebrews, living in a Hebrew culture who wrote according to their idiomatic language. For us, this means discarding traditions and interpretations that are based in Greek and Roman pagan ideology, the imaginations of fallible man. Examples of these traditions are Christmas, Easter, Sunday worship, being slain in the spirit, the rapture, hell and eternal torment, going to heaven when we die, using crystals for healing, indulgences, Immaculate Conception, and many more unsupportable ideas and traditions that were applied to the Bible.
This article is designed to give you just the facts. I want to give you basic truths, directly from Scripture, which provide a foundation for understanding the depths of what Scripture has to offer us.
Now, if it weren’t bad enough that people who decide to seek truth in Scripture have been unwittingly taught (and have now come to believe) unbiblical principles, we find that the prince of this world (that is, Satan) has been carrying on a covert operation to destroy the people of Yahweh from within. This “dark op” seeks to “neutralize” the primary and most fundamental Scriptural teaching (and here it is): That the Creator, our Heavenly Father, Almighty Yahweh, through His Son, Yahshua, created the heavens and the earth. The Devil’s seemingly newest weapon is called the Theory of Evolution. Evolution attempts to destroy the Bible in its first verse, Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” It does not say, “In the beginning, Elohim set evolution in motion with a big bang.”
Before we can truly understand, nay, EMBRACE Scripture, we must renounce the Theory of Evolution and believe that this universe was, indeed, created, and not that it somehow evolved. Otherwise, a spirit of double-mindedness, or rather “double-spiritedness”, will overwhelm what faith we do have, and the resulting chaos would send us reeling to our favorite form of self-comfort. So, how do we reject this deeply-held and widelybelieved anti-Biblical teaching of evolution? I submit to you for your consideration: … through logic.
Consider the Following
The most modern, state-of-the-art scientific laboratory has never been able to create even a semblance of the amino acids needed to create proteins, the “building blocks of life.” Chemistry textbooks taught in 1965 high school classes (and still teach) that scientists Harold Urey and Stanley Miller produced amino acids in a laboratory in 1953. No. They did not. It was shown later that their assumptions and their reported success in the experiments were flawed. I would venture to say that, even if scientists were able to create the 20 amino acids needed to produce proteins to form the cellular structure of a living organism, they could not produce the spark that would quicken that organism to life.
Every existing plant and animal was generated by a complicated process involving a seed; a seed produced by a living parent, which itself was generated by a seed from its living parent. We can, in our mind’s eye, trace this sequence back to … what? To its creation. Every apple tree was produced by another apple tree. Evolutionists would have us believe that we can trace the ancestry of all living organisms back to a mass of protoplasm that somehow became a flurry of living organisms, and then evolved into separate species through a process of DNA mutation to become what it is today. Now, are there examples of DNA variations that are beneficial to any particular organism? What do you think? … Well, of course! Darwin proved that when he went to the Galapagos Islands and discovered an amazing variety of finches, those differences produced as a result of DNA variations allowed a particular group of finches to survive in their particular environment. So, evolution is true, right? Right! But, what kind of evolution are we talking about? Does this type of evolution not account for the reason that peoples living near the Polar Regions have less skin pigment than peoples living in equatorial regions? Of course. Through the process of the natural variations in the DNA of individuals and the reality of the principal of survival of the fittest, certain traits will lend themselves to the perpetuation of that species, given the environment they find themselves in. When I say the word “environment,” I’m speaking of climate and temperatures, available food, sources of water, predators and so on. A change in the environment that is too rapid for the species to adapt to will eradicate that specie … in that environment.
So, what’s the problem with evolution? Nothing, as long as you are talking about DNA changes within a species. The problem is that advocates of the Theory of Evolution propose that the DNA variations prove that mutations in DNA have resulted in the creation of new species. But, there is absolutely NO evidence that this assertion is true. None. And, I don’t even need to cite articles, books, professors or physical evidence to prove this. Do you want to know how I know there is no evidence for gene-mutation creation of a new specie? Because it is STILL a THEORY! Listen, if something never fails and can be produced over and over again, we call that a “law”. The law of gravity – if you throw something up, it will fall down. Every time; without fail. If it fails ONCE, it’s called a theory or a hypothesis. If it has never occurred or cannot be reproduced (pun intended), we call it … “evolution.”
Any doctor can tell you that DNA mutations in a developing fetus are destructive to that organism. What is a miscarriage, medically speaking? It is a mutation of the DNA of that fetus that does not allow it to survive. Many individuals, though, do survive DNA mutation. We label the product of these mutations with words like Spina Bifida, Klippel- Feil Syndrome, Mental Retardation, Dwarfism, Hydroencephalus, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Schizophrenia and so on. We call these conditions disorders or disabilities because the individual would not survive without the assistance of others in the immediate environment. No, mankind did not evolve because of the intervention of DNA mutations. Even if one male individual of a particular species, for example, did mutate into a different species, wouldn’t it require the simultaneous creation of a female of that newly-created specie in order to reproduce? The answer is “Yes” because the seed of one species cannot successfully produce offspring with the seed of another species. Scientists have tried, and all experiments have failed! Only the existence of the effectual, complete seed of the parents, containing the DNA design of the original parents can produce a copy of one’s parental ancestors. And, I submit to you that ALL reproducing, living organisms are copies (with some variations) of their unique, original parents.
Summarizing this part of the discussion, let me say that variation in one’s DNA is by design and natural. We are all of different heights, strengths, colors, textures, intelligence, etc., and it is this variation that allows all living organisms to adapt to a changing environment. To the contrary, DNA mutation leads to destruction or disability of that organism. Otherwise, we would have the “Law of Evolution”. But we don’t. There is no Law of Evolution, and there is no scientist who would claim so! Well, no SANE scientist would violate the established principles of science – and survive as a credible reporter. He would probably be considered a “mutant” by other scientists. I would submit for your consideration that this would be firm evidence that mutations are not beneficial.
You might be asking, “What in the world does the theory of evolution have to do with basic Bible truth?” I’m glad you finally asked, because I did say at the beginning, “We must denounce the Theory of Evolution before anything else can be understood in Scripture.”
It turns out, and you can see this everywhere you look, that the concept of evolution is pervasive in (has spread throughout) our society. It is accepted as a fundamental principal of our existence. Human beings evolved from apes, a species that evolved from other mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plankton and (last but not least) bacteria. When I say the word, pervasive, I am referring to more than just a conscious awareness of some abstract idea; no, by “pervasive” I am referring to the cultural, moral, institutional, and unconscious assumptions – that is, fundamental beliefs – that virtually all educated human beings living on the face of the earth agree with. Else, why is there so much debate in our society about what to teach our children concerning the origin of life itself? So paranoid are the advocates of evolution that they have banished the notion of a Creator from school curriculum and have hidden from public view THE central theme of the Bible from governmental buildings. They have not yet chiseled Moses from the face of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., but that probably because he is standing with other historical lawmakers, including those of Babylon, Greece and Rome!
Those who even suggest that there is an alternative to the theory of evolution are ridiculed. Why is this? Evolution is taught with the fervor of a religion, and its adherents worship … what? They can’t say they worship “creation” – that would imply the existence of a Creator. What do they worship? Well, they worship … dirt. They are worshippers of protoplasmic matter, which came about by a big bang, which came from … nothing! They worship nothingness. Now, if you believe in the Creator, whose name is Yahweh, the Father of children whom He loves, provides for, protects and blesses … who do you think is working to destroy Him and His Family, including His Son, Yahshua? The Wicked One, the Accuser, the Devil, Satan. This one is attacking those who desire to obey their Heavenly Father, and he is winning.
Look around you. What is mankind worshiping? Hmm? Nothing! Nothing, that is, except money, power, prestige among men, and physical comforts. Religious institutions of worship are failing; prisons are expanding; crime is growing; abortions are multiplying; and immorality is being made lawful. But, you think this is bad! The major religion in the world today, to which 2 billion people claim membership, is in itself (in most of its thousands of varieties) a result of Theological Evolution, which even denies creation! The word, theology comes from the Greek: logos and theos. Theos refers to Yahweh, the Almighty. Logos means “word.” So, theology is the Word of Yahweh; and therefore Theological Evolution means “changes in the Word of Yahweh.” It denies creation because it purports that the Creator and His Word, His Law, does change, that His Law is no longer in effect, and that the Bible is not a true account of actual physical events but are merely fanciful stories – including, and I am not lying, the resurrection. Bart Ehrman, a highly-merited Christian college professor teaches that most of the books of the New Testament were not written by the individuals whose names they carry. He wins debates proving that the resurrection cannot be an historical fact. He has publicly acknowledged, in fact, that his search for the “historical Jesus” has destroyed his faith! He is no longer a believer, according to his own testimony. He, and I, would estimate, thousands of priests and pastors teach that Bible stories are fiction, written about an imaginary people, a small tribe of nomads who say they were given mystical powers by a particular deity who chose them to be His children. They teach that He later abandoned them in favor of a group of people who worship a man born of a virgin of that clan; a man who supposedly renounced His Father’s Word and created a new law that had no penalties for wrong-doing – as long as they confessed this man to be their “lord.” Ironically, they have fashioned their holy days after the ones celebrated by worshippers of the god called “lord,” or as the Bible refers to him, Ba’al. They have indeed evolved; that is, they are mutations of the truth in the Bible. And, according to Yahweh, they are abominations seeking His wrath.
Is this not just like the theory of evolution, where something begins with … nothing? And, then we see this progression of changes, where this one thing transforms into something else, making new changes possible for yet a similar but completely different “organism.” Theologically speaking, this represents Successionism, Dispensationalism or Replacement Theology, in which the covenants that the Creator made with His Chosen Ones are successively negated and new covenants are drawn up to replace them, thus leading to a brand new Dispensation or Era … with brand new chosen ones.
Evolution of Theology
The fundamental flaw with the Theory of Evolution and the Evolution of Theology is the concept of change and substitution. This is in direct opposition to Scripture, where Yahweh does not change, and in which He will give no glory to another.
"Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Master, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says Yahweh of hosts, Malachi 3:1.
Now, what covenant and what Messenger do you think Malachi is referring to? Well, it must be the New Covenant, as described in Jeremiah 31:31ff and duplicated in Hebrews 8:8-13, and it must be the Messenger described in Hebrews 12:24ff.
Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, …But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people, Jer 31:31, 33.
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith Yahweh. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith Yahweh; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them an Elohim, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away, Heb 8:8-13
This is duplicated in Hebrews 10, but the Spirit changes the order in which we receive the New Covenant.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” Hebrews 10:15-16.
The Spirit of Yahweh will place His Laws into our hearts, that we might have the Heart of Yahweh. As it was in David’s heart.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living Elohim, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly AND assembly of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to Yahweh the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Yahshua the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel, Hebrews 12:22-24.
Remember, Abel was the son of Adam (the son of man) who made a righteous offering.
But Yahweh said to my father David, “Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart,” 1 Kings 8:18.
Does Yahweh Change?
For I am Yahweh, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed, Mal 3:6.
I am Yahweh, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images, Isaiah 42:8.
For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another, Isaiah 48:9-11.
“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to Yahweh an offering in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to Yahweh, as in the days of old, as in former years. And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers [pagan worship], against adulterers [those who adulterate the Law of Yahweh, including evolutionary theologians], against perjurers [liars], against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans [thieves], and against those who turn away an alien [those who fail to spread the Word of Yahweh] – because they do not fear Me,” says Yahweh of hosts. “For I am Yahweh, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. [Therefore, my Children, I will save you who fear me] Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, [He cries] and I will return to you,” says Yahweh of hosts, Malachi 3:2-7.
He is Yahweh our Elohim; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance," when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it, Psalm 105:7-12.
Does this not speak of what is happening in this day?
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, Yahweh appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am El Shaddai; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." Then Abram fell on his face, and Elohim talked with him, saying: "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram [which means father (ab) of people (am), and the letter resh means ‘head’ ], but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be l’Elohim to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their l’Elohim."
To sum up, if we are to have an effectual belief in the truth of Scripture – the Torah, the Writings, the Prophets and the New Covenant – we cannot be double-minded and include within our beliefs the Theory of Evolution.
Do two men walk together unless they have made an agreement? (Amos 3:3)
The Theory of Evolution leads to the Evolution of Theology. It is THE dividing line.
For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect, Matthew 24:24.
Evolution is the sign and wonder of Satan who would fool the elect, beginning at the first Word of Yahweh, “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.”
We must continue to seek truth. May Yahweh bless. HalleluYah.
-Elder John Fisher
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