With this being the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, there will undoubtedly be much discussion this year (there already is) of his impact upon modern society. Since 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, Darwin will be difficult to ignore.
It does not surprise me that secularists in general and atheists in particular believe in evolution. It only makes sense that people who do not know Jesus Christ will also hold faulty views about the beginnings of the universe.
It does surprise and trouble me that some Christians believe that God used evolutionary methods to bring His creation into existence. I've heard this many times from people who I have no doubt are followers of Jesus Christ. I believe that these Christians mean well. They are trying to in some way reconcile the differences between Christian theism and secular-naturalistic beliefs about the beginnings of the world.
Despite their good intentions, Christians who believe in some sort of evolution (macroevolution, not microevolution) have a big theological problem on their hands. The big problem is this: in their view, death MUST come before sin. If plants and animals existed for millions of years prior to the first humans, then there must have been a great deal of death before any humans walked the earth.
Romans 5:12 makes this clear. Paul writes, "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned..." (ESV)
The bible tells us that death is a consequence of sin. Death comes from sin. In fact, this is what we see when we give a literal reading to Genesis 1-2.
A related problem for Christians who hold to evolution is this: if death comes before sin in Genesis 1-2, then to be consistent it seems that death must still exist in Revelation 21-22. Is the Christian/evolutionist ready to say that death will exist after sin is done away with by Christ? We certainly can't believe that this will be the case.
It saddens me that many Christians are willing to sacrifice theological truth on the altar of secular scientific theory. Christians must realize that evolution today is pushed and promoted by secularists. It is secular scientists who are trying to force their beliefs on our culture. On the other hand, many scientists who are also Christians believe that the objective scientific data corresponds closely with a literal reading of Genesis 1-2.
It is a great biblical truth that death only came after sin. We also know that after sin is gone, death will be gone as well.
I have never once heard a good answer from a Christian/evolutionist as to how death can come before sin.
I'm still waiting.
(For a great deal of excellent information on Creationism, go to AnswersinGenesis.org.)