In this 200th year after the birth of Charles Darwin, it is helpful to ask what evolution, if it were true, would lead us to. If life is nothing more than random chance, natural selection, survival of the fittest, and a series of meaningless biochemical interactions, then what do we have to live for?
If Darwin's theory is correct, then we are absolutely alone in this universe. If he is correct, then life has no higher meaning. If Darwin had life figured out, then life has no meaning whatsoever. We are a mistake that begins when we are conceived and ends when we die. Our lives have no significance at all.
If Darwin is right and life is meaningless, where does this leave us? When our circumstances are going well and life is relatively easy, then we might be able to ignore the insignificance of our existence. But what about when things go badly?
When our lives take a turn for the worse and we lose our job, a loved one dies, we get sick, our spouse runs away with someone else, we go bankrupt, etc., what then? If Darwin was right, then we have no hope outside this world. Evolution automatically demands that we are living a meaningless life. This is a life that has no hope of getting any better based on the influence of any higher power. Therefore, at the most basic level, when things go badly for us we have no hope of things getting better unless someone here rescues us. What do we do if we have no one here who is powerful enough to help?
The combination of the meaninglessness of life and the lack of hope should logically lead to abject despair. Abject despair ought to logically lead to suicide. This may sound like an overstatement to some readers, but it appears to me to be the logical endgame of evolution.
Evolution is part of a worldview that has no hope.
As Christians, we have hope. This hope is based not on desire or dreams, but on fact. The fact is the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our hope also rests in the fact that Jesus is going to return. Titus 2:13 tells us, "...waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."
Let us continue the discussion with evolutionists. May we proclaim the truth in love. We have the facts on our side.
We also have hope.