Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Are We Practical Evolutionists?

Had this idea tonight that if we can be practical atheists, why not practical evolutionists, too?
I mean, we profess God as creator and can give an awesome apologetic response for the evidences of creation and the intellignet design that is evident in nature. But... do we really believe in the source of this creational power -- the very Word of God??

God spoke the world into existence - He said, "Let there be light." and there was light.
The light couldn't make itself. Darkness cannot pick itself up by its bootstraps and become light in its own power.

No matter how many petry dishes and experiments that attempt to simulate primordial ooze we concoct, we'll never achieve the miraculous power of a single Word from the mouth of God.

Jesus is the Word of God and all things that are came through Him.

God's words have power, making dead bones come alive.

Dead things cannot make themselves alive any more than we can pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and be good people.
The Commandments of the Lord are not: you need to stop doing this and you must start doing that.
The Commandments of the Lord are perfect contain the enabling power to obey.
When Jesus says, "Go and sin no more," the word of His command has the same life-giving power as the original act of creation. Do we really believe in His power? Or are we practical evolutionists?


Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear more about this part:
When Jesus says, "Go and sin no more," the word of His command has the same life-giving power as the original act of creation. Do we really believe in His power? Or are we practical evolutionists?

Are you saying that if we "believe in his power" then we won't sin anymore. Kind of like a Word-Faith thing? That we can actually not sin anymore if we believe well enough? My guess is that that's not what you're saying. Anymore info here?

Deb said...

Hi Anonymous. I just added a new blog post about a book called, "Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Change." That book looks like it is directed to the exact topic that you are asking about (ie, the thing that I didn't explain very well.) I'd commend that book to you for what is probably a great explanation.

As far as what I meant when Jesus commands someone to "Go and sin no more," the person receiving it has already experienced grace and the gospel in such a way that the command is not a burden. In the case of the woman caught in adultery, after being forgiven and pardoned from condemnation and execution, she would have taken the commandment to go and sin no more as a path toward walking in freedom and away from bondage. Such a path would not have been previously available to her, from a cultural or moral perspective. She was labeled an adulterous, and apart from being pardoned and redeemed, she would always be that label. After being forgiven, she was now free to no longer be "the adulterous woman" but rather a child of God and disciple of Jesus Christ.
Plus, someone who is trapped in a sinful lifestyle needs more than to just be convinced that what they're doing is wrong or harmful or unhealthy, etc.. They need to hear the whole gospel so they believe in the power of God, not human ability.

1 Cor. 15 comes to mind:

"1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

"9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed."