EVOLUTION DESTROYS GOD FROM EVERY DIRECTION
If you don’t understand how evolution works
this may be a difficult post to follow. I’ll try to keep it simple.
1. Evolution eliminates Adam and Eve.
2. Evolution eliminates the possibility of the Fall of Man.
3. God did not evolve His own characteristics through adaptation. So how can he have any human characteristics or understand ours?
4. Humans are still evolving so we must not be made in God’s unchanging image.
5. If evolution is God’s necessary method to create species why did he not use it to create Himself?
FIRST, WE KNOW EVOLUTION CAN’T GO BACKWARDS.
SO THE FALL OF MAN IS IMPOSSIBLE.
“And the LORD said, Behold….now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6)
Adam and Eve are claimed to have been flawless – practically like god himself. But soon afterwards they ate of the tree of knowledge. So God demoted humanity to something so imperfect it was doomed to Hell. It was called The Fall of Man.
Later, God would supposedly try to save humanity from Original Sin
and God’s Hell by sending Jesus Christ to give people a route back to God’s good graces.
But Evolution explains that humans cannot have fallen from a more perfect
state in the first place. Evolution doesn’t go backwards. It never has. There never was a better version of humans. We have always adapted to our environments.
Similarly, all surviving species on earth; salamanders, sharks, lemurs, etc., are also well-adapted for their respective environments or they would not have survived to this point. Evolution in humans is still going on.
…SO THERE WAS NO ORIGINAL SIN
If there was no real Adam and Eve, there was no real ‘fall,’ no original sin.
Without Original Sin there is no reason for Jesus to ‘Save’ us. No Hell. And no reason for Christianity or its Gospels.Furthermore, Evolution required all the supposedly ‘sinful’ bits of the human condition for our survival: greed, avarice, lust, etc. These supposedly sinful qualities have always been in our species, Homo Sapiens. Our earliest ancestors must have needed these qualities or we would not have evolved them.
Yet religion tells us we are ‘fallen’ and we must repair ourselves.
This is a shame. Because it can only be wrong.
Humans have never been better than we are now.
Evolution confirms it.
SECOND, HOW COULD GOD UNDERSTAND HUMANS
IF GOD DIDN’T EVOLVE HUMAN TRAITS IN THE SAME WAY?
If God exists He did not arrive at his traits through evolution as Humans did.
God did not need to run from lions, so he did not develop the ability to stand. God did not need to procreate, so he did not acquire lust. God did not experience fear, so he did not develop goose bumps to raise the hair on the skin to look larger to intimidate a predator.
Importantly, God did not experience victimization, as humans did, so He cannot have evolved or acquired any sense of justice.
For these reasons and others, God could not have developed ANY human characteristics.
Think about that.
Our legs, arms, brains, eyes, fingernails, social skills and our ability to judge situations and so on – all of it comes from evolution – a process of constantly adapting over many generations to environmental changes and needs; to find our food, protect our babies, plan for our future, and so on.
But God would not have acquired any of these survival tools.
So how would God already have them?
It gets even more complicated!
God doesn’t need anything to sustain himself, so he would not have developed a keen vision as hunter gatherers did. God isn’t threatened so he would not have developed coping skills. So how would God know how to judge us without having evolved the social skills which make judgements possible?
In fact, why would God have evolved any ability to see, hear, develop intentions desires, or plans? These are created only by evolutionary means as far as we can tell.
If Evolution is God’s perfect method of creation – why isn’t it good enough for Himself?Why is God excusing himself from his own brilliant method of creation?
MAYBE GOD IS ALREADY FULLY EVOLVED?
BUT WAIT…. THAT DOESN’T WORK EITHER.
Let’s assume God was already perfectly evolved from the beginning.
Then which evolutionary traits does God NOT have?
Which ones does He not share with us?
Would God not have lust? Does God not have physical hunger?
These traits have been conclusively handed to humans – specifically through evolution and no other way.
So HOW did God get those same traits without evolution?
Without evolving in exactly the same way we humans did?
And…Why would God single out only certain traits as “sins” knowing they are just as necessary as all the other traits? Why would ‘LUST’ be a sin yet ‘EMPATHY’ not be a sin? Both are needed equally for survival.
It doesn’t make sense.
If God is perfectly evolved and Humans are made in God’s perfectly evolved image why is that image continually changing? And how then did God avoid acquiring the ‘sinful’ bits like lust and greed – evolution requires them in every other creature? How did God avoid them? And why would he?
And if God did not have these evolutionary traits (greed, avarice, gluttony) in Himself, why would God go out of his way to put those ‘non-god’ traits into Adam and Eve knowing it would only lead to their sin and ruin?
Such an act would not be a matter of making us in the image of God at all – this is making us in the image of something else. That would be a willfully evil thing for God to do.
It is not believable – is it?
THIRD, IS GOD JUST A ROCK?
This is a serious question.
It is looking like God is more like a rock than a person.
A rock doesn’t live, it has no needs or intentions. A rock doesn’t evolve.
Some rocks have not changed in a billion years. And when Humans are gone from earth, those rocks will still remain the same.
Rocks know how to roll down hills.
Rocks know how to sink. They know how to be ageless. Yet a rock doesn’t really ‘know’ anything, does it? Things just happen to rocks.
Wouldn’t a god have to be in the same situation as a rock? A bundle of naturally occurring inorganic phenomena? Unchanging? Non-living? A Rock of Ages?
Without living and adapting along side us, God could not develop any human-like qualities. Yet such an evolving God is not part of any theology or religion connected to the Bible.
God’s claimed characteristics (the ability to watch over us, listen to prayers, take sides in wars) would have been formed without any evolutionary process to create them. And how could God understand humanity without having the same abilities? Or sharing the same direct creation experience through Evolution?
WE HAVE MADE OURSELVES THROUGH UNTOLD STRUGGLES
Our forebears did all the struggling for us.
That is how we became the amazing humans we are. These traits are hard won adaptations from the toil and trouble of millions of humans over hundreds of thousands of years. Why hand all the credit to a God who didn’t share in it?
And isn’t it more likely that God is just another expression of our own evolution? Isn’t it more likely we project our own character traits onto God?
Creating gods was a good way to adapt to trouble and suffering before humans had any better understandings. It was a way to deal with loneliness and unbearable tragedy. We made up myths to comfort us.
We clearly understand the myth far better than the myth could ever understand us.
MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL:
WHY DID GOD USE A DIFFERENT METHOD TO CREATE HUMANS
THAN WHATEVER METHOD HE USED TO CREATE HIMSELF?
Some say God used evolution to create humans.
But clearly God did not use evolution to create Himself. And that is a shocking thought.
One wonders why God wouldn’t have created humans using the same method he used to create himself. Was He unsure He could survive it?
Evolution is a chancy, cruel, long, wasteful method to arrive at any particular species – 99.99% of all species have already gone extinct. If one assumes God always had all human traits plus many others of His own, why would God not impart those basic traits immediately upon creating humans?
After all, if God can find us a parking spot when we ask Him to, shouldn’t it make sense
that he could also cut evolution short – or skip it altogether? Is that what he did for himself?
HUMANS ARE STILL EVOLVING.
BUT SOMEHOW GOD ISN’T?
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
God is unchanging. So what part of us is made in the image of God?
There is no part of humanity which was ever perfect or unchanging.
If we are created in God’s image, why would God allow evolution to continue as it has – past the original image which was supposedly complete? Is God evolving along with us? How?
And why take a billion years to arrive at the first ape-like being
only to keep tinkering to create Homo Sapiens
hundreds of thousands of years later?
MORE PROBLEMS – REALLY – IS GOD JUST A ROCK?
Humans were close to extinction many times.
At one point according to scientists, humans numbered as few as 40,000 in Africa.
We almost didn’t make it!
So do we force god to evolve alongside us? Do we keep adding to his characteristics as we develop new ones of our own?
Or does God remain unchanged?
If God doesn’t change, God would increasingly look like an extinct species
as we continue to evolve further away from the image of humans today, let alone the differences we already have from the barbaric illiterates from ancient deserts thousands of years ago.
And science allows us to look 200,000 years in the future.
Humans of that era will not look at all like us, they will not sound like us or understand things as we do. Those future ‘humans’ will be as different from us
as we are from Homo Erectus.
Evolution guarantees humans will continue evolving.
This is something to really think about.
We humans obviously created many gods – perhaps every single one of them.
People of the future who evolve new traits will no doubt project onto the new gods
all of those new traits as well.
It is hard to love a rock.
And even more difficult is to see how a rock could love us – let alone judge us
for doing what it programmed into us and that which we had no choice about.