There is a striking, fundamental
connection between the Sabbath and evolution. Many of us, perhaps, have felt
that we need not be concerned about evolution. We have heard it stated that
there is no real conflict between science and the Bible, or between science and
religion. But that is only because we have not fully realized just what
"Say, you don't swallow that one about Jonah and the
whale, do you?" sneeringly asked a relative -- a young lady fresh from
college, some little time ago. I was shocked, for she had been reared in a
Christian home, and, before her college days had been converted.
"You ought to study biology," she continued,
"and you'd get your eyes opened. You still cling to a lot of those dusty
old myths and legends and fairy tales of the Bible. That's just ignorance, and
superstition. Science has proven that the Bible is not an accurate historian,
nor a textbook on science. We know now that Moses' narrative of creation was
only a legend. Most of Genesis is nothing but folklore. There wasn't any Adam.
And think how silly is that story about Eve being made from one of Adam's
Something had happened to this young lady. She had gone to
college a sincere, happy, jolly, Christian girl full of ideals. She came out a
typical modern girl. A scoffer. Idealism shattered. Serious, sarcastic, cynical.
Yet she stoutly maintained that she still believed in God. Only her conception
had changed, and most of Christianity had been revealed to her as silly
superstition. She had had her eyes "opened"!
Yes, and Satan opened them! "Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light." II Corinthians 11:14.
I quote this instance because it is typical. Our colleges and
universities are turning out thousands and thousands of young men and young
women like her, every year.
Now let us get OUR eyes opened! Let's awake to the
significance of this situation! Professors in denominational colleges, supported
by professing Christians, teach us that we can believe BOTH in God and in
evolution. And most of us have heard this and assumed it to be the truth.
Satan knows how to keep abreast with the times. He employs
modern weapons for a modern world. AND EVOLUTION IS THE DEVIL'S MOST POWERFUL
MODERN WEAPON. With it Satan is snatching people away from God faster than God's
people are able to win others to Him. And Satan is picking the very flower of
our young manhood and womanhood -- the high school and college students.
Can you accept both God and evolution? Can you be a
Sabbath-keeper and believe in evolution? What PROOF have you that God IS your
God? What PROOF that He is the ONE TRUE GOD? That He is greater than other gods?
When God desired to have a sign between Him and the children of Israel, that
they might know that He was their God, as well as that He might know they were
His people, what sign did He choose? He made the Sabbath that sign. Exodus
31:12-18. WHY? HOW does the Sabbath point to Him as the ONE TRUE GOD? SIMPLY BY
POINTING, AS A MEMORIAL, TO CREATION! The God who CREATED this earth, and
everything that we see and know -- surely THAT God is the TRUE GOD, greater than
all other gods. Surely Creation is the one supreme proof that He IS GOD! Rob GOD
of that proof, and what proof have you left that He is greater than the gods of
the heathen? When you keep the Sabbath, you affirm, every seventh day, your
belief that God is the Creator!
Is Satan dumb? Oh no! Satan knows exactly WHERE to strike to
destroy the faith of those he wants to take from God. When Satan destroys belief
in Creation -- when the Devil succeeds in convincing men that this earth was not
created by an all-powerful creating God, but that it came, -- listen to this,
for it is the accepted scientific definition of evolution -- "by continuous
progressive change, by NATURAL causes, according to fixed laws, brought about
only thru RESIDENT forces" -- then has Satan destroyed the PROOF of God.
Do you know just what evolution is? It is the Atheist's
explanation of creation -- of creation WITHOUT GOD. The infidel had to originate
some kind of an explanation. Ask him, "Well, if you don't believe in a
personal God, then how did this earth get here? How did you get here?" --
and, until he invented the theory of evolution, he could not answer. Without
evolution he could not account for his own very existence. So evolution became
It is true that evolution originated in pagan, infidel,
unbelieving minds. It is the product of the mind of the "natural man,"
as the Apostle Paul describes him. The mind to which the things spoken of in the
Holy Scriptures are, as those Scriptures say, "but foolishness." Those
world-renowned scientists who developed, cradled, and propagated into scientific
acceptance the modernly recognized theory of evolution were -- every one --
atheists. Darwin, originally professing Christianity, utterly lost his faith
thru his conversion to evolution. Huxley, Spencer, Haeckel, Lyell -- atheists or
agnostics, everyone! The evolution-believing scientist today is no more a
believer in your God and mine, than were those of Darwin's day. Thomas A. Edison
said the word "God" had no meaning to him! Luther Burbank died
proclaiming his unbelief in any personal, creating God.
But do our college professors teach that evolution denies
Creation -- denies God -- denies the Bible? They do not dare! They are teaching
in schools supported wholly or in part by professing Christians. They are
teaching too many students reared in Christian faith. It would be too great a
shock. It would create and intensify prejudice. So our college professors know
they must be subtle -- just as Satan would have them. They approach the subject
with the stealth and fox-like cunning of that old "serpent." They tell
our young students they may believe BOTH in God and in evolution. They tell the
students and the public that there is no real conflict between science and
religion. They lull suspicion and quiet prejudice. They hand out evolution
sugar-coated, craftily assuring us it is entirely harmless. They appeal to the
pride and the vanity of the "rational" mind. To understand and believe
evolution becomes a mark of distinction, of learning, of "higher"
education. To reject it is a mark of gross ignorance, rank prejudice, threadbare
superstition. They present a mass of highly complicated arguments,
"positive" evidence, and supposed facts -- all based upon an imaginary
and suppositious hypothesis. They fill the student's mind so full of complex and
intricate minor arguments and details that he loses sight of the main
fundamentals which must be proved or disproved, before any of the arguments
hanging upon them become established. These underlying fundamentals they ignore,
or rush hurriedly over. The student is induced to take them for granted. After a
single year's course in Biology or Geology, the average college student is
thoroughly convinced that evolution is conclusively proved and established.
Since evolution is PROVED, anything contrary must be false.
Gradually, as he proceeds in life, our former college student
begins to realize that he cannot reconcile the teachings of the Bible with
evolution. So, of course, evolution has disproved the Bible. It never occurs to
him that the Bible might disprove evolution. When there is dispute between the
Bible and science, science is always right and the Bible always wrong.
Our student who has accepted evolution still thinks he
believes in God. His professor told him he could believe in both God and
evolution, oh but that professor neglected to define his God. For evolution, god
is not a creating God, -- he is only a pantheistic god -- everywhere present in
nature -- just another name for blind, dumb, purposeless nature. But, now, he
gradually realizes he cannot reconcile evolution and the Creation account in
Genesis. He does not realize, at first, that this has destroyed his sole PROOF
of God. But it does destroy any conception in his mind about infallibility of
the Bible, or divine Inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
The Century Dictionary and Encyclopedia defines evolution as
"opposed to Creation." Huxley said it was "directly antagonistic
to Creation," adding "evolution makes it impossible to believe the
Bible." Sir Oliver Lodge says, "Taught by science, we learn that there
has been no fall of man; there has been only rise." Another frank
evolutionist, Carl Vogt, says, "Evolution turns the Creator
What Evolution Teaches
Do you realize what evolution teaches? It is much more than a
theory that man "came from monkey." Briefly, it is this: The earth
"came" by purely NATURAL causes, by the Planetesimal Hypothesis, of
Prof. Thos. Crowder Chamberlain. Until a few years ago, the earth
"came" by the "Spiral Nebular Hypothesis" of La Place. Now,
however, that theory is discarded and out-of-date. Man "came," in
Lamark's day, by the theory of "Use and Disuse." But since the day of
Darwin, man has come by a natural fixed law of variation of species, a law of
the "survival of the fittest," called "Natural Selection."
That means that nature -- blind nature - - selects the fittest for survival, the
weaker being exterminated in the struggle for existence, and therefore progress
is ever upward. The first life upon this earth, according to the Gospel of
evolution, "came" by spontaneous generation, or some unknown process,
many millions of years ago, in the warm ocean slime. The first active life was a
single-celled protoplasmic "amoeba," so small you could see it only
through a high-powered microscope. It generated into additional cells. It
developed, grew, multiplied, until the oceans became peopled with vast swarms of
worms. And mark you, these worms, according to evolution, are our ancestors. It
goes back much farther than the monkey. A life grew and multiplied and
developed, some of these supposed early sea forms gradually took to land,
developing lungs in place of gills. Then developed, out of these, thru the fixed
NATURAL law of "variation of species" (meaning one species of life
changes into, and becomes, another and different and higher species) caused only
by RESIDENT forces, reptile forms, and then mammals. Life upon earth developed,
advanced -- always advancing -- upward -- ever upward -- thru the ages, one
species changing gradually into another, different, more advanced species of
life, finally reaching the monkey, then the anthropoid ape, and then, finally --
the dawn of MAN. Man was a gradual transition from anthropoid ape -- so gradual
that no one could possibly tell at just what stage of development it ceased to
be ape and became man.
That, briefly, is evolution! Can you reconcile that theory
with any CREATION that points to God as Creator? Can you accept it without
denying the PROOF of God? Can you accept it and say you are keeping a Sabbath
that points to Creation?
Now let's proceed just a little farther. According to
evolution, there could have been no Adam -- no clearly defined first man.
Therefore there could have been NO FALL OF MAN!
The Devil is not content with destroying the proof of God,
the Father. He must go farther. The only FALL OF MAN has been upward -- ever
UPWARD! The first human beings were mere ape-men, -- almost as much ape as man.
Virtually no intelligence. No language, nor intelligent speech. According to
science, the process of development continued for millions of years, from this
ape-man beginning through various familiar ages -- the "Old Stone
Age," the "Iron Age," the "Bronze Age," and the others,
thru which science imagines man has traveled. Man has continued to progress
according to science, clear down to the present day, when man is supposed to be
progressing faster than ever before. Isn't PROGRESS the gospel of the day? Isn't
it the religion of the world? PROGRESS! Yes, but where? Toward God, or toward
Satan? Material progress, perhaps. But spiritual and moral progress, NO.
Now note where this leads us. Since man is not fallen, but
has ever continued to progress upward, MAN NEVER HAD ANY NEED OF A SAVIOUR! Thus
does evolution dispose of the great purpose -- the great proof -- of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, -- the second member of the Trinity.
But evolution does not stop here. Evolution teaches that the
miraculous and the supernatural are impossible. Why, all on earth evolution is,
is an attempted explanation of how things came by NATURAL causes, thru RESIDENT
forces. Just blind, dumb, purposeless nature. Just happen-so. No miracles.
Nothing sudden or supernatural. The scientist says that the miraculous and the
supernatural are scientifically impossible. Evolution absolutely and completely
denies the possibility of the supernatural. Now let us ask, is the Holy Ghost
anything but the supernatural? So THUS, TOO, DOES EVOLUTION DISPOSE OF THE HOLY
But still that is not all! The young college student, who has
learned about evolution, sneers about Jonah and the whale. Evolution has taught
him that the miraculous is impossible. The story of Jonah is a miracle. So it
becomes a silly joke. Do you see Satan's purpose in striking at this? Because
Jonah was a type of Christ, the ONLY SIGN GIVEN BY JESUS CHRIST THAT HE WAS THE
MESSIAH -- the only proof that the resurrection was upon the Sabbath and not
upon the first day of the week -- the only proof which does away with the
justification of the world for keeping a different day than the one which points
to God as the Creator!
And Satan, thru evolution, and the teachings against the
supernatural, has destroyed one thing more! Why has the Devil caused our modern
scientists, and our young college students, to sneer at the account of the
creation of Eve from Adam's rib? Picture this! Adam in the garden -- his side
opened -- and from the wound came Eve, Adam's bride. Now picture another event
of which that was the type, four thousand years later. The second Adam, Jesus
Christ, on the
Cross -- a wound in His side -- and from this wound poured
the blood which was the purchase price of the bride for Him! Eve was a type of
the Church of God! So Satan had to attack that, too, and cause our modern
intellectuals to regard that with scorn and ridicule.
You will find that it is such key points -- the signs and
proofs which point to and prove God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the inspiration
and veracity of the Bible and the Bride of Christ, the Church of God on earth --
the very things that Satan would destroy at which the Devil shrewdly levels his
Can a man believe BOTH in God and in evolution? Are these
modern scientific teachings in accord with the Bible? We answer with a question.
Can a man believe in both Satan and God? Are Satan's teachings in accord with
those of the Holy Ghost in the Scriptures? Can we reconcile them?
"Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light." Our college students are getting their eyes "opened." Man
is ever advancing. Instead of being taught to worship the God of Creation, they
are being taught to worship man and his wonderful, ever advancing handiwork.
THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR! The high school and college students of our land. The
flower of our youth. The future LEADERS of our modern civilization. Satan truly,
knows WHERE, and HOW to strike. And EVOLUTION IS HIS MOST POWERFUL MODERN