A leading modern Darwinian evolutionist and anti-creationist philosopher, Michael Ruse, acknowledges that evolution is a God-rejecting religion. Religion by definition is a strongly held belief about the origin, meaning and purpose of life. “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality.” Michael Ruse continues, “I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint, and Dr. Gish [of the Institute for Creation Research] is but one of many to make it, the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today . . .. Evolution therefore came into being as a kind of secular ideology, an explicit substitute for Christianity.”
American Judeo-Christian heritage and God-centered order works—freedom and civility reign when people are humble and Genesis 1:1 and 1:31 are the norm. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…it was very good.”
Then sin intervened and God’s substitutionary gift for man’s justification, the sinless Jesus of Nazareth bridged the gap between the earthly pilgrimage and eternal life with Him. In John 3:16, the Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” When John 3:16 is adopted by faith, a change occurs. Christ can then be on the throne of one’s life and the person benefits because the deceptive self can be recognized and put down.
The well-known mottos of successful leaders in homes, businesses and communities: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy Word,” Psalm 119:9. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding,” Proverbs 3:5. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” Philippians 4:8.
~ D. Norris