The Death of Absolutes? – by Brett Evans
We live in a world where absolutism is dying off, and it’s dying off quickly.
Seeds of relativism that were planted hundreds of years ago into the fertile gardens of philosophy, science and religion have germinated and grown into an unbridled harvest of confusion. Definitions are in flux and seem to change by the minute based on the trending opinion of the masses or, in some cases, by the innate proclivities of a few.
Gender, traditionally defined by biological certainties, is now defined by the subjective inclinations of the individual, regardless of biological restraints.
Marriage, once defined as a covenant-union between a man and a woman for the express purpose of preserving the integrity of a society, is now loosely defined as a union of two people, regardless of gender, for the express purpose of validating a sexual predisposition.
Morality. Good. Evil. Sexuality.
None of these words have clear definitions anymore and are subject to circumstance and individual interpretation, and the list of words being stripped of their unimpeachable definitions is growing every day.
There are, however, a few “truths” society at large has established as absolutes that cannot be questioned, and it should come as no surprise that many of these so-called absolutes are in direct conflict with the Judeo-Christian worldview. Darwinism (commonly called evolution) is one such concept.
Darwinism is the concept that all living things come from a common cell-like organism which was randomly and materialistically formed and, over time, evolved into every kind of plant, animal and human we see on earth today by natural selection. This concept is extra-Biblical and affords no cause from a Creator.
Darwinism has many scientific problems. If all living creatures were generated randomly then it is assumed (by most Darwinists) that the same must have happened with space, time, chemicals, galaxies, stars and planets, but the more scientists learn, the more they admit that these things happening spontaneously, even over billions of years, is a statistical impossibility. When scientists consider how fine-tuned the laws of physics are calibrated for life to exist, for example, they are left boggled at the idea that this could be the work of random materialism.
Many of the common “proofs” of evolution have been refuted by further scientific evidence or have been found to be flat-out unscientific and falsely propagated as truth. Carbon-dating, the fossil record, the Urey/Miller experiment, and the so-called “missing link” fossils are just a few commonly used proofs of evolution that have been disproved by science and history, and yet they are all taught as infallible proofs of evolution to this day.
Despite the scientific flaws of Darwinism, it is widely accepted as the truth. As a matter of fact, evolution is now implicitly suggested in the very use of the word “science,” so much so that to suggest evolution could be wrong is to slay the sacred cow of academia. It’s not only implicit to science but now also to psychology, economics and even—sadly—some religion. It is the very zeitgeist of academia and permeates every premise of every area of study.
If you challenge the notion, you’re likely to be ostracized. Professors have lost their tenure, students have been publicly lambasted and embarrassed, and professionals have been marginalized for simply challenging the premise of Darwinism and suggesting there may be a Creator. Celebrity talking heads like Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye pompously attack anyone who believes in a Creator by calling them fools and, worse, dangerous.
But, why? Why, when almost everything else is subject to individual interpretation, would society be so vehement about evolution? With just an ounce of discernment it’s easy to understand. The prince of this world (John 14:30) has come to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and does so with lies (John 8:44), and what better way to steal, kill and destroy someone’s hope, meaning and purpose in life than to “scientifically” prove there is no God? Paul wisely said that we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor 2:11), and one thing we know with confidence is that the enemy will use whatever weapon he can to destroy us—whether that’s relativism or by creating false absolutes like evolution.
Darwinism teaches a person they are paradoxically and simultaneously their own god and yet, at the same time, more worthless than an ant. The heroes in the story of Darwinism are chaos, random chance and death. Darwinism condones racism, abortion and genocide because the “weaker species” must die off in order for man to progress. Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, and Karl Marx all derived their political atrocities from this ideology that has accounted for hundreds of millions of murdered humans. It’s easy to see why the enemy wants to ensure this mindset remains the prevailing ideology of our day.
So, what can we as Christians do? 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” How are we to be sober and vigilant? We must first pay careful attention to our own thoughts. Have we accepted the concepts of evolution as truth? If so, we must examine ourselves and take inventory of those ideologies that aren’t of God and ask God to purge us of those mentalities. Secondly, we must make sure to proactively discuss these matters with our children. Our children are being indoctrinated with these concepts on a daily basis. We must teach them the ways of the Lord and true science that they may have confidence in what they know to be true.
Absolutism may be unfashionable in many respects, but the Devil knows that the deception of false absolutes like evolution are a powerful weapon of destruction, and he’ll do all he can to saturate this world with this contagion. But we can stand in peace and confidence knowing that the God we serve is the same yesterday, today and forever and that his Word is forever settled in heaven, and no one—not even Satan—can change that.