Differences of opinions in the Christianity community is nothing out of the ordinary because Christians grow at different spiritual levels. The Bible points out in Romans 15, there are two sets of Christians, those who are stronger and then those who are weaker. The ones stronger in the faith, happily “bear their infirmities of the weak.”
A pro-evolutionist publication which I have mentioned a number of times in this blog, “New Scientist” has been delighting in an emerging battle between those who believe evolution can be reconciled with religion, and those who say the two should be kept separate.
The Discovery Institute who heads the intelligent design movement claims one cannot be a Christian and also believe in evolution. There is a problem with the Discovery Institute taking on this issue because their organization doesn’t use the Bible as a foundation for it’s investigation on how nature works.
They are certainly not a ‘Christian’ organization but has a worldview with a mixture of an unknown supernatural or natural (as it believes in possible alien life forms) as source for the origin of life. This is just as bad as the NCSE, with their Faith Network Coordinator which has printed a curriculum for adult Sunday School classes.
So the question remains, can one be a Christian and still believe in evolution. The answer is “yes.” As stated earlier in Romans 15, there are strong and weaker Christians. Does that mean the two go together in harmony, so one can actually come closer to God using “Theistic Evolution?”
The answer is a resounding “no” because a Christian would be sinning if he/she believed evolution was compatible with the Bible. A worldview and the Bible are two different things (which Discovery Institute would be right) so it would not bring them closer to God.
An example, a new convert might still have many errors, and still might be sitting in a false ‘church’ or still holding on to evolution. It might be years before they realize their errors and come out, or they might die before then but they still go to heaven.
Now on to Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and the launch of their new website, claiming evolution is compatible with religion. This site does indeed attempt to use the Bible to make their claims. Although they wrongly try to fit the story of evolution within the framework of the Bible and then adds to it.
For instance, the fall of Adam they claim is compatible with evolution because they believe there were animals living before Adam’s time. Not only that but claiming human’s came into the earth’s history very late because the story of evolution says so. This mixture or a worldview is not biblical nor practical.
What about using evolution to justify atheism like Dawkins promotes? Evolution is not neutral like some have tried to claim and certainly cannot be fitted into the framework of the Bible, but evolution can be fitted into the framework of atheism because that is where it’s actually compatible.