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Can You Believe BOTH The BIBLE and EVOLUTION?
Good News Magazine
January 1955
Volume: Vol V, No. 1
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Can You Believe BOTH The BIBLE and EVOLUTION?
Herbert W Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: July 31, 1892
Died: January 16, 1986
Member Since: 1928
Ordained: 1931
Office: Apostle

Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God in the late 1930s, as well as Ambassador College in 1946, and was an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon.

   SO MANY are saying today, "You can believe BOTH the Bible and evolution." But this is emphatically not so! The Century Dictionary and Encyclopedia defines evolution as "opposed to creation" — the only PROOF of God. Huxley said it was "directly antagonistic to Creation," adding, "Evolution makes it impossible to believe in the Bible." And, we might add, the BIBLE makes it impossible to believe in evolution.
   Sir Oliver Lodge said, "As taught by science, we learn that there has been no fall in man; there has been only RISE." Another frank evolutionist, Carl Vogt, says: "Evolution turns the Creator out of doors."
   And yet, in high schools and colleges, many teachers and professors are teaching students that there is no conflict between the Bible and evolution. They teach that you can believe BOTH. Some try to teach that evolution was God's METHOD of creation, and try to harmonize the first chapter of Genesis with the theory of evolution! This is merely crafty, cunning, lying deception, which is deceiving millions of students. They are then taught the "evidences" of evolution, they accept it, and soon become atheists before they realize it!

The Evolution Concept

   Evolution teaches that the first life upon the earth came ultimately, perhaps, by "spontaneous generation," or by "electrochemical action," or some unknown process, many millions of years ago, in the warm ocean slime. Thus, it is the theory of evolution that LIFE sprung out of DEAD MATTER — that the living came from the not-living.
   The first active life was a single-celled protoplasmic mass, which they have named an "amoeba." It was so small it could not be seen except thru a high-powered microscope. This single-celled bit of protoplasm generated, of itself, into additional cells. These cells developed, and multiplied, until the oceans became peopled with vast swarms of worms. These worms, evolution says, are our ancestors.
   These worms developed, grew, multiplied, advanced, gradually changing into entirely different forms of life. Some of these supposed early sea forms gradually took to land, developing lungs as well as gills for breathing, becoming what are called amphibians. Some of them stayed on the land altogether, and ultimately their lungs replaced their gills, and their gills disappeared. They developed into land animals. The amphibians continued to live both in water and on land, continuing to use both gills and lungs. The purely sea forms remained in the water, having gills and no lungs. By what process these Transformations occurred, evolutionists do not know.
   From these early forms there gradually developed, thru a fixed natural law of variation of species (which means one species or form, or kind of life gradually takes on new characteristics, and varies progressively — that is, toward the more complex physical form and toward advancing intelligence — until it has become changed into another and totally different species, or kind of animal) there gradually developed in this way reptile forms, and then mammals (animals having a spinal column, whose female suckles its young). This process of progressive development, and change from one species or kind into entirely different and higher species or kinds, continued thru the millions of years, branching off into different life forms until, among other forms, came some resembling the monkey of today, then the anthropoid ape, or a species similar, and, finally, some changing and developing into MAN.
   Man was a GRADUAL TRANSITION from some lower animal similar to the anthropoid ape — so gradual that it would be impossible to tell at just what stage it ceased to be ape, and became man. Thus, there was no one first man, called Adam, as the Bible claims. The first men were the most unintelligent savages. But the mind gradually developed, and character began to form, and MAN HAS BEEN GETTING CONSTANTLY BETTER AND BETTER. The savage of today is what our ancestors once were, as all high school students are taught in Ancient History.
   So evolution teaches that man has just developed, by slow and gradual progressive change, over a period of millions of years, thru all these various stages. It teaches that the CHANGE is always for the BETTER. From lowest, unintelligent savage, part ape and part man, we have developed and improved and progressed up to our present complex civilization and standard of intelligence. Evolution teaches that man's present state is the highest, noblest, most advanced, and most perfect he has ever attained. And he is still advancing, and constantly getting better and better.

Differences Between the Two Teachings

   Let us now come to a clear and plain understanding of the DIFFERENCES between the theory of evolution, and the teaching of the Bible.
   Both teachings admit man has come, or descended, from a common ancestor. Evolution says this common ancestor was the tiny single-celled piece of protoplasm, called an amoeba. It claims this amoeba was the common ancestor of every living thing—both plant and animal life—of the fishes, the birds, the snakes, the elephants, the monkeys, and of man.
   But the BIBLE tells us that the common ancestor of man was NOT the common ancestor of any other kind of life —but just of man only. And the BIBLE tells us this common ancestor of man was a MAN, created suddenly whole and complete AS a man, created physically PERFECT in the very beginning (Gen. 1:31 and I Cor. 15:45), and that this man's name was ADAM, and that Adam lived exactly 930 years to the very DAY —from the very DAY he was first created (Gen. 5:5).
   So the first difference is that evolution says our ancestor was an amoeba, and the Bible says our first ancestor was ADAM. Evolution says our first ancestor was the most IMPERFECT living organism that ever existed, and all life has advanced and gotten better and better ever since, but the BIBLE teaches that our first ancestor was made physically PERFECT, after the very IMAGE OF GOD (Gen. 1:27), and that this first man SINNED, and that man is now helpless and lost, and needs a REDEEMER so that he shall once more be MADE perfect. According to Evolution, man needs no Savior and no redemption, for he has never fallen, but has been getting better and better, and is now better than he ever was. So in this respect the two teachings are exactly CONTRARY.
   Secondly, both teachings admit CHANGE has taken place. Now some, who do not thoroughly understand what evolution teaches, believe that any mere CHANGE is evolution. But the word CHANGE is not synonymous with evolution. Evolution teaches that this change is CONTINUOUS, and PROGRESSIVE, until the bounds of the original species, or kind of plant or animal, has been outgrown.
   In other words, evolution teaches that one species, or kind, CONTINUES to CHANGE, until it has become an entirely DIFFERENT speck's, or kind, altogether. Thus, MAN has come by progressive CHANGE from lower forms of animals, like the ape. The ape came from a still lower and less intelligent form, like the monkey. And the monkey came from a still lower and less intelligent form, and so on, back to the amoeba.
   But the Bible claims that each kind, or species, of life, reproduces ONLY after its own KIND! Thus, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, WHOSE SEED IS IN ITSELF, upon the earth, and IT WAS so" (Gen. 1:11). "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good" (Gen. 1:21). "And God made the beast of the earth" (not after some TOWER kind of species, but) "AFTER HIS KIND, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind" (Gen. 1:25).
   And the Bible does not say God made man after the KIND, or species of some lower, less intelligent animal like the ape, but "God created man IN HIS OWN IMAGE, in the image of GOD created He him; male and female created He them" (Gen. 1:27 and I Cor. 15:39).
   So, if the Bible is true, and man was first created AFTER THE IMAGE OF GOD — then man "came," or "descended" direct from GOD. And when evolution teaches that man "came" or "descended" direct from some lower animal like an ape or monkey, THEY DELIBERATELY PUT THIS LOWER APE-LIKE ANIMAL IN THE PLACE OF GOD — and surely this is AN INSULT TO ALMIGHTY GOD! DO you not think so?

Life Comes Only from Life

   Thirdly, evolution teaches that the first LIFE came by some NATURAL PROCESS, out of DEAD MATTER — that the living came from the not-living, and by NATURAL LAWS. On the contrary, the Bible claims all life has come from GOD, as the CREATOR. "For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself" (John 5:26). "In HIM was life. All things were made by Him" (John 1:4, 3). "Seeing HE giveth to all, life, and breath, and all things" (Acts 17:25). "For in HIM we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE" (Gen. 2:7). This does not say God formed an amoeba in the warm ocean slime, and gave it life, and it grew, by progressive change, INTO a man. What God formed was nor formed in the warm ocean slime, but OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND. What He formed was not a single-celled amoeba, but a MAN. And the Bible distinctly says it was the MAN — not the amoeba ancestor of a man — that God put the breath of LIFE into.
   So, to sum up, evolution teaches first, that the amoeba is the common ancestor of all living plants and animals, while the Bible teaches Adam, created PERFECT, was the first ancestor of all men. Second, evolution teaches one species, or kind, changes into and becomes an entirely DIFFERENT species, or kind, but the Bible teaches that all change is confined WITHIN each species or kind. Third, evolution teaches that life originated by natural laws OUT OF DEAD MATTER, while the Bible teaches all life has come from GOD, and by His supernatural power. These are the three outstanding differences between the two teachings. One or the other is FALSE. Both cannot be TRUE.
   Evolution originated in pagan, infidel minds. Darwin, Huxley, Lyell, Spencer, Haeckel — the fathers of evolution — atheists, every one. CREATION is the very PROOF of GOD. The atheist must explain creation WITHOUT God, or he must believe in God and give up his infidelity! So these infidels INVENTED the theory of evolution in their imagination.

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