To accept the theory that apes were the ancestors of men, as believed by some people, is to throw dirt on human dignity. A people who does not understand that he owes his existence to God Almighty, or who thinks that he is a product of "chance" must be pitied for having been hoodwinked into spiritual blindness in regard to the divine purpose.
The theory of evolution is to the effect that "all living things (plants and animals) have developed from earlier and different forms, and have not been specially Created"; and that hundreds of millions of years ago one or more tiny, single celled, living organisms appeared on the earth. "Bacteria and amoebae are regarded as examples of these earliest life-forms, which are supposed to have possessed such marvelous powers of development that after long ages, they gave rise to all the varied forms of plant and animal life we find around us in the world today."
To say the least, this theory is one of the most pernicious philosophies that godless tutors have employed to entice students into disbelieving the authenticity of the Holy Bible and to initiate them into atheism.
Dr. Henry M. Morris expressed the minds of many when he stated that the theory "has probably contributed more to the prevalent secularistic and materialistic philosophy of the world today than any other one influence".
The view has also been aired by eminent academic authorities that what changed the whole character of thought in science was the publication of Charles Darwin on The Origin of Species in 1859, followed by The Descent of Man in 1871.
It is no wonder that in an evil world in which Satan, the "prince of the power of the air", is the overlord, such a theory based on the figments of human imagination should receive world-wide acclamation among the "wise men" of the world and have a deadly effect on many people who lay claim to knowledge. Truly, "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God". (I Cor. 3: 19) What is more, Jesus Christ said: "...For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." -Luke 16: 15.
God made man from the dust, and when Adam sinned, God told him: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, (so it is with man up till today) till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3: 19) It is the height of folly, therefore, for anyone to attempt to contradict these indisputable facts of the Bible which all men see fulfill on human beings that "go the way of all flesh."
Moreover, what was infused into the body which God formed from the dust (not one that evolved from monkey) was not "human soul" but the breath of life. And so when the breath goes out of man he dies and turns to dust again. The Psalmist declared: "Thou (God) hidest Thy face, they (men) are troubled: Thou takest away their breath (NOT soul), they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth Thy spirit (as on resurrection day), they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth."-Psalm ] 04: 29, 30.
The doctrine that the soul is a separate entity in man which continues its existence after death is an invention of nominal Christianity and it has no foundation in the Holy Scriptures. What is clear from Genesis 2: 7, earlier cited, is that it is the human body made from the dust of the ground and the breath of life that make up the 'living soul', And to say that the 'soul' can never die is false. God said, "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, IT SHALL DIE". - Ezekiel. 18: 4, 20; see also Psalm 89: 48: Acts. 3: 23.
It has been proven beyond all doubts that the premise on which the Roman Catholic Church tries to reconcile the theory of evolution with the Bible is unfounded. Certain "Churches" that have made themselves a part of the world for not keeping strictly the tenets of true Christianity, have a tendency of trying to please men at the expense of the revealed truth of God in the Bible. This is very bad. The late Sir Winston Churchill of Great Britain deplored it. He said:
"Accordingly I have always been surprised to see some of our Bishops and clergy making such heavy weather about reconciling the Bible story with modern scientific and historical knowledge. Why do they want to reconcile them? If you are the recipient of a message which cheers your heart and fortifies your soul, which promises you reunion with those you have loved in a world of larger opportunity and wider sympathies, why should you worry about the shape or colour of the travel-stained envelope; whether it is duly stamped, whether the date on the post- mark is .right or wrong? These matters may be puzzling, but they are certainly not important. What is important is the massage and the benefits to you of receiving it." - My Early Life.
And St. Paul declared: "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
(Galatians I: 10) It is against the background of this understanding we should judge whether those who are seeking to please men by attempting to reconcile the pagan theory of evolution \with the Bible, are servants of Christ. See also Galatians 1: 8, 9.
Lt. Col. Davies, M.A., F.G. S., F.R.S.E., F.R.A.I., decIared: "It will puzzle any geologist to produce the least shred of evidence for evolution which could stand the test of rigid examination by a capable critic... I would guarantee to get up on a platform with any number of evolutionists as opponents, and riddle their supposed 'scientific' case throughout, by putting one fundamental question after another which they would be powerless to answer satisfactorily; although failure to answer anyone of those questions would be fatal to all idea of 'demonstrating' the truth of Descent."
An authority in Paleontology, Prof. W.B. Scott, writing on "The Palaeontological Record", in Darwin and Modern Science, said: "The ludicrous discrepancies which often appear between the phylogenetic 'trees' of various writers have led many zoologists to ignore palaeontology altogether as unworthy of serious attention... What one writer postulates as almost axiomatic, another will reject as impossible and absurd."
Added to all that, an eminent scholar by the name of Dr. Henry M. Morris, has this to say: "Not only does the theory fail to account for the origin of life, but it cannot even provide a satisfactory explanation of the method by which evolution works: A great many proposed explanations have been offered by a great many investigators and theorizers, but the mechanics of evolution remains just as mysterious as it was a hundred years ago. Many modern biologists frankly admit their ignorance on this most important phase of their theory."
When in 1860 T. H. Huxley read a paper to defend Darwin's conclusions on biological evolution at a meeting of the British Association in Oxford, Dr. Samuel Wilberforce so creditably ridiculed the whole idea and exposed its satanic character that he gained the honest support of the majority.
The Holy Bible states categorically that God created man' in His own image and endowed him with attributes so that man may live to reverence, glorify and praise Him. "This people have I formed for myself;" said the Lord, "they shall shew forth my praise." (Isaiah. 43: 21; see also Psalm 145: 10-13)
Every living thing was created after its kind. There was no question of a cell developing to a jelly-fish, and to a lizard, and to an ape; neither was it a matter of monkey developing to a man, fish to a goat, and a bird to a sea- cow. Their power. of reproduction, respectively, was from the Most High.
To man God said: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Read Genesis 1: 20-31.
True Christians know for certain that they are the creation of the Almighty God and give thanks. The Psalmist declared: "Know ye that the LORD He is God, it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture." - Psalm 100: 3; see also Isaiah 45: 12; Ephesian 3: 9; John 1: 3.
The theory of evolution, in view of the facts brought to light in this Sermon, is UNTRUE. It is in the interest of all people of goodwill that believe to hold steadfastly to the truth of the Bible which leads to the salvation of God. And blessed be they that believe.