identity theft
Identity theft is a growing problem in the world today. This usually occurs when someone's personal details are acquired, maybe from some carelessly discarded personal documents, or a stolen credit card, driving license or passport. Stolen identities are sometimes used by illegal immigrants, or by tricksters and fraudsters, who plunder the bank accounts of people whose identity they have stolen. However, serious as this may be, it fades into insignificance when compared to the biggest case of identity theft of all - the stealing of the identity of millions of people who are created in the image of God...
Philosophy of Despair
It is evolution that is responsible for this great robbery, by convincing most people that they are evolved apes, with no unique value or purpose. Leading atheist and evolutionist Dr Richard Dawkins has written, "Natural selection is concerned only with the narrow present-with the survival of DNA through millions of successive present moments, strung out along millions of branches of the river of DNA. Natural selection is as indifferent to the distant future of the race as it is indifferent to the suffering of the individuals being selected ... the universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." [1]
Several generations of school-children and students have been brainwashed with this philosophy of despair, so it's no surprise that so many of them grow up feeling that life is pointless. Indeed, it is widely recognised that a low sense of self-worth is responsible for many of the problems afflicting young people today, including binge drinking, drug addiction, self-harm and suicide. A survey, by the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, found that more than one teenager out of ten deliberately harm themselves. This study of over 6000 pupils (age 15 to 16) showed that 10.3% had experienced self-aggressive behaviour (over 64% with cutting). The survey found that one of the reasons for such behaviour was "low self-esteem." [2]
Our True Identity
The subject of self-esteem is controversial among Christians, and there is a danger in taking self-esteem too far, so that we become self-sufficient and self-centred. Some Christians have gone to the other extreme and encouraged self-denigration, but the Bible says we are created in God's image, and that He sent His Son to die for us and redeem us from our sin. This can only mean that God places a high value on us, so we discover our true self-worth when we find our true identity as children of God. This happens when we admit our need of His grace and mercy, and accept the salvation offered through faith in Jesus. Evolution has had such a damaging effect, because it robs us of our uniqueness, and makes us simply advanced animals. Practices like abortion and euthanasia have become more acceptable as human uniqueness has been progressively downgraded.
Thirty years ago the late evangelical Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer warned: "If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened." [3] He also wrote: "No one has offered to explain... how the impersonal plus time plus chance can give personality... If a person has been kicked up from the impersonal by chance, those things that make him a person-hope of purpose and significance, love, notions of morality and rationality and beauty-are ultimately unfulfillable and thus meaningless. .. Thus we see how hopeless is the illusion of meaning or purpose, a derived from evolutionary thought." [4]
Satan's Lie
Many Christians perform "theological gymnastics" by trying to marry evolution with creation, when in reality this is impossible. Evolution teaches - without scientific evidence - that we are a little higher than the apes, whereas the Bible teaches us that God created us "a little lower than the angels" (Hebrews 2:5). It has to be one or the other; it can't be both. There is no middle ground!
The task of the Church is to bring people into the "glorious freedom of the children of God" (Romans 8:21) through faith in His Only Son, but evolution, with its implications, is a serious obstacle to this, as evangelists often tell us. It's time to fight back against this Satanic lie, which robs people of their true identity, dignity and destiny, and this cannot be done if we compromise with evolutionary ideas. If more Christians took the trouble to find out the facts about origins, they would realise there is no need to compromise anyway.
References:(r)1 Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden, Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1995, p. 133. (r)2 BBC News online, 26th March 2003. (r)3 Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? Marshall Morgan & Scott, 1976. p.15(r)4 As reference 3, p. 114. Guest editorial by Geoff Chapman of Creation Resources Trust