Ignorant of scientific refutation of evolution and of its contradiction of Scripture, Donald Devine, former director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, spoke out in support of his Pope: “Prehuman man apparently existed for millions of years…. This is not a refutation of the Bible but a confirmation of it—that it took God to breathe in a soul before man could be man.” On the contrary, the theory of theistic evolution, involving as it does prehuman ancestors of man (New York’s Cardinal O’Connor says Adam and Eve were lower animals), contradicts not only Genesis but the entire Bible.
Rather than God implanting a human soul in prehumen creatures that had evolved from ocean slime, Moses tells us that God formed Adam from “the dust of the ground” and then later God formed Eve from “one of his ribs” (Genesis:2:7,18-23). Prehuman ancestors cannot be reconciled with that account, an account which Jesus Himself confirmed (Matthew:19:4,5).
Christ refers to the Genesis account of man’s creation and quotes directly from it, placing His stamp of approval on its authenticity. Paul, too, attested to the accuracy of the Genesis account when he declared that “Adam was formed first then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:13,14; see also 1 Corinthians:15:22,45; Jude 14). Furthermore, Paul says that it was through Adam that sin entered into the world, and death by sin (Romans:5:12). If Adam and Eve descended from ancestors who had lived and died during thousands (or millions) of years of prehuman evolution until God finally humanized them, death would have been in effect before Adam sinned. Clearly, such a contradiction would be devastating to Christianity.
Theistic evolution’s theory of prehuman creatures as man’s ancestors contradicts Genesis, Christ’s teaching, Paul’s preaching, and the gospel. What the roman Catholics Church and other proponents of theistic evolution apparently don’t realize is quite clear to The American Atheist:
“But if death preceded man and was not a result of Adam’s sin, then sin is fiction. If sin is fiction, then we have no need for a Savior…. Evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason [for] Jesus’ earthly life…. If Jesus was not the Redeemer who dies for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.”
Evolution, that “most bloated of sacred cows,” has persuaded millions that the Bible isn’t reliable and that the God of the Bible doesn’t exist. As Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson puts it, “The whole purpose of the Darwinian evolutionary story is to…show that you don’t need a preexisting intelligence to do all the work of creation.”