Creationist Wisdom #859: Evolution and Death

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Morrow County Sentinel of Mount Gilead, Ohio. It’s titled Death is a penalty, and the newspaper has a comments section.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Stephen Howard, pastor of the Morrow Bible Church. This is the rev’s third appearance in our humble blog — see #835: The Truth Is Everywhere, and then #853: Hawking Is in Hell. Here are some excerpts from his latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

I used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS as a kid. It seemed like a fun show about science. More recently, I realized Bill Nye’s strong evolutionary point of view.

Gasp! Bill Nye is an evolutionist? The rev has evidence. He says:

For example, last year in an online video, Bill Nye answered a question about the evolutionary advantage of death. Nye said, “If you’re not good enough you get eliminated, your genes don’t show up in the future, but if you’re good enough they do.”

The question itself implied that there is an evolutionary advantage. That is the way evolutionists see death. It’s just part of the evolutionary process which has gone on for millions of years. The strong survive and reproduce. The weak die off. This is natural selection or “the survival of the fittest.”

Evolutionists think death is an evolutionary advantage? That’s horrible! The rev tells us:

This “survival of the fittest” mentality has led to our modern culture of death. In recent history so-called “experts” prevented the so-called “unfit” from reproducing. Today doctors encourage women to have abortions because of possible genetic defects. Euthanasia is becoming an accepted alternative. Why? Because their viewpoint sees death as beneficial and needed for the further evolution of humanity.

Abortion! Euthanasia! Evolution is responsible for our culture of death! The rev continues:

This is not the teaching of the Bible. Death has not always been around. In fact, God created everything “good” (Genesis 1:31). He created a world without death. He warned Adam and Eve of the possibility of death if they disobeyed His command. Death would be a consequence of sin. … Adam and Eve did choose to commit sin, and death came into the world. According to the Bible, we face death because we are related to Adam and Eve.

Death is Adam & Eve’s fault, not God’s. That’s very comforting. The rev then skips ahead 4,000 years (biblically speaking), ignoring the Flood and all the other deaths that occurred during that time, and he tells us about Jesus, who defeated death. But death is still with us. At the end we’re told:

God will one day restore this sin-cursed, death-filled world. There will be a new heaven and earth as Revelation 21:4 describes: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” No human effort or natural process will bring that to pass. God Himself will do it.

That’s fascinating information! Someone ought to tell Bill Nye and all those other godless, hell-bound evolutionists.

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6 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #859: Evolution and Death

  1. weirdos and their death cult.

  2. Eric Lipps

    So according to the Bible, everyone who has ever lived since Adam and Eve has been sentenced to death for the First Pair’s sin, along with all the animals and plants.

    Such is the justice of our loving Father.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    That death is just the culture of evolution misses a light skimming of the old testament. And if you’ve ever been to a funeral, the pastor/priest/religious family struggles to explain death in context of god and the bible.

  4. Once again I must point out how much behind creacrappers are with their “survival of the fittest”. WIthin ten years after Darwin had published his Origin of Species Pjotr Kropotkin demonstrated that cooperation can guide evolution as well.

    “I failed to find, although I was eagerly looking for it,” Kropotkin wrote, “that bitter struggle for the means of existence, among animals belonging to the same species, which was considered by most Darwinists (though not always by Darwin himself) as the dominant characteristic of the struggle for life, and the main factor of evolution.”

    Every single time some creacrapper mumbles about “survival of the fittest” and every time some conservative, like our dear SC, mumbles how evolution theory supports some favoured version of liberal-capitalism and/or dog fight in international politics we know that he/she is wrong before properly beginning. Evolution simply is not exclusively competitive.
    Homo Sapiens is exactly so evolutionary successfull (to the extent that it exterminates many other species) because it is capable of using both competition and cooperation for maximal benefit. The reason the USA is doing relatively badly compared to other western countries (just consult social indexes) is exactly too much competition, not enough “mutual aid”. Refusing to recognize this for ideologically, if not sem-religiously driven reasons is a betrayal of the Enlightenment.

  5. Another species that has confirmed that a balance of competition and cooperation is highly successfull is the Argentinean Ant.

    “They have been extraordinarily successful, in part, because different nests of the introduced Argentine ants seldom attack or compete with each other.”

    Note that Homo Sapiens has about 200 sovereign states. Argentinean ants have just three (mega)colonies worldwide. Argentinean ants don’t have something like civil wars, that ultimate form of competition.

  6. So, YECs are quick to point out that population growth is so fast that the earth can’t be 4 Gy old, because there would have to be trillions of people by now.

    And then they go on to explain that God initially created a pair of reproduction-ready people and no means of ever getting rid of them and their offspring…