Education and Current Events
Why It Matters! - The evolutionizing of a culture and the Church
Evolutionism is a collection of many claims about biology, geology, astronomy and much more, but it is first and foremost an atheistic belief system. That atheistic belief system shows itself in many ways. There are movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Evan Almighty that each mock God in different ways. When The Last Temptation of Christ was released there were protests against it, but how many Christians will go to laugh at Evan Almighty and not even realize that it is also mocking God? On TV we see commercials telling us that cockroaches have been around for 280 million years and that “cavemen” were subhuman creatures, while much of the programming promotes immorality and celebrates perversion. Many of these pagan ideas have insidiously worked their way into Christian thinking; two of the most common being childish ark pictures and a part of the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Many of the people that I have talked to about this have said to me that the kiddie ark pictures are just something cute to have for the children, but those are exactly the people who shouldn’t be seeing such pictures. Children don’t have the knowledge to know how false these pictures are. Childish ark pictures are actually doing two things; they are mocking what the Genesis Flood really was, God’s judgment on a sinful world, and implying that the Ark really couldn’t have carried all of the kinds of animals that existed in the pre-Flood earth.
As I speak to people about the Genesis Flood, I often encounter surprise when I explain just how enormous Noah’s Ark really was, big enough to carry tens of thousands of animals. It is precisely the seeming innocence of these pictures that makes them so acceptable to so many people and therefore more dangerous than a direct attack on the Bible.
It is children’s very innocence that opens them up to evolutionist propaganda promoted as entertainment. In movies like Land Before Time, cute little dinosaurs present a world in which “millions of years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth” are presented in order to get very young children to disbelieve the Genesis account of Creation. But how many Christian families will have or see movies like this or other pro-evolution movies like Jurassic Park in their home? It is because so many children are immersed in evolutionism, but are given so little education in Creation, that so many leave the Church when they leave home. A Barna Research poll found that over 80% of children from Christian homes attend public schools where they receive 30 hours a week of evolutionized instruction. Even those subjects that do not directly address evolution will present the world from an evolutionist perspective. When those children then attend a Sunday School in which one of the most important events in earth history, the Genesis Flood, is mocked, is it any wonder that so many leave the Church?
What is perhaps the most ironic bit of the evolutionizing of the Church is Michelangelo’s picture of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I have seen this picture used by numerous Christian organizations without there being any apparent awareness of its totally pagan message.
The Renaissance was a time of the rebirth of Greek ideas, including its paganism, and Michelangelo was a true Renaissance man, a man who embraced Greek paganism, with all that that implied. It was a time when many Europeans were rejecting Christian beliefs and substituting Greek pagan ideas. Michelangelo was not a Christian, but was a homosexual who was pressured into painting the Sistine Chapel by the Pope. So he put pagan symbols into what was intended to be a Christian church. The picture of God touching Adam is not only not based on the Biblical account of Creation, but is in fact a thinly veiled picture of the Greek god Zeus. The picture promotes the idea that God is “the man upstairs”, a phrase still used by some to describe God, which is completely consistent with the invented gods of the Greeks. The irony here is that this thoroughly pagan picture is used by so many Christian organizations.
It is precisely because so many Christians have failed to recognize how evolutionized our culture is, that they have ended up going along with it. The Church will always to some degree reflect the culture that it is in; it is after all made up of the people of that culture. But Christians are told to be different; we are called to be conformed to the mind of Christ and to be in the world, but not of it. Christians need to be wise as serpents, but gentle as doves in understanding and responding to the numerous attacks on God and His Bible.