Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
—Psalm 90:2

As we begin our two-week series on evolution, we first need to discuss what evolution is. So that we don’t come across as some kind of religious fanatics who don’t know what we’re talking about, it is very important that we understand the claims that evolution is making. This is a truth we need to be able to discuss, not only with our friends but with our children and grandchildren. So let’s first of all talk about what it is that evolution is claiming.

Evolution is about a process, not a timetable. Make no mistake about it, the evolutionist has very definite ideas about the timetable of when life began. The evolutionist postulates that the earth was created about 4.5 billion years ago, and about 3.7 billion years ago this tiny, one-celled creature emerged from a primordial chemical soup. And out of that microscopic blob all other life developed. Over billions of years that microscopic blob evolved into everything from a T-rex to people like you and me. It all started with the blob, and all human life, all animal life is a result of that microscopic protozoan. That is the explanation for life, according to the evolutionist.

Those of us who don’t accept the evolutionists’ view of how life began and developed are labeled as Bible-thumpers who believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. Now, the Bible does not directly address the age of the earth. We are not given a date for Genesis 1:1. Where did the idea come from that Earth is 6,000 years old? It started in 1654 with an Anglican archbishop named James Usher. Usher said he could prove that the earth was created in 4004 BC. And he came to that date by going through the genealogies of the Bible all the way back to Adam. Of course, he made a lot of assumptions, three of which were erroneous. He started with the assumption that there are no undated verses in the Bible. Yet Genesis 1-11 is undated. Only with Abraham are we able to come up with a date. Second, Usher assumed there are no missing genealogies in the Bible. Yet we know that’s not true. In Matthew 1, there are obvious gaps in the genealogy tracing Jesus back to David and back to Abraham. And third, he assumed there are no historical gaps in the Bible. Again, we know that’s not true. Just look at the 400 years of silence between the Old and the New Testaments. Using these three flawed assumptions, Bishop Usher said, “The Bible teaches the earth was created in 4004 BC.” And he wrote those dates in his Bible. Unfortunately, subsequent generations saw those dates printed, and they believed the Bible taught that the earth is 6,000 years old.

Now, evolution is not so much about when life began but how it began. Yes, the evolutionist must have an old Earth for this theory of slight variations. But just because an evolutionist believes in an old Earth doesn’t mean everybody who believes in an old Earth is an evolutionist. The idea of evolution is not when did life begin, but how did life begin?

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Evolution Is a Myth” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.