…Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
The nightmare of Friday the 13th has been unfolding longer than anyone could have ever imagined. On that infamous day, back in March of 2020, our nation shutdown in response to COVID-19.
Our lives and livelihoods were thrown upside-down by COVID-19 protocols and almost a year later, we are still upside-down and inside out. Perhaps an ounce of prevention has been worth a pound of cure in regard to COVID-19, but the data may suggest otherwise. This article, however, is about worshiping Jesus Christ in a post COVID-19 world. If you would like to get up to speed on the legalities of the shutdown or the data surrounding the severity of the virus, read these articles:
The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever; yet, COVID protocols have been causing those of us who worship Jesus Christ to change.
Change is not all bad in regard to worship. Of course, worship style is in need of constant change, and we are actually instructed to sing a new song to the Lord. Yet, there is one thing that should never change in regard to worship and that is our obedience.
John 1 gives us a very high view of the Word because it is God and the Word became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. So, as followers of Christ we must remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We live in a country that has a Christian foundation and the idea of being a Christian is familiar to many people. In fact, over 70% of American’s claim to be Christian. Yet, when it comes to the topic of ethics, morality, sex, money, power, race, science, politics, and yes COVID-19; most so-called Christians address these issues the way they want to and not through the lens of Scripture. Time and time again, these “Christians” let emotions, feelings, pop-culture, and their friends determine their way of addressing these topics.
Jesus said in John 14:6“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
A true Christian does not address any issue via their own way, a true Christian follows Jesus and accepts His way. Jesus clearly has a Biblical Worldview. When questioned, His number one way of responding was to point to Scripture. In typical Jesus-fashion, in response to a question, He would say something along the lines of “haven’t you heard,” or “it is written” and then he would quote Scripture. But my personal favorites are Matthew 22:29 – “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” and John 5:46 & 47 – “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
The way of Christ is 100% Scripture based. The way of Christ is to have a Biblical Worldview. If you call yourself a Christian you must have a high regard for Scripture and a low regard for your way of thinking.
Sadly, our Churches are overloaded with people who are falling for the emotional/pop-culture way of addressing the tough topics of life, and the reason for this has to do with an illogical way of thinking and a depraved view of Scripture. No longer do we have people willing to renew their minds with the mind of Christ by acting like the “Noble Minded,” Acts 17 Bereans. The Bereans eagerly examined the Scriptures and were commended for it by Paul and Silus. Yet, according to the Barna Group, 80-90% of the American Church is filled with people who do not act like the “Noble Minded” Bereans and subsequently do not have a Biblical Worldview.
The first Scripture in this article, James 5, instructs the Church on how to treat the sick. Sadly, in the presence of COVID protocols, we must disobey.
James is welcoming of the sick, COVID protocols isolate the sick.
In James, the elders are to pray for the sick, COVID protocols have the elderly living in fear and in hiding.
Jesus Christ himself affirms James in Matthew 10:8 by instructing His followers to, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
COVID + CHURCH = NO PRAYING FOR THE SICK
Since COVID hit, it seems that many folks have been placing their hope and trust in social distancing, mask wearing, and any other COVID protocols that have been promoted as “life-saving.” I have seen terror in the eyes of my fellow church members when they see a densely packed crowd or a person without a mask. They publically invest time, energy, and worry into “staying safe & sanitized” in order to survive COVID-19. Yet, the King of the Universe and the King of rhetorical questions asks…
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” – Jesus
COVID + CHURCH = WORRYING ABOUT LIFE
The Apostle Paul asked a similar question in 1 Corinthians 15:55 when asking, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
COVID + CHURCH = GIVES DEATH THE VICTORY
We are the body of Christ and communion is so central to our faith that Jesus instructed us to eat together in remembrance of Him. Yet, early Christians began to disobey our Lord’s command and stopped meeting, hence the author of Hebrews encouraging us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
COVID + CHURCH = STOP MEETING TOGETHER
From “A Parable of Saving Lives” by Chuck Swindoll
On a dangerous seacoast notorious for shipwrecks, there was a crude little lifesaving station. Actually, it was merely a hut with only one boat, but the few members kept a constant watch over the turbulent sea. With little thought for themselves, they would go out day & night tirelessly searching for those in danger as well as the lost. Many lives were saved by this brave band who faithfully worked as a team in and out of the lifesaving station. By and by, it became a famous place.
Some of those who had been saved, as well as others along the seacoast, wanted to become associated with this little station. They were willing to give their time, energy and money in support of its objectives. New boats were purchased. New crews were trained. The station, once obscure and crude and virtually insignificant, began to grow. Some of its members were unhappy the hut was so unattractive and poorly equipped. They felt a more comfortable place should be provided. Emergency cots were replaced with lovely furniture. Rough, handmade equipment was discarded and sophisticated, classy systems were installed. The hut, of course, had to be torn down to make room for all the additional equipment, furniture, and systems. By the time of its completion, the lifesaving station had become a popular gathering place, and its objectives had begun to shift. It was now used as a sort of clubhouse, an attractive building for public gathering. Saving lives, feeding the hungry, strengthening the fearful, and calming the disturbed rarely occurred.
Fewer members were interested in braving the sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired professional lifeboat crews to do this work. The original goal of the station wasn’t altogether forgotten, however. Lifesaving motifs still prevailed in the club’s decorations. There was a liturgical lifeboat preserved in the Room of Sweet Memories with soft, indirect lighting, which helped hide the layer of dust upon the once-used vessel. About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast and the boat crews brought in loads of cold, wet, half-drowned people. They were dirty, some terribly sick and lonely. Others were “different” from the majority of the club members. The beautiful new club suddenly became messy and cluttered.
A special committee saw to it that a shower house was immediately built outside, away from the club so victims of the shipwreck could be cleaned up before coming inside. At the next meeting there were strong words and angry feelings, which resulted in a division among the members.
Most of the people wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities and all involvements with shipwreck victims. As you’d expect, some still insisted on saving lives, that this was their primary objective – that their only reason for existence was ministering to anyone needing help regardless of their club’s beauty or size or decorations. They were voted down and told if they wanted to save the lives of various kinds of people who were shipwrecked in those waters, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast! They did.
As the years passed, the new station experienced the same old changes. It developed into another club – and yet another lifesaving station was begun. History repeated itself. And if you visit that coast today you’ll find a large number of exclusive, impressive clubs along the shoreline owned and operated by slick professionals who have lost all involvement with the saving of lives.
Shipwrecks still occur in those waters, but now most of the victims are not saved. Every day they drown at sea, and so few others seem to care . . . so very few.
The Church has bowed to COVID, has “eaten the king’s food,” and has closed her doors. COVID has blessed the “essential” entities and the Church has agreed with its own irrelevance. Countless pastors have affirmed their social club status by shutting down. The religious structure claiming to be representational of the Church has shown its dirty laundry by agreeing with its “non-essential” status. A lighthouse is essential in every way, showing that a closed church is not only far from essential, but also far from being a lighthouse.
COVID + CHURCH = NON-ESSENTIAL STATUS
CONCLUSION: If you are a pastor and your flock is COVID-lost, point them to the TRUTH. Stay strong and true to the WORD of Christ. Nothing COVID related is able to be affirmed by Scriptures. Obey Jesus, and do not “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
The redemption of humanity through the person of Jesus Christ was (supernaturally) made complete via biology.
“It is finished.” – Jesus
Biology Theology The true nature of Jesus Christ is revealed in scripture through a broken paternal, genetic ancestry. Jesus is not a descendant of Adam, but is like Adam in that Jesus is the First Born male in a specific genetic line. Yet with Jesus, there was none before him, nor after him.
The only thing “broken” about the person of Jesus Christ is HIS genetic ancestry back to the real, historical, first, solitary, male human named Adam. Accepting the alternate idea of evolutionary biology undermines the Gospel in so many ways, but this article will cover the following.
Defining Theistic Evolution
You are NOT a soul-less jerk!
Our need for a Savior
The need for a sinless Savior
The Virgin Birth
Scripture affirms, “Biology Theology”
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 38% of Americans subscribe to Theistic Evolution. Which is strange because, according to Pew Research, evolution is a top reason why young people walk away from faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, Rhett & Link were on staff with CRU, getting paid by donor support to spread the Gospel on campus. Then they started believing the lie of evolution and now they are no longer Christians. Watch this clip.
On top of evolution causing people to walk away from their faith, this scientific journal shows evolution to causes people to experience the evils of increased selfishness, decreased spirituality, decreased sense of purpose, decreased self determination, and an increase in racism and misogyny. Yikes!
Putting aside the fact that Romans 12:9 and a whole sleuth of passages instruct us to hate evil, some self-professed Christians justify their incorporation of evolution into the Biblical narrative by claiming evolution to be a non-essential. Then they quote Rupertus Meldenius by saying, “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.”
I agree with the quote by Meldenius, but evolution promotes ideas that are contrary to the essentials in where Christians must find unity. For some odd reason, certain folks need evolution to be true and will perform theological back flips in order to accommodate the idea into Scripture. In doing so, reason, logic, science, orthodoxy, doctrine, and common sense are thrown out the window. The Law of Non-Contradiction is broken at every supporting point of Theistic Evolution… but first what is it?
Defining Theistic Evolution
Evolution is a slippery word that is used in countless ways. The ambiguity of the word incites confusion, so what is evolution?
I have written extensively on the defining of biological evolution, and you can download the first three chapter of my book for free.
Although Charles Darwin did not use the word “evolution” in his most famous book, the title does a good job of explaining what it is.
Evolution is the emergence and/or “origin of species by means of natural selection.”
Theistic Evolution is just as slippery with many various ideas and representations. The idea that biological evolution is the best explanation for biodiversity, yet God is the author of the Universe and life is not always called Theistic Evolution. The folks at BioLogos call it Evolutionary Creationism. source
No matter what some call the idea of God being in control of evolution; the idea is illogical for three obvious reasons.
First, Evolutionists see theistic evolution as an oxymoron, because according to them a natural process cannot be guided by the supernatural. According to the experts, theistic evolution is completely non-representational of an accurate description of evolution by means of natural selection and in direct conflict with a Biblical Worldview.
Theistic evolution breaks the Laws of Logic in that it attempts to create an Excluded Middle. Biodiversity exists due to unintentional, natural phenomena or by supernatural intention. Theistic evolution muddies the logical waters by claiming a middle ground of natural, unintentional evolution having been intentionally guided by a supernatural, divinely creative being. There can be no supernatural intervention within a natural process without causing the natural process to become supernatural in someway.
Imagine cookies made for those who struggle with Celiac Disease, otherwise known as gluten intolerance. They contain all the regular ingredients that Grandma would use, except the flour is Gluten-Free flour.
Sadly, they don’t taste as good and the other grand-kids begin to complain. They want regular cookies, the way Grandma used to make them, with regular wheat flour.
Being a good-hearted, accommodating Grandmother she makes a batch of cookies using 50% gluten-free flour and 50% wheat flour.
Grandma brings out the new batch of cookies and most of the kids notice this batch is a little tastier than the 100% gluten-free batch, but still not the same as regular cookies. Mean while, the kid who has Celial Disease is on the floor in the fetal position, experiencing a bad case of gluten intolerance.
Adding just a little gluten to a gluten-free cookie, ruins it for the kid with Celiac by making a gluten-free cookie a gluten cookie. Likewise, adding supernatural phenomena to a natural process, makes the process supernatural. Theistic evolution is the same as Grandma making those silly ole 50/50 cookies.
Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, Jerry A. Coyne is also the author of Why Evolution is True and has communicated that:
“If you accept even a little bit of divine tinkering in the evolutionary process, you’re not standing on some inclusive middle ground—you are, as P.Z. Myers said, halfway to crazy town. There can be no compromise with superstition, for superstition is the camel’s nose in the tent of science.” (source)
Richard Dawkins agrees with Jerry A. Coyne in that Theistic Evolutionists are misrepresenting what the scientific community deems to be biological evolution. Watch this video.
Creationists agree with Evolutionary Biologists in that a correct understanding of evolution excludes the existence of a Divine Creator.
Theistic Evolution discounts the scientifically accepted understanding of biological evolution by claiming Coyne and Dawkins to be alone in their thinking. Yet, the truth is that, these men are joined unanimously by the most influential evolutionary voices.
The second reason why theistic evolution is illogical has to do with the fact that it is contrary to Judeo-Christian faith. Every creative miracle recounted in the Bible is described to have been done so by means of supernatural intervention.
The Bible never describes miraculous events to have taken place by means of natural phenomena. Through recounting such events, Biblical miracles are referenced in Scripture as to have been actual and historical. Similarly, the miracle of Creation is actual, historical, and described in Scripture as having taken place through supernatural means.
The third reason why theistic evolution is illogical has to do with what is true and what is false.
As followers of Christ, we must seek the truth. Anything that is not true, is not of Jesus, since HE claimed to be the Truth.
There are many scriptural references to the importance of following the TRUTH and opposing the FALSE. Yet, Proverbs 13:5 sums it up quite well in saying, “The righteous hate what is false.”
Evolutionary biology is a proposed scientific theory, but is unable to meet the criteria of science… so why subscribe to evolution to begin with? Watch this video to learn why evolution is unscientific.
Prominent philosophers/theologians like JP Moreland also question, not only the science of evolution, but also the philosophy/theology of theistic evolution. This video gives good reasons why.
In short, experts in the field of evolution view theistic evolution as false, as do Christian Philosophers & Theologians, well… at least those who value a scriptural understanding of the Gospel.
CLICK HERE for a preview of the book mentioned in the above video.
You are NOT a Soul-less Jerk!
Of course you and I are capable of being jerks, but we’re far from being soul-less.
Yes, evolution is evil and cannot meet the criteria of science, but it also kills your soul, or at least it will make you think the soul does not exist.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is a New York TImes Best Selling book authored by Yuval Noah Harari, PhD. In it he said that if, “you really understand the theory of evolution, you understand that there is no soul.“
Think about it. If you have an unchanging, immaterial essence that will live eternally… how could a mutable, death filled, physical process have produced it? Dr. Harari explains that something that, “cannot be divided or changed cannot have come into existence through natural selection.“
Evolution and the soul are in oblate contrast with each other. In evolution, everything is mutable and in constant flux, yet the soul is an unchanging and eternal constant.
Ironically, the evidence in support of the eternal, immaterial, human essence (otherwise known as the soul) is far greater than the evidence claimed to support evolution. I have create little business cards that ask about the afterlife and then lead to an article that lays out the evidence for the soul.
All evolutionary evidence shows evolution to be false when viewed through the lens of science. I wrote a book about it and you can download the first three chapters for free. CLICK HERE
Just to let you know, it is not a book promoting Creationism or Christianity. It is a book that refutes the idea of evolutionary biology by quoting scientific journals written by Evolutionary Biologists. There is no mention of Scripture, because all you need to refute evolution is science itself.
Our need for a Savior
An accurate understanding of evolution predicts species to emerge within family groups, and not in one generation. This would predict that if evolution were true, there could have never been a solitary, male human, Adam as Scripture plainly tells us.
Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
If Adam were to have been the result of evolution by means of natural selection, he would have emerged alongside other human males and females within a family group, and could have never been alone. Adam’s parents would have been fully human, along with his aunts and uncles. Of course, Adam would have probably had siblings and cousins that were also fully human.
If Adam were to have been selected by God out of his family group to receive the command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil the other humans would have never received a command from God… which they would have never disobeyed. This suggests that Adam’s parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins would be without sin. Are there people alive today that are descendants of these other humans that are without sin?
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
The book of Romans is very clear that no one is without sin, so to attempt coherency; theistic evolution predicts Adam’s “supposed” family to have, somehow, also acquired sin. But how?
There is an idea that Adam & Eve are real historical persons, but they were the first couple to be pulled out by God to be given a command they broke and, therefore, fell into sin. The fall happened with real people named Adam and Eve, but then the family group became sinful through social interaction with the newly sinful couple.
There are many problems with this idea, but the most grave problem is the idea of sin being acquired through social interaction. Is the opposite true?
Can sin be avoided through social interaction?
Perhaps a very righteous person affects another and so on, until sin is no more. If sin can be gained through negative social interaction, would it not lead to the idea that sin could be shed through positive social interaction?
Why do we need a Redeemer?
Romans 5:12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
Do we value Romans 3 in stating all have sinned, yet not value the same author and book in Romans 5 when stating that sin came into the world through one man?
Which verses in the Bible are divinely inspired and which are not? Which verses should we read literally and which verses are representational of something? Which verses should be kept and which verses are in need of deletion? Which verses are breathed by God and which verses are not flawless?
Of course some verses in Scripture may not be literal and could in fact be figurative, but honest examination must be made to identify them.
Tim Keller stated that, “we cannot take every text in the Bible literally… But Paul is different. He most definitely wanted to teach us that Adam and Eve were real historical figures…” if “you hold to the view that Adam and Eve were not literal, and you realize the author of Genesis was probably trying to teach us that Adam and Eve were real people who sinned, and that Paul certainly was, then you have to face the implications for how you read Scripture. You may say, ‘Well, the Biblical authors were ‘men of their time’ and were wrong about something they were trying to teach readers.’ The obvious question is, ‘how will we know which parts of the Bible to trust and which not?’” http://biologos.org/blogs/guest/creation-evolution-and-christian-laypeople-part-4
Interestingly enough, Peter Enns the author of The Evolution of Adam and prominent theistic evolutionist is also honest about not knowing how to reconcile this issue.
“By saying that Paul’s Adam is not the historical first man, we are leaving behind Paul’s understanding of the cause of the universal plight of sin and death. But this is the burden of anyone who wishes to bring evolution and Christianity together…” (Enns 2012, p. 123)
Did God really say that?
This question is the oldest trick in the Book, literally.
Genesis 3:1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The first earthly trickery used by the Evil One is the same that must be employed for the evils of Theistic Evolution to seem like a good idea. For the Theistic Evolutionist, the Bible is no longer authoritative, but has become a cherry-picked theological buffet. Who makes the best plate of food? Not the owner of the restaurant, the individual who chooses their own desires makes the best plate of food. When something conflicts with their lifestyle, they don’t conform to the image of Christ and call HIM God. No, they make the Holy Scripture authored by God conform to their cherry-picked ideas. For example:
Genesis 3:20Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
Theistic Evolution causes folks to read Genesis 3:20 and then ask themselves, “Did God really say that? Of course not because Genesis is a metaphor… or an allegory. There’s no way one woman could be the mother of all people because evolution takes place within family groups.“
We must stop and ask ourselves why we force into the Word the things we hope are true instead of trusting God at HIS word?
Our need for a sinless Savior
If Romans 3:23 is true and all have sinned, does that mean Jesus Christ has sinned?
Psalm 51:5-6Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Obviously, no one who believes Jesus Christ to be the perfect sacrifice and atonement for our sins would say HE had sin.
In fact, Scripture is very clear in making the point that Jesus was without sin, because Christ CANNOT save anyone from their sins if he too is a sinner.
2 Corinthians 5:21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Peter 2:22He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
So, if the Bible says that all are sinners, but also says that Jesus is without sin, we must ask why.
How could Jesus be human, capable of dying, and still not sin?
The Virgin Birth
Scripture tells us that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
Why does Scripture go to such great lengths as to communicate that Jesus is NOT the son of Joseph?
Matthew 1:15-16Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the “mother” of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Luke 3:23-38Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph…
Why was it so important that Mary was a virgin?
Why was it so important that Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus?
I/We are sinful because we were conceived by our earthly fathers who are in the direct, biological line of Adam. However, Jesus was born sinless due to his birthright.
At this point, some might say that Jesus is sinful because HE was birthed of Mary, a woman descended from Adam.
This is an understandable claim, but the Scriptures are clear in communicating that sin came into the world through one man, Adam.
Eve never received a command to avoid the tree God forbade.
Genesis 2:17-22“You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Adam did not spread sin into the world via social interaction. Adam passed sin into the world through propagation of his paternal, biological line. Jesus was born of a virgin and received a paternal line from the Holy Spirit.
Mary was sinful because of her earthly father. In fact, all children are subject to the Fall due to their human fathers. Yet, Jesus is immune to the negative fallen inheritance due to the fact that HE was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Scripture affirms “Biology Theology”
Sadly, the “burden” of bringing Christianity and evolution together requires a disconnect within Scripture labeling some verses as God-breathed and some verses as set for deletion. Also, theistic evolution requires a disconnect between biology and theology.
Mankind needs to be redeemed because of sin… because we miss the mark… because we are full of disobedience and we inherited this sinful nature from Adam by means of biology.
More than likely, there is not a gene for sin encoded within the human genome. We do not know where the sin nature is stored or how the transfer from father to children works, but Paul describes his “struggle” or “thorn in his side” with words that are reminiscent of instinct.
Romans 7:22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Much like a baby chick instinctively knows how to peck from its shell, we sin. Similar to a honey bee building a wax hexagon, we too are instinctual toward sin. Geneticists have yet to find genes for instincts, while biologists cannot explain how instincts are transferred to successive generations, but we do know the biology of an organism determines its instinctual behavior.
Baby chicks do not build hexagons, and bees do not peck from shells. Each organism has instinctual behavior that corresponds to their biology.
Likewise, we are under the curse of sin and death because of the biology of being human. It is still a mystery how this transfer takes place, but we do know that we have received an instinctual inheritance from our fathers all the way back to Adam… this is why we have a propensity for sin.
Thankfully, Jesus is the sinless Redeemer we need to save us. Thankfully, His biological instincts are not from Adam. Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was not born of the will of an earthly father, but of the will of God the Father… Jesus Christ inherited the perfect biological instinct of holiness.
Why have all people sinned? Because we have inherited the instinctual biology of sin from Adam, the first man.
Why is it that all people have sinned except Jesus Christ? Because Adam is not in the paternal line of Jesus, therefore, Jesus did not inherit the instinctual biology of sin.
Biology is fashioning theology as theology is fashioning biology. The Judeo-Christian narrative is filled with other examples of how the two are interconnected.
Exodus 12:13The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
Colossians 1: 15-20The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Hebrews 9:22…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Leviticus 17:10I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people. For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.
God makes it very clear that whatever is eaten and consumed by our biological bodies could be a theological offense to the Lord Almighty. Where there is blood there is LIFE, and where there is LIFE there is BIOLOGY.
Blood is biology… yet extremely theological and important to God.
Jesus said that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life(biology) and that no man can go unto the Father except through him… aka the shedding of his blood.
1 Corinthians 6:19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
It is clear that God does care about biology and that it is unable to be separated from theology. God cares about our physical choices, values the shedding of life giving blood, and made the divinity of Christ interconnected with biology.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
Jesus had a natural body that needed food and was able to die, was he “sown in dishonor” or “sown in weakness?” No. Jesus did not share in the biological line of Adam.
So, we must ask ourselves if biology matters in regards to all theology.
Is it possible to separate the theology of Creation from the biology of Creation?
The idea of evolution is a game of inference and pseudoscience, so it is illogical to make room for it in Scripture to begin with. Yet, still many folks are subscribing to theistic evolution. They disregard science and empirical data for hope in the competing religion of Humanistic Naturalism and delude themselves in thinking that the God of the Bible used evolution to create.
What is the theological importance of biology?
The Bible states that Jesus is Life, that life is in the blood, that sin cannot be forgiven without the shedding of blood, that Jesus was sinless because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and all of mankind is under the curse of the law of sin and death because of our direct birthright inherited from Adam.
The Scriptures are clear in communicating theology and biology to be completely intertwined throughout the Judeo-Christian Narrative.
Biology = Theology = Biology = Theology
Jesus Christ is sinless because of biology and we are sinful because of biology. Making room for an alternate biological narrative in the Judeo-Christian faith, negates the problem of sin and our Lord Jesus Christ as the solution.
Is theistic evolution promoted by those who are ignorant to the Truth or are they false teachers with an agenda to eradicate the Gospel?
Jesus said it best!
Matthew 22:29You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
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