Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world?

Written by Pastor Neal Radichel / February 2017


That’s an interesting question. But it’s also a demonic one. That’s right, I said demonic. As in it is an idea from the devil (a.k.a., Satan).

Allow me to explain further. When it comes down to it, there are really only two different beliefs in this world – belief there IS a God, or belief that there ISN’T a god.

The “scientific” theory of EVOLUTION begins with the world view (belief) that there is no god. I say “scientific” because any scientific theory is measured and recorded by observable evidence. No man or woman has measured the age of the universe as it supposedly came about over the claimed millions (now billions) of years of its existence. In reality, the faith of evolution is trusting in the theories of science as the only universal absolutes.

The scientific “theory” of CREATION begins with the world view (belief) there is one God. I say “theory” because unlike an evolutionist’s claims, God was actually there to measure and record what He created (observable evidence). The word science simply means knowledge. So in reality, the faith of creationism is trusting in the Bible as God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16) and as the one and only universal absolute.

Here’s where the problem or question can occur.

But what if I believe that the Bible is God’s Word, but I also believe the theory of evolution that the universe evolved over billions and billions of years? In attempting to BRIDGE these two world views you wouldn’t be surprised for me to ask a question like:

Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world?

This growing question in Christianity is really the product of two different theories often referred to as “Theistic Evolution” (God created or started evolution), or also referred to as “Old Earth Creationism” (That each of the ‘six days’ of Genesis 1 were actually millions or billions of years longer than six normal days). However you want to label or name the theory, the concept between God and Evolution is bridged in this belief = God planted the initial seeds of life, and then had evolution take over.

Everything that God created was for mankind. God treats mankind as just what they are – His created children.

At first glance, that seems like this theory could be a Biblical, rational, scientific approach that beautifully marries modern scientific reason with Christianity. But actually, it is an adultery of God’s Word. I won’t spend excess time here going into the original Hebrew language and explaining the plain use of “day” in Genesis 1 and how it is used the same way throughout the rest of the Old Testament and by Jesus in the New Testament in the same 24 hour “evening and morning” way, or the blasphemous disrespect that God may have needed or used millions and billions of years with evolution to “create” all things as we know them. Rather, I want to focus on how this Satanic question is so similar to the devil’s doubtful question “Did God really say?” in Genesis 3 and what it subtlety implies about the CHARACTER of our Creator God.

Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world? Yes, of course He has the ability to do that if He wanted. But No, He wouldn’t ever do that based on His CHARACTER – who He is, what He does, or the kind of Creator God that He demonstrates for us throughout His Word – which sets Him endlessly and unfathomably apart from any of the man-made gods of this world.

Genesis 2:7 and 2:22, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (22) Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” (27)

Man and Woman were God’s special creation! This isn’t some evolutionary process. Everything that God created was for mankind. God treats mankind as just what they are – His created children. Jesus plainly teaches us that we are to call God “Our Father” in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9) and “Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). God would even come to this world and take on our flesh in Jesus Christ (as true man and true God) to lovingly, selflessly, and sacrificially suffer death on the cross for the rebellious, disobedient sin of the whole world (John 3:16). So how does this help us with the question?

Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world?

It’s helpful to ask this question at the same time…

Wouldn’t God just leave us to suffer and die alone?

The answers are “No.” to both questions. He is not that kind of God or Father. Earthly, sinful parents who are excited and eagerly expecting to bring a child into the world take all kinds of care to prepare a room and nursery for their child, have all the proper furniture, all the right clothes, and all the necessities and even toys ready when the time comes to bring the child home. That’s exactly the kind of CHARACTER our Heavenly Father shows to us in Genesis 1. Careful, planned preparation and divine execution to bring His children into a perfect world. A world where He wouldn’t abandon them to random evolutionary chance or a “survival of the fittest” godlessness (fatherlessness). And how could God have called millions and billions of years of death, “good”? (Genesis 1:31)

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse!”

Even if someone argued, “God could have overseen all that preparation with evolution!” we would back up and say that’s like suggesting those same parents just threw all the furniture parts, clothing fabric, and unassembled toys, etc. into the nursery room to come together on their own before the baby would happen along. What lame, irresponsible parents would do such a thing? What an insult to God’s power and wisdom to suggest that about our Father in Heaven! When it comes to this theory, that’s what He did with evolution.

Isaiah 29:16 “Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, ‘He did not make me’? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’?”

Rather, God’s recorded Word goes on from Genesis 1 to show you and me that His love for us is beyond our comprehension.

1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”

Hebrews 13:5 “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

If you find yourself hearing, or even tempted to be thinking, Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world? Just think why the devil would want that thought in your mind. Satan doesn’t want you to trust God’s Word. Satan wants you to pick it apart. Satan wants to make you “prove” it. Ultimately, Satan wants to ruin your relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus has proved to you His love and faithfulness by His sacrifice on the cross for you, so that you can spend eternity in His awesome and amazing heavenly home!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Couldn’t God have used evolution to create the world? No. That completely goes against His character.

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse!”