Modernism: the Unrelenting Destructive Criticism of the Word of God

Truth in Science, a Christian organization headed by renowned authors and professors of science from leading universities, is focused on scientific evidence in support of Creation.  The organization recently issued a statement deploring  the government's announcement that the teaching of the Biblical origin of man to nursery children equates to "extremism." 

What the secularized British government deems rational because supposedly "scientific" is the anti-human idea that matter, if given enough time (billions of years),

" will turn into people.  This is scientifically preposterous and based on the "religion of atheistic humanism / atheistic naturalism.”  (,  August 14th, 2014) 

 In whatever form it takes, whether Darwinism or systems proposed and embraced by evolutionary theologians such as Teilhard or Hugh Ross for example, evolution is radically hostile to the Word of God.  The Bible clearly asserts that by the power of His Word the Triune God of Revelation created heaven and earth in six days (Special Creation).  Evolution either negates the Triune God and Special Creation outright or demands the Genesis account be allegorized or interpreted away to allow for evolution.   Either way, every doctrine of Scripture is undermined leaving Scripture without ultimate meaning and purpose. 

Because our Heavenly Father created all things, He and He alone is the sustainer, governor, and redeemer of all things. Man is God's creation, thus responsible to Him and totally under His law.  God is man's savior because as creator He alone is omnipotent over man and the universe and sufficient for all things. The Triune God is man's judge because he is man's creator, and He created man for His own purposes and glory. If God's creative work is denied, then His governance and redemption are also denied, because our Heavenly Father is made irrelevant both to man and His own creation.

What the doctrine of evolution has done is to destroy transcendent truth, Divine Law and man's inner person.  The Triune God is Ultimate Reality, and because evolution does not and cannot affect the Triune God then rebellious men, their worldly theories and science cannot alter ultimate reality.  Evolution can, however, affect and disorder the mind and welfare of man. How has it done this?

"In him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

First of all, according to evolution man is no longer viewed as created in the spiritual image of the Triune God (John 1: 1-18) despite that both the Word of God and His creation testify that our Creator exists (Ps. 19; Rom. 1:18-32). Unlike creatures, God is self-existent.  He depends on nothing outside of Himself for His existence, but everything, including man, depends on Him for its being (Acts 17:28).  The Lord sustains everything that He made in the beginning (Genesis) by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3).   If He were to cease to exist, everything else would cease to exist as well.

According to Scripture, man is created in God's spiritual image, and although fallen, is under the Divine Law of God.  Therefore, defiant arrogant men are not to dehumanize other men into bio-machines, hominids or apes as this act constitutes the breaking of the first and second Commandment.   Willful dehumanization is a form of murder, albeit it spiritual murder, of God's spiritual image in man.

Just as the Sabbath was made for man, and not the reverse, so too creation and the state are made for man, not man for creation and the state. Man is a person endowed with unalienable rights because created in the spiritual image of the One God in three Persons.  Man's worth, dignity and liberty are the fruit of Biblical faith. The world is man's dominion under God. But evolutionary theory destroys man's inner person, the part of him created in God's spiritual image and views him as an evolved product within the evolving universe of matter and energy, therefore instead of being a person set over nature as God intended, arrogant evolutionists dehumanize man and set him within and under the evolving universe of matter and energy as a product of it.  Thus evolution produces slavery, a necessary foundation for socialism (totalitarianism). 

When man is a dehumanized product of nature everything about him is determined by and therefore submissive to nature, and his psychology a conditioned reflex action rather than a governing action.   Man as product of nature must sacrifice himself, his children and the safety and well-being of his family to nature (Gaia) and is therefore reduced to the same slavish status as existed during antiquity in Egypt and other pagan states which held to evolutionary conceptions.  

But when man knows himself to be created by his Heavenly Father, and this faith is basic to his thinking, then man is a product of God's creative work and while submissive in relationship to God is active towards nature. He is determined by God, not by nature, and  therefore governs nature.  Man as a person because God's spiritual image bearer is free from nature, not a slave of it, because man is created and governed by God, not by nature:

"Where men are not ruled by God, they are ruled by tyrants. And the rise of evolutionary thinking has produced a world-wide rise of totalitarianism. Since man is no longer seen as a creation by God, he is becoming a creature of the total state, and the total state is determined to remake man in its own image. As a result, man is now the primary experimental animal. Many people are alarmed at the use of animals in scientific experimentation. But the grim reality is that the primary experimental animal is man. Not only the mental health experts, but virtually every agency of civil government is today engaged in trying to remake man. Moreover, scientists are engaged in experiments concerning psychochemical and electronic controls over man." (Rousas Rushdoony)

Once the citadels of Christianity, for more than 100 years Western Europe and America have been rejecting their Christian foundations in favor of evolutionary scientism.  When Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859, all 1,250 copies sold out on the day of publication. God-hating Westerners and Americans alike had long been waiting for a theory with so-called 'scientific' prestige to render the Bible and the God of Revelation obsolete, thus they immediately jumped on the bandwagon of Darwinism. George Bernard Shaw described the relief of men at being rid of the Triune God and declared the world jumped at Darwin.  (Is Evolution Proved?, Dewar and Shelton, p. 4, cited by R.J. Rushdoony, The Necessity for Creationism)

With great haste, many compromising churchmen immediately scrambled aboard the Darwinian bandwagon. They were quickly followed by a long line of theological pied pipers right into our own time. For such people the appeal to compromise is irresistible.  Why not be fashionably "scientific," or "scientifically" respectable?  If the Genesis account of creation is such an embarrassment, why not accommodate the Bible to evolution? Why defend unscientific creation ex nihilo and risk being considered ignorant and backward by the world's scientific elite despite St. James warning,

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).

Similarly, anyone who denies the authority of Scripture at one point has denied it at all points.  Rushdoony comments:

" If we assert that we can set aside the six-day creation doctrine, we have asserted our supremacy over Scripture. Our mind and our convenience now have a higher authority than the Bible, so that we have denied its authority totally and asserted our authority instead. If we claim the right at any point to set aside Scripture, we have established ourselves as the higher authority at every point. Clearly, therefore, the question of authority is at stake in Genesis 7: God or man? Whose word is authoritative and final?"

 Throughout the post-Christian West and America fallen man's word, hence his disordered mind and his selfish, depraved desires are now authoritative and final and his new religion is science. As C. F. Weizsacker observed at a scientific gathering:

"Science today is the only thing in which men as a whole believe: it is the only universal religion of our time. . The scientist has thus got himself into an ambiguous position: he is a priest of this new religion, possessing its secrets and marvels; for what to others is puzzling, strange or secret is plain to him. It is suddenly clear in many countries that the future of a nation, of a continent, of a view of life depends on producing enough scientists. Is this immoderate faith in the power of science justified?" (C. F. Weizsacker, quoted in Flaws in the Theory of Evolution, Evan Shute, p.228; ibid. Rushdoony)

Today it's no longer easy to be a faithful Christian in what once was Christendom and Protestant America.  Science obsessed evolutionary modernists, that is, atheists, their New Age evolutionary pantheist and theological counterparts despise us if we affirm that the God of Revelation called creation into existence ex nihilo in six days.   The increasingly ugly intimidation to remain silent is insidious and growing.

Either the Bible is not all it claims to be or it is all it claims to be because it is the inerrant Word of God, and God does not lie but rather Satan, his legions and men do.  The fashionable view today however, affirms the trustworthiness of sinful men and the folly of their foolish wisdom (i.e., evolutionary scientism, Higher Criticism) over our Heavenly Father and His Word. This is why an affirmation of creation elicits hoots of derision, condemnation as anti-science, backwards fundamentalism and charges of child abuse and mental insanity.

For science-and-evolution worshipping modernists to willfully choose not to believe the Genesis account is one thing, but the hundreds of years old concerted drive on a global level to diminish, devalue and demolish the Word of God and the Genesis account in particular and the psychological and physical crucifixion of the faithful is something else. 

While most written works of men are subjected to literary criticism, the world today is witnessing a strange yet consistent phenomenon when it comes to unrelenting destructive criticism of the Bible.  According to Dr. Bill Cooper, Vice President of the Creation Science Movement in England, many "colleges, universities, seminaries and schools around the world are dedicated" to the literary criticism of the Word of God, a phenomenon that,

" consistent down the ages and across the world, and involves a countless multitude of hammers being worn down to nothing, or shattered to pieces as they strike against this particular anvil, and all to none effect.   Indeed, so consistent, predictable and inevitable is the phenomenon, that one wonders why they bother.  But bother they do, and they must be answered." (The Authenticity of the Book of Genesis: A Study in Three Parts, Cooper, p. 7)

The one book of the Bible that consistently receives the most brutal pounding by modernist hammers is the Book of Genesis. After all, with no Book of Genesis there is no creation ex nihilo, and with no creation, there is no Fall of man, no need of repentance and the Good News of Christ, no heaven, no hell, and no future Paradise.

Not only have modernists of every stripe challenged, denigrated and written off the historical statements of Genesis as myth but they challenge its age as well.   Indeed, modernists write the Book of Genesis off with absurd claims of it being nothing more than a borrowed account filched from the myths of Babylonia, the mother of all post-flood evolutionary cosmogonies, Mystery Religion, gnosis, secret rites, initiations, sorcery, witchcraft, and divination.   

 In Dr. Cooper's impressively researched three-part study he takes on the challenges of globally accepted modernist opinions of Scriptures, exposes their spurious claims, dishonest scholarship, revisionist history, intolerance, censorship, and insidious intimidation.    

Cooper argues from hard evidence that the Bible is historically accurate in everything prophetical, geographical, linguistic and doctrinal. Part One of his book deals with the antiquity of Genesis, showing how its component parts are considerably older than any of the post flood evolutionary cosmogonies such as the Babylonian Enuma Elish proposed by modernists as source material for the Bible.

Part Two digs into pre-Christian Flood traditions found around the world.   Cooper shows that all together these flood traditions present a formidable evidence for the truth of Genesis when it speaks of the flood of Noah.

Finally, Part Three draws the reader's attention to the Atrahasis narrative, an ancient clay tablet that makes nonsense of Modernist claims that the Genesis Flood account is filched from the Epic of Gilgamesh.    Cooper calls this amazing tablet the Genesis Flood Tablet. 

Modernism is an anti-Triune God, anti-Genesis account program of dehumanization consisting of many interwoven threads encompassing man as god, science religion, Darwinian atheism, evolutionary New Age pantheism and evolutionary theology, all of which bristles with hostility toward the God of Revelation, the Book of Genesis and all faithful believers and defenders and shares in common the following:

1.Hatred of the supernatural God of Revelation and of man as His spiritual image-bearer

2.Naturalism: one dimensional views of reality

3.An inverted account of origins and history lending itself to the notion that since there was no fall then Lucifer is not the devil and men are not fallen but rather evolving into a higher order of being

4.Science religion

5.Evolutionary conceptions. These serve two main functions. First, as a mechanical process of development and second, as a mechanism for purification of matter

6.The nihilism of Buddha

Jesus Christ to Buddha,

" took God away (and) your espousal of an absence of self is the most unique and fearsome claim you made." (The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, Ravi Zacharias, pp. 59, 67)

Life  and being are only with the living God of Revelation, the creator and upholder of the life and being (soul/spirit) of men. But if He does not exist, it logically follows that there is no ultimate source for life, conscious being, meaning and purpose; or for the sanctity of human life, worth, dignity, individual liberty and personal property. Without our Heavenly Father unalienable (God given) human rights are as meaningless as America's founding documents have become in our secularized society.

If man is a product of evolution rather than God's spiritual image-bearer then he is less than nothing, a conclusion Buddha reached long before Jesus Christ God Incarnate walked this earth:

"Six centuries before Jesus Christ, the Buddha already knew that if God does not exist, then the human self cannot exist either...Therefore, he deconstructed the Hindu idea of the soul. When one starts peeling the onion skin of one's psyche, he discovers that there is no solid core at the center of one's being." Thus your sense of self becomes illusion, "Reality is nonself...You don't exist. Liberation, the Buddha taught, is realizing the unreality of your existence." (The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Vishal Mangalwadi, p. 6)

Arrogant, rebellious modernists have dehumanized themselves by their own willful choice. They've stepped out into the Void, thus made themselves into non-persons, the walking dead.  They've reduced themselves to something less than nothing that nevertheless believes itself to be superior in every way to faithful Christians.  Of such as these Jesus said: 

They be blind leaders of the blind..” “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14

And finally, with our Heavenly Father all things have a purpose, so thank God for narcissism. It inevitably forces its' proud 'owner' to confess his own stupidity and depravity against himself (Daniel 5:23; Ps. 115:5).  

 @Linda Kimball