Satan has wielded the theory of evolution like a piledriver smashing against the bedrock truth of Scripture. Of course, no force in the universe can negate the eternal truth of God’s Word. But although the truth remains unchanged, Satan and his minions have succeeded in undermining confidence in that truth, sadly, even among some genuine believers. We must not think that we are impervious to such attacks nor dismiss the danger they pose. Even among believers who steadfastly reject the foolish and demonic notion of evolution, Satan works to destroy the credibility of Scripture in other areas. The attack seldom occurs against a “major” doctrine or with a full, frontal assault. Rather, the attacks come stealthily, a feint here, a thrust there to test the strength of our defenses, then a midnight raid when we least expect it.
Have you ever been tempted to doubt: “Well, all the great scientists, all the major universities agree that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming”? Have you ever been tempted to question the veracity of Scripture concerning the goodness of God when you read of God’s requirement that Israel kill every man, woman, and child at various times during its conquest of Jericho? Have you ever harbored a fleeting thought that the timeliness of God’s intervention was merely coincidental or that some miracle described in the Bible had either a natural explanation or was a fictional addition for the sake of making an account interesting? Have you ever doubted one of God’s promises?
Satan doesn’t care where the doubt begins. He will gladly create misgivings about some small thing knowing that once he gets the nose of the camel in the door of the tent, pretty soon the rest of the camel will follow, and with it complete devastation and destruction.
Though certainly not a Christian, Thomas Jefferson thought he could embrace the morality of the New Testament without accepting any of its miracles. He was sadly mistaken. Scripture is one indivisible whole. We have no right to pick and choose what parts we will believe and what parts we will reject. We must guard our hearts and minds against even fleeting moments of unbelief or doubt because it is never a small thing to doubt God.
Speaking to the Jewish detractors in His day, the Lord Jesus declared: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46, 47). Those words provide essential insight into the unity of the Scriptures and the necessity of believing and accepting the entire Word of God. It is an indivisible body. Like a physical body, once we start cutting it up (whether consciously or unconsciously), we destroy its life.
Satan’s ultimate purpose is not to get someone to believe evolution nor to make him doubt the accuracy of some historical account in the Old Testament. But he knows that if he succeeds there that he is well on the way to his goal of thwarting belief in any word in the Bible and sealing the fate of a lost person. And regarding real believers, he never ceases his attempts to undermine our faith in an effort to destroy us and undermine God.
Remember: you are not impervious to the attacks of Satan; you are not immune to doubt. The Scripture provides believers with the strength and hope they need to honor the Lord, so Satan will strike again and again at that foundation of our faith. If you doubt any of the God-breathed words of Moses, or Jonah, or Nahum, or Haggai, or Mark, or Paul, or Jude, you are in grave danger of doubting all the Word of God. Listen, again, to the words of the Lord Jesus: “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:18, 19).
Previous Page | Next Page