Why do people embrace the theory of evolution so readily? Because it removes any form of accountability between them and God. If God exists and if He made the world then that would mean that He makes the rules. Man has no desire to submit to God and His rules. He wants to make his own rules. However, since he is corrupt to the very core, the rules he makes are also corrupt. Many of the rules he puts in place are unjust, unmerited, excessive and unreasonable. If it were not for his God given conscience, that serves to counter the free reign of his debased mind, none of the rules he made would be ethical in any way, shape or form.
Evolution does not offer any real and lasting comfort. It may cause man to glory in his own accomplishments, but it does not offer any form of real hope or lasting peace. It simply says that we are an accident, a freak of nature, just the result of a random throw of the cosmic dice.
Do people think along these lines? Not to a great extent. Most are too busy looking inward, consumed with lustful and covetous desires. The thought that they could actually be a walking, talking, breathing freak of nature is not a thought they often dwell upon. The world loves to teach that man is innately good and that he should be proud of this goodness. Even within the church we have pastors teaching people how to develop their self-esteem and self-worth. All this succeeds in doing is to dumb down any notion that man is a radically depraved and fallen creature who loves his sin.
No, the majority of people do not spend their time thinking they are just some protoplasm washed up on the beach. That’s not what evolution means to them. Evolution to them simply presents a world in which God is absent. Yet when a person takes the time to really think it through they are left with the chilling thought that they are indeed an accident, just a freak of nature without hope of any real future.
So, how do we cause people to start thinking this way? How do we get them to see evolution for what it really represents? Well, we tell them.
When I’m witnessing to someone and they use evolution to explain how they came to be, I simply allow the cruel finality of evolution to take its course. I explain to them that if evolution is true then they are nothing really important. They are simply the result of a cosmic accident, which ultimately makes them out to be an accident as well. People don’t like to hear this. It is not a pleasant thought to think that your very existence holds no purpose to it whatsoever.
It is at this point that I turn to the person and say, “Evolution says that you are an accident. But the Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are not an accident. God made you. I know you feel threatened by the existence of an all powerful, all knowing, sovereign God. But He made you. Are you going to glory in the fact that you are just the result of some random chance, or are you going to acknowledge that it is God who should take credit for the person you are?”
The advantage of saying this is that it helps the person to warm to you. Now matter what way you look at it, it is far better hearing that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made as opposed to just being the result of some random accident. Always endeavour to bring down the defences in people. Whether you use humour or a tract, or just say something friendly and heart-warming, it always, always pays to break through their defences in order to connect with them. When witnessing to strangers there are very few things that are more important.