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Is the philosophy of evolution a heresy according to the Bible

400 year old King James Bible
400 year old King James Bible
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The philosophy of evolution is an idea that the world and all existing things came into being through a process of gradual change and progression. It has even been said that a person can believe the teaching of evolution and the teaching of the Bible without any serious contradiction. In other words, some say God used evolution as His means of making the world. This though is impossible. To actually believe in evolution as a Christian is a heresy. Heresy in the Bible refers to schism and false teaching. The term "heretic" and "heresy" refer to a willful choosing of false doctrine, a willful alignment with error.

The word "heretic" is used one time in the Bible in Titus 3:9-11, but the term "heresy" is used four times in the Scriptures (Acts 24:14; I Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20; 2 Peter 2:1).

"The word 'heresy' originally meant 'a choice', then an opinion that is the product of choice or of the will, instead of being drawn from the Divine Word. It refers to a man-made opinion. Hence the term was given as a name for departures from orthodox teaching which carried in them a breach of church unity" (G.P. Fisher, 'History of Church Doctrine').

Robert Sargent makes the following important comment : "Heresy is much more than ignorance. It is more than simply holding to an error. It is taking sides with error against truth."

You cannot believe in evolution, if you believe in the very first verse of the Bible. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

God gives us a warning in Colossians 2:8 about believing in the philosophy of this world which evolution is a part of. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

The apostle Paul warned Timothy about "oppositions of science falsely so called". "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen" (I Timothy 6:20-21).

I can honestly say, "Yes, Virginia, the philosophy of evolution is a heresy according to the Bible.