If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3, NKJV.
Though this text may be applied in several ways, I want to use it as a reference to the foundations of our faith as Christians. If those foundations are destroyed, what happens to our faith?
To destroy the faith has been the aim of the devil since the beginning of human history. Though we’re given no time frame, I don’t think it took very long in the very beginning of our history in the Garden of Eden before Satan questioned the accuracy and authority of God’s Word. He came to Adam and Eve and asked, “Has God said…?”
That’s the genius, if I can use that word in this context, of the idea of evolution: it gets rid of God. Things just happened, no rhyme, no reason, no purpose, no Garden of Eden and, above all, no God and no devil. There are no absolutes, except that one, nothing beyond us to tell us what to do, except maybe aliens in the distant past who “seeded” our planet with life and then took off. Six 24-hour days of creation? Nonsense. It took millions and millions of years of evolution from get from a single cell life form, which just happened one day, ..no Maker, no Creator, …just popped up out of the primordial ooze, …to you and me. No heaven, no hell, no responsibility.
Our culture, our “science,” have fully bought into this lie. Even many Christians have been taken in by it. You’ve heard of “the gap theory” in Genesis 1:1, 2, which reads, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was, or, became, without form and void, or empty.
So the view was put forth that something catastrophic happened after creation, perhaps a pre-Adamite civilization which was judged for some sin, to explain dinosaur fossils and the cavemen and all that, and the earth “became without form and empty.” This idea puts the alleged millions of years into the “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
The fact that the earth was empty and without form doesn’t mean that it was only a mass of gas or stellar material, as evolution teaches. It just means that God hadn’t done anything to it yet. It had no features. It was “empty.” The rest of Genesis 1:2 says that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Then it describes the creation of this planet and the abundant life that is on it – in the course of less than a week, not the ages and ages and ages imagined by atheistic science, which starts off with the assumption that there couldn’t possibly be a God who created it all.
I hesitate to model God’s behavior on our own, as I once heard a radio preacher do who said something to the effect that if we multiplied man a billion times, then we’d have some idea of God. Not true. Not true. If we could somehow magnify man a trillion times, we’d still have just a man. Now it is true that Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7 says that God made man in His image. This doesn’t mean that He made us “little gods,” or anything like that; it means that He made us as rational and moral beings. That is, we are able to think and reason and learn and do things and make things – we’re not just upscale animals – and we have an innate sense of “right and wrong.” These may not agree with God’s view, witness the news the last few days, but they are there.
So, when Scripture says that the Spirit was hovering over the waters, does it mean that He was looking things over? Was He laying out, as it were, where things would go: Europe here, Asia there, the US over there, and so on? The names may be modern, but the land masses have been around since the second day of creation, Genesis 1:9, 10.
Evolution gets rid of all that. There is no God; that’s “the gospel according to evolution.”
That’s the Devil’s gospel.
If evolution is true, and it isn’t, but if it were, then there is no life after death, no hell, no judgment, no eternal torment for the devil and those he deceives. That would be “good news” indeed for the devil.
But he knows it isn’t true, cf. Matthew 8:29, where we have the account of two demon-possessed men who came into the presence of the Lord Jesus and cried out, “…Have you come here to torment us before the time?
The Devil knows full well where he is going to end up and he wants to take as many folks with him as possible. So he has produced many false gospels, many false ideas, many distractions, to accomplish just that.
I don’t know of many who deny the fact of death. (If you have recently experienced such a thing in your family or friends, I’m truly sorry). The discussion is about what happens afterward.
Is there an “afterward”?
Many deny any such possibility. We die and that’s it.
Another Devil’s lie.
Scripture says, yes, there is an “afterward,” that …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27, emphasis added.
As I’ve written before, death isn’t the end of things; it’s just a change of scenery. For those who know the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior, we cannot begin to imagine the joy and happiness of those who enter His presence and heaven.
For those who do not know the Lord Jesus and die without receiving Him as Lord and Savior, we also cannot imagine what they will suddenly discover: eternal judgment and torment, Luke 16:22, 23.
There are many questions about all this. What about this? What about that? What about the other?
The question is, what about you?
What will be your “afterward”?
Nor is there any salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved, Acts 4:12.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, Acts 16:31.
May God add His blessing, for Jesus’ sake.