Before leaving behind Denis Lamoureux’s book I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution, there is one lengthy excerpt I would like to present. If I presented only a small portion of this you would think I was taking it out of context. If I paraphrased it you would not believe me. I will simply have to present the whole thing, as a painful illustration of the sheer depths to which special pleading can aspire.
Here is Lamoureux’s explanation of why God of love would do his creating through a cruel and wasteful process like evolution. I promise you I am not making this up.
This question needs to be answered in three parts. First, let’s put this in perspective: God can do whatever He wants. This may seem blunt, but after all, he is God. He could have made the world as understood by either young earth creation or progressive creation, since it is well within His power to do so. Obviously, it is the Creator’s decision, no matter what assumptions or expectations we may have. If He created us through evolution, who are we to question His choice of creative method? As the apostle Paul asks, “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”
Second, we must always remember that faith is foundational to our existence. The Bible clearly states that it is a requirement for our relationship with the Lord. In a wonderful chapter explaining the meaning of faith, the author of the book of Hebrews begins:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
We might be “sure” and “certain” that God made the world, but ultimately, this assuredness is rooted in faith. As the Metaphysics-Physics Principle underlines, everyone makes a leap of faith. Therefore, all attempts at proving the existence of the Creator through science are not biblical. The problem with the anti-evolutionary positions is that they try to put God into a test tube in order to prove that He exists. If the geological record aligned with the scientific predictions of either young earth creation or progressive creation, then there would be no debate. This would be incontestable proof for the existence of the God of the Bible. Accepting the Lord would be limited to science and simple logic, nothing more. And if this were the case, faith would not be required “to understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.”
Finally, to answer the question in the title of this subsection directly, I believe that God created through evolution because an evolutionary world is the perfect stage upon which to develop a genuine relationship with Him. In stating that creation is perfect, I am not affirming the traditional belief in an original paradise. The notion of an idyllic age is ancient science with no correspondence to reality, Instead, this “very good” evolved creation does not force us to believe in God, because it offers an environment within which we have real freedom to accept or reject Him. If anti-evolutionary fossil patterns existed they would crush free choice. A young earth creation or progressive creation would be coercive and it would destroy human freedom. But an evolutionary creation allows men and women to view evolution as nothing but a dystelelogical natural process, and to assume that no Creator exists. At the same time, in an evolved world we can see reflections of intelligent design pointing toward our Maker, and we have the freedom to pursue a personal relationship with Him. Both options are open to us.
The God of Love does not force Himself upon us, because that is not the nature of love. In the same way that you cannot coerce anyone into loving you, it is impossible for the Lord to make you love Him. An evolutionary creation is the ideal wolrd in which to fall in love with God and to experience His unfathomable love for us. It is the perfect creation where we can truly and freely fulfill Jesus’ commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The mind reels.
There is so much here to object to, but I will mention just one thing. Lamoureux’s attitude here is deeply un-Biblical. He is suggesting that human beings can reason their way to the God of Christianity if only the scientific facts work out just right. From a Biblical perspective, that is nonsense. There is no set of facts that can lead you to faith. If the scientific facts generally confirmed the creation account in Genesis, people would have no difficulty in finding other reasons to reject God. Let us recall John 3 19-21:
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
It is not lack of facts that drives us from God. It is our love of darkness, which in turn is the result of our sinful nature, that does that.
According to the Bible, at any rate.