Evolution and the Fall of Man

Needless to say, evolutionists do not take the Fall of Man (in the Garden of Eden) and the curse that followed as anything more than myth. Neither do all Christians believe the Fall was a literal event. And yet a real, non-allegorical “Fall” is extremely helpful for explaining the big picture – including the fact that consciousness exists at all. While not at first obvious, it can be reasoned that redemption, meaningless apart from sin (defined as that which separates us from God) is the perfect way to express the love of a righteous God. For if there were no such thing as sin, and redemption were meaningless, a deeper intimacy with God, defined as love, would be impossible. And without a consequence to what separates us from God, He would be less than righteous; righteousness requires consequence. The full love of God, “surpassing all understanding”[1] – could then not be  experienced.

Look at it this way. Apart from redemption, unresolved guilt and, equivalently, excessive tension in the opposing divisions of the autonomic nervous system, drives us into counterfeit solutions such as illicit drugs or sex – with disastrous consequences to the individual, family and country. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure it out – the rise of violence, sexual perversions, and other counterfeits is linked to a failure to receive and experience the true love of God. The essay called “Gender Confusion and the Collapse of America” goes a little deeper into this subject. Apart from the Fall and the corruption that followed, we would for all practical purposes be zombies – destined to live apart from the deeper love of God in a prideful state which excludes the joy of repentance and fellowship with our Creator.

It is easy to claim that ethical systems have evolved, but such an approach falls radically short of explaining how sensation becomes conscious. Evolution fits best with a godless worldview that logically precludes a deeper intimacy with God. However you slice it, time alone cannot explain how sentience arises from matter. According to Bill Nye, the science guy, that is the “Big Mystery” — the solution to which is explained in other postings (or the books listed below). Unless science recognizes the creative role that an image plays in containing the Second Law relative to infinity (see other postings) the mystery cannot be resolved.

Naturalism derives from the belief that there is some ultimate standard of truth, some predictable law apart from a Law Giver and Creator. And Jesus, biblically defined as “the image of the invisible God,[2] should not be left out of our reasoning – “by whom and through whom the Universe was created.”[3] It would be one thing if Jesus were just another human being. But as God incarnate, His sinless Blood – like the blood in our lungs following deep inspiration – has the power to cleanse from all polluting sin. All believers have in fact been washed by faith “in the blood of the Lamb.”[4]

If interested in the neurological, anatomical proof for the existence of God — biblically defined — my recent book (the easiest of three): Consciousness Finally Explained: A Perfect Synthesis of God and Brain, is available HERE.

1.  Ephesians 3:19

2.  Matthew 7:13, 14

3.  Hebrews 1:3; 2:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6

4.  Revelation 7:14


About Glenn Dudley

GLENN DUDLEY became interested in the mind-body problem as a Pre-Med student at the University of Colorado where he emphasized studies in physics, philosophy, and Judeo-Christian theology. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1969. After a mixed Psychiatry/Medicine internship, he worked for two years at MIT's Neurosciences Research Program -- a think tank whose objective was that of understanding how the hard-wiring of the nervous system mediates thought and emotion. Then, he spent a year in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School in Boston reviewing the world's literature on psychological and emotional predispositions to cancer. From 1975 to his retirement in 1998 he practiced primary care medicine.
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