“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the
scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).
When the Sadducees, who were the theological, philosophical, and
scientific elite of the day, came to Jesus with a trick question in an
attempt to discredit Him, He responded with the stinging rebuke in our
text. While His response dealt specifically with the fact of resurrection
and the nature of the after-life, His two-fold evaluation of self-reliant
scholars still fits today, particularly in regard to evolutionary
By the time Darwin had published his book, Origin of Species,
attributing evolutionary progression to natural selection, he had probably
become an atheist and so set about to ascribe creation to natural causes.
He attributed to nature, abilities which clearly belong to God alone. He
knew something of the Scriptures, but his memoirs show that he had little
understanding of basic Biblical teaching. He felt that if there was a God,
He had little power or had not been involved in the affairs of this earth.
Most atheistic evolutionists today follow Darwin’s intellectual footsteps.
But what of Christian intellectuals, theistic evolutionists, progressive
creationists, or advocates of the framework hypothesis, who claim to know
God but yet deny His awesome power in creation? They too reject the clear
teaching of Scripture regarding creation, relegating God to the mundane
task of overseeing the evolutionary process, reducing His power to
something potentially accomplishable by man. Peter aptly describes this
attitude when he calls it willful ignorance (II Peter 3:5).
It has been suggested by some that all human error can be traced to one
or both of these categories: not knowing (and/or believing) the Scriptures
and underestimating the power of God. JDM
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