According to William Loader:
We recognise these pre-scientific accounts [in the book of Genesis] as attempts to explain why things are the way they are. With them belong also the explanations of why people speak different languages (Babel) and where rainbows come from (Noah and the flood).
In the light of these realities it is important to exercise caution in appealing both to creation and the fall. The Paper [The Uniting Church’s Discussion Paper on Marriage] avoids the dangers by its brief definitions. Concretely, this means that we can talk of creation only in the light of what we now know about such matters as the age of creation (not 6000 but 13.5 billion years) and the formation/creation of the human species through millions of years of evolutionary development, not in an instant.
Sin remains sin, but the notion that there was once a perfect creation and an Adam and Eve is no longer plausible in a literal sense.
But Ken Ham does an able job of exposing Loader’s premises:
One of the problems with compromise in one area of Scripture is where do you stop compromising? If Christians accept the idea of human evolution, then why not accept the idea that our sinful tendencies are really just evolved tendencies?
But this completely changes the Bible’s definition of sin and why we sin and face the penalty of death for our sin, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). A belief in evolution strikes right at the heart of the gospel!
(To be clear: there are Christians who believe in evolution and their salvation is not in doubt if they have placed their faith in Christ—but their compromised position regarding Genesis does undermine the authority of God’s Word.)
- Loader, W. (n.d.) Comments on the Uniting Church Discussion Paper on Marriage. Available http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/LoaderCommentsonMarriagePaper. Last accessed 5th Sep 2015.
- Ham, K. (2015). Adultery—Justified by Evolution? Available https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/07/01/adultery-justified-by-evolution/. Last accessed 5th Sep 2015.