Evolution vs Christianity: Survival of the Fit OR Unfit?
By David Jolly
Ever since the time of Charles Darwin, evolutionists have used the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ to describe one of the basic tenets of their religion. Physically stronger individuals surviving while those that are weaker die off. Healthier individuals survive longer than the sickly. Sometimes it is the larger or more elaborately colored and ornate that have the best chance to reproduce and keep the species going. The expression ‘Nature, red in tooth and claw’, though originally from a poem by Tennyson, is often used to describe evolution’s ‘survival of the fittest’.
Those that are smaller and weaker are less likely to be selected by others. Those who are meek, poor, hungry, thirsty and are less aggressive than the more dominant members of the species are shunned, turned away, and not allowed to reproduce. In many societies they are often the ones that are eaten by predators or die from disease. The ‘unfit’ end up being the unwanted discards of evolution. These individuals are given little to no chance of survival.
Evolutionary survival is only defined as being able to survive long enough to pass on your genetics to the next generation. After that has been accomplished, there really isn’t any further purpose to life. That’s all there is.
According to Scripture, who would be considered ‘fit’ and who would be considered ‘unfit’?
Genesis 6:5 – The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 – I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
Romans 3:10 – as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Galatians 3:11 – Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law,
In reality you, me and every other person on earth falls into the category of the ‘unfit’ in God’s eyes. Yet Christianity is the exact opposite of evolution. Christ opens his arms to the ‘unfit’ and offers them a way to be saved. Consider his Sermon on the Mount: (Matthew 5:3-11)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
With evolution, these would be the individuals that would be less likely to be considered worthy to survive and carry on the species. However, in Christianity, these are the people that Christ blesses and welcomes into his kingdom for all eternity.
If all of mankind is unfit for salvation, then how does one go about becoming saved?
John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Matthew 10:32-33 – “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
John 3:15-18 – “that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
John 3:36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
In evolution, every individual must fight to survive and be saved unto the next generation and no longer. Death is the final chapter. There is nothing to look forward to after you die. You just cease to exist.
In Christianity, there is no fighting for survival. Death is not the final end to living. We have all eternity to look forward to. The only real question is where will you spend your eternity – in Heaven or in Hell? Eternal survival, better known as salvation, is a free gift from God, Ephesians 2:8-9:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
All you have to do is to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and confess your sins. It doesn’t matter if you are weak or strong, healthy or sick, rich or poor. All who confess their sins and believe in him are welcomed into his kingdom and will have assurance of their eternal salvation, 1 John 5:13:
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Let me ask you two final questions:
1. If you were to die today, do you know for certain whether or not you would go to heaven?
2. If you did die today and found yourself standing before Almighty God and He were to ask you “Why should I let you into my heaven?” What would you say?
If you answer that you are a good person, you’re dead wrong. If you are unsure of your answers or feel convicted by the questions, contact someone at Evangelism Explosion International and they will be more than happy to help you.