Survival of the Fittest?

After reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Herbert Spencer coined some phrases that are still familiar to us today such as “survival of the fittest” and “only the strong survive.” If we are to rely on such terms, we should believe weak animals and humans will die out eventually and the only ones left will be the strong adapted evolutionary superior.

One thing can be certain. Those who parrot these phrases in modern life enjoy the thought of superiority themselves. They like to think highly of themselves because it is much more comfortable than their true feelings about themselves. If they could lay down their pride and look into their heart with honesty, they would see they are suffering from low self-esteem. Beyond the psychology of it, let’s consider what the Bible has to say about this theory.

Unsurprisingly, God delights in turning these phrases on their head. Think about it. David, the young shepherd boy, defeats Goliath the giant. In Judges 7, Gideon gained victory against 120,000 warriors versus his 300 men! In 1 Samuel 14, the 600 Israelites gain victory over a massive army. There is one reason for these victories. These Biblical heroes trusted in God for victory instead of depending on their own strength to survive.

Ask yourself some questions today. Do you enjoy feeling superior? Deep inside, are you afraid you may not be “enough.” Can you admit you need God for victory? Will you trust God with your life?

Here is what the Bible says:

“He [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” —Isaiah 40:29
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”—1Corinthians 1:25
“…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”—1Peter 5:5
“…And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.'”—Revelation 21:5


Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding…” —Proverbs 3:5

There are times in my life when I am sure that I know what is best for me. Then I hear from the Lord, and He wants me to do something else. In the end, I find out that God (of course) was right all along.

Take for instance this time back when I was in college. I was waiting outside of the building for a class to start. Just minutes before I was supposed to be inside, I heard the Lord tell me to take my Bible out of my backpack. I argued with the Lord a little bit—saying I would be late to class, but I eventually did it anyway. Then He told me to sit under a tree and read it. I read it for as long as I could without being late to class. Since it was only a few minutes, I really did not feel like I had gained any wisdom.

About a week later, my mother brought home a local newspaper. On the front cover, there was a student on my college campus reading Charles Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species.” Right next to that photo, there was a photo of me sitting under a tree reading the Bible. Yes, it is always right to trust in the Lord and not lean on our own limited understanding of what course of action to take in our lives. God is trustworthy!

Re: Your Distrust in the Gospels

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you don’t know if you can trust the books of the New Testament. You said, “After all, there are lots of gospels that were never chosen for the Bible.” Well, there are actually good reasons why those gospels were never chosen. The books of the New Testament were chosen based on specific criteria such as: 1) Was the book written by an apostle or under the authority of an apostle? 2) Was the book consistent with the Old Testament and teaching of the apostles? 3) Was the book widely used by the early church? Those are just some of the tough criteria the New Testament books had to pass. Throughout history, thousands of Christians died to preserve these books. The gospels in the Bible contain the real truth about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You should check them out! Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your Distrust in Paul’s Writings

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you believe in the Bible mostly, but you cannot accept Paul’s teachings. You say he was not Jesus’ disciple so he does not have the authority to teach about Jesus. Since Paul wrote over ten books in the New Testament, that means you reject a large percentage of the New Testament. Something for you to consider is that the disciples Peter and Luke both regarded Paul as a teacher with authority. In 2Peter 3:16, Peter indicates his writing should be respected. Luke referred to Paul as an apostle (see Acts 14). Although Paul did not follow Jesus with the other 12 disciples, Jesus did appear to him on the road to Damascus. The Lord told Ananias about Paul and called him a “chosen instrument.” This role was fulfilled when Paul traveled extensively to carry the gospel to other nations. His travel is chronicled by Luke in Acts 18. Christians can trust Paul’s teachings with confidence along with the rest of the New Testament. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your Doubt in the Bible

Dear Doubting Thomas, I know you think the modern Bible is not reliable. You asked, “Who can possibly know what the original text said?” Well, Bible scholars actually do know what the original text said because there are two full copies of the New Testament that date within 300 years of the original composition (and thousands more pieces from before that time). Some Old Testament manuscripts date back to 250 BC. One of the most popular Bible versions (NIV) was translated by more than 100 scholars from the best Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. Aside from that, our God is loving and active. Don’t you think he would oversee the translation of the Bible? Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

P.S. Think about Mark 13:31: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

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