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Survival of the Fittest

by Tom Stewart

July 20, 2000

"Natural selection conceived of as a struggle for life in which only those organisms best adapted to existing conditions are able to survive and reproduce" is the dictionary entry for "survival of the fittest". "27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in His presence" (1Corinthians 1:27-29). The mechanism that drives Darwin's Theory of Evolution is Natural Selection or Survival of the Fittest; and therefore, Survival of the Fittest is the evolutionist's agent of change, just as God is the Christian's agent of change. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD" (2Corinthians 3:18).

Survival of the Fittest is accepted as a first truth by most people, just as they would accept the Law of Gravity; but, instead of proving Evolution-- that man descended from less complex life forms, such as apes-- Survival of the Fittest only proves that wicked men are depraved, and getting worse.
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (2Timothy 3:13). Since the process of Natural Selection is supposed to choose or adapt the best fitted organism for survival and procreation, then the fact that Christ will not find faith on Earth when He returns, i.e., "when the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] cometh, shall He find faith on the Earth?" (Luke 18:8), indicates that the process of the Survival of the Fittest is antagonistic to Christ, Christianity, and faith, because it leaves only the faithless, in the end. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1Corinthians 2:14).

In replacing God as the agent of change, Survival of the Fittest has allowed man to become his own agent of change, i.e., modern
"science falsely so called" (1Timothy 6:20), has enshrined man as his own god. "Who changed the Truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen" (Romans 1:25). When we see those around us competing for survival in life, sports, gambling, career, and business, someone must lose in order that the other might gain. "Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core" (Jude 11). The world around us knows no other way than Survival of the Fittest; and, anything other than the Supreme Love for God and an Equal Love for our neighbour as ourself, is the selfish maxim ruling the world. But..."36 Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).

Perfect Love is the opposite of the Survival of the Fittest; and, all men owe it to one another.
"43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:43-48).

Since Perfect Love, which is the
"Law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2), is the antithesis of the Survival of the Fittest, rather than beating, defeating, besting, overcoming, or vanquishing our neighbour, we should seek their benefit. "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth" (1Corinthians 10:24). And, without the benefit of the New Birth, i.e., "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3), man cannot truly look upon God as his Father, neither can he treat a Christian as a brother, and certainly will he not be willing or able to "love his neighbour as himself" (Mark 12:33). But, for the Saints: "34 A New Commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:34-35). So then, "we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2Corinthians 5:10).


[See our article, "
The Judgment Seat of Christ" ---New Window, for further Scriptural development of what to expect at Christ's judgment seat. Also, our editorial, "How Evolution Undermines the Need for a Savior" ---New Window, Scripturally discusses how Evolution demands that death was in effect before man "evolved," while Creation requires that death is only the consequence of man's sin, i.e., "sin entered into the world, and death by sin" (Romans 5:12).]

Tom Stewart

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