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They Don't Teach THIS In Government Schools!
It may surprise students of evolution to learn that in the closing days of his life Charles Darwin returned to his faith in the Bible.
Many a man, as he approaches the end of his life, has regretted both his views and his conduct. Such a man was Darwin.
The story was related by Lady Hope, of Northfield, England, a wonderful Christian woman who was often at his bedside before he died. The story she wrote is not only interesting, but it is enlightening. We reprint it here, in her own words:
"It was one of those glorious autumn afternoons that we sometimes enjoy in England, when I was asked to go and sit with the well-known professor, Charles Darwin. He was almost bedridden for some time before he died.
I used to feel when I saw him that his fine presence would have made a grand picture for our Royal Academy. Never did I think so more strongly than on this one particular occasion.
He was sitting up in bed, wearing a soft embroidered dressing gown of rather a rich purple shade. Propped up by pillows, he was gazing out on a far-stretching scene of woods and cornfields, which glowed in the light of a marvelous sunset. His noble forehead and fine features seemed to be lit with pleasure as I entered the room.
He raised his hand toward the window and pointed out the scene beyond. In the other hand he held an open Bible--which he was always studying.
Darwin loved the Bible
'What are you reading now?' I asked as he was seated by his bedside. 'Hebrews!' he answered, 'still Hebrews, the Royal Book I call it.' Then, placing his finger on certain passages, he commented on them.
I made some allusions to the strong opinions expressed by many persons on this history of the Creation, its grandeur, and then their treatment of the earliest chapters of the book of Genesis,' he admitted.
He seemed greatly distressed; his fingers twitched nervously. A look of agony came over his face as he said, 'I was a young man with unformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything: and to my astonishment, the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them.'
Then he paused, and after a few more sentences on the holiness of God and the grandeur of His Book, looking at the Bible which he was holding tenderly all the time, he suddenly said, 'I have a summerhouse in the garden which holds about thirty people. It is over there,' pointing through the open window. 'I want you very much to speak there. I know you read the Bible in villages. Tomorrow afternoon I should like the servants on the place and a few of the neighbors to gather there. Will you speak to them?'
'What shall I speak about?' I asked. 'Jesus Christ!' he replied, 'and His salvation. Is that not the best theme? And then I want you to sing some hymns with them.'
The wonderful look of brightness and animation on his face as he said this, I shall never forget. Then he added, 'If you take the meeting at three o'clock this window will be open, and you will know that I am joining in with the singing.'
How I wished that I could have made a picture of the fine old man and his beautiful surroundings on that memorable day!
Was there ever a more dramatic scene? The very soul of tragedy is exposed to us! Darwin had come to grasp the truth in John 1:3 - "Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made." He realized that his early statements about evolution had destroyed Biblical faith in multitudes! With a look of agony, Darwin exclaimed, 'I was a young man with unformed ideas!'
This remarkable picture of Darwin is a challenge to every Modernist. The "unformed ideas" of a young man are the basis of modern evolutionary theology.