You have probably seen evolutionary charts like this… but you might not have seen how to expose the faulty arguments behind them. Those arguments have deceived many students into thinking the Genesis record is unscientific. In reality, all a person has to do is ask some logical questions to reveal the utter foolishness of evolutionary assumptions.
You’ve heard educated evolutionists insist that it took a loooooong time… and that it was undirected by a Designer or God so it all happened by random chance… and of course, simple things got more complex – that’s evolution in a nutshell isn’t it?
Did you get that? The 3 absurd assumptions of evolution we’re talking about here are:
Don’t forget this key piece of the discussion.
The two major evolutionary fallacies?
They are required to get us to this point and they are covered in another chapter or article. What are they? They are the absurd answers given by evolutionists to the questions: “how did the universe get here?” and “where did life come from?” You’ve heard those answers I’m sure. Here they are:
The Big Bang
And don’t forget the simple questions you can use to reveal the ‘emptiness’ of those two supposed ‘scientific’ causes for the two most significant ‘effects’ that can lead anyone to a realization that there has to be a Creator.
Two Extremely revealing questions to ask:
#1 – Did you ever see an explosion cause an increase in the orderliness and complexity of anything?
#2 – Can you even imagine how to put life into chemicals, even if they are cleverly arranged into all the organs and systems of a now-dead corpse?
What’s really at the bottom of evolution teaching?
What is seldom mentioned to unwary and impressionable young students today is that evolutionists believe in bigger miracles than Christians ever dreamed of. They even admit it on occasion. And the reason their misguided faith is really nothing less than sheer gullibility is because their miracles had no adequate cause to perform them. Nature and common sense demonstrate scientifically that any result or ‘effect’ requires an adequate cause. By definition, the Creator of the universe that exists independent of natural substances is the only adequate “cause” for the universe and life.
But, evolutionists are religiously committed to their insane ‘faith’ because they don’t want to acknowledge the reality of their Creator. Don’t forget that. That’s why the apostle Paul says in his letter to the Roman Christians in the first century:
“..just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind…” (Romans 1:28).
Answering the Evolutionist Arguments
So how do we expose the 3 absurd assumptions of evolution? And do it in a gracious and sensible way?
We go into a lot of colorful and fascinating background detail in my book, “Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation,” but let’s keep this as simple as possible. Here’s the bottom line.
Does Time (millions and billions of years of it) provide a solution to evolution’s impossible dream?
Even if there really had been millions of years of existence for all of creation, there’s one thing we absolutely know about the effects of time. Just ask the question: “have you ever heard of the second law of thermodynamics?” All processes in nature are bound by this law.
What happens to any natural object or system as you watch it exist for a long time? It degrades. It wears out. It falls apart. It deteriorates. It follows the law of what is called “increasing Entropy.” Evolutionists insist there ‘must be’ a natural way for the nagging problem of entropy to be overcome. They just don’t want to face the music that only a miracle-working Creator is capable of creating a perfect world or restoring a fallen one in a “new heaven and new earth.”
What are the chances of producing orderly sequences of understandable information and systems randomly? In their assertion that random chance is capable of evolving higher forms of life (or any kind of first life for that matter) evolutionists ignore a mountain of evidence. It’s called “mathematical probability statistics.” With modern analytical equipment we now know how extraordinarily complex living systems really are. We now have no scientific excuse for believing in naturalistic evolution.
Ask, “What are the chances of letting random accidental processes produce even a simple system of information?” Evidence of design should logically cause us to look for a designer. To the evolutionist’s shame, he refuses to “allow a Divine foot in the door” no matter how ridiculous are his ideas about how intricately designed living beings came to be.
When someone insists that random genetic mutations and natural selection are the process of evolving from ‘Goo’ to You by way of the zoo, you might want to ask them a question or two.
Have you seen what mutations really produce? They are not pretty. Thankfully they are rare. In 5,000 years we’ve never scientifically seen what is agreed by everyone to be a single positive genetic mutation. It’s clear there isn’t enough time for mutations to do their ‘magic’ even if you had billions of billions of years to arrive at a world full of amazing creatures. How do you produce a system like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly by way of random mutations? And when you consider that ‘natural selection’ is only capable of eliminating unfit offspring (the so-called “survival of the fittest”), it says nothing about the ‘arrival of the fittest’ in the first place. You can’t get “more information” from “less information.” Someone with intelligence and a high degree of technical skill has to ‘engineer’ biologically increasing complexity. To believe that bacteria evolved into worms and worms evolved into reptiles and reptiles evolved into birds (and eventually man) is not supported by ANY facts of real observable science.
Evolution is a belief system that is totally devoid of honest scientific support. Those who insist on it are doing so only because they choose to reject the Creator. Typically, they have distorted concepts about God and some kind of attitude that resists acknowledging their personal accountability for their actions.
So why do so many people choose to believe in evolution?
The apostle Paul spelled it out very plainly in a prophetic word about the future that applies very well to what we see going on right before our eyes today. In Paul’s second letter to the Christian believers in Thessalonica (2 Thes. 2:10-12)
“…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Would you say that the belief in evolution qualifies for “a lie” that condemns them to their own just outcome if they choose to reject the truth of God?
© Dennis Petersen 2011
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There is so much confusion circulating in the printed and broadcast media today that it’s very hard for average folks to sort out what’s really true. The theory of evolution is promoted widely as if it is scientifically acceptable because many academic scientists believe it, but is that sufficient to make it stand as really TRUE? When I’m talking about evolution here, let’s not mistake it for anything else but what it is: pure naturalism. As one evolutionist made it very clear, “we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
What is science?
The Oxford Dictionary defines science as “a branch of study…concerned either with a body of demonstrated truths or with observed facts systematically classified…under general laws, and which includes trustworthy methods for the discovery of new truth within its own domain.”
G.G. Simpson, a leading evolutionist, said:
“It is inherent in any definition of science that statements that cannot be checked by observation are not really about anything…or at the very least, they are not science.”
TRUE Empirical SCIENCE IS
Observation is absolutely essential for the practice of what we call empirical ‘Science.’ And there are many things outside of that sphere like history and angels and prayer and God Himself. If you include ‘forensic’ or historical science in the discussion then you are dealing with theories of past events that cannot be witnessed again and which depend on the confidence we can have in the words of the informant.
Does science contradict the Bible?
Some feel that God’s Word and His world could conflict. Keep in mind that the Bible makes no apology about the supernatural origin and operation of the natural world. The straightforward narrative of creation in Genesis was approved by Jesus Christ and by the apostles who wrote the New Testament. We must be careful with what we accept as science. True science will not contradict the clear teachings of the Bible, but miracles described as actual events, by their very nature, are understood to bypass the limits of what science is typically able to observe.
Despite all the work that has been done in all the science disciplines, there are major enduring problems. What is electricity? What is light? What is gravity? Why do these phenomena behave so consistently? Some features of these things are known but not the basic “why” behind them.
CAUTIONS FOR SCIENCE
- There are many special disciplines (niches) of science. Being an authority in more than one realm is impossible for most men. So, many scientists are unaware of the assumptions in other areas outside of their specialty.
- Scientists are real people; they are inclined to have the same human weaknesses and biases as non-scientists. They are just as prone to sin, denial, deception and bad attitudes toward God.
- Scientists who wish to be credible must be cautious not to make broad declarations on issues of religion or human spiritual matters in the name of science.
- When scientists do say things about origins, supernatural powers and spiritual things, you should be careful to examine and challenge them. Ask for their basic assumptions about God and origins. Theories are not facts!
What is a theory?
The average person may suppose a theory is like a hunch or a guess, but scientists regard theories as accepted principles or concepts that stimulate research to explain natural phenomenon.
Have scientists been proven wrong?
False ideas have commonly been promoted by scientists of the past only to be discarded by their descendants. You can probably think of many examples like:
- The geocentric theory of astronomy
- The idea that bloodletting is appropriate medical procedure for reducing fever
- Embryonic recapitulation (the theory that human embryos develop by evolutionary stages of animal ancestry)
- Phlogiston was believed by 17th and 18th century scientists to be the magical ingredient of all combustible things that enabled them to burn. French chemist, Lavoisier, showed that oxygen was the key for fire (rapid oxidation) to burn.
Is evolution scientific?
No matter how you look at it, the theory of evolution must trace back to a point where inanimate matter became a living creature. Look at the foundation of this theory.
- UNKNOWN CHEMICALS in the primordial past…through…
- UNKNOWN PROCESSES that no longer exist…produced…
- UNKNOWN LIFE FORMS that are not to be found…but could, through
- UNKNOWN REPRODUCTION METHODSspawn new life…in an…
- UNKNOWN OCEANIC SOUP COMPLEX…at an…
- UNKNOWN TIME and PLACE.
Is it any wonder why many scientists insist that evolution does not even constitute a bona fide scientific theory!
THE BIG QUESTION
Bible-believing Christians are often mocked by those who say:
“Prove your eternal God created all this!”
But what’s the alternative?
Why not ask the scorner:
“Prove to me that atoms are eternal! If God is not the Creator, how did the atoms get there?”
MYSTERIES OF EVOLUTION?
For any creation or upward development there are basically three things that are absolutely essential:
- A PROGRAM to direct the growth.
- A MECHANISM to energize the growth.
- A PROTECTION SYSTEM to sustain the growth.
Does change equal evolution?
Everyone who cares to study it can see that physiological changes sometime occur in living systems. Some call this “micro-evolution.” We must acknowledge that the amount of change is always limited within fixed “kinds.” The commonly held belief in evolution can be more specifically called “macro-evolution.” It requires more than minuscule mutations to produce all the different living kinds. Indeed, TRANSMUTATION is the order of the philosophy, and that is the word that was used in the early 19th century before the word evolution became acceptable.
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 Simpson, George Gaylord, Science (1964) 143:769