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The curse of evolution

Evolution is a theory. Not a fact.

Micro evolution (development within a kind) is a fact - observable and repeatable - but macro evolution (development upwards from one kind into another) is not. 

This simply means that fish, dogs, cats, birds, moths etc may change in colour, size, shape and behaviour as breeding, feeding and circumstances shape them, but never has it been proved that they have evolved upwards through added genetic information into another 'kind'. 

Natural selection, or survival of the fittest, is, and always has been a daily fact of nature, but weeding out the weakest at any time or place does not cause them to become a different kind of life form.

Thus birds, despite their multiple variations and the effects of natural selection, remain as birds. Thus dogs despite their multiple variations and the effects of natural selection, remain as dogs. Etc.

God designed life to be capable of adapting and developing to changing circumstances. It is already built into our gene pool.  I am a 'city boy' born and bred, and have smallish hands, whereas several friends of mine are 'farm boys' born and bred, and have huge hands.

This is not macro-evolution in action.

To the best of my understanding no evolutionist - not even evolutionist champion Richard Dawkins - can give even one example of an observed mutation which causes an increase in genetic information. (examples of fish in caves with no eyes or beetles without wings are examples of mutations loosing genetic information)

Pity the poor fruit fly!  Since it is genetically simple, easy to 'mutate' and can reproduce approximately every 11 days it has been used in science labs and students biology classes for decades in an attempt to observe, and thus finally scientifically prove, evolution. Since 1910 over 3000 mutations have been recorded.  In no case was there a hint of the fly evolving into another creature. In no case was there a mutation which improved the original.

Babies turning into adults is a fact because we can observe the various stages all around us. The miraculous rapid metamorphosis of maggots into flies, caterpillars into butterflies, and tadpoles into frogs is a fact because we can see it happening all around us. It is both observable and repeatable.

But all around us we do not see tens of thousands of life forms in the various stages of upward evolution from one 'kind' into another. For instance we do not see scales on their way to becoming feathers.  It is presumed by evolution.

Evolutionists examples for observable evolution are

'British moths becoming darker since the Industrial Revolution (industrial melanisation), insects evolving DDT resistance since World War II, malaria parasites evolving chloroquine resistance in the last two decades, and new strains of flu virus evolving every few years' (Jared Diamond, “Who Are the Jews?”, Natural History Vol. 102, No. 11, November 1993. p.19

Note that the moths are still moths, the insects are still insects, the malaria is still malaria and the flu virus is still a flu virus. These are examples of the adaptation built into existing gene pools, not the creation of new genetic information.

Evolutionists even agree that the genetic variants required for the developing resistance to pesticides was already present in the genetic makeup. Francisco Ayala in “The Mechanisms of Evolution”, Scientific American, Sept. 1978, p. 65 wrote,

“Insect resistance to a pesticide was first reported in 1947 for the Housefly (Musca domestica) with respect to DDT. Since then resistance to one or more pesticides has been reported in at least 225 species of insects and other arthropods. The genetic variants required for resistance to the most diverse kinds of pesticides were apparently present in every one of the populations exposed to these man-made compounds.”

If all life evolved from molecule to mankind over billions and billions of years then there should be billions of fossil records displaying the thousands of very gradual transitional stages. For instance the evolution from a fish to a giraffe would leave a long and interesting fossil trail. But where is it?

In 1978 the British Museum (Natural History) published a book on evolution by Dr Colin Patterson, their Senior Palaeontologist.  Fossils are mentioned in a number of places in the book, yet nowhere does the author illustrate any of these ‘missing links’ between major types of organisms, such as between fish and amphibians.

In 1979 American Luther Sunderland read Dr. Patterson’s book and noticed that there was not even one photograph or drawing of a transitional fossil. He wrote to Patterson asking why this omission, and in a letter dated 10 April 1979 Patterson replied in these words:

‘… I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. … Gould and the American Museum people are hard to contradict when they say there are no transitional fossils … You say that I should at least “show a photo of the fossil from which each type of organism was derived.” I will lay it on the line—there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.’

In a later interview he stated..

‘If you ask, “What is the evidence for continuity?” you would have to say, “There isn’t any in the fossils of animals and man. The connection between them is in the mind.”

To date, despite many hasty shouts of triumph, there is still not even one watertight, unarguable, transitional fossil.  Of the millions and millions of intermediates that should exist, only a handful of questionable examples such as the ‘mammal-like reptiles’ for the mammals, and Archaeopteryx for the birds, are held forth as possible ‘proof’.

Sadly there have also been many deliberate attempts to falsify evidence [1] [2] [3]

As I write this first draft (in early 2006) the most recent shout of triumph is over a fossil called the 'Tiktaalik'  [1] [2] - a nine foot long fish with fins and gills, but also it is claimed, with characteristics which 'anticipate the emergence of land animals

Producing one, two or even three fossils of extinct animals with unusual characteristics which might 'anticipate the emergence of another species' would delight evolutionists, because they have longed for such, but against the bigger picture it means little. We have no way of knowing whether that animal was simply created that way. 

For instance, evolutionists were confident that fossils found belonging to a fish known as the coelacanth (pronounced SEE-la-canth) - a primitive lobe fined fish - was strong evidence of the anticipation of the emergence of land animals.

These strange five foot long fish were supposed to have appeared some 380,000,000 - 4000,000,000 years ago, thus predating dinosaurs by some 150,000,000 years, becoming extinct 65,000,000 to 70,000,000 years ago.

Then in 1938 the first coelacanth was caught alive and well, and since then many others have been caught in various out of the way places. These coelacanth haven't changed one bit from their fossil records.

Then there was the 'living fossil' rodent recently discovered in Southeast Asia. It was identified as one of a group of mammals called Diatonyids which were thought to have gone extinct some eleven million years ago. This rodent has turned out to be the same as its fossil record. No evolving at all.

The oldest fossil bat (Palaeochiropterx tupaiodon) looks like and had the fully developed wings, inner ear structure and amazing sonar equipment that today's bats have. Bats have always been bats. No evolution.

Likewise turtles. Old and new are the same. No evolution.

Triops known as Triops cancriformis have been described as the "oldest living animal species on earth". They make interesting 'pets' for children. Just add water to the grain of pepper size dry eggs and they come alive, grow rapidly and live for about 90 days. They are identical to the fossil records of when they lived alongside the dinosaurs. No evolution.

What evolutionists need as unarguable evidence is not one unusual fossil but the long transitional trail involved in even one life form developing in minute stages from kind A into kind B. 

In the last 200 years there have been more than 100 billion fossils found, and Michael Denton (Evolution, a theory in crisis 1985) states that this covers 97.7 percent of living orders of land vertebrates. Yet even with such a vast sample to work with, not even one clear transitional fossil trail has been found.

Biochemist D.B.Gower, writing an article in the Kentish Times, England, under the heading 'Scientist Rejects Evolution' (Dec 11th 1975) said,

'The creation account of Genesis and the theory of evolution could not be reconciled. One must be right and the other wrong. The story of the fossils agreed with the account of Genesis. In the oldest rocks we did not find a series of fossils covering the gradual changes from the most primitive creatures to developed forms, but rather in the oldest rocks developed species suddenly appeared. Between every species there was a complete absence of intermediate fossils'

Charles Darwin (Origin of the species p. 413) acknowledged this problem.

"Why is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain; and this is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory"

It might be helpful here to view two short videos entitled 'The Fossil Record' - parts 1 & 2

As a young school boy I initially believed the evolution teaching because I assumed that those impressive charts showing the lines from plankton to jellyfish to fish to lizards to birds to horses to monkeys to men was a proven observable fact.

Then I found out that it was a theory.

Someone, somewhere, then told me the following whimsical little story and it blew the theory straight out of my thinking for ever.

A little boy walks up to a scientist's desk, sets down a piece of wet green seaweed, and says 'Give us a call mister when it's a horse'

Evolutionists today believe that there was nothing and it exploded, and from that big bang everything that we are, everything that we see, all the natural laws (such as gravity) that make the universe work so perfectly, simply evolved over many billions of years.

To say that big bang theory is volatile is an understatement. The theory was first floated by Belgian astronomer George Edward Lemaitre. According to Isaac Asimov, Lemaitre conceived the initial mass that exploded to be 12 trillion miles wide.

By 1965 this was recalculated to be 27.5 million miles wide.

By 1972 it was reduced to 7.1 million miles.

By 1974 to 54,000 miles.

By 1983 to a trillionth the diameter of a proton.

Today it has been reduced to 'nothing' - a 'singularity'

The theory began when Edwin Hubble first discovered that the universe was expanding, so by reversing the expansion process by billions of years using immense gravitational pull, the deduction is that all matter in today's universe was originally sucked so densely together that it was sucked into an intense 'nothing' 

The General Science Book (1989) page 362 states 'nothing really means nothing and from this state of nothingness the universe began in an explosion about 16.5 billion years ago'.

Mathematicians have found it impossible to explain the Big Bang theory in equations, unable to show how a universe was created from nothing.

The latest theory which tries to deal with this problem - called the Loop Quantum Gravity theory and nicknamed the 'Big Bounce' theory - comes from Penn State University USA.  It suggests that there was a previous universe in existence, similar to ours, and that it was sucked back down by immense gravitational pull into 'nothing', then exploded and reformed as it is today.

The theory goes that following the big bang, instead of the absolute chaos that explosions normally cause, everything dropped into place, and through time and random chance worked perfectly. Having lived in Northern Ireland throughout the thousands of bomb explosions -sometimes several per day - I never saw, nor heard of a single explosion that produced anything but absolute chaos.

To grasp the reality of this claim - that a 'singularity' exploded and eventually resulted in the wonderful universe we live in - it might help to remind ourselves of the perfection of this little piece of the universe that we live in.

Let's start with the miracle of the sun. Although this ball of hydrogen and helium gas 'burns' through continual nuclear reactions at its core, its energy light and heat output never goes out. Sometimes it even flares up.

Planet earth journeys around the sun once a year at an average distance of 93,000,000 miles and at a speed of some 66,600 mph. 

If we were just 5% closer to the sun the oceans would boil and the waters evaporate. If we were just 5% further away the oceans would freeze.

Then there's the miracle of these vast and mighty oceans. If the oceans were half their size we would only get 25% of our present rainfall. If the oceans were only one eighth larger, then annual rainfall would increase by 400% turning this planet of ours into a uninhabitable swamp.

Water solidifies at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but if earth's oceans were subject to that law, the amount of thawing in the polar regions wouldn't balance out and everything would end up cased in ice. Amazingly the oceans have salt in them to prevent this catastrophe. Even the largest inland lakes on earth have no such salt levels.

So perfect is all this, that the most northerly and southerly parts of planet earth are too cold to sustain any reasonable level of existence, while by contrast, the most central part of earth is too hot to sustain any reasonable level of existence. Most of us live in the temperate regions situated between the two extremes.

At the equator, earth spins around at 1041 mph as it travels on its 365 day journey around the sun, giving us day and night. Otherwise one side would have permanent light and the other side permanent darkness, and nothing could grow. If the earth's rotation was much slower than it is our days would be unbearably hot and our nights freezing cold.

All the while this amazing planet we call earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees to give us seasons. And all the while it's north 'pole' is always pointed at the pole star (Polaris)

A smaller planet, the one we call the moon, revolves around our planet earth once a month, at a distance of some 240,000 miles, ensuring - with it's gravitational pull - that the vast oceans on this planet have twice daily tides replenishing them with oxygen, thus allowing fish to breathe. The moon's size and thus its gravitational pull, in tandem with its distance from the earth, slows the earth's spin down to the liveable speed that permits life to exist.

Interestingly the earth's distance from the sun is 400 times the earth's distance from the moon, and the sun is 400 times the diameter of the moon This means that the sun and moon appear to be about the same size when viewed from the earth. This remarkable coincidence enables us to occasionally view a total eclipse of the sun. That wouldn't be possible if the moon wasn't exactly the size it is.

The moon is gradually moving away from the earth at about 1.5 inches per year - so even if it had begun its life touching the earth it would have taken just under one and a half billion years to reach its present position, thus making a nonsense of the many many billions of years that evolutionists need to give the theory time to seem reasonable.

The very large planet called Jupiter is superbly positioned as a sort of meteorite vacuum cleaner. It has even been termed 'the great protector'. Its strong gravitational pull draws meteorites towards itself that would otherwise potentially damage or even destroy the earth.

Then there's earth's own gravitational pull. If this planet was significantly smaller the lessened gravity would not be capable of holding the atmosphere that is essential for breathing. A much thinner atmosphere would provide no protection from the 25,000 meteors that burn up in the atmosphere over this planet every day.  If the planet was twice as large, the effect of increased gravity would make everything on earth's surface eight times what it weighs today.

The huge planet Jupiter with its powerful gravity is positioned just right to pull many comets and meteors away from crashing into the earth.

Everything just perfect.

Truly 'the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands' (Psalm 19:1)

One evolutionist was quoted in Bill Bright's book as saying,

'It was as if the universe was expecting us'

Sir, I believe it was.

Professor Robert Jastrow in his book 'The intellectuals speak out about God' says,

"the smallest change in any of the circumstances of the natural world, such as the relative strengths of the forces of nature, or the properties of the elementary particles, would have led to a universe in which there could be no life and no man. For example if nuclear forces were decreased by a few percent, the particles of the universe would not have come together in nuclear reactions to make the ingredients, such as carbon atoms, of which life must be constructed"

The theory of evolution proclaims that following this big bang, life on earth began to form from no life, with simple bacteria emerging in a hostile primordial soup. These minute bacteria eventually evolved - themselves - without the genetic coding to do so - upwards, over billions of years, into flowers and trees, birds and bees, horses and cows, lions and tigers, shrimps and sharks, mice and mammoths, weasels and worms, and of course into you and I.

The faith needed - and that is what it is - to believe this theory is nothing less than awesome. To date even the simplest bacterium has yet to be produced in a laboratory despite the use of high tech equipment. Yet evolutionists still hold to the theory that simple life formed from no life after the big bang, and with no intelligence whatsoever applied to the process.

To put this theory into some kind of perspective, British cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle said that if you filled the solar system shoulder-to-shoulder with blind men shuffling Rubik’s cubes randomly (this would mean 1050 blind men) the chances of getting one simple long chain molecule of the type on which life depends is the same as all of those blind men simultaneously achieving the solution by random shuffling! He further points out that we would then only have one single useless molecule compared to the intricate and interrelated machinery of a functioning, living cell.

[Run this short PowerPoint display to place our planet into perspective. Simply left click to change slides.)

Scoffers say that creationism is the enemy of science.

That is most certainly not the case.

The fact is that both sides start with a strong bias of presumption.

Evolutionists presume there is no God and therefore no allowance can be made for any trace of divine creation. They see science through 'evolution only' glasses.

'In fact, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion: almost all scientists have accepted it and many are prepared to bend their observations to fit in with it' (H. Lipson 'A Physicist looks at Evolution' Physics Bulletin 31 page 19, 1980)

Contrary to fine words about 'going where the evidence leads them', evolutionists search for the evidence to confirm their presumption that there is no 'God involvement' therefore the only answer must be evolution.  Professor D.M.S Watson, ("Adaptation", Nature 124:233) said

"Evolution is a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven to by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible"

So strong is this presumption in their approach to scientific investigation that they are mystified when the fossil evidence will simply not present itself.  Harvard Professor and outspoken evolutionist, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) summed up this situation when he wrote..

"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution" (Evolution Now: A Century after Darwin. p.140)

Creationists on the other hand start with the presumption that there is God and that He did design and create. Thus they search to find evidence of the Creator in creation.

We have the interesting situation where evolutionists seek evidence of slow upward graduation in the fossil records and cannot find them, whereas creationists look for the sudden appearance of distinct animals in the fossil records and do find them. Each basic kind of plant and animal life appears in the fossil sequence complete, fully formed, and functional. Leading evolutionists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge agree that fossilized life forms appear in the fossil sequence abruptly and distinctly as discrete kinds, then show relatively minor variation within kind, and finally abruptly disappear.

The same facts being looked at from an evolutionary viewpoint or a creationist viewpoint produce two different and opposite conclusions. People, especially students, are entitled to hear both viewpoints, weigh the evidence for themselves, and arrive at their own conclusions.

For instance..

You are walking over a rock strewn mountainside. Suddenly you come to a beautifully built red brick wall stretching for mile after mile over the deserted countryside. What would you conclude? 

Would you conclude that (A) intelligence and design was involved in the design and construction of that wall, or would you (B) conclude that great winds and floods and earthquakes over many millions of years had, by random chance, managed to shape every single brick into a perfect rectangle, had managed to set each brick neatly one on top of the other, equally spaced and cemented throughout, to the exact same height along the total length?

I suspect you would conclude option A.

Now imagine discovering the intricacies of DNA which pale those brick wall odds into insignificance.

If the DNA in one of your cells were uncoiled, connected and stretched out it would be about seven feet long. It would be so thin that its details could not be seen even under a microscope. If all this very densely coded information from one cell of one person were written in books it would fill a library of about 4,000 books. If all the DNA in your body were placed end to end, it would stretch from here to the Moon more than 500,000 times! In book form, that information would fill the Grand Canyon more than 75 times. If one set of DNA (one cell's worth) from every person who ever lived were placed in a pile, the final pile would weigh less than an aspirin. (Dr.Walt Brown Ph.D)

Evolutionary scientists will not, cannot, allow for God, so they must theorise that time and chance built this awesome DNA structure that sits before them. 

The creationist scientist, philosopher or theologian allows for God and clearly sees the evidence of Divine intelligent design at work.

Now imagine being told that the latter viewpoint is the enemy of science, and that only the former may be taught to students.

Wonderful nature programmes - such as those presented by the very popular atheist David Attenborough - relentlessly declare that the incredible beauty and intricate life forms portrayed is the sole result of mutation, time, chance and natural selection over billions of years.

No other viewpoint is even allowed to be considered. Yet to the Christian, God is evident in this amazing design and beauty.

'The design, beauty, law and order and numerical structure stamped on all created things point to an intelligent being, above, beyond and greater than all created things. That being is God' - Kevin J Conner B.Th., M.Div, Th.D. (Hon) 'Foundations of Christian Doctrine'

The media regularly write strong evolutionary headlines over initial claims for new fossil finds which later turn out to be much less than originally claimed.  Yet there is rarely of ever a retraction. And certainly never a headline retraction.

One example is 'Lucy' who was described in many headlines as an evolutionary link between man and apes. This claim has now been discredited, yet is still used by the media as an evolutionary proof today.

Fossils can only occur if an animal is very rapidly buried and sealed as the covering material solidifies.  This requires 'an event' to occur. For instance millions of Bison (American buffaloes) were killed on the American plains in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries yet they did not become fossils. Their flesh and bones did what all flesh and bones normally do. They gradually rotted away and disappeared. There was no 'event' to rapidly kill and seal the animals, thus preserving them.

When massive graveyards of dinosaur bones are discovered in various parts of the world some evolutionists theorise that perhaps a river once existed there which washed these huge carcasses down to a bend in the river where they all piled up and were then quickly covered by mud, which hardened and sealed them in.  Tour guides at some Dinosaur parks suggest that perhaps local floods or flash floods or seasonal floods were responsible for such sudden destruction and rapid sealing.

We see such events as these occurring around the world each year. From local floods to flash floods to tsunamis, yet none of these are  powerful enough to even remotely produce these colossal fossilised dinosaur graveyards, sometimes involving thousands of dinosaurs..

To give an idea of the size of these fossilised graveyards, the largest bone-bed in the world is located in north-central Montana, USA. where there an estimated 10,000 duckbill dinosaurs are entombed.

An article by Michael Oard entitled  'The extinction of the dinosaurs' states ..

Another bone-bed containing thousands of duckbill dinosaurs, mostly in a single layer, is found in north-eastern Wyoming. Over 90 smaller bone-beds make up the huge deposit in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah, USA, is world famous for its display of a water-laid jumble of disarticulated dinosaur bones. Another well-known bone-bed, mostly of large carnivores, is Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in central Utah. Colbert described the stacked dinosaur bones in Howe Quarry, Wyoming, USA as being ‘ piled in like logs in a jam.’ ...

There are many other dinosaur graveyards in western North America, practically all, if not all, indicating catastrophic burial by water or aqueous slurries.

Dinosaur graveyards are not found just in the western United States, but worldwide. One of the first graveyards discovered was an Iguanodon graveyard in Belgium.  A new sauropod graveyard has been discovered in Niger, Africa. This graveyard is dated as ‘Cretaceous’, even though the dinosaurs closely resemble ‘Jurassic’ dinosaurs of western North America and are dissimilar to dinosaurs from South America, which was expected according to the theory of plate tectonics. A dinosaur graveyard of well preserved, articulated dinosaurs is now being excavated at Dashanpu, China.

Creationist scientists see potential evidence of a cataclysmic worldwide flood. And are mocked, even from within the Body of Christ.

We can all do a very basic observational study where we sit right now.

Look around you. Look at your computer, the mouse, the speakers, the printer, the keyboard, the internet link.  Look at the seat you sit on. And the cup sitting nearby.

Keep observing as you move out to your car, as you drive along tarmac roads, see houses and shops, pull up at traffic lights, pull in at petrol stations, draw money from the cash dispenser, use the telephone, flush the toilet. What observable repeatable conclusion can you safely deduce?

You can deduce that each item that functions from the simple to the complex was designed and then created. No one will laugh at you for figuring this out.

Now think for a moment about the sheer complexity of your own life as you read this paper.  Your eyes for instance as you read this sentence.

The human eye is but one small part of us yet its design and construction is eons beyond our capability to reproduce. Not only that, but we have two of them that work together incredibly well.

Evolutionary scientists see the eyes in all creatures purely as the results of endless mutations, time and chance, whereas creationist scientists see evidence pointing to intelligent design and manufacture. See videos 'The Seeing Eye' - parts 1 & 2

Ponder on the working wonders of your eyelids, eyelashes, ears, mouth, teeth and tongue. Ponder on the wonders of your digestive tract running from your mouth down through your stomach and then out via your rectum. Ponder on the complexity of your heart, arteries, veins, blood, bones, brain, skin, feet etc.

Ponder on your ability to taste, touch and smell.  Ponder on your thoughts, imaginations and memories.

And ponder on the sheer complexity of it all working together as one unit. Truly we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.

If you dare to suggest that any of this was designed and then created you will be laughed at.

Ponder for a moment about the basic fact that life needs a male and female to reproduce. With all the appropriate and very complex working parts that fit together.

Did male and female - and their complex working parts - both 'evolve' at exactly the same time and place so that seed and sperm could be brought together to reproduce? 

Which came first, the male or the female?

Evolutionists admit that they have no answers to these questions.

Creationists believe that the book of Genesis has the answer.

Man was created first, then soon after, the woman.

Evolutionists would have no difficulty in agreeing with the organisation called S E T I (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) when they say that if even a small number of sounds emanating from outer space appear to be set in a recognisable orderly form - rather than clearly random - it would be taken as reasonable evidence pointing to the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. (The film 'Close encounters of the third kind'  was based on scientists hearing 5 sounds being repeated that were clearly ordered rather than random)

Yet when confronted with the enormous, staggering, monumental, levels of intricate order 'sounding' all around them, even within their own bodies, they cannot see the clear evidence of intelligence at work.

When you evict God you become foolish in your own wisdom.

Not only is history awash with creation scientists, but such scientists are alive and well today.

In my recently delivered 'Answers' magazine - from the Answers in Genesis ministry - I note that there are contributions from Michael Todhunter Ph.D (forest genetic research)  Michael Oard, (meteorologist National Weather Service USA)  John Whitmore Ph.D  (Biology with a palaeontology emphasis)  Monty White Ph.D  Paul Taylor B.Sc (Chemistry)  Tommy Mitchell Dr. (Member of American College of Physicians)  Larry Pierce (Translator of The Annals of the World from Latin into English and creator of the sophisticated Bible programme The Online Bible)  Georgia Purdom Dr (Doctorate in Molecular genetics and professor of Biology. Member of the American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Cell Biology)  Jason Lisle Dr (Ph.D in astrophysics)  Andrew Snelling Dr. (Geologist)

One would think that people would not normally care what other people believed about the creation of the universe. Yet because it is in reality a spiritual issue (contesting the authority of scripture) creationist speakers are subjected to regular hostility.

Today, as never before, those who believe the Biblical account of creation are not only branded as illogical fools, but dangerous fools at that.  So much so that there is a growing campaign to remove all traces of creation teaching from schools.

One leading evolutionist Eugenie Scott, leader of the National Centre for Science Education said

"In my opinion, using creation and evolution as topics for critical-thinking exercises in primary and secondary schools is virtually guaranteed to confuse students about evolution and may lead them to reject one of the major themes in science.”

(Larry Witham, Where Darwin Meets the Bible, p. 23, Oxford University Press, 2002)

Teachers and researchers are facing massive discrimination when they let it be known that they do not believe in evolution.

Channel 4 aired a well advertised documentary (March 2006) entitled 'The New Fundamentalists' where the presenter mocked and protested against British State schools where evolution was taught but as a faith option alongside creationism, in order that students were free to choose.  The interviewer arrogantly believed that science has left mankind with no teaching option other than Darwinian evolution.

Shortly after that the Archbishop of Canterbury declared that he was unhappy with creationism being taught in schools. The media made much of this comment.

The Pope said that both creationism and evolution are compatible in the Christian faith. Father George Coyne - Director of the Vatican Observatory outside Rome - declared at a recent American Association for the Advancement of Science convention  "If God is a scientist He is a poor one...God is not an engineer or a designer of the universe", and if He were "that would belittle God"

In the United Kingdom, a BBC survey found that 44 per cent said creationism should be on the schools agenda, 41 per cent voted for intelligent design, while 69 per cent backed evolution.

In the USA there is also much debate as to whether creationist teaching should even be taught as an option along with the standard teaching on evolution. President Bush said: "Both sides ought to be properly taught...so people can understand what the debate is about." 

Creation magazine (spring 2006) stated that fifty studies that surveyed opinions on teaching origins in public schools were reviewed. The vast majority of these surveys revealed that about 90 % of the public desired that both creation and evolution, or else creation only, be taught in the public schools. About 90 % of Americans consider themselves creationists of some form, and about half believe that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years. In America, about 15 % of high school teachers teach both evolution and creation, and close to 20 % of high school science teachers and about 10,000 scientists (including more than 4,000 life scientists) reject both macroevolution and theistic evolution. Although the vast majority of Americans desire both creation and evolution taught in school, the evolutionary naturalism worldview dominates, revealing a major disparity between the population and the ruling élite.

This issue is important since 75% of children raised in Christian homes reject their Christian faith by the first year at college. (Video, 'Let my children go' Jeremiah Films)

Make no mistake. Evolutionists in their desire to prove their theory are fully aware that they are in fact endeavouring to prove that their is no God.

Atheist Frank Zindler said,

‘The most devastating thing though that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution. Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there never was an Adam and Eve there never was an original sin. If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a saviour. And I submit that puts Jesus, historical or otherwise, into the ranks of the unemployed. I think that evolution is absolutely the death knell of Christianity.’

Atheist Richard Bozarth

‘Christianity has fought, still fights, and will continue to fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.’

Thus the battle between creationists and evolutionists is much more than a clash of natural worldviews, it is a clash of spiritual worldviews. If God exists He clearly gets the glory for His creation. If the universe and all life form in it created itself without intelligent design, then God does not exist.

It has taken me awhile to realise the terrible damage that this 'theory' of evolution is doing in society. And sadly, in many a church.

First of all, it is interesting to judge the spiritual value of something by the amount of effort devoted by the god of this world to attacking it. 

Nowhere do we see similar efforts being put into attacking budha, or allah, or joseph smith, but we do see a relentless attack on the Person of Jesus Christ.  We hear His Name being abused in various forms on a daily basis.

Nowhere do we see similar efforts being put into discrediting the koran, or the vedas, or the pearl of great price, but we see relentless effort being put into discrediting the Bible.

Genesis is scripture's foundational book, so weakening, or damaging this foundational book weakens the whole structure that sits upon it.

Although the theory of evolution had been floating around for many a year it was on November 22nd 1859 that Charles Darwin published his first edition of ‘Origin of the species’ and the most relentless attack on the book of Genesis began.

Why?

Well first the very obvious.  

If the opening words of the bible - 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth' - can not be trusted, then how can the rest be trusted? 

It is understood that Moses wrote Genesis. God spoke to Moses 'face to face' as a friend, and He spoke to him plainly, not in riddles.

So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.  Exodus 33:11 a

I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; (not in riddles - NIV)  And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?"  Numbers 12:8

Again and again and again the Bible states that God 'created' the heavens and the earth. That such things were the work of His hands.

For example..

I have made the earth, And created man on it. I-My hands-stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded.  Isaiah 45:12

If such verses are untrue, then the various verses which declare that God's words are pure, and that all scripture is God inspired, must also then be untrue.

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Proverbs 30:5

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness  2 Timothy 3:16

Then the less obvious. Dismiss the early chapters of Genesis and you dismiss much of the Christian framework.

If God did not create the earth and all that is in it then the Deity of Jesus Christ must also be removed, because scripture states clearly that Jesus, the Messiah, was intimately involved in the creation of all things.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col.1:16-17.

"In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." Heb.1:10-12.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John.1:10

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1st Cor.8:6.

Jesus Himself quoted many times from Genesis.

I can think of a many rational objections to the flood described in Genesis but I cannot get past the fact that Jesus Himself spoke of Noah's ark and the flood as historical events. If Jesus, the Word who became flesh, got it wrong even once, then He is not who He claimed to be and we are all lost. Creationists and evolutionists together.

"For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark"  Matt 24:38

The Apostle Peter warned of the coming worldwide judgement of fire by comparing it with the worldwide Genesis flood.

"For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men". 2 Peter 3:3-7

If Noah's flood was merely a local flood of judgement on an evil world, rather than all encompassing one, then so would the coming fire be localised.

Genesis makes it clear that it was not a local flood. 'It is written' in Genesis 7:19-23 (emphasis added)

all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished - birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

The first, and possibly the most quoted Messianic prophecy comes from the book of Genesis

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.  Genesis 3:15

Paul referred to Genesis creation as real history.

"For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression"  1 Tim 2:13-14

The writer of Hebrews chapter 11 lists Abel, Enoch and Noah from Genesis as real heroes of faith.

The Apostle John speaks of Cain in Genesis as a real historical figure (1 John 3:12)

If Adam - through whom death came - was not the first man, then of course Jesus would not be the 'Last Adam', through whom life came. (Note that Jesus is called the Last Adam, not the second Adam which would imply that their could be a third)

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1st Cor.15:22.

So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 1st Cor.15: 45-49.

Many church leaders – seeking to keep face with public opinion and interpreting scripture through current scientific declarations - have opted for ‘theistic evolution’ whereby we are asked to accept the current theory of evolution but accept that it was God’s plan for creation.

I believe that many who hold to theistic evolution have not thoroughly thought through where this road leads to.  Here's a sample of the end product.

Two church of England scientist/priests, the Rev Dr Arthur Peacocke and the Rev Dr Sir John Polkinghorne KBE, FRS, have both urged the church to replace Genesis creation with big bang theory and cosmic evolution.

According to Peacocke, the Creator is the author of processes whereby things made themselves.

This very likely includes life elsewhere in the universe. Jesus Christ represents the consummation of the evolutionary creative process that God has been effecting in and through the world...What was revealed in Jesus the Christ could also, in principle, be manifest both in other human beings and indeed also on other planets, in any sentient, self conscious, non human persons' ('Humanity's place in Cosmic Evolution' page 114)

In the USA, Katharine Schori was elected Presiding Bishop in the Anglican communion worldwideAt the church's 75th annual convention the church passed a formal resolution to affirm evolution. In a press release she said that evolution is a well tested premise that fits all the data. She stated that she believes the creeds which say that God created the world but now how. She didn't say she believed the Bible but rather that she believed the creeds which are simply précised down doctrinal statements designed to refute the heresies of their day.

Despite attempts to put God's Name somewhere into evolutionary theory, the end result is that intelligent design (God) in any shape or form is driven out by submission to current scientific understanding..

An ordained minister, from Lancaster, England, writing to the Times said,

"..Sometimes creationism is smuggled into state schools, often through visiting speakers. That is a great concern as creationism, whether as young earth creationism or intelligent design, can only be described as scientific nonsense.."

(Note that this minister does not say that creationism is Biblical nonsense, but that it is scientific nonsense. Science therefore, not the Word of God, has become his primary source of truth, not the Bible. Such a minister is declaring that man’s word on creation is infallible, but God’s Word on the subject is fallible)

My father - to whom I owe so much - was a Christian since his early teens and in his twenties was a Sunday school teacher. However as time went on he allowed his traditional views on scripture to be altered by 'the current thinking of the day'  The world wide flood was simply a local flood, the crossing of the Red Sea was only a wading through shallow water and the feeding of the five thousand was not really the fact that everyone had food hidden upon their person and were emboldened to produce their food when the five loaves and two fish were produced and given to Jesus.

Sadly, the result was that all his teachings (of which I have many tapes) were lifeless and utterly without any trace of anointing.

I confess that, some years ago, as a young Christian, I did try wearing the 'theistic evolution' cap (God has used evolution as his means of creation), and then various forms of the 'gap theory' cap, but it always cost me the peace within my spirit. I knew in my heart that I was compromising God's Word purely because of the relentless pressure from the media to submit to their Godless evolutionary world view.

Eventually I chose to simply believe God's Word as I found it and I got my peace back again.

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

It is well said that 'God will not speak His peace over that which offends Him'. As I have discovered, mental comfort through conformity with secular pressure is not the same as a deep peace in one's spirit.

As the little motto goes, 'God said it, I believe it and that settles it'

As God said to Job,

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?..". Job 38:4

On a secondary but associated issue, there is much genuine debate (using scripture to interpret scripture) amongst Bible believing Christians who do defend creationism, as to how the word 'day' should be interpreted in Genesis, and this debate will probably continue until Jesus returns.  Examples: Day means 24 hours [1]   Day means 'Ages' [2]

 [see 'The Great Debate' from the Jon Ankerberg show - a 5 CD set available here]

The largest Christian 'old earth interpretation' creationist web site introduces Christians to big bang theology where life began 10,000,000,000 years after a big bang, with Jesus conquering sin 13,700,000,000 years after a big bang.  Much as I admire the author I am personally very uncomfortable with that! (Note: the site carries one of my teaching papers in its theology section, but this does not mean that I am in agreement with the creation theology on the site)

If scripture states that God created the earth and everything in it in six days, but it really means six 'ages' of many millions of years, then when we read the fourth commandment - written by the finger of God Himself - we have a problem, because Here God directly links creation week to a normal week when He spoke to Moses about the Sabbath.[1]

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it".  Ex. 20:8-11

There is no argument over the fact that Adam lived thousands, not tens of thousands of years ago.

Dr John Morris Ph.D states..

Those Christians who hold to an extremely old Earth acknowledge that both Scripture and history teach Abraham lived just a few thousand years ago. Furthermore, chronologies in Scripture identify the time between Abraham and Noah, and the time between Noah and Adam as a total only of a few thousand years. Even using the maximum time spans given in various manuscripts yields a total of only a few thousand years between Adam and the present.

Quoting from Genesis 1:27, Jesus referred to this time of Adam as 'the beginning'

"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,  Mark 10: 6-7

Dr Monty White Ph.D, writing in 'Answers' magazine December 2006 states that if we started at the beginning with one male and one female and assume that the population doubles every 150 years, we would find after only 32 doublings, which is only 4,800 years the world population would reach 8.6 billion people. That is 2 billion more than in the world today.  In reality, even with diseases famines and natural disasters the world population doubles every 40 years or so. He goes on to say..

'Evolutionists are always telling us that humans have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. If we did assume that humans have been around for 50,000 years and were to use the calculations above, there would have been 332 doublings, and the world's population would be a staggering figure - a one followed by 100 zeros; that is

10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

This figure is truly unimaginable, for it is billions of times greater than the number of atoms that are in the entire universe. Such a calculation makes nonsense of the claim that humans have been on earth for tens of thousands of years.

This editorial is simply defending traditional orthodox Christian faith. That God is the creator of all things is the first article of the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. Chapter four of the great 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith affirms God's creation of the earth in six days.

It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create or make of nothing the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good

There is a difficulty in understanding exactly when satan arrived on earth after being evicted from God's Presence. He appears in scripture at Genesis 3:1 so we can ask the question, was he cast to earth between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 or between Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 3:1 ?

We do know from Ezekiel 28 that Lucifer was in the garden of Eden in his perfection before he was cast down to the earth so that would seem to place his fall after Genesis 1:2 and not before it since scripture tells us that God planted the garden of Eden in Genesis 2:8

You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:13-15)

It seems therefore that the fall of Lucifer occurred between Genesis 2:8 and Genesis 3:1.

Others may disagree.

The top line answer is that we do not know because God has not told us.

"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

That's where I choose to leave it.

From scripture I am content to know what God needs me to know.

However many commentaries seek to speculate and the results are that each attempt to answer one such question simply raises another..

For instance Jon Courson's Application Bible commentary on Genesis seeks to address this question as follows.

"In Genesis 1:1 we read that, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And then somewhat mysteriously, verse 2 says the earth was without form and void, or, in Hebrew, tohuw va bohuu; which means 'desolate' or in 'disorder'

For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:18)

Here we see tohuw va bohuu again. But this time, the meaning is that God didn't create the world for He did not create the world in disrepair. So the question is, if God didn't create the world in disrepair, what happened?

During the time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 Satan launched his rebellion. Lucifer, this anointed cherub, was cast down from heaven and became the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4) the prince of this world (John 12:31) the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2)

When he was cast down from heaven to earth, incredible cataclysmic changes took place on the planet. For example how do all of the prehistoric animals fit into the Biblical account of creation? I suggest one likely possibility is that these were part of the first creation recorded in Genesis 1:1 But when Satan was cast out of heaven to earth everything changed radically. This would explain why grass was found in the mouths of the wooly mammoths that were frozen instantaneously. It has been suggested by scientists that this was when the world tilted on its axis. If Lucifer was cast down after Genesis 1:1 it would be the re-creation of the world that we read of in Genesis 1:2

This speculation (in an otherwise excellent Biblical commentary series) raises the inevitable question 'was creation therefore a re-creation, and a re-creation which God called 'good' built upon a bedrock of massive death and destruction? 

There are several versions of this Genesis 1:1 - 1:2 'gap theory' and several other Bible commentaries (e.g. Scofield, Newberry and Dakes) which in seeking to answer the question of satan's fall and trying to accommodate current age of the earth dating claims, have opted for the 'gap theory' in one version or another. One of the best known and probably most accepted gap theories (called progressive creationism) has been expounded by Dr Hugh Ross

Answers in Genesis explains and sums up the gap theories as follows..

The gap theory is an attempt by some Christian theologians to make Genesis fit the popular belief that the universe is exceedingly old.  'Gappists' believe in a literal Genesis, but accept an extremely long age (undefined) for the earth. To reconcile these views, they fit the geological ages between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 1. However, they are opposed to evolution.

According to Weston W. Fields, author of the definitive anti-gap book Unformed and Unfilled, the traditional or classical gap theory can be summarized as follows: ‘In the far distant dateless past God created a perfect heaven and perfect earth. Satan was ruler of the earth which was peopled by a race of ‘men’ without any souls. Eventually, Satan, who dwelled in a garden of Eden composed of minerals (Ezekiel 28), rebelled by desiring to become like God (Isaiah 14). Because of Satan’s fall, sin entered the universe and brought on the earth God’s judgment in the form of a flood (indicated by the water of 1:2), and then a global Ice Age when the light and heat from the sun were somehow removed. All the plant, animal, and human fossils upon the earth today date from this ‘Lucifer’s flood’ and do not bear any genetic relationship with the plants, animals and fossils living upon the earth today ...’ (Ref. 6, p. 7) . Today’s creatures are a result of a 6-day recreation.

Note, however, that recently a new type of gap theory has surfaced in which there is no ruin or reconstruction; proponents just postulate a lengthy time gap only, with either ancient stars, an ancient earth, or both.

If God tells us, in substantial detail, that He judged and destroyed the whole earth in Noah's day using a global flood, but makes no mention of a similar mega judgment before the creation of the heavens and the earth, why would I ever think of going there with a man made gap theory, thus risking the consequences of adding to scripture?

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Scripture states clearly in verse two that there was deep water covering the earth (the dry land appears out of the waters in Genesis 1:9) and that the whole earth was in an unformed and unfilled (void) state with no mention of previous life and death.

Family Bible notes commentating on Genesis 1:2 says,

Without form; the materials existed, but the different kinds had not been separated or put into shape.

Void; empty, and destitute of the vegetation and living creatures which were afterwards brought forth. How long the earth remained so, God has not revealed, and we do not know.

The following verses then tell us how God formed and filled the earth.

God said on the first day, 'Let there be light' and there was light. His Presence, brooding over the deep, was the Light moving upon the darkness of the deep.  The natural sources for our light - the sun and moon - came into existence on the fourth day, thus the Light for the first three days was 'super - natural'.

Scripture draws to a close showing us that God's Presence will once again be the true 'super - natural' Light source.

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)

So with no mention of a previous creation and no mention of previous life and death and no mention of a previous flood judgement I think it is safe to say that this is 'the beginning

As already mentioned, Jesus confirmed this when referring to Genesis chapter 1:27 he said..

"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' (Mark 10:6)

Scripture clearly tells me that one day there will be a new heaven and new earth, but does not tell me that there was a previous heaven and earth before this one. The same scripture tells me clearly that the this current heaven and earth is the first heaven and earth. 

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Revelation 21:1)

Scripture also seems to tell me clearly that God created the world and heavens in six days and rested on the seventh.[1] [2] [3]

To go beyond that and state that the six days were really six 'ages' of millions or billions of years does not (I believe) stand up to the scrutiny of scripture. Scientific comments alone have caused many Christians to try and make Genesis fit into a long programme of natural causes rather than accepting immediate super - natural causes.

I remember watching Oral Roberts being interviewed on television. He was speaking as an old man looking back over his life time of experiences with God. He spoke of the day when a lady brought her physically handicapped son to the front of the hall asking him to pray for her son's healing. When told that her son had been born with no right hip joint he humbly told the woman that he did not have faith to believe for such a creative miracle but assured her that her son would be perfect in his future resurrected life. The woman gently rebuked him saying, "I have faith that God will heal him, your part is just to pray" He did pray and nothing happened. He said that her faith and his lack of it troubled him all that night. When he arrived at the same hall the following morning he was greeted with excitement by the elders. Inside the boy, now without walking aids, was running up and down the hall. His mother and the elders explained that during the night God had given him a fully formed new hip joint. They explained that his doctor had already checked and confirmed this fact earlier that morning. Still with some doubts Oral said that he ran his hand over the boys right hip and sure enough, where there had been a hollow the previous evening there was now a matching hip joint.

God spoke in the unseen Heavenlies and it came to be. Immediately, fully formed and fully functional.

Similar stories abound from many parts of the world.

John MacArthur, in his book, 'The Battle for the Beginning' said,

‘Evangelicals who accept an old-earth interpretation of Genesis have embraced a hermeneutic [i.e. interpretation] that is hostile to a high view of Scripture. They are bringing to the opening chapters of Scripture a method of Biblical interpretation that has built-in antievangelical presuppositions. Those who adopt this approach have already embarked on a process that invariably overthrows faith. Churches and colleges that embrace this view will not remain evangelical long

The battle within the church is once again over the authority of scripture. If a man sees the Bible as a book about God, then when pressure from society and science comes he feels at liberty to view it and review it at will.  It's pages become little more than an a la carte menu to pick and choose his spiritual food from.

If however a man sees the Bible as God's Book, then he will either choose to submit to its authority as a whole, adding nothing and taking nothing away, or he will choose to reject it.

Ken Ham from 'Answers in Genesis' put it well when he said,

"I understand that the Bible is a revelation from our infinite Creator, and it is self-authenticating and self-attesting. I must interpret Scripture with Scripture, not impose ideas from the outside! When I take the plain words of the Bible, it is obvious there was no death, bloodshed, disease or suffering of humans or animals before sin. God instituted death and bloodshed because of sin—this is foundational to the Gospel"

Why do I title this editorial ‘the curse of evolution’? 

I believe that not giving glory to God for His creation unleashes God’s curse on to society. When mankind honours the creature but not the creator then Paul declares that there are consequences.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonour their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)

How does such a curse manifest itself?

As society has aggressively increased its efforts to evict God from every aspect of public life and to separate His Name from the glory of His creation, then everything that Paul declared God would give men and women over to has greatly increased, with no sign of those graphs heading in any direction but up.  One does not have to step far out of one's door to see the growth in the above attitudes and lifestyles. One only has to switch on the television now, compared to say twenty years ago.

If Sodom and Gomorrah was worse than today I cannot imagine what life in those cities was like. It is well said that if God does not judge the perversion that exists today then He must apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah.

The dramatic break down of marriage, family life and the upsurge of wanton destruction and violence in homes and streets has it's roots in the soil of evolutionary teaching.

Leading evolution and atheist spokesman Richard Dawkins in the documentary 'Root of all evil?' made the comment that we are animals (presumably meaning that if we have evolved from animals then we are simply the highest form of animal life yet evolved) 

There is now much serious debate about apes getting 'human rights' because they are believed to be our ancestors.

When people believe this lie, that they have come from animals and indeed are animals, then they will live out of the lie. The Daily Express featured an article on Friday November 3rd 2006, written by Frederick Forsyth entitled 'Britain is great.. at everything appalling' 

In the article he quotes the following facts..

'But let's be fair: we are still continent leaders in a whole range of hard-to-achieve disciplines. Biggest gambling problems, most divorces, most single mothers, most illegitimate children - all ours. Most sexually transmitted diseases, nastiest teenagers, most people in prison, highest level of street/violent crime - no competitors. Most discredited exams, most CCTV cameras and thus the most spied upon people in Europe; that's us. Biggest personal debts, biggest binge drinkers, foulest hooligans - we're still top of the tree'

Several days later (November 8th) the same newspaper carried a report by John Ingham, the Environment Editor revealing that abuse of animals dealt with by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty had increased by 60% to date in 2006

Clearly something has changed at the very heart of a nation which has the greatest Christian heritage in the world.

Man has four burning questions about his existence. These are..

1.      Who am I ? 

2.      Where did I come from ? 

3.      Why am I here ?  

4.      Where will I go when I die ?  

Every man and women has a deep built in need to be loved, to be valued, and to belong.

Or put another way, mankind needs to have security, self worth and significance. It is well said that you cannot know who you are until you know whose you are.

Today the theology of evolution has told people who they are, where they came from, why they are here and where they will go when they die.

Who am I?  You are merely the results of time and chance and circumstances over billions of years. You are the most up to date version in the evolutionary chain. You are a better version of what came before you, but better versions will evolve after you.

Where did I come from?  Your ancestors emerged from a primordial soup and were once plankton, once fish, once land animal. Your most recent animal ancestor is the ape. (there are 'just' 40,000,000 differences in the extremely complex genetic code) The Sunday Times, on May 11th 2003, featured a two page article on the big bang theory entitled, 'Bill Bryson's Big Bang'  Regarding man's ancestry Bill Bryson wrote,

"So at various periods over the last 3.8 billion years you have abhorred oxygen and then doted on it, grown fins and limbs and jaunty sails, laid eggs, flicked the air with a forked tongue, been sleek, been furry, lived underground, lived in tress, been as big as a deer and as small as a mouse and a million things more"

Why am I here?  No special reason. You just happened along. You have no pre-planned destiny. Mutations and random circumstances brought you into being and random circumstances will dictate your short time of existence.

Where will I go when I die?  Nowhere. Your atoms move back into the evolutionary chain. No eternal life. No resurrection. Nothing. Bill Bryson wrote in his Sunday Times feature,

"The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is fleeting - fleeting indeed. Even a full human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when that modest milestone flashes into view, or at some point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will close you down, then silently disassemble and go off to other things. And that's it for you."

Thus the theology of evolution tells people whose they are. Nobody’s.

Humanists try and make a decent fist from their atheism by trying to convince people to have mutual respect for each other, but these 'who am I?' issues are deep issues and this simple theology does not fill the terrible void within. 

Witches proclaim a similar 'freedom' when they tell people to be their own god or goddess and 'do what thou wilt but harm none' in the vain hope that mankind - out of mutual respect - would never abuse such unhindered freedom of behaviour.

When a person is deemed to be merely the result of time and chance, and their final destiny is nothing more than to be physically recycled and provide compost for the worms - or to be spiritually recycled, and have another, and indeed virtually endless runs through life, again and again until their soul 'evolves to perfection' - then inevitably certain behavioural patterns follow, since such a soul will deem itself to have little value. 

God places such a high value on a woman's worth that she is born with a 'seal' across her vaginal entrance - called a hymen. So perfectly designed that it allows monthly periods to take place without damaging the 'seal'  When the first man (intended to be her virgin husband) breaks that seal a little bit of blood comes upon him and they enter into a blood covenant - the marriage covenant.

"..she is your companion And your wife by covenant." Malachi 2:14

Evolution does not place such high value on women.

On June 19th 2006 the Daily Express reported the following..

Teenage girls who get pregnant "behind the bike sheds" are only doing what comes naturally, a scientist claims. Dr. Laurence said teenage girls should not be condemned for getting pregnant because their desire for sex was triggered by millions of years of evolution"

Scripture gives us the enormous worth of being created in the image of God and describes God's excitement at seeing us being knit together in our mother's womb.

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

Evolution places no such value on the unborn child. Some pro-abortionists even refer to the unborn child as a 'parasite'. It is easier to dispose of a parasite than a human being.

Evolutionist Carl Sagan (Parade Magazine, 22 April 1990, p. 6) said,

“Every one of us began from a dot. A fertilized egg is roughly the size of the period at the end of this sentence . The momentous meeting of sperm and egg generally occurs in one of the two fallopian tubes. One cell becomes two, two become four, and by the sixth day the fertilized egg has become a kind of hollow sphere wandering off to another realm: the womb. It destroys tissue in its path. It sucks blood from the capillaries. It establishes itself as a kind of parasite on the walls of the uterus.”

Abortion thus becomes a commonplace event in society. Millions and millions of babies are murdered in their mother's womb every year because they have little value and could be an inconvenience and a hindrance to one's preferred lifestyle.

Scripture promises that God loves us and has an eternal destiny for us. That the best is yet to come.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3)

Evolution holds out nothing for a person's future. Thus without hope how do people cope?

Evolutionary 'champion' Richard Dawkins (God's Utility function, Scientific American 273(5) :62-67, November 1995) summed up this emptiness when he wrote that the universe that we live in has 'no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference'

Dr Michael Denton, M.D., Ph.D. is a molecular biologist, and a man who calls himself an evolutionist wrote

'It was because Darwinian theory broke man's link with God and set him adrift in a cosmos without purpose or end that its impact was so fundamental. No other intellectual revolution in modern times.. so profoundly affected the way men viewed themselves and their place in the universe'

Interestingly the cracks are slowly but surely appearing in the evolutionary camp.

Common sense questions, such as how could a microbe in a primordial soup develop DNA - the very building block of life - are very hard to answer.

So many leading scientists and philosophers are moving from evolution towards intelligent design that it is now being referred to as 'a movement'. The intelligent design movement.

Interestingly they are now demanding that intelligent design be taught in schools.

Intelligent design is summed up as being 'the study of patterns in nature that are best explained as the result of intelligence'  (Interview with Dr Stephen Meyer on Windows Media)

British philosopher Antony Flew has been called the world's most influential philosophical atheist. In his 80's, he has 'crossed the floor' and now accepts intelligent design rather than evolution as the only explanation for earth's origins. The main reason he has given is the advanced understanding of DNA. Though at pains to point out that he is not a Christian he does say he "was mistaken to be a very positive opponent of the Christian religion."

In the USA a substantial group of secular scientists and philosophers have 'crossed the floor' and now declare that only intelligent design can account for many of the wonders of nature. Leading figures such as,

Phillip Johnson, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Michael Behe, Michael Ruse, William Provine, Marcus Ross, Stephen Meyer, Jed Macosko, John Bloom, J.P. Moreland, Paul Nelson, Robin Collins, Jay Richards, Guillermo Gonzales, Walter Bradley, Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Nancy Pearcey, Richard Weikart, John-Mark Reynolds, Lee Strobel, John Calvert, Craig Hazen, Seth Cooper

If intelligent design, all agree, there must be an intelligent designer and they acknowledge the religious implications. [see tv interview]

Indeed the movement's t-shirt slogans could just as easily be used by Christians  For example, 'Mind preceded Matter' or 'Are you really just a cosmic accident?'

Thus, although they declare an intelligent designer and leave it at that, by default they are declaring a designer outside of man’s mortal coil and time frame.  

A designer with whom nothing is impossible.

Much of scripture speaks of the 'super-natural', so the natural man cannot comprehend the things of God by natural means, that is, the intellect. These things of God are spiritually discerned.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

The universe is full of 'laws' such as mathematical, gravitational, planetary motion, physics and chemistry, general relativity and biogenesis law. The latter confirms that life only comes from life. All around us we see this law in action.

For scientists to say that life came began from no life violates the natural observable law.

C.S. Lewis said this: 

Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator. In most modern scientists this belief has died: it will be interesting to see how long their confidence in uniformity survives it. Two significant developments have already appeared—the hypothesis of a lawless sub-nature, and the surrender of the claim that science is true. We may be living nearer than we suppose to the end of the Scientific Age.’ (Lewis, C.S., Miracles: a preliminary study, Collins, London, p. 110, 1947.)

Laws come from The Lawgiver and only He can overrule the laws He set in place to make the whole universe work so beautifully.

When He over rides these laws we rightly call them miracles. The Lawgiver reveals Himself as the Omnipotent One.

Making good wine takes a long time from a blank sheet. First prepare the ground. Then plant the vine. Then wait as it grows to maturity. gather the grapes. Crush them and let them ferment over time.

Yet a word from Jesus and water instantly becomes good wine.

The creative Word of God.  He speaks and it comes into being, fully formed.

Can we scientifically explain how the waters of Red Sea parted and the children passed through?  Despite theories about volcanoes and earth quakes the answer is that no we can't. Only The Lawgiver can override the laws that prevent this occurring 'naturally'.

Can we scientifically explain how the iron axe head floated? (2 Kings 6:5-6)   No. Only The Lawgiver can.

Can we explain how the first life was released on earth. Only The Lawgiver can. The One from whom all Life comes.

Likewise the Virgin birth. Natural laws suspended. And the resurrection. The Lawgiver alone can do this.

We believe these super - natural events by faith because God's Word states these events as facts.

Likewise it is simply by faith that we as Christians understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Samson’s strength remained when he did not have the seven locks of his hair cut. I believe that those seven locks (God's number for complete) represent the spiritual strength that comes with complete faith in, and submission to, the authority of God’s written Word.

The declaration - 'It is written' - spoken with authority through faith, defeated satan when he sought to take control over Jesus in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4)

Thus, when satan weakens our faith in the written Word of God he takes away our authority. We allow the locks of our hair to be cut, and we loose our great spiritual strength.

As one writer put it, "If we cannot trust all of God’s Word, then how do we figure out what parts we can trust?"

I strongly recommend subscribing to 'Creation' magazine and 'Answers' magazine, both quarterlies. (details at end)  In these magazines leading Christian creationist experts in their scientific fields give the most solid conclusions based on past and current scientific discoveries.

I also strongly recommend regularly looking in on the major Christian creation web sites (details at end) to get the counter view from leading Christian creationist experts in their field on the very latest evolutionary claims.

Creationist scientists do have a great many satisfying answers to a great many questions, but not to all of them. I don't believe we will, this side of Heaven, have all the answers to all the questions. If we had then we could all walk entirely by sight and not at all by faith.

I certainly cannot answer all the questions, nor does God ask me to. But He does ask me to believe His Word, and that I seek to do with His help.

The disciple Thomas had to see and touch the nail prints in Jesus' hands before he would believe. Jesus graciously granted this but then said,

 "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

On this issue here is the crunch for us as Christians. As disciplined followers (as disciples) of Jesus.

When Jesus physically walked this earth He spoke of Genesis events including Noah's Ark and the flood.

If Jesus was physically walking the earth TODAY He would STILL be saying the same things. And the wise of this world would be aggressively pointing out that He was a fool.  A dangerous illogical fool.

Linking the beginning of creation with Adam and Eve (Mark 10:6) who walked this earth thousands and not tens of thousands of years ago would mark Him down as a despised 'young earth creationist'

Would we stand with Him or stand some distance away from Him in case we were labelled fools as well?

We are called to walk in agreement with Jesus, and thus as the wise of this age would brand Jesus a fool, so they will brand us as fools for following Him.

Paul understood this when he wrote

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18)

I believe that if every Christian living today decided to fast and pray for 40 days, pleading with God to tell us how the Universe came into being, He would say this..

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said ........

I believe that God's Word was true, is true, and will always be true, and I believe that God watches over His Word.

With child-like trust we choose to believe in, submit to and follow the One who has all the answers. The Word who became flesh. The One who was, is, and always will be The Truth.  

Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, by whom, for whom and through whom all things were made, and in whom all things are held together.

As Paul said, "Let God be true and every man a liar".

 

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