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
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,
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:
In a later interview he stated..
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’.
As I write this first draft (in early 2006) the most recent shout of triumph is over a fossil called the 'Tiktaalik'   - 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,
Charles Darwin (Origin of the species p. 413) acknowledged this problem.
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.
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,
Sir, I believe it was.
Professor Robert Jastrow in his book 'The intellectuals speak out about God' says,
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.
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.
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
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..
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.
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.
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 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 ..
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
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,
Atheist Richard Bozarth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John.1:10Jesus 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.
The Apostle Peter warned of the coming worldwide judgement of fire by comparing it with the worldwide Genesis flood.
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)
The first, and possibly the most quoted Messianic prophecy comes from the book of Genesis
Paul referred to Genesis creation as real history.
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.
In the USA, Katharine Schori was elected Presiding Bishop in the Anglican communion worldwide. At 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,
(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.
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,
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  Day means 'Ages' 
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.
There is no argument over the fact that Adam lived thousands, not tens of thousands of years ago.
Dr John Morris Ph.D states..
Quoting from Genesis 1:27, Jesus referred to this time of Adam as 'the beginning'
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..
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.
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
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.
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.
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..
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?
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,
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.
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..
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.
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,
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,
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.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..
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.
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,
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.
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.
Evolution does not place such high value on women.
On June 19th 2006 the Daily Express reported the following..
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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:
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.
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,
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
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..
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.
As Paul said, "Let God be true and every man a liar".