Creation or Evolution?
Does it matter what we believe? Where did life come from? We have the choice of two belief systems. Evolution is an incredible religion – it teaches we are here by random chance and that there is no purpose to life or the universe. It is a philosophy that excludes God, or a sense of right or wrong, The evidence shows this theory is flawed. There is an evident cause and effect. Man is a moral creature. A worshipping creature. All around us, and within us, there is evident design. Creation teaches us there is meaning, and value, to life. We are created by God, with intelligence and design. Creation answers the questions of life. You can come to personally know your Creator.
(Copied material compiled and adapted from various sources)
DOES IT MATTER WHAT we BELIEVE?
Many people have died horrible deaths from eating poisonous toadstools, because they BELIEVED they were eating EDIBLE MUSHROOMS. They were very mistaken.
It DOES matter WHAT WE BELIEVE.
There are some IMPORTANT QUESTIONS we want to make sure we get right.
Where did LIFE come from?
How did PEOPLE get here?
Is it INTELLECTUALLY FEASIBLE to believe that A SUPERNATURAL, INTELLIGENT BEING (GOD) created THE WORLD, THE UNIVERSE, and ALL LIVING THINGS?
OR IS EVOLUTION A SCIENTIFIC FACT that has EMPIRICALLY and LOGICALLY been PROVEN that LIFE IS THE PRODUCT OF A PURELY MATERIAL UNIVERSE THAT CAME INTO BEING BY RANDOM CHANCE AND/OR ACCIDENT?
Where DID LIFE come from?
DID life begin by EVOLUTION – or CREATION?
- By CHANCE.
- Or BY DESIGN?
- MATTER is ETERNAL, and life has evolved through PURELY NATURAL PROCESSES –
- MATTER IS NOT ETERNAL, and LIFE WAS CREATED BY A SUPERNATURAL FORCE.
What is Evolution?
EVOLUTION is, in effect, A SYSTEM OF FAITH.
It is A BELIEF SYSTEM, A RELIGION.
EVOLUTION teaches that TIME, MATTER AND RANDOM CHANCE produce what we have today.
CREATION teaches that GOD CREATED the Heaven and the Earth – what we have today.
So the choices are that
THE EXISTENCE OF MAN is…
- EITHER A RANDOM EVENT –
- OR A PURPOSEFUL
Evolution teaches “Time + Chance + natural processes/mutations = life.
The theory of evolution proposes:
Chance chemical reactions produced the first single-celled organism.
These bacteria were able to reproduce themselves by cell division, but with occasional very slight changes from generation to generation.
Very slowly, this process of change was able to “create” new complex biological designs.
In some 3 billion years the original organisms were able to change step-by-step as follows:
- Single cell
- Many-celled worm without a backbone
- Worm with a backbone
- Reptile with scales
- Mammal with hair
This process is claimed to have “created,” one after the other, thousands of new, complex designs, in order to change a bacterium into a human being.
What does EVOLUTION teach us?
- That matter is eternal.
- Evolutionists have no answer as to where the first matter came from. They just assume that it always existed.
- That lifeless matter accidentally stirred around and brought forth life.
- This is contrary to the fact that living creatures are too complex for this to happen. Even the smallest of creatures are exceedingly complex.
- This is contrary to the fact that “life comes from life.”
- That first accidental life survived and multiplied in self-reproduction.
- That accidental life evolved itself into bigger and better life forms.
To be able to prove evolution…
We would need evidence of thousands of series of fossils which prove that a slow process of evolution “created”, one after the other, and thousands of new complex biological designs.
There should be a series of fossils to show THE SLOW, GRADUAL EVOLUTION OF A BACKBONE.
There should be a series of fossils to show the step-by-step evolution of REPTILE SCALES into BIRD FEATHERS.
Evolutionists would need to devise AN EXPERIMENTALLY TESTABLE THEORY OF GENETICS to explain how evolution “created” a backbone or changed reptile scales into bird feathers.
Evolutionists would have to discover the mechanisms of genetics and embryonic development which are ABLE TO “CREATE” COMPLEX NEW BIOLOGICAL DESIGNS.
Evolutionists would have to show us the evolution of complex new biological designs happening in nature today.
A BELIEF SYSTEM.
Evolution requires PRESUPPOSITIONS, BELIEFS, AND FAITH.
Evolution is A BELIEF SYSTEM which EXCLUDES GOD, and has MAN DECIDING TRUTH FOR HIMSELF.
That truth is ‘relative’.
- A belief system.
- A philosophy.
- A philosophy that we should question.
- A philosophy that bears fruit.
If someone accepts EVOLUTION is TRUE… there is a fruit from that…
- There is no such thing as right and wrong. No good or bad.
- There is no purpose in the universe
- Man is morally accountable to no one.
- There is no judgment, no absolute moral law.
- The human race is evolving into a higher state.
Dr. George Wall, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Harvard University, who won the Nobel Prize in Biology in 1971, writing in Scientific American on the origin of life, said this: “There are only two possibilities as to how life arose: One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution. The other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility.”
Dr. Wall knows that ‘SPONTANEOUS GENERATION’, that life arose from nonliving matter, WAS SCIENTIFICALLY DISPROVEN IN THE 19TH CENTURY BY LOUIS PASTEUR AND OTHER SCIENTISTS.
That leaves us with only one possible conclusion: that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God.
Dr Wall continued, “I will not accept that philosophically, because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WHAT I KNOW IS SCIENTIFICALLY IMPOSSIBLE: SPONTANEOUS GENERATION ARISING TO EVOLUTION.
“To say it just happened is impossible, but I believe it, because I don’t want to believe in God”.
Evolution is not truly science; it is philosophy. It is a bias against God. It is taught virtually as fact.
But it is in actual fact the best guess of those who will not accept divine creation as the origin of life.
What does THE EVIDENCE show us?
The second law of thermodynamics (the law of entropy; the universal law of deterioration) is against evolution.
The evolutionary model is flawed.
Many people accept the theory without a thorough investigation.
There are no links between any species.
The links are missing. There is no evidence found.
For evolution to work, it requires minor changes over generations that ultimately add up to major changes through millions and billions of years.
That is because it requires a whole lot of time to go from non living chemicals to single celled living organisms to multi-celled living organisms to the complex organisms that we see through the recorded history we know.
These claimed millions and billions of years don’t allow for testing in a lab.
What does THE EVIDENCE show us?
I hold that it is possible to intelligently see evidence that God created the entire universe out of nothing.
It was created very good, and God created it to glorify himself.
Some things are EVIDENT.
There is a principle – of ‘CAUSE AND EFFECT’.
- A DESIGN demands a DESIGNER.
- A BUILDING, a BUILDER.
- A THING MADE, a MAKER.
- A CREATION, a CREATOR.
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Man is A MORAL CREATURE.
Man has within himself a likeness to God.
(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Man has been made in the ‘SIMILITUDE of God’ (James 3:9). In His likeness. It’s what distinguishes man from all other animals.
A man wrote to Dear Abby and said, “Dear Abby: I am in love and am having an affair with two different women. I can’t marry them both. Please tell me what to do, but don’t give man any of that morality stuff.”
Abby’s answer was a good one. She said, “Dear Sir: The only difference between humans and animals is morality. Please write to a veterinarian.”
Man is A WORSHIPPING CREATURE.
In all ages and in all cultures MAN IS A WORSHIPFUL BEING. It’s a universal tendency to regard someone greater than ourselves. We are WIRED THAT WAY.
God has REVEALED HIMSELF TO MAN. In creation, in our conscience, and in the Bible.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
There is EVIDENT DESIGN all around us.
THE UNIVERSE appears to be TAILOR-MADE for LIFE ON EARTH.
It has been called THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE. Anthropic means: Of, or pertaining to mankind or humans, – it refers to humanity’s existence.
In other words, the characteristics of the universe, from the size of galaxies to the workings of subatomic particles, are PECULIARLY SUITED TO LIFE ON EARTH.
Just a microscopically slight variation in PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY, OR GEOLOGY would alter the Earth and MAKE LIFE IMPOSSIBLE.
Astrophysicists have found that there are OVER 60 CRITERIA THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR LIFE ON EARTH… For you to live…
Life could not exist or form if any one of the following were true:
- If Earth’s rotation was slower, or faster
- We were 2% closer or further from the sun.
- Earth had a 1% change in sunlight.
- Earth was smaller or larger
- The moon was smaller or larger
- We had more than one moon
- Earth’s crust was thinner or thicker
- Oxygen/Nitrogen ratio was greater or less
- Ozone layer was greater or less
The tilt of the earth is just right at 23 degrees – to ensure optimal temperature that is normalised over the surface of the planet. If the tilt was altered slightly, surface temperatures would be too extreme on earth.
The moon is just the right distance away from the earth to affect the tides. If the moon were farther, the stagnant water wouldn’t be able to support plant life; if closer, the tides would cover too much of the land. The moon stabilises the Earth’s tilt and is responsible for our seasons. If it weren’t there, our tilt could swing widely over a large range, making our winters a hundred degrees colder and our summers a hundred degrees warmer.
Oxygen level. Earth’s atmosphere is 21% oxygen. At 25%, fires would erupt spontaneously. At 15%, people would suffocate. Earth is the only planet in our solar system in which we can breathe. Attempting to breathe on other planets, such as Mars or Venus, would be instantly fatal, Mars has virtually no atmosphere and Venus has mostly carbon dioxide and almost no oxygen.
If the rotational period of the earth took longer than 24 hours, temperature differences would be too great between night and day. If the rotation period were shorter, atmospheric winds would be too fast.
If Earth’s gravity was stronger, the atmosphere would retain too much ammonia and methane; if weaker, it would lose too much water. If the force of gravity was altered by 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000001 % . . . the sun would not exist (thus, neither would we).
The “shininess,” or albedo, of the Earth’s atmosphere is also vital. It means how much reflectivity in the earth’s surface. If the earth reflected too much sunlight, the surface temperature would cool, and extensive glaciers would form; if it retained too much sunlight, the atmosphere would fall into a greenhouse effect.
Underwater earthquakes occur in just the right amount to disperse the nutrients lying on the seabed without destroying too much of the ocean life.
The salinity of the ocean is just right. If the ocean wasn’t salty, ice would form more easily, reflecting heat back out into space and keeping the planet in a permanent ice age.
The Water Cycle: The Earth is situated at just the right distance from the sun to ensure that water can exist as solid, liquid, and vapour. If the Earth were just one percent closer to the Sun, the oceans would vaporize, preventing the existence of life. On the other hand, if our planet was just two percent further from the Sun, the oceans would freeze and the rain that enables life would be nonexistent. And Earth just happens to have an abundance of water, which is essential for life.
The Solar System: If our sun were redder or bluer, plants would not be able to use sunlight for photosynthesis. The sun’s magnetic field is perfectly aligned to protect us from cosmic rays, yet not generate too high of an x-ray flux.
The Earth’s Crust. If the thickness of the earth’s crust were greater, too much oxygen would be transferred to the crust to support life. If it were thinner, volcanic and tectonic activity would make life impossible.
The Sun’s mass. If the mass of the Sun were a small percentage greater, it would burn too quickly and erratically to support life. If it were smaller, its greater flaring would disrupt Earth’s rotation rate.
The evidence is clear. WE LIVE ON AN EXTREMELY RARE PLANET PERFECTLY POSITIONED IN AN EXTREMELY RARE SOLAR SYSTEM, IDEALLY LOCATED IN AN EXTREMELY RARE GALAXY, WITHIN A HIGHLY IMPROBABLE UNIVERSE.
It is amazing that apparent life exists on only ONE TINY SPECK IN A UNIVERSE OF TEN BILLION TRILLION STARS.
Yet, incredibly, EARTH APPEARS TO SIT ALONE IN A HOSTILE UNIVERSE DEVOID OF LIFE.
WHAT DOES THE EVIDENCE SHOW US?
Consider the complex systems of the Human Body:
The first man and woman could not live with the circulatory system alone.
All systems had to work together – in two persons at the same time, and one male and one female so they could reproduce.
The body is replete with many complex systems that could not have developed by chance.
It is evident that they are BY DESIGN.
“Have you ever heard of the “Ductus Arteriosus”? Before a baby is born this bypass valve routes blood directly to the developing fetus’s extremities and not to its lungs.
“At the exact moment of birth suddenly the blood must pass through the lungs to receive oxygen because now the baby is supposed to breath air.
“In a flash, a flap descends like a curtain, deflecting the blood flow, and a muscle constricts the ductus arteriosus.
“After performing that one act, the muscle gradually dissolves and gets absorbed by the rest of the body. Without this split second adjustment, the baby could never survive outside the womb. – Dr. Paul Brand.
Imagine a muscle designed to be used only once. Did that evolve?
To me that shows GOD’S DESIGN.
That is JUST ONE AMAZING PART OF THE BODY. DESIGN is EVIDENT.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
The more we learn about the body the more astounding the detail of design.
“DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’ve ever designed.” – Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
Dr. Walter Bradley said “Each and every cell in the human body contains more information than is contained in all thirty volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.”
Each cell contains that much information. Who wrote that information? “It’s certainly reasonable to make the inference that this isn’t the random product of unguided nature, but is the unmistakable sign of an Intelligent Designer.”
What do THE FACTS actually show us?
They lead us to FAITH.
There IS A REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE to BELIEF IN EVOLUTION.
It is to BELIEVE in CREATION.
It is RATIONAL (REASONABLE) to believe that GOD, NOT UNKNOWN EVENTS, CREATED ALL LIFE FORMS, AFTER THEIR KIND.
Creationism incorporates the scientific data of the present in conjunction with the ancient writings of Scripture to provide a scientific explanation or model about the origins of life.
As a Christian, I believe that God created the world and gives MEANING to life. And He gives VALUE to life.
If we are here simply BY CHANCE, then our lives HAVE NO ULTIMATE VALUE — we are just A MASS OF PROTOPLASM.
It is easy when you adopt this kind of philosophy to have a disregard for human life, whether it is still in the womb, or however else society devalues it.
IF GOD HAS CREATED THE WORLD, LIFE NOT ONLY HAS MEANING,
IT HAS VALUE.
God has placed MEANING in our EXISTENCE and VALUE on our LIVES.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT we BELIEVE?
It’s been said that there are FOUR QUESTIONS that every religion in the world tries to answer:
- Who am I and what am I worth?
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going when I die?
There are basically TWO WAYS TO VIEW THE WORLD.
The HUMANISTIC world view. And…
The CREATIONIST world view.
In the Humanist world-view– Man is god and answers to no one.
Consider: If evolution is true…
- Who am I and what am I worth? No one and nothing.
- Where did I come from? A big cosmic burp about 4.5 billion years ago.
- Why am I here? No purpose, no rules.
It is survival of the fittest.
Every man for himself.
- Where am I going when I die? Recycled back to dirt.
IF there is no God then we are a result of chance and random processes.
- There is NO RIGHT OR WRONG.
- There are NO ABSOLUTE TRUTHS.
IF CREATION IS TRUE…
Who am I and what am I worth?
The apple of God’s eye.
Where did I come from?
God’s preordained will and desire.
Why am I here?
Intimacy with creator God.
You have a life with purpose.
Where am I going when I die?
GENESIS 1:1 teaches THE ORIGIN OF TIME, SPACE, AND MATTER.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning – TIME – in its 3 dimensions – of past, present, and future.
God created the heaven – SPACE – in its 3 dimensions – of length, width and height.
And the earth – MATTER – in its three dimensions – solid, liquid, and gas.
All have to come into existence at the same time.
Genesis 1:1 says they did.
The alternative is to believe that billions of years ago NOTHING exploded and formed everything.
Evolutionists cannot explain THE BEGINNING.
It is also evident that evolution is NOT HAPPENING NOW. The fact is, no one has ever seen it happen.
Evolution evidently lacks fossil evidence.
There is not “a” missing link when it comes to evolution. The whole chain is missing.
What we see instead, of course, is an array of distinct “kinds” of plants and animals with many varieties within each kind, but with very clear and – apparently – unbridgeable gaps between the kinds.
That is, for example, there are many varieties of dogs and many varieties of cats, but no “dats” or “cogs.”
There is variety within each kind, but each kind is distinct, just like God made it to be.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Contrary to the Bible, the evolutionist must believe that reproduction does not always produce KIND AFTER KIND.
There has to be a mutation—or a transmutation, rather—between species—that you can become a protozoa; and then you can become an un-segmented worm; and then you may become a fish; and then you may become a reptile, and move from one species to another.
The problem is that there is NO EVIDENCE that this has ever happened and no one has ever seen this occur, although scientists have tried to make it happen.
If you have roses, you can mix genetics and create varieties of roses, but a rose is rose.
If you have dogs—canines—you can have everything from a poodle to a Great Dane, interbreed them, but they’re still canines; they’re still dogs.
Scientists have bombarded fruit flies with gamma rays to attempt transmutations, and they get all kinds of strange fruit flies. But, they never get some other kind of bugs; they’re still fruit flies.
Evolution says Life is CHANCE.
There is no real meaning. No direction.
No real value or purpose.
Here’s what one of the leading exponents of evolution says about the meaning of life, according to evolution:
This is the famous Richard Dawkins speaking, and I quote: “Humans have always wondered about the meaning of life…life has no higher purpose than to perpetuate the survival of DNA…life has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.” (Scheff, Liam. 2007. The Dawkins Delusion. Salvo, 2:94.)
EVOLUTION is A BELIEF SYSTEM.
- You have to accept it by faith.
- The evidence is lacking.
EVOLUTION says you are an overgrown kind of ape.
CREATION says GOD CREATED WITH INTELLIGENCE AND DESIGN.
CREATION says you were made in the image of God.
The BIBLE is true world history.
Its account stacks up and is historically accurate, backed up by historians and proven by archaeology.
And the historical record traces mankind right back to our first ancestors – the first man and woman, Adam and Eve.
It is EVIDENCE.
We can trust the Bible from cover to cover. It tells of world history from IN THE BEGINNING, through present day, and even into eternity future.
There is abundant evidence that lines up with the claims of the Bible and are contrary to the theory of evolution.
There are numbers of indications that the earth is about 10,000 years old. Not millions or billions of years old.
- The amount of helium in the atmosphere indicates the earth is no older than about 10,000 years.
- Ocean floors reveal a sediment accumulating for about 10,000 years.
- Only 20 million years ago the sun would have been the size of the earth’s orbit around it.
Source: The Other Side of Evolution by Williams
There is a war going on over a basic sense of right or wrong. That is why the authoritative Word of God is under attack.
That is why evolution is taught as fact instead of as a theory.
Because, if evolution is true, then we can have morality by the majority—whatever a person wishes to believe or think.
Self-autonomous man can have it his way: abortion, homosexuality, incest, murder, theft, fornication—who’s to say these are wrong.
The Bible tells of men rejecting their Creator.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
When you start with the Bible as your foundation and build models of science and history on top of its teachings you find that the evidence matches up.
The Bible is not contradictory to science.
The evidence of all living creatures, humans, cultures, geology, biology, physics, archeology, fossils, etc. provide evidential support for the Bible’s teachings on science and world history.
The author of the Bible is the God of science and history and all that exists.
- After kind
CREATION answers THE QUESTIONS OF LIFE.
Where did I come from?
Why am I here?
And, Where am I going?
If all animals and man evolved, then there were no first parents, and no Paradise, and no Fall. If there was no Fall, this undermines the story of the first sin, and the reason for the Atonement.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross has no significance.
We can TRUST the AUTHORITY of the Bible and the TRUTH of GOD’S CREATION.
YOU ARE A SPECIAL CREATION OF GOD.
God made us so He could love us, bless us, and develop a relationship with us as we return His love.
We are Created.
We are loved.
We can know our Creator.
Seek to learn about the true God, and not fashion Him into something He is not.
Let us respect His Word and follow His way and will.