Creation vs Evolution

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Summary
  • Science does not prove creation ... but neither does it prove evolution.
  • Biology, as it's taught by the education system, no longer considers God to be relevant.
  • In education we have to accept what they teach, even if we know it's untrue. Everyone has free will and therefore their own opinions.
  • God knows what is in our hearts. If we believe in Him then what we have to write during our education does not impact on our faith!
  • God was and is the greatest scientist, He created the laws of nature we live by. His hand is evident in all of creation; we only have to look.
  • Evolution is a great "get out clause" for many people. To acknowledge creation means to acknowledge God and therefore have some responsibility to do something about it!

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Well the first thing to say is that we're not on our own. It's not just Christians who aren't convinced about the theory of evolution.

Many scientists believe that evolution can't possibly explain the amazing complexity of life on the earth - and so do many ordinary people. The trouble is that if you're a scientist you're not going to progress your career by talking about how God made the earth, and if you're a teacher, you have to teach what is in the curriculum.

Either way, it takes faith
Creation and evolution are both things you have to believe in. To accept evolution, for instance, you have to believe that some fish crawled out of the sea, grew arms and legs and evolved into mammals, and then some of them decided it was better in the sea after all, went back into the water, ditched their limbs and turned into whales and dolphins. It takes some believing.

Believing the Bible takes faith too. 'Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see ... By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.' (Hebrews 11:1-3).

People who advocate evolution did not see and cannot see the world evolve, in just the same way as we did not witness its creation. Sometimes we don't have to see something to know that it is right - that's what faith is.

 

Hasnt' evolution been proved?
No, it hasn't. The subject has been debated all over the world for more than 150 years now. Darwin's book, The Origin of the Species, was published in 1859, but evolutionists have still not proved the theory. The main reason for this is a straightforward one: it can't be proved! Fossils can show us that animals lived a long time ago, but they can't tell us why they lived, or how they came to be how they were.

It is important to remember that not all scientists believe that life on earth is a result of chance. Fred Hoyle, the British astronomer, declared that "the emergence of a living cell from an inanimate chemical soup is about as likely as the assembly of a Boeing 747 by a whirlwind passing through a junkyard!" One of the scientists who won a Nobel prize for understanding the structure of DNA wrote: "An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have to been satisfied to get it going." - Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature.


So what's wrong with it?

The theory of evolution is partly based on the idea that creatures that are best suited to their environment will survive, and others will die. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, it happens all the time. The real problem with the theory is that it has no way of explaining how life on earth came to be so incredibly complex and beautiful. Take bees for instance...

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Honey bees
There are many things throughout the world that show evidence of a great designer - a honey bee is a wonderful example. Bees live and work together, maintaining the hive for the benefit of all. When a worker bee discovers a source of nectar, it returns to the hive and performs an elaborate dance to indicate where the source is in relation to the sun - which direction to fly in, and how far to travel. However, if this evolved, it means that at exactly the same time, another bee had to evolve the ability to understand what this dance meant! And since worker bees don't reproduce, how would they have passed on these abilities to the next generation?

Blood clots
There are systems within our bodies that are described as 'irreducibly complex'. This means that if you take away even one small part of the process the whole thing does not work. One example is how our blood clots. If we could not form clots we would slowly bleed to death from even a small cut. On the other hand, without a built-in control, even a small cut would lead to a huge chain reaction leading to every drop of blood in our bodies clotting! So to work, the system has to work properly, or the person will die. It is hard to see how it could have evolved. Not only that, but how did 'people' without this ability survive long enough to have children before it 'evolved'?

And of course, this is only one of lots of examples where it's really hard to see how evolution could have worked.

 

Baby eyes Seeing is believing
The eye is a very complicated structure, and throughout nature there are many different 'types' of eye.

In his book "Climbing Mount Improbable", Richard Dawkins gives an explanation as to how the eye could have evolved. However, he forgets that the eye is useless without any way to process information that it receives. That's what our brains do, and what they do is incredibly complex. About 800,000 nerve fibres go from each eye to the two sides of our brain, where the signals are combined to make the single three-dimensional image that we see - and take for granted. Our brains and eyes together do something far cleverer than any computer on earth - how could that have evolved? But as the Psalmist says: "Does He who implanted the ear not hear? Does He who formed the eye not see?" (Psalm 94:9)

 

What does the Bible say?
The Bible is not a scientific textbook, and the description of the creation in Genesis 1 - 2 should not be taken as a scientific explanation; nevertheless, the Bible tells us that God created the heavens and the earth and all life within, and therefore we should believe it. That's all that really matters - in the end, it may not really matter precisely how creation happened, or when, or how long it took.

Psalm 33 says "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm" (Psalm 33:6-9). In other words, because of what we can see of God as our Creator, we should fear him. The trouble is that when people don't want to 'fear the Lord', they accept evolution as a way out.

The apostle Paul talks of a time when "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25). This is exactly how things are now! Mankind is seen to be the pinnacle of the evolutionary ladder, and many people feel that they have no need of God anymore.

Some other verses that you may like to read: Isaiah 45:18; Matthew 19:4-6; Acts 17:24-28.

 

So what should I do at school/college/university?
Evolution should be approached as all other subjects which have to be learned. We don't have to believe something to be able to write about it. God knows what is in our hearts and if we have faith in Him then that is all that really matters.

There's probably not much to be gained by picking an argument with tutors about this, unless their facts clearly seem wrong - even then we should be respectful in the way we speak to them.

When answering questions about evolution the best thing we can do is to phrase the answer so that we do not take ownership of the information we are writing down eg. "The theory of evolution states ..." or "In the book ... the author writes that ..." That way we're not lying, nor pretending to believe something we don't - just reporting what others have written in a factual way.

It's good that we can look at creation and see the hand of a God who loves us, who wants the world to be a perfect place - and one day will make it like that.

 

Anything else to read?
Creation, Evolution and Science by John Collyer (available from www.thechristadelphian.com)
Darwin's Black Box, by Michael J Behe (available from www.amazon.co.uk)
Another interesting website: www.theevidence.org.uk

Be sure to verify information you read with what is written in the Bible.

 

Thanks to the Christadelphian Sunday School Union for this article (www.cssu.org.uk)
All quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.


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