Thinking About Evolution & Creation

Evolution & Creation are issues that people tend to have such strong opinions about, they don’t often listen to each other. Instead of lobbing grenades, we need to listen to each other. Let’s not be afraid to disagree, but let’s be respectful in how we consider such an important topic.

Last week we had a public school teacher who is a member of our church share with the youth about the Massachusetts curriculum on evolution. She walked us through a number of slides and proofs for evolution along with some of the rebuttals she is simply not allowed to share with her classes. She encouraged our students to think hard, to dig deep, and to be courageous enough to respectfully ask their teachers hard questions.

Question 1: Where are the fossils of species mid-evolution?
If evolution is process by which a species adapts in order to survive, and if it takes a long long time, why aren’t there fossils that show those animals who died mid-evolution? There should be plenty of fossils of people evolving and other species too.

Question 2: If order came from chaos, why doesn’t my bedroom clean itself?
We don’t see things go from chaos into order. But we see things go from order into chaos all the time. Creation didn’t come about on its own out of the disorder. There must have been an “order-er,” Somone who acted over creation to ensure that everything took place just right in order for creation and life to begin and continue.

Question 3: Can’t Homologous Structures simply point to a design that works so well it’s worth being used multiple ways?
Homologous Structures are patterns of biology that show a common ancestor. The image here demonstrates that since the human, dog, bird, and whale share a common ancestor because they similar bone structure. But why couldn’t God have created a design that was so good He decided to use it in multiple ways?

Question 4: Why are textbooks using bad sketches of embryos instead of actual ultrasounds of embryos?

Top: Ultrasound pictures Bottom: Haeckel’s drawings

Yes, there are similarities, but the drawings are a far cry from accurate.It is fairly well known that Haeckel’s drawings of embryos are not reliable or accurate. They were, in fact, intentionally altered to minimize differences and exaggerate similarities. But the drawings continue to be printed in today’s textbooks and presented as if they are accurate and reliable.

Question 5: Is evolution completely bogus?
That’s a big question that has a ton of books written about it. Our short answer is no. There is much evidence that species change and adapt over time, we have no problem with that. Giraffe’s have long necks because the ones with short necks couldn’t survive and reproduce. But we stand convinced that God is the creator and that species do not evolve from one species into another. We boldly proclaim that God is our creator and that Genesis is a reliable account of human history.

Question 5: Should we be afraid of science?
No! God made everything, and science helps us understand what He made. We need Christians to make significant contributions in the fields of science, as they have throughout history (many of the greatest scientists throughout history have been devout Christians). Unfortunately, Christians are often silenced from offering their interpretations of scientific research, which gives the impression that there is only one way to interpret things. Be encouraged! There are intelligent Christians who are looking at the same research and drawing the conclusion that God is our maker and sustainer and savior. It may take more work and effort on your part to discover what these scientists have to say, but it is well worth the effort!

You are NOT an accident!
You may have been a surprise to your parents, but you are not an accident! God made you, and he did it on purpose. You are not a mere biological mutation or a “miracle” of nature. God gives life, and he want you to find your fullness in Him through Jesus Christ. Whatever you’re going through and however you’re feeling about yourself, you can be assured of this: God knows you, and he wants you to know him!

Resources:

Here’s a great video on Haeckel’s embryo’s. It’s very very good.

Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis both have some very good articles throughout their sites. Check out the links above for their articles related to evolution.

One thought on “Thinking About Evolution & Creation

  1. Eliza January 30, 2015 / 4:50 am

    Where are the giraffes with the short necks? There is no evidence that they existed. Evolution is not all around us. The variation that is evident within the species is due to the variation within the genetic information for that species. God created every creature after its kind which is the truth. What we observe merely supports what God did. We have an axiom in biology that depicts what God the Creator did, that axiom is like begets like. No room for evolution there. All of the mechanisms that Darwin proposed for the means of evolution have been completely discredited by scientists. The fossil record shows a sudden proliferation of numerous species without any links, thus proving like begets like. God bless you:)

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