by Kevin Marley
Is there a God?
This is the fundamental question that everybody must ask themselves, in their approach to the question of origins. The very first verse in the Scriptures says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The Scriptures simply declare that there is a God who has created everything by His inherent power.
What about Evolution?
There are two important points that must be made from the outset. First of all, there is no single theory of evolution. There are in fact many different, often conflicting, theories. Secondly, as new discoveries are made, these theories are frequently revised and updated.
The basic theory of evolution as purported by Charles Darwin (in his 19th Century book, 'The Origin of Species') is that of natural selection; whereby, over time, creatures adapt and change due to the fact that the specimens most suited to their environment survive to breed. This is also known as 'survival of the fittest'. The theory goes on to state that these small changes accumulate over time so that, given enough time and generations, a whole new species may emerge and, later still, a whole new organism.
Some problems with the Theory of Evolution.
While it is true that some creatures adapt to their environment by the process of natural selection it has never been observed to give rise to entirely new creatures. For example it can be observed that among the many different breeds of domestic dog there is a huge degree of variation, but each and every breed still maintains the canine traits which are present in the most probable ancestor of all domestic dogs, the wolf. Likewise for all other domesticated animals, despite centuries of selective breeding, which in itself is a refinement of the process of natural selection, the essential truth rings true that 'dogs always produce more dogs'.
Another problem is the human eye is a similar example. If the different parts are not arranged in a particular order then the eye will not function and the person will be blind. Darwin himself stated in 'The Origin of Species'; "To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting amounts of light and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural-selection seems I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."1 Even Darwin himself admitted that the odds of the human-eye evolving are extremely long.
The absurdity of the evolutionary theory is that it has as its central tenet the belief that all living things came from nothing by random natural processes. The reason that this argument simply does not hold water is because random processes never lead to ordered systems. It has been said "The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that 'a tornado sweeping through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.' "2
Arguments for Biblical Creation.
The anthropic principle: This is the observation that this planet is in a perfect position to sustain life. It is far enough away from the sun so that water does not boil immediately and close enough so that it does not freeze instantly. In fact the earth is the only planet in solar system where water can exist on the surface in the liquid state. The constitution of our atmosphere is also perfect for the support of complex life forms. Small amounts of oxygen are essential, yet high concentrations of it can be poisonous.
The second law of thermodynamics: states that as time increases entropy increases proportionally. In other words, all natural systems tend towards chaos, such that when a battery is charged all the power will be used up over time. Similarly the universe seems to display characteristics not unlike those of a clock that has been wound up in the beginning and is now winding down. Far from an increase in the amount of order in the universe, as evolutionists would have us believe, there is an increase in the degree of disorder and a tendency towards chaos.
From the Scriptures themselves Scripture itself is also, in some senses, self-authenticating. Not only is it historically accurate but also where it touches on the subject of observable scientific fact it can be seen to be far ahead of supposed human 'wisdom' of its day. Of the numerous examples available, I wish to examine two in a little more detail. In the book of Isaiah it is said of the Lord that
"He sits above the circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22)
and the book of Job states,
"He hangs the earth upon nothing" (Job 26:7).
This was written in a time when contemporary beliefs placed the earth in all sorts of ridiculous situations such as being carried on the back of a turtle and other what nowadays can rightly be called superstitious nonsense.
In another part of Scripture the hydrological cycle is described in detail. It describes how the water comes from the sea, waters the fields and returns via the rivers to the sea once more (Ecclesiastes 1:7). In fact the concept of the hydrological cycle was not fully understood until many centuries later.
Not only is the Scripture accurate where it touches on science but also many of the Old Testament prophets made detailed predictions that were completely fulfilled not only in their own lifetimes but many centuries later. There are over 300 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah that were ultimately fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. Some of these prophecies may have seemed as though they were completely contradictory. For instance, it was predicted that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem while another passage says that He would be "called out of Egypt." Matthew Chapter 2, verses 1 to 15 explain how these prophecies, far from being contradictory, are in fact complementary, being completely fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ.
In surrendering to God you are acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of a Saviour, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) and that you need His forgiveness. He simply asks that you trust in the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of your sins; that you confess that you are a sinner; that you wish to turn away from your life of sin and seek to live the life that He had planned from the beginning - a life in communion with Him forever. He has guaranteed that He will hear a sinner's earnest plea: "For whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Why not call upon him now! The Bible also says, "...now is the day of salvation" (1 Corinthians 6:2). Don't delay - you may not get a second chance!
Darwin Charles, The Origin Of Species, J.M Dent & sons Ltd, London, 1971 p.167
Sir Fred Hoyle (Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University) as quoted in 'Hoyle on Evolution', Nature vol. 294, 12 November 1981, p 105
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