Evolution—Impossible to Embarrass Its Believers
Proverbs 19:3 and 21:30, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. ... There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”
By Henry Morris, Ph.D.
"And He spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?" (Luke 6:39).
Creationists have often pointed out that evolution is unscientific because it can never be proved by science to be true. It is not happening at present and without a time machine, they can never be sure that it happened in the past.
Regardless of how much an organism looks like it had been intelligently designed, evolutionists (without even sounding embarrassed) will insist that natural selection has the power to make it look like it was designed, even though it wasn't. Furthermore, no matter what fossil they find out of its accepted place in the evolutionary "record," the evolutionists can "explain" how it got there.
The recent discovery of the intact flesh of a Tyrannosaurus rex with its "blood vessels—still flexible and elastic after 68 million years—and apparently intact cells"1 is a case in point. It would seem impossible for such soft structures to be preserved intact even for 6800 years, but evolutionists accept it on faith.
Similarly, Silurian fossil ostracodes supposedly 425 million years old have been found recently in England virtually identical to their modern-day counterparts and containing "a jaw-dropping amount of detail,"2 but this discovery does not faze evolutionists. They still believe it was buried 425 million years ago!
On another front, one would think that geophysicists would be embarrassed by their repeated failure to find the so-called Mohorovocic Discontinuity (except by inference from seismic waves) at the boundary between the earth's "crust" and "mantle." Since the supposed evolutionary history of the earth is theoretically related to this "Moho," scientists have been trying to confirm its existence, along with the assumed nature of the mantle, by drilling deep holes in the crust. This has been going on since the early sixties without success, the latest such attempt having failed earlier this year.
The Bible long ago prophesied that it was not possible that the "heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath" (Jeremiah 31:37). Nevertheless: "Undaunted, oceanographers are ready to try again."3
On the heavenly front, the same unembarrassed evolutionary cosmologists will evidently continue trying to "explain" the evolutionary history of the cosmos. Theories abound, and change frequently, the rising favorite being "string theory," involving multiple dimensions of space and even multiple universes of space/time. However, as one evolutionary astrophysicist admits: ". . . the universe unveiled by the hellishly complex mathematics of super-string theory is not even remotely close to what string theorists anticipated."4
Another cosmologist insists, however, that "string theory possesses a virtue for which many physicists are willing to accept these seeming absurdities: It can reconcile quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of gravity."5 But then he admits that "the theory itself continues to grow more complicated and mysterious."6
Its main virtue is that it can explain the cosmos without God. As Gardner insists, ". . . the fundamental credo of science is that deep mysteries like these will someday, if only in the distant future, succumb to rational explanation."7
And what about human evolution? A recent statistical study of the genetics of human populations revealed,
the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) for a randomly mating population would have lived in the very recent past. . . . In particular, the MRCA of all present-day humans lived just a few thousand years ago in these models.8
The writer avoids mentioning the "Adam and Eve" explanation, of course. Nevertheless, he also notes that: "And a few thousand years before that, . . . the ancestors of everyone on the earth today were exactly the same."9
One would think that analyses such as this, made by evolutionists on the real data of genetics and human populations would be embarrassing to evolutionists who commonly postulate an approximately million-year history of human existence on earth. But even if there were people living all during the past million years, how come they all kept the same genetic makeup until just a few thousand years ago? The Biblical record would seem at least relevant to the discussion!
Then there are the recent research findings by ICR scientists and others working on the RATE project that have
uncovered many new evidences that the earth is young, including the ubiquitous presence of radiocarbon in coal beds and even in diamonds. For years, of course, creationists have been pointing out that no real evolution has taken place during the several thousand years of human history and also that there are no legitimate series of transitional forms in the fossil beds of the past, plus the negative effects of mutations and the testimony of the laws of thermodynamics—all of which seem to make any macroevolution extremely unlikely, if not impossible.
Yet evolutionists continue to control the scientific and education establishments, insisting that total evolution is a scientific fact and creation is religion, so only evolution can be allowed to be taught in public schools and colleges. They gloat over the alleged fact that "an unprecedented 14 percent of Americans tell pollsters that they are atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, or simply disinterested in religion."10 Even if this figure is assumed to be correct, it still leaves 86% of the population who believe in God.
And they express surprise that so many people have somehow come to believe in creation despite all the brainwashing in schools. The editor-in-chief of the premier magazine Science, recently moaned in a lead editorial that:
Alternatives to the teaching of biological evolution are now being debated in no fewer than 40 states. Worse, evolution is not the only science under such challenge. In several school districts, geology materials are being rewritten because their dates for Earth's age are inconsistent with scripture (too old).11
A few evolutionists do seem to have at least a glimpse of why we object to their insistence that evolution be considered a scientifically proven fact. The following commentary on evolutionary science was in a recent issue of Geotimes.
Evolutionists have "Physics Envy." They tell the public that the science behind evolution is the same science that sent people to the moon and cures diseases. It's not.
The science behind evolution is not empirical, but forensic. Because evolution took place in history, its scientific investigations are after the fact—no testing, no observations, no repeatability, no falsification, nothing at all like physics. . . . I think this is what the public discerns—that evolution is just a bunch of just-so stories disguised as legitimate science.12
Another evolutionist makes an interesting admission. He says: "Contrary to their public image, scientists are normal, flawed human beings."13 They are as capable of prejudice, covetousness, pride, deceitfulness, etc., as anyone.
Evolutionists can't seem to comprehend why most Americans still believe in God, creation, and the Bible, despite having the "fact" of evolution dogmatically taught to them throughout their school years. The fact is that there is an abundance of objective evidence that the Bible really is the Word of God. It is not just a book of religion as they argue, but a book of factual history. Jesus Christ really did rise from the dead and Jesus Christ really did confirm the truth of the Biblical account of origins. Creationists do not believe in the Bible just because they are ignorant of science.
Peter says that "we have not followed cunningly devised fables. . . . We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed . . ."
(II Peter 1:16,19). And the apostle Paul, prophesying of the humanists of "the last days" said that they would be "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy
3:1,7) because "they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).
A creationist scientist justifiably might think of the Psalmist's caustic commentary on the ancient idol-making pantheistic evolutionists:
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: . . . They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them (Psalm 115:4,5,8).
- Erik Stokstad, "Tyrannosaurus rex Soft Tissue Raises Tantalizing Prospects," Science (vol. 307, March 25, 2005), p. 1852.
- Erik Stokstad, "Gutsy Fossil Sets Record for Staying the Course," Science (vol. 302, December 5, 2003), p. 1645.
- Richard A. Kerr, "Pursued for 40 Years, the Moho Evades Ocean Drillers Once Again," Science (vol. 307, March 18, 2005), p. 1707.
- James N. Gardner, "Fundamental Cosmological Understanding Eludes Us," Skeptical Inquirer (vol. 28, July/August, 2004), p. 51.
- Adrian Cho, "String Theory Gets Real—Sort of," Science (vol. 306, November 26, 2004), p. 1461.
- Ibid., p. 1462.
- James N. Gardner, op. cit., p. 52.
- Douglas L. T. Rohde, Steve Olson, and Joseph T. Chang, "Modeling the Recent Common Ancestry of all Living Humans," Nature (vol. 431, September 30, 2004), p. 562.
- Ibid., p. 565.
- Promotional brochure published by the Council for Secular Humanism.
- Donald Kennedy, "Twilight for the Enlightenment?" Science (vol. 308, April 8, 2005), p. 165.
- John Chaikowsky, "Geology v. Physics," Geotimes (vol. 50, April 2005), p. 6.
- David Weatherall, "Conduct Unbecoming," American Scientist (vol. 93, January-February 2005), p. 73.
*Dr. Henry Morris is Founder and President Emeritus of ICR.
The Origin Of The Universe Is Not A Fundamental Doctrine Of Christianity
By David J. Stewart | February 2014
There is a raging controversy between Christians who differ in their views of creation. Basically there is the old earth view and the young earth view. Those believers who adhere to the old earth view are sometimes called “Gap Theorists.” The Gap Theory teaches that there's a time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. It's important to realize that this is NOT a fundamental doctrine of Christianity. I've received some hate mail in the past from angry people who despise the Gap Theory doctrine.
One man even alleged that Gap Theorists are not saved because they lack faith in the Bible. That is simply not the case at all my friend. Since the Bible does not give us a definitive concrete answer on this matter, we ought not be too dogmatic and condemn each other for believing differently. No two preachers agree on everything.
Paradise Or Heaven?
For example: Dr. Oliver B. Greene (1915-1976) taught that Jesus went to Hell (Hades) when He died upon the cross, and stayed there for 3-days, rescuing those spirits in paradise that previously could not enter Heaven because Christ hadn't been crucified yet. And then Jesus brought those Old Testament saints to Heaven when He ascended. In sharp contrast, Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) taught that Christ and the thief on the cross who believed on him went straight to Heaven when they died. Dr. Rice didn't believe in an Old Testament place called paradise.
Dr. Max D. Younce in his tremendous book, A BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF HELL, explains the doctrine of Hades (which contains the place of paradise and also the place of torment). God used Pastor Younce to open my eyes to this often misunderstood subject on Hades. Basically, Hell (Hades) is compartmentalized into paradise and the place of torment. I never knew that Hades was compartmentalized and therefore had difficulty understanding the doctrine of a place called paradise for Old Testament saints. The Bible says that Elijah in the Old Testament was caught up into heaven in a whirlwind (2nd Kings 2:11). Dr. Rice uses this teaching as evidence that Old Testament saints went straight to Heaven and not to a place called paradise.
However, Luke 16:19-31 cannot be ignored. Abraham was on the other side in paradise and the rich man was in the place of torment. There was a great gulf between them. The Bible uses specific names here and Jesus id not say it was a parable, so we MUST take it as a literal account. Abraham is a real person. Lazarus is a literal person. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses claim it was only a parable because both of these false religions deny the existence of a real Hell that burns with fire and brimstone.
Old Earth Or Young Earth?
I have just given you one theological example of dozens where great men of God do not agree. Albeit, every born-again preacher/Christian agrees on the Doctrine of Christ concerning the Virgin Birth, Deity of Christ, His sinless life, bodily resurrection, literal blood sacrifice, the Godhead (Trinity), et cetera.
Concerning the timing of creation, Dr. Henry Morris of the Creation Research Institute (CRI) teaches a young earth view. I personally believe that the earth is billions of years old. I do NOT believe in evolution, nor in theistic evolution (the doctrine that God created the universe and then it evolved over billions of years). I believe that God created the universe billions of years ago; but created mankind 6,000 years ago. The reason for my old earth views are numerous, mostly based in the Scriptures.
Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) of the Sword Of The Lord believed in an old earth view. Dr. Hutson has an excellent study on the subject under the titled...
'DEMONOLOGY' (awesome Bible study available by Pastor Curtis Hutson from SWORD OF THE LORD)
You can listen to an MP3 of part 1 of 6 of 'DEMONOLOGY' HERE. The study was originally taught decades ago as a Wednesday night Bible study by Pastor Hutson.
Here are a couple reasons for my belief in an old earth...
The origin of Satan. Revelation 20:2 tells us that the serpent in Genesis was Satan. Satan was already present in the Garden Of Eden. Where did the Devil come from? Obviously he was already on earth. Lucifer in Isaiah 14:14 exclaimed, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” To ascend above the clouds you first have to be under the clouds. When did the fallen angels (demons) leave Heaven? Jude 1:6, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Although open to numerous interpretations, Revelation 12:4 says that Satan drew one-third of the angels with him out of Heaven. I believe the only Biblical interpretation that fits the puzzle is that the fallen angels were cast down to earth before mankind was created. Some demons are so wicked that the Lord confined them to the bottomless pit in chains (Jude 1:6). The demons asked Jesus if He came to torment them before the time (Matthew 8:29).
Furthermore, Genesis 1:2 says that the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the earth. I believe it was frozen over (an ice age). One of the strongest evidences of a pre-Adamic world is found in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” If God's Word never returns void, then how did the earth become without form, dark and void (empty)? Repeatedly we read in Genesis Chapter one that God's Word accomplished what It intended and “IT WAS GOOD” (Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21 and 25).
False Doctrines Are Often Readily Received Because Christians Don't Shine The Light Of God's Word On Them
Always question every doctrine. This is Biblical. 1st John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Legitimate science proves that the earth is very old, and that dinosaurs lived an estimated 64,000,000 years ago. I have no reason to doubt that. It does not go against the Scriptures. What happens is that believers hear false doctrines that have been circulated in churches for ages, so these heresies are accepted as Gospel truth; but they're far from it. Some Christians freak out and can't handle the truth when they hear it.
For example: Most believers have a bewildered look on their face when you tell them that Christ's work of redemption was “FINISHED” on the cross. In John 19:30 Jesus said, “It is finished.” However, John 19:28 says, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” Jesus was concerned that all the prophecies concerning Him from the Old Testament were fulfilled as they should be. When Jesus fulfilled the last prophecy while He was still alive, which was saying “I thirst” (Psalm 22:15); the Lord then said “It is finished” in Verse 30. Christ hadn't died, been buried nor risen yet when He said it was finished; so how could everything have been finished concerning redemption? Yet, many Christians have been taught for so long that salvation was finished on the cross that they can't change their beliefs to accept the truth. In the same way, the teaching of an old earth may disturb some Christians.
Another example: I've always heard that Antichrist will arise out of the “revived Roman Empire.” It was Pastor Max D. Younce who opened my eyes to the fact that the Bible never teaches this heresy. In Revelation 17:10 we read about 7-kings (world powers) throughout history. The 6th king was Rome at the time of Jesus Christ. Rome is also representative of the iron legs in king Nebuchadnezzar's image (Daniel 2:33-34). Revelation 17:11 says that the Antichrist will arise from the 7th king. There is no mention of Rome after it fell in 476 A.D. in ruin. I am fully convinced that the 7th king will be the New World Order (World Government).
Christians shouldn't bite and devour one another over the young earth verses old earth positions. Holding either position doesn't affect salvation. Having said that, I will say that a young earth view is often used to discredit preachers who disagree with legitimate science. Certainly, there is absolutely NO evidence of evolution. Evolution is not science because it can't be studied, tested, repeated nor documented in any manner. Evolution is satanic lies.
I heard Alex Jones (whom I admire greatly for being a patriotic American) says that many people won't listen to preachers anymore because they teach that the earth is only 6,000 years old. People have a serious problem with preachers claiming that dinosaurs roamed the earth 4,500 years ago (prior to the flood). The teaching of an old earth, but young human race, explains when dinosaurs lived and Satan was cast down to the earth. Dr. Hutson teaches that Satan in his anger destroyed the earth. Granted, where the Bible is silent we must be careful not to be dogmatic and judgmental of others who differ in their beliefs.
There are good Christian men who believe in either a young or old earth. I agree with an old earth view—not because I'm trying to reconcile the Bible with secular teachings; but rather, because God-given common sense and logic brings me to this conclusion. It makes no sense that tyrannosauruses and raptors lived amongst men. I've seen the giant skeleton of “Sue” in Chicago at the Field Museum. The female tyrannosaurus was dug up in the state of Montana, where many dinosaur remains have been found. Don't tell me that people in the Old Testament lived with such creatures.
I've also been to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. There are no dinosaurs there, but only prehistoric mammals (they stand up to the ceiling with giant fangs, like Sabertooth tigers and mammoths). You can see and smell the bubbling back tar outside the museum. Some birds and squirrels get stuck and die in the tar. It was disturbing to me for many years at the idea that these prehistoric specimens lived just a few thousand years ago. Since I have learned about the old earth view, I have come to be content with the Scriptural possibility and likelihood of it. Some preachers are 100% convinced in an old earth view, and others 100% of a young earth view; but it's perfectly acceptable to choose not to take a position at all. Again, the Gap Theory is not a fundamental doctrine of Christianity.
One compelling truth that Pastor Younce brings out, compelling indeed, is the Hebrew words for “created” and “made” in Genesis Chapter one. l Study these words and you will find that God CREATED the heavens and the earth; but then He “made” the things to follow. We again find the word “create” when God formed the animal and mankind, because they were new to the universe. This truth is quite amazing and I think, clearly evidences the old earth view.
I highly recommend studying the Bible along with reading Pastor Max D. Younce's book...
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Actor Matt Damon has publicly expressed his disdain for a young earth view. People don't have much patience when preachers teach that dinosaurs roamed the earth 4,500 years ago. The flood occurred at approximately 2,500 B.C. and the Bible dates creation in Genesis at 4,004 B.C. Humanity DID NOT exist prior to 4,000 B.C.! Here are Matt Damon's comments...
On September 10, 2008, a video of actor Matt Damon was released to the press that quickly got posted on YouTube, and has now gotten over two million hits. Here’s what he said:
I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that’s a really scary thing because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’m gonna know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town, and she’s governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand. I think the pick was made for political purposes, but in terms of governance, it’s a disaster. You do the actuary tables, you know, there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term, and it’ll be President Palin. And it really, you know, I was talking about it earlier, it’s like a really bad Disney movie, you know, the hockey mom, you know, “I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska”—and she’s the president. And it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and, you know, using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink, you know, it’s just absurd. It’s totally absurd, and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. I ... it’s a really terrifying possibility.
The fact that we’ve gotten this far and we’re that close to this being a reality is crazy. Crazy. I mean, did she really—I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. That’s an important … I want to know that. I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes, you know. I wanna know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago or if she banned books or tried to ban books. I mean, you know, we can’t have that.
Dr. Henry Morris of the Creation Research Institute (CRI) teaches a young earth view (as does Dr. Kent Hovind, whom I tremendously respect and admire as a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ). In short, I believe in the Gap Theory between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Dr. Curtis Hutson believed in a pre-Adamic creation when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and so do I. Dr. John R. Rice however believed in a strict 6-day creation and taught that the universe did not exist in any way prior to Genesis 1:1.
*Please note that I do NOT agree with Dr. Henry Morris' Young Earth views AND HERE'S WHY. I believe that the Bible plainly teaches an Old Earth view and that dinosaurs lived tens-of-millions of years ago. Here is an excellent work on the subject (.PDF file). I do NOT believe in Evolution. I believe that mankind has only been in existence since 6,000 years ago. I believe Old Earth; Young Man. The excellent exegeses by Arthur C. Custance titled, WITHOUT FORM AND VOID expounds Genesis 1:1-2 to evidence that God's original creation became without form, and void, and darkness covered the face of the deep. Something chaotic happened that caused the earth to become without form and void. Lucifer!
~David J. Stewart
Website Of Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985)
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