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Creation vs. Evolution

Written by Joe Knox on . Posted in Apologetics

PREFACE

Why do we exist? Are we flukes of chance who exist for no particular reason? Or are we created by a Supreme Maker in His own image? Two types of world view compete for your opinion:

 

TWO COMPETING VIEWS

The modern view of evolution suggests that our existence as human beings is by random chance. Yet, The Holy Bible teaches that "GOD created man in his own image." (Genesis 1:27), stating that our existence is by the sovereign action of a Supreme Maker. On behalf of the second view (creation) let me cite that the law of entropy (the second law of thermodynamics) states that matter in general disarranges itself. Of its own volition it has no tendency to form any sort of order; instead, it meanders into chaos. In spite of this fact the evolutionary view proposes that life exists by random chance. What are the chances that some living cells happen to exist, and reproduce themselves on a regular basis, operating internally by a complex and yet orderly set of rules, complete with components such as DNA, protoplasm, and nucleus? What are the chances that these cells accidentally compose some specialized tissues which happen to form human organs, which happen to act in concert as operational endocrine, nervous, digestive, skeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems? And if this "organism" just happens to regularly reproduce itself? And it accidentally has senses, creativity, aesthetic taste, and the ability to reason? What could be LESS likely!

On the other hand, what if the world has existed for billions or trillions of years? Couldn't there have been events unknown to us that somehow resulted in our chance-existence? I say no, because the world in its present state has NOT existed that long, according to the facts and calculations below:

DATING THE EARTH IN ITS PRESENT STATE (a)

There is a gully in front of my house; about ten feet deep, as water flows through it a few times each year and washes it deeper. If we were to assume that it washes, say, 1/1000th of an inch deeper each year (a very conservative estimate), and it is now 10 feet deep, then it can have been washing deeper at that rate for [10 feet divided by 1/1000], or 10,000 years. 10,000 years? That's a far cry from the billions of years we need in order to validate the possibility of our random-chance existence. The spin of the earth is gradually slowing. Research scientists have calculated that the earth can have been slowing at the rate that it is for no more than 10,000 years; and that if the earth had slowed uniformly at its present rate for the last billion years, it would have already stopped; or it would have had to have spun so fast at one time that it would have spun itself into the shape of a pancake- 40 miles thick. Research scientists have made similar calculations with similar results dating the earth as we know it as being between 5000-11000 years old. These calculations use:

  • The amount of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico and the rate that sediment flows into it
  • The rate of decay of the earth's magnetic field
  • The rate at which the earth is cooling
  • The amount of cosmic dust in the ocean floors and the rate at which that dust is falling into the oceans
  • The amount of cosmic dust on the moon (a couple of inches) and the rate at which that dust is falling onto the moon
  • The age of the oldest trees in the world
  • The content of many substances such as nitrates and uranium in the oceans and the rates at which those contents are increasing

But what about fossils that supposedly indicate a vastly longer time span of the earth? They generally rely on Carbon-14 dating; which is now invalidated. Robert Whitelaw, a nuclear consultant and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, states that the C-14 itself has existed for some 5,600 to 11,200 years, and that the dating method is accurate to about 4,500 years ago.

What about petroleum? Hasn't it been in the ground for millions of years? Not necessarily; petroleum has been made from garbage in less than one day. Conclusion: the earth as we know it has not existed nearly long enough to facilitate our our random existence.

IS IT PLAUSIBLE THAT WE ARE CREATED BEINGS?

In my gardening I have noticed that a seed planted in the ground can often germinate during the last few days before a full moon, but not as readily for several days after the full moon. This phenomenon is more understandable if we consider that matter is created from energy; when a seed germinates, matter is created in phase with about 49 electromagnetic vectors, powerful lines of force, that continuously change according to the paths of the moon, sun, planets, and the earth. This complex, dynamic set of forces, in combination with suitable weather and moisture, actually create the intricate molecules of new life inside the seed as it becomes vitalized.

But could we have accidentally come into existence by that same method? No. In the above example seeds were vitalized, not created. Plants come from seeds; and seeds come from plants. Likewise, chickens come from eggs; and eggs come from chickens.

IS IT PLAUSIBLE THAT WE HAVE A CREATOR?

Peter Rothschild, MD, one of the world's leading scientists, stated in his book "The Scientific Background Of The Ten Commandments" as follows:"...As Quantum Physics, the most advanced discipline, demonstrated beyond the slightest doubt - the ultimate mechanisms of the Universe cannot be explained without this concept of GOD, or whatever the term you care to use to refer to a supreme Maker..." So he implies that there is a Supreme Maker who created everything.

IS THE BIBLE IN HARMONY WITH SCIENCE?

Elsewhere Rothschild demonstrates a correlation between the law of the Sabbath and the behavior of matter by pointing out that the law of entropy is suspended as long as exertions of energy conform to a pattern of 6 periods of exertion followed by one of rest. The Bible makes a remarkable statement by saying that "...one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2nd Peter 3:8). How could such a claim be true? Modern science bears out that time does not exist in the sense that we think it does. Our perception of time is only our subjective view of the world. The Bible also states "...that GOD is light..."(1st John 1:5). Light! Perhaps superconductive energy operating in harmonics of perhaps 1, 3, 9, and 27 times the speed of light; therefore independent of "time" and operating in not just 3 dimensions (as we), but in perhaps 5, 7, or only He knows how many dimensions.

CONCLUSIONS

I personally agree with the Bible which quotes the Creator as saying "...my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts..." (Isaiah 55:8-10), because truly He is beyond our ability to comprehend. How appropriate then that "...GOD was manifest in the flesh..." (1st Timothy 3:16), because we couldn't relate to His Vastness any other way! Or be reconciled to Him. So the bottom line to the creation versus random-existence question is the first sentence in the Bible: "In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1)!!

Notes:
From "The Power of Total Perspective" by R.E. McMaster, Jr.