Creation Vs Evolution

CREATION VERSUS EVOLUTION

We stated on the previous page that Darwin was not the first to espouse a theory of evolution as the means of our existence today. The Greek philosophers Epicurus and Democritus said much the same.

On the creation side, the Christian bishop Dionysius of Alexandria had this to say about those philosophers:

"For there are those who, giving the name of atoms to certain imperishable and most minute bodies that are supposed to be infinite in number, …allege that these atoms, as they were carried along by chance in the void, all clashed fortuitously against each other in an unregulated whirl. They thereby commingled with one another in a multitude of forms. Entering into combination with each other, they gradually formed this world and all objects in it. …This was the opinion of Epicurus and Democritus. …How will we bear with these men who assert that all those wise …constructions are only the works of common chance? …But truly these men do not reflect on the analogies of even small, familiar things that might come under the observation at any time.  For, from such things, they could learn that no object that has any value-and that is fitted to be serviceable-is made without design."

It's interesting to note that Epicurus and Democritus were wrong in their assumption that atoms are the "imperishable and most minute bodies" that exist. Our mastering of the splitting of the atom allowed the United States to win World War II and since then we've discovered subatomic particles like quarks.

To be fair to the Evolutionists, those same early Christian leaders were wrong in their assumption that human beings were only 6000 years old. They reached this number by following the generations enumerated in the Bible and counted backwards. The December 2000 National Geographic displays human skulls that date back 27,000 years in their article "Hunt for the First Americans". So something went wrong somewhere. To be fair to the creationist side, nowhere in the bible is it stated that man is only 6000 years old.

There are several large gaps that science has not been able to bridge, thus weakening the Evolutionists position. The first problem is this: "How did matter go from nothing to something?"

Modern science offers a "big bang theory" that postulates that all matter was lumped together at one point in the universe, and a massive explosion sent it spewing outwards in every direction. A problem with this theory is that science of physics tells us that matter at rest stays at rest. What started the bang?

National Geographic May 1997

The next gap that Evolution has yet to bridge is, "How did matter get from nothing to life?" The best science has had to offer thus far is a clump of seaweed in some primordial soup. Finally, there is also a gap between how "base life" developed into the intelligent(?) life forms that inhabit the earth today. Darwin pitches in here with the monkey thing, but these authors have not seen that missing link that definitively connects the two. 

360 million year old fish

Charles Darwin

One issue that Darwin does not account for is his evolving theory suggests a continuous growth and evolvement of living beings. Implied in that is a greater longevity and survival rate- and greater population growth. Fossil records suggest a more parabolic curve, with species of fossils appearing sparsely in lower strata, then increasing, but  suddenly decreasing and dying out. Near the same time, new species begin appearing and showing the same growth-death cycle. 

The religious side is equally vexing. What about that generational count and the 27,000 years?  What about those dinosaurs that roamed the earth 220 million years ago? How does religion account for those?

Read the TruthMasters parting thoughts on creation versus evolution below and then click the dinosaurs to the right for a discussion on Dinosaurs, Synapsids and the cataclysmic nature of our planet.

TruthMasters parting thoughts:

1) Is the science of nature just another language of God?

2) It is the Glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out (Proverbs 25:2)

3) The discovery of our planets' past history and the building blocks of life are hidden things still in the process of being searched out, and what we know today by no means eliminates the presence of a divine creator laying the design and framework for our existence. The fossil record does not support mans development from ape. They share similar physical aspects because they share similar environments. But no ape family fossil has been found with a skull, brain and spinal chord capable of "reasoning or imagining, the essence of our species.

4) Darwins work revolved around observations of turtles, birds and other species in and around the Galapagos Islands. He observed changes of improvement in related species. Scientists have shown developments in the Ape species and developments in the human species, but there is nothing to suggest that Apes evolved into humans.

5) The Bible does not provide more on creation than it does, because explaining how He created the world is not the subject of God's story (see "The Book of Truth – God's Story" in the religious truth section of this website - just click on the bible to the right). The focus is on the loss of his relationship with his human creation. It provides glimpses of God's other creations, but the focus is on his separation from man. 

6) He either expects you to take his declaration of creation by faith, or you can "search things out".

The bottom line is this: The two opposing ideologies that explain how we got here on planet earth seem to be a choice between speculation and revelation.