Creation or Evolution?

Does it really make any difference?

By Dr. David R. Reagan

Lamplighter on Creation

For 30 years I didn’t think so. I just couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about. What difference did it make whether God created instantly in a matter of a few days or gradually over millions of years? I was a Theistic Evolutionist — one who believes in evolution, but believes that it was God directed.

One of my problems was that I had grown up in a church that focused its study of the Bible almost exclusively on the New Testament. I had never really read and studied all of God’s Word. When I did, I immediately dropped my flirtation with evolution.

A Matter of Integrity

The first reason I did so is because I discovered the integrity of God’s Word is at stake on this issue. People dismiss the Genesis account of creation rather flippantly by saying, “The Bible is not a book of science.”

But think for a moment: if we cannot trust what the Bible tells us about the creation of Man and the universe, then what part of the Bible can we believe? Was there really a worldwide flood? Did a man named Abraham really exist? Did Jesus die on the Cross for our sins? If you start picking and choosing what part of the Bible you are going to believe, how are you going to determine what is true and what is false?

Symbolic Language?

I tried to deal with the Bible’s creation account by arguing that it used symbolic language. But there is no basis for drawing that conclusion.

Adam and Eve are never dealt with as mythical figures by later Biblical writers. And there is a passage in the book of Exodus that makes it very clear that the “days” of Genesis 1 & 2 are literal, 24 hour days: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor… but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord… in it you shall not work… for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

Good or Evil Creation?

Another problem I found with Theistic Evolution is that it demeans the character of God. The Bible says God created instantly and majestically and that the creation was “good.”

Theistic Evolution presents an entirely different picture. It holds that God used a very vicious and violent method of creation — “the survival of the fittest.” In other words, creation occurred in a dog-eat-dog atmosphere that was anything but good.

The Origin of Death

Theistic Evolution also makes a lie of what the Bible teaches about sin and its consequences. According to the Bible, sin came into the world through the rebellion of Adam and Eve against God’s will. One of the results was physical death. Another was the curse which God placed upon nature.

Theistic Evolution turns the Biblical picture upside down, for it portrays all of creation as being involved in a death struggle before the evolutionary appearance of Man — and thus before Man could ever have sinned. Did death exist from the beginning of life, or was it the consequence of Man’s sin, as God’s Word says?

Tough Questions

When I decided to believe God’s Word, I had to junk evolution in any form — both the theistic and scientific forms. That raised new and tough questions for me. Is the earth only six to seven thousand years old? What about the fossil record? What about stars that are so far away that it has taken millions of years for their light to reach the earth?

Fortunately for me, as I began to wrestle with these tough questions, I ran across the voluminous publications of the Institute for Creation Research, an organization of scientists who are Christians and who accept the Genesis account as literal. Through their writings I began to find answers to my new questions.

For example, they point out a simple but often overlooked truth: special creation always carries with it the appearance of age. Think about it. If I were to instantly create an adult man and then present him to you as my miraculous creation, you would respond by saying, “But, David, this man is 30 years old!”

The same would be true of a full grown tree. If I created it that way, I would have a tough time trying to convince you that it did not grow from a seed.

The same is true of our universe. When God created it, He created it in maturity. The light from the most distant stars did not have to travel hundreds of millions of miles over millions of years to reach the earth. The stars were created with their light already reaching the earth.

More Tough Questions

But what about the dating techniques that indicate a very ancient age for the earth? The fact is that all of them are based upon evolutionary assumptions to begin with, and thus they produce highly distorted, untruthful results that conform to their built-in evolutionary bias.

What about the fossil record? The truth is that Evolutionists themselves do not like to talk about the fossil record any more. The reason is that despite the discovery of millions of fossils, they have not yet found even one that represents a transition form in the theorized evolutionary process. Dogs are still dogs in the fossil record. Cats are still cats. No one has yet found a “Dat.”

Scientific Denial

One of the strangest things about the modern theory of evolution is that it denies one of the fundamental axioms of science! Consult any physics book and you will find what is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It holds that everything in the universe is running down — that everything is moving from order to disorder.

This law of physics is nothing but an expression of common sense. If you don’t believe it, just look in a mirror! Your body is aging, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can camouflage it, but you can’t stop it!

This law of physics is the reason we have to have maintenance programs for cars and buildings. If we don’t maintain them, they will stop running or fall down.

Now, the point is this: Evolution contends that all living things in the universe are moving in exactly the opposite direction — from disorder to order, from simplicity to greater complexity. Evolution contradicts one of the fundamental rules of science!

Logical Denial

Evolution also contradicts common sense. The complexity of the universe demands a designer. How could the human eye have developed by chance? To say it did is equivalent to saying that a Boeing 747 is the accidental product of a tornado blowing through a junk yard!

Scientists tell us that the whole universe came into existence as the result of a “big bang.” Again, this contradicts common sense. How many explosions have you ever witnessed that produced order instead of chaos?

Prophetic Fulfillment

The development of the theory of evolution is prophesied in Scripture as one of the signs of the end times. The prophecy is found in 2 Peter 3:3-7. It says that “scoffers will arise in the last days” and that they will mock the promised return of the Lord by saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” Peter says that these people will deliberately ignore the fact that God created the world and then destroyed it with water.

The scientific principle prophesied in this passage is what is called Uniformitarianism. It is one of the cornerstones of Evolution. It is the idea that things have always been essentially the same, changing only minutely over billions of years. This idea denies what the Bible teaches about special creation out of nothing. It also denies the Bible’s historical record of a worldwide flood and the Bible’s promise that one day God will destroy the earth again with fire.

Courting God’s Wrath

The Bible says that God pours out His wrath on nations that “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). We are doing that today in America. Our public schools are not allowed to teach children the true origin of the universe. Only the lie of evolution can be taught.

The same passage in the Bible says God’s wrath is also poured out upon those nations whose people “serve the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25). The teaching of the theory of evolution has led this nation to the point where we are now worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. Our god is “Mother Earth,” not Father God.

A Call to Action

Christian parents who have their children in the public schools need to take upon themselves the responsibility to teach their children the truth about the origin of the world and life. The Institute for Creation Research has prepared teaching materials for all ranges of age, from pre-school through adult, including graduate level materials.

You can secure a copy of their publications catalogue by calling 1-800-628-7640. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, Ca. 92021. Their web site can be found at www.icr.org.

Monkey Business

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
Discussing things as they’re said to be.
Said one to the others, “Now listen, you two,
There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true —
That man descended from our noble race.
Why, the very idea is a terrible disgrace!
“No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
And you’ve never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another,
Till they scarcely know who is their mother.
“And another thing you’ll never see —
A monk build a fence ’round a coconut tree,
Letting all the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all others to take a taste.
Why, if I put a fence around a tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
“There’s another thing a monk won’t do —
Go out at night and get in a stew;
Or use a club or gun or knife
To take another old monkey’s life.
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
But, brother, he didn’t descend from us!”

(Author Unknown)

Think About It

Believing in the theory of evolution is about as silly as standing in front of Mt. Rushmore and saying, “Wow! Isn’t it amazing what can be created by erosion?”

When the first moon lander was sent up, the scientists equipped it with large landing pods to keep it from sinking into the deep layer of moon dust which they theorized had to exist. After all, if the moon is billions of years old, as they theorized, it had to have a very thick layer of dust accumulated from meteor impacts. Well, they discovered only one-fourth of an inch of dust on the moon! They were very surprised, and they have no explanation for the absence of the dust. But their faith in evolution was not shaken. And they accuse Christians of “blind faith!”

The sun is shrinking at the rate of .1% per century, or at a rate of about five feet per hour! Now, if the sun is really billions of years old, as Evolutionists claim, it would have been so big in the beginning that it would have engulfed most of our galaxy, incinerating planet earth.

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