Monday, 12 May 2014

Creation, Evolution and Enlightenment

Here is where I cheer on Creation, rip apart evolution and promote the Life and Light of Jesus!  Who knew a biology essay could be so much fun?!  :P



It is no mistake that the entire Bible begins with the account of how the world began.  What one believes concerning the origins of life will affect one’s entire worldview.  If you believe in evolution, there can be no God in your worldview.  If you believe in Creation, there must be a Greater Being there somewhere.    Obviously, the Christian account of Creation is the one found in Genesis chapters 1-2.   It is there at the very start that we read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  There it is right at the start so that no one can miss it.  God created everything.  The next verses lay out how God did this.  “And God said…”  He spoke.  That’s all – no fancy construction crew or tools or anything of the sort.  God is God and He is not restricted to what we can conceive with our minds.  Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, that is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:9-10) 
The order in which God made things is really very simple.  On the first three days, He created enviroments, and in the second lot of three days, He created inhabitants to go in each environment.  On day one, God created light and separated it from darkness; on day four, He created the sun, the moon and the stars.  On day two, God separated the sky from the waters, and the waters from the waters; on day five, he created birds for the skies, and sea creatures for the waters.  On day three, God created The land, and all the vegetation; and on day six He created land animals and people to fill up the land and to eat the produce.  On the seventh day, God rested from His work.  
That’s all there is to the Christian view of Creation.  The Bible is very clear and simple of the whole thing.  John says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”  (John 1:3)  God is the Creator, and if you don’t believe that, there is only one other alternative.

Haeckel's Drawings
That alternative is evolution.  There are a few takes on evolution that are free for the picking.  The most common is the classic, traditional Darwinism.  Darwinism says that millions of years ago, there was a warm pond of chemicals and amino acids.  Somehow (and Charles Darwin himself wasn’t sure how) the chemicals and amino acids reacted in such a way as to make the first life in the form of a micro-cell.  This cell asexually reproduced and multiplied and the simplest forms of life emerged.  Slowly, slowly, from this sludge-pit came fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and beautiful you.  And we are still evolving.  While it may sound all wonderful that we are moving to new heights all the time, is it really a good explanation of life?  Many Darwinists are beginning to doubt it.  The evidence for such a theory just does not exist.  One example is the Haeckel Drawings.  Ernst Haeckel made drawings that illustrated how the embryos of several different creatures all look alike, thus ‘proving’ that all creatures were descended from the same ancestors.  The problem with this ‘proof’ is that the further back in the carrying and conception of each of the creatures Haeckel described, the less and less they resemble each other.  Another example is the fossil record.  One would expect that if creatures took millions of years to evolve like Darwin said they did, we would have a whole stack of fossils depicting half developed animals.  But we don’t.  Every fossil we find is of a distinct creature of its own species.  There are no crossovers.  There just isn’t much proof for Darwinism at all.
What the embryos of creatures really look like
How about a less measured form of evolution?  Well, there is the theory of punctuated equilibrium.  This theory states that evolution took place over a (relatively) short time frame.  Change took place quickly and creatures evolved almost overnight (on a geological time scale).   However for this to be accomplished, it would require some severe genetically-challenging feats, like a lizard hatching a bird, for instance.  That seems rather unlikely seeing as we do not observe anything of the sort occurring today and one would think that if that is what happened, it would still be happening. 


There are some, though, that say that biology and the origins of life really don’t matter that much: it’s where we are headed that counts and we should spend this life seeking enlightenment within ourselves.   While the theory is a little twisted, they have one thing right.  We do search for ‘enlightenment’ our entire lives.  Sometimes we look to ourselves, sometimes to celebrities, sometimes to the people around us.  There is only source, however, that can truly satisfy the longing for a higher calling and the lack of light in us.  That source is Jesus Christ.  He said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”   He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and everyone who believes in Him shall walk in perpetual, eternal light.



Pictures from http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2010/12/its-just-a-stag.html   and   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embryo_drawing

Scripture from NIV and NKJV

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