Creation vs. Evolution
Before mankind became “enlightened” there was never a question demanding proof for God's existence. However, over time, man has grown more impressed with himself at the center of the universe. In 1859 Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, presenting an alternative theory to explain our existence. Darwin’s theory became the basis for a belief system - evolution - independent from God.
It has been said that Darwin has done more harm to the Christian faith than any persecution in history. The evolution model, largely due to its posture as the “scientific” explanation for the origins of life, caused many believers to doubt the creation by God and the truthfulness of the Bible. It planted a serious seed of doubt as to the credibility of the Bible: “If the first chapter of the Bible is not true, then likely the rest of the Bible is questionable as well!”
We need to emphasize up front that – despite many claims – evolution is NOT a fact. Neither evolution nor creation is a natural law or a scientific fact, but each is merely a model. What does this mean? The process of evolution, just as the act of creation, cannot be observed or repeated, so both models remain unproved by science. Therefore neither can be called a natural law (such as the law of gravity or the laws of thermodynamics, which describe well proved and observed behavior subject to laws of nature) nor a scientific theory (which requires the possibility and evidence of repeated observations). So evolution – just as creation – is only a model used to explain the observations in the world as we know it. It is not a fact, not a natural law, not even a scientific theory, but just a model!
I would also like to emphasize, that there are only two possible models for the origins of life: creation vs. evolution. There is no alternative, and these two are mutually exclusive. Either our space/time based universe needed a Creator God or it did not. This has an important implication: If we can prove that evolution is NOT a viable model/explanation, than we have indirectly found proof for creation and that God exists! Therefore in studying the evidences of creation vs. evolution we will focus both on evidence to show that evolution is a faulty model as well as evidence pointing to creation: the existence of a Creator God.
What is Evolution?
In the evolution model, the entire universe is considered to have evolved by natural processes and random selection into its present state of high organization and complexity. In this model the universe began in a state of pure randomness. Gradually it has – by “survival of the fittest” – become more ordered and complex. In order for the complex structure of the universe to have been produced by present natural processes, a vast amount of time was required.
As taught in our public schools today, the Organic Theory of Evolution account for the origin of mankind goes something as follows:
on this planet originated several billion years ago, when electrical
disturbances caused reactions in the chemicals of the primeval
ocean. These reactions produced amino acids, which organized
themselves into living cells. In time, the descendants of these
one-celled organisms at random began to mutate, developing into
various multi-celled plants and animals. As each new organism
appeared, a natural selection would occur.
Each life form was either better or less suited to its
environment, and accordingly it would flourish or disappear.
Those species of plants and animals more adaptable to their
environments developed; those that could not adapt simply died. Man
is the highest product of this development. He descended from the
same ancestors as did the apes; more remotely, from the same
ancestors as all mammals. He is himself still developing; that
process is stalled by our present lifestyle, but biologically
ongoing evolution is inevitable.”
The concept of evolution is associated with Charles Darwin, who set forth evolution in The Origin of Species and further developed his ideas in the later The Descent of Man. These concepts have been applied to many scientific disciplines, and the theory has been revised along the way. More recently its tenets have been upgraded with more recent scientific discoveries especially in the areas of genetics/DNA (usually called Neo-Darwinism).
The basic elements of the evolution model remain:
Simplified, evolution’s equation for mankind becomes this:
Many education systems have spoon-fed and brainwashed us with these concepts. These ideas sound so reasonable and have been taught by many highly educated people, therefore many believe it is the truth. However, is it actually true? In the following chapters we will examine the concept to find if scientific observation does support this model.
What is the Creation model?
The creation model, on the other hand, postulates a Creator God or Intelligent Designer. Random chance and lots of time simply cannot combine to create life. Intelligent design or intervention is required. This occurs either by a comprehensive act of creation, bringing basic systems of nature into existence at once, fully functioning at the start, or by a process directed over time by the Creator God towards completion.
Among Christians there are different models on HOW God created our world. These differences largely relate to timing; that is, did God directly and immediately create the world, or did He only design and guide the natural processes? To simplify, we identify two main views:
Creation vs. Evolution and the Role of the Creator
So there are multiple views on how God created human life. These views differ mostly on how to reconcile Biblical creation with scientific observations. According to surveys over the last twenty years, Christians are evenly divided between the Young Earth and Old Earth views.
In our approach to creation, the question of “how God did it” will not be further debated as it is irrelevant to prove God’s existence. We will explore the proofs that support the existence of a Creator God/Intelligent Designer, not how the process worked.
Note that all views of creation share these points in common:
or start reading about: More about Creation vs. Evolution: Studying the Big Bang
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