September 2009


Apparently some scientists have been studying evolution on a molecular level and have come to the conclusion that evolution is not reversible — it can’t go backwards. What that means is, they think we evolved from a common ancestor of apes, but our great-great-great-great-great grandchildren won’t evolve back into apes.

That’s a relief, isn’t it?

Creationists agree with this. Creationists believe in microevolution — small changes that take place within the boundaries of a “kind” so that there are Dobermans and German Shepherds and Poodles that all came from one dog ancestor. But they don’t believe in macroevolution — meaning that dogs will always give birth to more dogs, there won’t be a dog some day who gives birth to an ape.

Creationists also believe that any genetic mutations result in loss of genetic information. So Adam and Eve’s descendants have many different skin colors and facial features. But if you take two very dark skinned descendants of Adam and Eve and study their descendants, you probably won’t ever find a really light skinned one. Unless one of their descendants marries a light skinned person and the genes come from there. As time goes forward, we lose genetic information, we don’t gain it. So, we can’t go back. We might not ever see a dog that looks exactly like the original dog as God created him.

When I heard about this story, my jaw dropped into my lap.

To sum it up, a scientist who has made many predictions about technology that have later come true has predicted that within 20 years, we will have developed the technology to become immortal.

This quote especially leaped out at me: “Mr Kurzweil said: ‘I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever.’ ”

This kind of thinking is the result of taking the theory of evolution to its ultimate conclusion. We’re supposedly evolving, becoming better and smarter with each generation. We’re going to get better and better until we have eliminated all of the problems of mankind.

The Bible doesn’t tell the story this way. The Bible tells us how God created Adam and Eve. Were Adam and Eve and their children “stone age” people? No, I don’t believe they were. Cain built a city. Tubal-Cain, 5 generations later, forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron, and his half-brother, Jubal, was the father of a group of musicians and instrument makers. After the Flood, 2 generations later, people were building boats to travel and spread out into their territories. They built great cities within a few generations of Noah. These “primitive people” built great structures we still marvel at today.

But we also see how quickly men will fall into sin. There was great sin in Noah’s day, and even after such an enormous judgment by God, the generations that came after quickly fell into sin again.

I don’t believe we can use technology to become immortal. As my son said when I told him about this, we haven’t even managed to create a computer that doesn’t crash. But God would have to stop us if we really tried to become immortal, because then we would have to live forever in our sinful state. What a scary thought.

I just heard the fascinating story of Dr. Carl Werner. Someone challenged him to prove evolution, when he was in college. He thought about it for a long time, trying to devise an experiment that could give evidence as to the truth of the theory of evolution. He finally figured out a way to perform such an experiment, and he and his wife traveled around the world interviewing scientists and visiting archeological dig sites. Somewhere along the way, Dr. Werner changed his mind; he started out believing that evolution was true and ended up believing in creation.

He has written two books on the subject and also has a DVD available.

On the page at New Leaf Press where you can find out about his book, you can also download 3 audio files where he talks about the project in more depth. Click on the “podcasts” buttons (though they’re really not podcasts in the sense that it’s not a regularly recurring episodic type of show, just three recordings you can download).

Christians are afraid to discuss the age of the earth. It’s worse than politics, and worse than the pre- or post-millennium controversy.

Photo of elephant

It’s the elephant in the room. Christians are, apparently, afraid to discuss the age of the earth in mixed company. “Mixed” being any group that might reasonably be assumed that to contain diverse views about the age of the earth.

Why are we so hesitant to discuss this? What are we afraid of?

Whatever we are worried about, the effect is this: our silence speaks volumes. Some of us know what we believe, and maybe even a big blow-up, smack-down argument couldn’t change that. But there are others who are on the fence. When we don’t speak, our silence tells them we really don’t know, or we surely don’t have any evidence to back up what we think we know.

This is such a shame, when we know scientific evidence exists. If we are not hesitant to share our faith with unbelievers, why are we hesitant to tell other believers the truth about the age of the earth when we believe it’s what the Bible says? And worse, how many will never understand this issue if those of us who are leaders in our churches and ministries keep quiet about the matter?

I’d like to keep this a family-friendly blog, but I have to warn you that the link in this post may be upsetting to children and even adults.

It’s two stories about the consequences of teaching and believing that we evolved. The end result of this reasoning is the conclusion that life is meaningless, and people who have been taught this and believe it often have thoughts of hopelessness that lead to suicidal ideas. The link takes you to two stories in one blog post. The first tells a story of someone who made a change in their thinking, and the other is more upsetting because it doesn’t have a happy ending.

We need to teach our children that they were created by a loving God who has a plan for their lives. Further, we need to innoculate them against the questions that will arise when they hear someone teach about evolution. Instead of ignoring the issue, teach them evidence for recent creation so they will have an answer to the specific questions that come up when these two worldviews crash into each other.

One way to help children make sense of history, and to fit the Bible events into the rest of history, is to have them make a timeline.

Here is a link to an article about how one person makes a timeline with his grandchildren. This is a great activity for homeschoolers, school vacation or for visiting grandchildren.

Unusual sandstone at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona (credit: BLM Photo)

Unusual sandstone at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona

I was fascinated by today’s picture at Bing so I did some research. Bing tells us that this was formed over 150 million years ago. But it’s just the kind of beautiful rock formation that gives us evidence the the Biblical account of the Great Flood is true.

Some scientists, and, apparently, the editors at Bing, will tell you that these kinds of rocks were formed by a little bit of water and a whole lot of time. But I believe the opposite is true, that they were formed by a whole lot of water and not nearly as much time. And God.

(Note: if you read this later than the day I posted it, you will see a different photo at Bing. Click on the arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo to go back and see photos from previous days. If you hover your mouse cursor over certain parts of the photo, little captions appear with links where you can learn more. Bing is a site that shows spectacular photos and lets you search the Internet, but you can’t trust their information to always agree with the Bible.)

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