answers to questions


I want this blog to answer questions people have about creation and how the Biblical account can be supported by science.

What are your questions? Are there things you wonder about? Post a comment to this post telling me what your questions are, and I’ll try to answer them.

A note about the comments: I’ve set it up so that you have to get approved when you first post a comment. After that, you should be able to comment automatically, and I’ll leave it like that unless I get a lot of spam comments or people harassing and name calling. Don’t be put off by the approval process, it’s just an extra layer of protection to keep out the riffraff.

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.

Ouch. That would be a painful choice. There are so many good books about creation science. The books I own on the subject cover a couple of feet of bookshelf space, at least. But I want to tell you about the book that first started my interest in the subject.

It was originally called The Answers Book, when I first got it many years ago. The new version is called The New Answers Book and it’s supposed to be the most popular book on the subject. They now have a second volume with answers to even more questions. But the first one is the classic. It answers 27 common questions people have about creation science. Questions like Where did Cain get his wife? What really happened to the dinosaurs? Doesn’t carbon-14 dating prove the earth is old? and Couldn’t God have used evolution? You can read it online if you can’t wait to find out the answers to some of these questions.

I think it’s important that all Christians know these answers so they are prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks.

Students are often taught about some observable change in a population of animals, and told it’s an example of evolution. An example would be moths changing color based on the color of the trees they are sheltering on. The idea is that moths which are closer to the color of the tree trunk are less likely to be eaten by birds, so they are more likely to be the parents of the next moth generation. The next generation has more moths that are this safer color, because of genetics, and then soon most or all of the population has virtually changed color.

This is not the same as evolution.

Here’s why:

The moth example shows moths adapting to their environment. The genetic information for a full range of moth colors already exists in the moth’s genes. The moths don’t turn purple, they just shift to a shade that is within the range of colors already specified by the moth DNA.

Evolution, the way the theory explains it, is a different animal. Evolution calls for new genetic material to be introduced. A fish is born with legs, where all previous fish didn’t have DNA for legs, for example. This is not something that has been observed, either within living populations or in the fossil record.

We see examples of natural selection, which is a better term than micro-evolution, all the time, and it doesn’t contradict the Bible. The Bible says God created plants and animals “according to their kinds.” (Genesis 1:11, 21, and 24). No one knows for sure what “kinds” are, exactly. Science classifies living things according to groups: the largest groups are kingdoms, such as the plant and animal kingdoms; then there are phyla, classes, orders, families, genera and species. But these are artificial classifications, devised by man. Are “kinds” the same as “species” or not? We don’t really know.

In high school biology, I learned that species was defined as organisms that had the same characteristics and could produce fertile offspring. An example, to clarify, was given: a horse and a donkey can apparently have a baby, but the offspring won’t be fertile, so it’s not a new species. Dogs are all one species, because different breeds can still, well, breed.

But, again, these are artificial distinctions made by man. Where do you draw the line between two populations of moths who look the same but can’t interbreed because one lives in Europe and the other lives in America? They are isolated by geography, but they could interbreed if brought together. These are the kinds of questions biologists face, but God already knows the answer. He created the various kinds to reproduce after their kinds. That doesn’t mean all the grandbabies will be identical, but it does mean that an elephant momma won’t give birth to a baby zebra. And it does mean that a blond woman can give birth to a dark-haired child. The variation will be within the genetic differences for that kind. The baby will be the same kind as the momma. No new kind will arrive that has characteristics that are not in the genes of the parents.

This is the kind of distinction we need to explain to our children, so when someone teaches them that moths changing color is an example of evolution, they understand why it’s not true.

It’s always made me puzzled when I see kids from good Christian families grow up and leave the church. As a young parent, it scared me to see this, and I wondered, will this happen when my kids grow up? What can I do to stop it?

Recently, I think I have found the answer to this. Ken Ham has written a book about it, and today I read an article at the ICR website that has a similar conclusion: as a church, we are not teaching our kids to defend their faith against the attacks that will come from our humanistic society.

Here is an example of a question my younger son posed to me at the time of the second Ice Age movie: “Did the Ice Age happen before or after Noah’s Flood?” Fortunately for him, I was, at the time, reading Frozen in Time by Michael Oard, which you can read online, so I knew the answer.

This is the kind of specific knowledge we are not teaching to our children. What do they think when they go to school and are taught that dinosaurs became extinct millions of years before humans evolved? Do they even know that dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible? Do they have any idea how the timeline of history they are being taught in school fits in with the Bible stories they are being taught in Sunday school? If someone asked them, “Where did Cain get his wife?” would they know the answer?

I created this blog to do my part to change this situation. To provide parents and those who teach our kids with answers to specific questions and specific scientific information that does not contradict the Bible and helps us make sense of some of these confusing questions.

I welcome your comments. Right now I have it set up that the first time you comment, the post will be held till I approve it. After that, you’ll be able to post right away, and I’ll leave it like that unless I have trouble with anyone who can’t be civil. I don’t mind if you disagree with me, but please do so in a polite manner. Point out an error, rather than calling me names. And keep it family-friendly, kids may be visiting this site as well as adults.

I’m open to suggestions on topics you want to know more about, or where to find more information.