Evolution

Evolution

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The Bible opens with this simple yet profound statement. It sets the scene for the whole of human history. The explanation of how everything came to be is found in this verse and this chapter. Yet what is taught in schools, colleges and universities to young people these days is a far cry from this truth.

Be it in schools, colleges, universities or TV documentaries about science and nature, this generation is bombarded with the message of evolution. We are taught that this earth and universe came into being after the ‘big bang’ and that every living thing we see around us evolved from a ‘common ancestor’ billions years ago. The very idea that there is a God who created the universe and created man in His image is scoffed at. Christians are made out to be fools, believing some ancient ‘fairy tale’. This is the opposite of what the Bible says:

Psalm 53:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good..

According to this verse, the fools are not the ones who believe the Bible when it says God created the heavens and the earth. The fools are the ones who have said that there is no God. In our society of militant atheism and humanism, there are many people who say this in their hearts and speak it out. They are trying to corrupt our youth into believing the lie that everything created itself and science has ruled out the need for God. If God can be written out of the explanation for how everything came to be, then he can be written out of every area of our lives. We no longer feel personally accountable to him, and so we live our lives accordingly by our own moral standard rather than by God’s.

Throughout the Bible we find reference to the Lord creating us, the world and universe that we see around us. The Bible says:

Psalm 19:1-2 - The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

Psalm 33:6-9By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Isaiah 45:18 - For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life; and the life was the light of men.And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Colossians 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

The complexity of creation shows that there must have been a creator. Have you seen a simple watch? Look at the mechanism inside. Each part has a use, and without even one component the whole watch becomes useless. So then if you found a watch one day, would you assume that it had come together by chance over millions or billions of years? Or would you think that it must have had a creator, someone who designed it and put it together in an intelligent way?

Now look at the human body, which is infinitely more complex than a watch. George Gallup, the famous statistician once said, “I could prove God statistically; take the human body alone, the chances that all of the functions on an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”

The New Atheism

The new atheism in our society is pervading every area of our lives. It aims to remove God and any semblance of him from public view and public life. It uses the law to try to silence Christians and believes that science is the final answer, with man the creator of his own destiny. All of this stems from the belief in evolution, that no God is needed to explain how we got here. Our new God is ourselves – everyone out to please themselves, have a good time without worrying about who gets hurt. The ‘law’ that these people promote is ‘if it feels good, do it’.

This is contrary to the Bible, contrary to the truth. In our generation, even against ridicule, we need to stand up for the truth. We cannot deny our belief in our Creator God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:20-23 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

This passage from Romans sounds like it was written about the world and society we currently live in. We must stand firm, with Jesus as our rock. Put on the armour of God and fight against the atheistic and humanist philosophies of this world. It all comes back to the first few words in the Bible – ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He spoke the first word, and He will have the final say.

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  1. Phillip Greensmith

    Here is why people believe in evolution.

    Some people believe in it because they blindly believe what atheistic scientists say, and the media don’t help. They only show evidence for Evolution when there is as much evidence for Creation.

    There are many that believe in Evolution not because it is true, but rather because they want it to be true, because if it isn’t, then there must be a creator to whom they are accountable, and they don’t want to be held accountable.

    John 3:19,20 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

    To those who believe in Evolution the Sovereign Lord would say

    “4“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
    5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
    6 On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone —
    7 while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

    21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
    You have lived so many years!” Job 38:4-7,21

    Phillip Greensmith

    1. ptgreensmith

      Amen! I fully agree with you.

      1. JH

        Tell me you didn’t just amen your own post.

        1. Peter Greensmith

          No, my dad posted something and I said Amen to that.

          Pete

    2. Colin

      Hi Phillip, was just wondering what evidence for Creation you were referencing in your initial post? Thanks.

      1. Phillip Greensmith

        For evidence of creation you can visit these websites

        http://www.creationresearch.net

        http://www.creationevidence.org

        http://www.evolutionofacreationist.com

  2. Gwen J

    A theory is just an explanation for how something could happen. Many people talk about the theory of evolution as though it were proven as the truth. And, as you say, Phillip, people would rather believe the theory of evolution than the truth of creation. Brainwashed and blinkered by the media and education. When the National Curriculum was introduced in Britain in the late 80s, little did we realise that it would do away with inspirational teachers who taught the truth to the next generation, and turn out a breed of brainwashed sheep. Oh! don’t get me started! For those at school and college: think for yourself, ask your teachers pointed questions, don’t blindly accept anything, develop the ability to think and debate logically.

    1. Jack

      You are confusing “theory” with “hypothesis”.

      1. Peter Greensmith

        The scientific definition of a theory is, ‘a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment’.

        We don’t believe that evolution is based on a body of facts, nor do we believe that it has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.

  3. JH

    Brilliant, science is (to the Christian) the study of God’s creation. Study of this creation reveals evolution, and some Christians (idolising, as they do, a book over God’s direct creation) deny it with ignorance and dishonesty like that written above.

    1. Peter Greensmith

      Where did you get the idea that the study of creation reveals evolution?

      I have studied creation and it has revealed to me just how amazing and awesome God is. When I look at the beauty and complexity of things, it inspires in me an awe for the power and majesty of the one who created them. Even a single cell is as beautiful as it is complex, let alone this world and universe that we live in.

      1. JH

        Because that’s what scientists do and that’s what science reveals. There is no other honest conclusion. I’ve never understood why a Christian would deny God’s creation, other than, as I mentioned earlier, the idolisation of their book.

        1. Peter Greensmith

          Christians aren’t denying God’s creation at all. It is atheists and evolutionists who are! As the article says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ To deny that is to deny God’s creation.

          1. JH

            Well no you’re right most aren’t. But the study of God’s creation reveals evolution, and this is denied by a minority of Christians. So why deny God’s method?

    2. daleyboy

      Your statement : “idolising, as they do, a book over God’s direct creation”

      Does this mean that you do not believe God’s Word is sufficient ??

      Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word from God”

      Christians (real ones that is) Love the Word of God and would not make a flippent remark like the one you did regarding the Bible.

      I appologise if there was a misunderstanding and look froward to your response.

      dale

    3. John Allman

      @JH

      I understand what you’re saying, even if others don’t. There is a risk, though, that when you mention “evolution”, what you are referring to is not the same as your readers here are thinking about.

      Micro-evolution is (I’m told) observed by biologists, including even rather subtle speciation events, for example homoploid hybridisation in sparrows.

      This, I could tell very quickly ojn my first visit here today, is a rather fundamentalist website, home to people of faith who derive benefit from believing what they read in the bible. You are unlikely to find here much credence placed in the courageous extrapolation from such observable micro-evolution that might or might not have occurred as a result of natural selection, to the article of faith of a completely different demographic, that teaches (for example) that a man is distantly related to the carrot on his dinner plate, through an unknown common ancestor postulated to have lived and died many millions of years before the creation of life on an empty planet spoken of in Genesis, including Adam and Eve. Perhaps that’s why you gave up posting here, if that is what you believe too.

      John

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  4. Andrew

    If you read Genesis God did not use evolution to create the world. Evolution is a naturalistic pagan religion passed of as science and lacks even the evidence to call it a theory. Both “Creation Ministries” and “Answers in Genesis” web sites have PhD scientists who expose the evolution philosophy for what it really is explain with real science the utter impossibility for it occur, not that we should need it of course as we should believe God not fallen men. How could God call his creation very good if there was millions of years of death and decay before man came along. It was Adam and Eve’s sin that bought death and decay into the world, before that nothing died as the wages of sin is death and there was no sin when Adam and Eve walked with God in paradise. I know it’s hard as we have conditioned from birth to believe this lie from Satan and it’s a real shame that so many christians have compromised the word of God by believing in theistic evolution.

    1. Colin

      Andrew, there is mounds of evidence in favour of evolution. Whereas the evidence of Creation is thin at best.

      1. Peter Greensmith

        I don’t agree. When I was younger I wanted to believe in evolution. I tried and tried to believe it. I read many books on the subject from differing points of view. Yet I came to the profound conclusion that there has to be a God. There is no other explanation for how everything came to be that sounds even remotely plausable.

  5. daleyboy

    JH…..God did not use the process of evolution (the strong taking advantage of the weak and the weak dying out) to create mankind.

    A simple study of the Word of God and you can see this, where we read :

    Gen 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

    When God created us He said that it was “very good” there were no imperfections let alone a process for us to evolve to this state we are in now.

    Also, death came into the world through the sin of Adam :

    Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

    This contradicts the idea that God used the process of evolution (the strong taking advantage of the weak and the weak dying out) to create mankind because there was no death until Adam sinned.

    I hope this helps

  6. Victor Meyer

    Recombination and loss of genetic information cannot account for completely new kinds of life forms to arise as Darwin and the New Atheists would have us believe. Natural selection, as the term suggests, must have an existing gene pool to select from (refuting all evolutionary notions of first origins). Genes code for certain characteristics. New traits can arise (e.g., longer, shorter, or no appendages), but not completely different ones to what the DNA code already allows for and, be fully functional. DNA is an organism’s building plan with built-in editing tools. New information cannot be gained but altered or even lost between generational transfers. The Darwinian type of evolution across taxa (macroevolution) is highly unlikely, falsely suggesting descent of a “modern” and more complex creature from an ancestrally impoverished one, or worse, a supposed progression of prokaryotes to eukaryotes (RNA -> DNA). This line of thinking is not only irrational and dogmatic, but essentially unscientific and ought to be challenged. Evolution is improbable (not to be confused with microevolution or variation). Devolution, however, is evidentially probable!

  7. Phillip Greensmith

    The following are two item from my website; http://www.goldengemsofgrace.com
    Although it is not a scientic website, I have included some scientific pages.

    Phillip Greensmith

    Item one: Evolution Is Not Possible!

    The theory of Evolution is only a theory and not a proven fact as many people believe it to be. For any theory to be true it cannot break any known scientific law. The theory of Evolution breaks a number of these, listed below:

    • The Law of Biogenesis.

    • The First Law of Thermodynamics.

    • The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

    • The Law of Gravity.

    • The Law Inertia.

    The Law of Biogenesis

    The Law of Biogenesis states that only living matter can produce living matter. If evolution were true then living matter would have to come from dead matter, and this cannot happen according to this scientific law.

    The First Law of Thermodynamics

    This law states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. For evolution to be true then energy would have to have been created and this is not possible.

    The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that everything decays. Everything goes from the complex to the disorderly. Let me ask you honestly, have you every seen anything left to itself improve. If you left a rotting apple for a couple of weeks, do you think the next time you see it that it will have improved, or would it have rotted even more? You know of course what the answer is to that question. It’s the same with all things in the entire universe. Everything is running down, and not the opposite.

    The Law of Gravity

    The Law of Gravity would prevent the Big Bang from occurring. Some scientists believe the Big Bang exploded from something smaller then an atom. Now just image the entire gravitational forces of the entire universe packed into something smaller than an atom. You would have an infinite mass and an infinite mass would give you and infinitely strong gravitational force. Even if it did manage to explode, gravity would make all of the matter fall back in on itself. Remember here we are talking about something infinitely more dense than a black hole from which even light can’t escape.

    The Law of Inertia

    Most planets orbit and rotate in a counter-clockwise direction but this is not the case with all. There are moons orbiting one of the gas giant planets in a clockwise direction. Venus rotates in a West to East and not East to West as most planets do.

    How did life form?

    Life can’t start in Oxygen because, amino acids will not bond into protein in the presence of oxygen.

    Life can’t start without Oxygen, because if there is no oxygen, then there is no ozone layer, and even if life could have started it would very soon be burn up because of ultra violet rays.

    Life can’t start in Water because water breaks proteins down.

    So how could life have started without a creator?

    The only real answer is:-

    ‘In the beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth’! Genesis 1:1

    Just like the Bible says

    http://www.goldengemsofgrace.com copyright 2011 Phillip Greensmith

    Item two: Why The Big Bang Is Impossible!

    The Big Bang could not have happened because it goes against the laws of physics. If you think about it, you have absolutely nothing and then it explodes into something. If I had thought up that idea, you would think I was potty, and rightly so. But if a scientist suggests it, then it is accepted, after all they should know, shouldn’t they? When you think about it, if you have nothing, then you have nothing, and it is absolutely impossible for something to come from nothing. We need to remember that scientists are just men, and men do not know everything.
    Now I want to stop right here and say that I’m not writing this to pull down science or scientists, there are, and have been, many great men of science. They have attributed much helpful scientific knowledge and many great scientific inventions. Neither am I saying anything that contradicts scientific fact. I believe the scientific facts, but when it comes to the origin of things we are not dealing with science fact, but rather scientific theory, and there is a lot of guesswork involved.
    There are those who would say, well the Big Bang didn’t come from absolutely nothing, but the whole universe was packed into something smaller than an atom, and it was this that exploded. Well this may sound plausible on the surface, but even this could not have exploded into the universe that we know today. You may be asking “what makes you say that”? Well let’s have a look again at the laws of physics. In this theory of the Big Bang we have the whole universe very densely packed together. Now just image the entire gravitational forces of the entire universe packed into something smaller than a atom. You would have an infinite mass and an infinite mass would give you and infinitely strong gravitational force. Even if the Big Bang could have happened the gravitational pull would have been so great, that the matter from the explosion would not have been able to escape the gravitational pull and it would have therefore fallen back in on itself. Remember its gravitational pull would have been many times greater than that of a black hole from which not even light can escape.
    When you think about it, when has any explosion ever created order? No, an explosion always without fail causes disorder!
    The universe is very complex and orderly. The Earth is 93.000,000 miles or 150,000,000 kilometres from the Sun. If it were a few miles closer it would be too hot to sustain life. If it were a few miles further away, it would be too cold to sustain life. The Moon is the correct distance from the Earth to affect to tides. If it were too close then the effects on the tides would be too strong. The Earth has a magnetic field which shelters us from the deadly radiation of the Sun. It has an ozone layer to protect us from too much ultra violet light. We see design everywhere we look and we live in an orderly universe. The only real answer to the origins to the universe is the one found in the first verse of the Bible.
    If you really believe that a big bang created an orderly universe from nothing, then I take my hat off
    to you, because it takes far more faith to believe that than it does to believe that ‘In The Beginning God Created’. We need to remember that there was no-one there at the beginning to see it happen so it is all guesswork. But you say, “you were not there either”, that’s absolutely right I wasn’t, but I know that the one who was, and He cannot lie. He says ‘In The Beginning God Created’ and since He doesn’t lie and He was the only one who was there, then it makes the good sense to believe Him!

    ‘In The Beginning God Created the heavens and the Earth…’ Genesis 1:1

    http://www.goldengemsofgrace.com copyright 2011 Phillip Greensmith

    1. Colin

      You, knowingly or unknowingly, raised the issue of the First Cause “you have absolutely nothing and then it explodes into something. If I had thought up that idea, you would think I was potty, and rightly so.”.
      How does God circumvent this dilemma?

      1. Peter Greensmith

        God is the first cause. The question of who created/caused the creator is a moot question, because you cannot go back beyond the first cause. He is the eternal self-existing one.

      2. Phillip Greensmith

        Dear Colin

        You have already answered your own question. God is the first cause and because He is eternal He has always been and He always will be. There has never been absolute nothing because God has always been there. In the beginning there was absolutely nothing except for God. He just spoke the word and nothing became something. Scientifically absolutely nothing CANNOT suddenly explode into something, because there is nothing there in the first place to explode. The first four words in the Bible are ‘In the beginning God’! He was the only one there, and so He is the only One who knows what happened! God is God and He can do anything He likes, He can make something out of nothing, and when you think about it this is the only answer because it is impossible for this to happen by itself.

  8. Andrew

    Aah, the old watch analogy. Of course a watch found by the wayside would have creator – a watchmaker. And in the same way, life on Earth has too. We call that creator ‘evolution’; the ‘blind watchmaker’ of Richard Dawkins’s book of the same name. (Don’t bother reading it, it will expand your mind too much, showing how many of those wondrous things Philip writes about really came to be).

    We may not know everything yet – perhaps we never will – but that doesn’t mean your God must’ve done it. He is not the default setting for everything, even if a book written by ancient, pre-scientific tribesmen and religious fanatics claims he is.

    1. Stephen

      So how did the tuft on the head of the tufted duck come to be?

      1. Phillip Greensmith

        The answer is very simple, that is the way God made them.

    2. Andrew

      “We may not know everything yet – perhaps we never will – but that doesn’t mean your God must’ve done it. He is not the default setting for everything, even if a book written by ancient, pre-scientific tribesmen and religious fanatics claims he is”
      Your logic is appalling, you admit you don’t know everything but then deny that God could be the creator? You have already made a pre-supposition regardless of truth. Like Richard Dawkins you have left real science behind and gone into the realms of atheistic fanaticism and material mysticism.

    3. Phillip Greensmith

      Absolutely nothing CANNOT explode into something, because there is nothing there in the first place to explode. It is a scientific impossibility, so there has to be a creator. As to admitting not knowing everything, let me ask you this there anyone who knows everything? I do know, however, that there is a God because I have had a dynamic experience with God and I don’t say this piously. You can read my story by clicking on this link. http://www.goldengemsofgrace.com/page28.html

    4. will brooks

      Hello Andrew,

      Bill Gates is a man who knows a thing or too about computers, I think you’ll agree? And Bill said that the specified coding in DNA is far, far more complex that any software application ever written.

      LIfe is more than just matter. Life requires information. So, please explain HOW the first so-called simple prokaryotic cells – which are more complex than a Boeing 747 – formed from undirected chemicals with the highly complex coding required.

      Thank you

      Will

  9. Simon T

    It is somewhat disingenuous to equate evolution with atheism, there are many scientists who are christian and have no problem accepting evolution theory (look up Robert T Bakker, or Ken Miller as a couple of good examples). Likewise, the majority of christians have no problem accepting evolution theory as to the best explanations of our origins. They simply take the book of genesis to be allegorical, not literal.

    Jesus himself spoke in parable and metephor, so why is it so hard to accept the bible as parable and metaphor?

    One thing that is obvious from the original article and from the replies here, no one has actually bothered to study what evolution, abiogenesis or the big bang actually is, outside of those creationist propaganda websites, who by their own admission have stated that when facts go against their beleifs, then the facts have to be refuted.

    I mean, “the watchmaker” argument? Really? How many times has Dawkins refuted that argument? Yet it is still trotted out here as some sort of “wisdom”!

    The fact that no one here really seems to know what the word “theory” actually means in the proper scientific sense of the word, only further proves that they are displaying an overwhelming level of ignorance on the very subject they claim to speak on authority from.

    I am not attempting to argue against the existence of god, but rather that if god exists then it must be he who constructed the fossil record, genetics and all the other pieces of evidence that point to us all sharing a common ancestor.

    1. Peter Greensmith

      Whilst I am aware that there is a sizeable number of people who call themselves Christians and believe that God used evolution to create everything, I don’t believe that this is how he did it. We believe that what is written in the Bible is true and correct. The Bible differentiates between parable, metaphor and the literal. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ is obviously meant to be taken literal. If that is the case, then we can’t take the stance that the first verses of Genesis 1 were meant to be taken literally and the rest aren’t.

      Evolution is the theory that over time there are gradual changes within a species as a result of natural selection. This in turn leads to the development of new species. What may surprise you based on your assumption is that I have studied extensively on this subject and read many different sources (including those written by atheists). This article is a short summary, therefore doesn’t go into as much detail as it could.

      I don’t believe that the argument of irreducible complexity has been successfully refuted.

      The scientific definition of a theory is, ‘a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment’. However, I would contend that evolution is not based on a body of facts and has not been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.

      Whereas you look at the evidence and say that it points to us all having a common ancestor, we look at the evidence and say it points to us all having a common creator.

      May God bless you.

  10. Stephen Hayes

    I have read Dawkins’ Blind Watchmaker, its an insult to the intelligence. He emphatically has not refuted the ‘watchmaker’ argument.
    Theistic evolution makes as much sense as gay Christianity or honouring Muhammad as a true prophet, such madness is killing the church. I have just posted an essay on this at http://www.questiondarwin.com.
    Darwin has been abundantly falsified but men hold on to the comforting lie of evolution as they prefer darkness to light and will not accept a creator as with the creator comes the lawgiver and judge.

  11. Phillip Greensmith

    Here is an answer as to what the fossil record is. Please click on this link to view: http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/

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