The two most popular explanations for manís existence are; 1. We were created by an all-powerful God (creationism) and 2. Life was formed accidentally by an interaction of pre-existing elements (evolution). Evolutionists reject the idea of an all-powerful God because they say it is unscientific. Creationists, on the other hand, contend that belief in an all-powerful God is consistent with scientific principles.
We know that God exists even though we cannot see or touch Him? To illustrate my point consider radio waves. We believe they exist and we canít see or touch them. And we believe it because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. We turn on a television and we see and hear someone who is many miles away. Adjusting the antenna changes the quality of the picture. Disconnect the antenna, and there is no picture. Obviously the television is receiving the pictures and sound from the air. Thus we can know that radio waves exist even if we cannot see or touch them.
Similarly, we can know that God exists because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. . For instance, we can infer the following from the Second Law of Thermodynamics: (1) Natural processes always tend toward disorder, (2) the simple will never produce the complex and, (3) the universe is running down. Nothing has been observed to break this law. The Theory of Evolution would require us to believe that observable laws of nature are false. By the way, if the universe is running down (stars burning out), that would make the universe finite. Consequently, the elements that make up the universe could not have always been there. With time being eternal (there was always a yesterday and there will always be a tomorrow), all finite processes should have been completed in the past. This would be true no matter how far back in time that you went. So the cause of our existence is not natural. And yet we do exist. Therefore the cause of our existence must be supernatural. Our name for that supernatural cause is God. We think of this God as an intelligent being because there is logical detail in His creation.
Evolutionists reject the idea of a Creator because they claim that facts must be observable by the senses. Thus, this would exclude God. However, it would also exclude radio waves. As we saw earlier, radio waves are not observable by the senses - their effects are. Likewise, God is not observable by the senses, but His effects are. Thus we can know that God exists even if we cannot see or touch Him.
Despite the fact that evolution is represented as fact in many of our schools, actual evolution scientists will admit that it is nothing more than a theory. A way of explaining the world around us. When we examine the claims of these scientists a number of problems become evident. It is said that billions of years ago the elements which the universe is made up of were packed into a dense mass at an extremely high temperature. The mass exploded (the Big Bang) and over millions of years this mother of all chaotic events formed an orderly solar system with planets and stars. After our own planet cooled down, a variety of complex and delicately balanced ecosystems consisting of tens of thousands of species of land and sea animals, plants, and bacteria were formed by chance. All of this supposedly evolved from a burnt rock, which is all the earth would have been once it cooled down.
Of course all of this raises a question; if life could come into existence by chance chemical reactions, why canít the process be repeated in the laboratory with deliberate actions, millions of dollars and the brightest minds?
But what about the fossil record, isnít that evidence of evolution? I donít see how it could be. The fossil record presents a number of problems for the evolutionists. One of which is the absence of any transitional forms. Transitional forms are not important to evolution - transitional forms are evolution. No transitional forms means no evolution!
What is a transitional form? Imagine that you are watching a cartoon illustrate how a fish evolved into an amphibian. At the beginning you would see a fish. As the cartoon progresses, the fishís fins begin to shrink and change shape until they have formed legs. Each frame of the cartoon would be a transitional form. If evolution takes millions of years, then there should be billions of transitional forms for each evolved group. But we find no such thing in the fossil record. Even in the earliest fossil layers we find completed, complex life forms, such as clams, snails, jellyfish, sponges, worms, etc. No one has been able to find fossilized ancestors for a single one of them.
Another problem arises when we realize that even the so-called "simple" life forms are not really simple. Today we know that a cell is one of the most complex structures known to man. In a book titled "The Evidence for Creation" by Dr. G.S. McLean, Roger Oakland and Larry McLean, we find the following on page 113:
The cell has turned out to be a micro universe containing trillions of molecules. These molecules are the structural building blocks for countless complex structures performing chains of complex biochemical reactions with precisionÖ a single cell surrounded by a cellular membrane exhibits the same degree of complexity as a city with all of its systems of operation, communication and government. There are power plants that generate the cellís energy, factories that produce enzymes and hormones essential for life, complex transportation systems that guide specific chemicals from one location to another and membrane proteins that act as barricades controlling the import and export of materials across the cellular membrane.
In the nucleus of every cell is the DNA. DNA contains millions of bits of coded information Ė information necessary for the building and development of our bodies. The inner working of our DNA is highly complex. Is it not reasonable to conclude that something this complex had an intelligent designer?
Within the human body there are a number of irreducibly complex systems. That is, systems that would not function if they were any simpler. One example is our digestive system. Microvilli, which line the intestines, are microscopic bristles that somewhat resemble the bristles of a hairbrush. The spaces between the bristles are wide enough to allow nutrients to pass through to be absorbed and digested. However, the spaces are narrow enough to block the passage of bacteria, bacteria that would kill you if they were allowed to pass. This in itself refutes the theory of evolution, which contends that when a need presents itself, the body adapts by gradually changing (evolving) over millions of years. In this case millions of years would be too long. As soon as the deadly bacteria appeared, the body would have minutes to hours to design and evolve a system to block them. Failure to do so would result in immediate extinction. Our continued existence rules out evolution.
Some point to the alleged ape men as evidence of evolution. But no one has ever found a fossil that indicates a link between man and ape-like ancestors. Fossils are either pure ape or pure man. The skulls of the alleged ape men were not found intact. They were pieced together from fragments and given the desired look.
The only skull that was ever found intact is that of Neanderthal Man. Neanderthal man had been traditionally portrayed as being chimp-like. However, in recent years he has been upgraded to human status. He had, on average, a larger brain size than modern man. He cared for his sick and elderly, buried his dead, employed art and religious rites, appreciated agriculture, clothing, and music. He is not that different from a number of cultures existing in recent centuries.
Nebraska Man was supposed to be half man and half ape. This was all based on the finding of a single tooth. Years later it was found that the tooth belonged to a wild pig. Piltdown Man was also supposed to be a great evolutionary find. The upper part of a skull was found in a quarry. Within the same quarry there was found, among many other types of bones, a broken lower jawbone. The two were put together and we had Piltdown Man. Decades later it was found that the skull was human and the jawbone was that of an ape. The teeth had been filed down to simulate human teeth. Piltdown Man was a hoax, an outright fraud.
Some propose the idea of theistic evolution. The idea that God created everything in a primitive state and then evolution took over. But there are no laws of nature to support this. The Bible actually speaks to this very point: "I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being" (2 Maccabees 7:28).
Some proponents of evolution object to creationism being taught in public schools. They claim that this would inject religion into the study of science. This of course, is a false claim. Through the study of science we discover the truth about the world around us. If science points to the existence of a supreme being that isnít teaching religion. That is teaching science. Teaching religion would consist of telling us who the Supreme Being is or what He requires of us. Since creationism and evolution are the two most common explanations for the origins of man, why not teach them side by side and present the evidence for both? After all if creationism is a false idea as some contend, what better way of disproving it?
In the end we are left with two choices: Either everything was created by God out of nothing, or nothing created everything out of nothing. Which do you suppose is more likely?
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For Further Study
Early Church Fathers on Creation out
of Nothing and
Catholic Doctrine on Creation by Hugh Owen
Books - Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe by M. Behe, W. Dembski, S. Meyer and Who Designed the Designer? by Michael Augros and Censored Science: The Supressed Evidence by Bruce Malone and A Catholic Assessment of Evolution Theory by John W. Wynne
DVD - Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution
Website - The Kolbe Center
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