Why I Do Not Believe in Evolution (part 1)

WHY I DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION (PART 1)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

INTRODUCTION-  IT IS TIME FOR OUR CHILDREN TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL  

I FELT TO TEACH ON THIS SUBJECT BECAUSE EVOLUTION IS BEING TAUGHT TODAY IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AS A FACT RATHER THAN A THEORY.  THERE IS NO FACT OF EVOLUTION.  IT REMAINS VERY MUCH A THEORY THAT MANY SCIENTISTS CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT.  THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON THE BIBLE AND ON THEIR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.  THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION STATES THAT WE ARE A COSMIC ACCIDENT.  WE WERE UNPLANNED AND WITHOUT PURPOSE.  AS OF 2011 OVER 700 SCIENTISTS HAVE SIGNED A PAPER “A SCIENTIFIC DISSENT FROM DARWINISM”.  THIS DOCUMENT DECLARES THAT THEY “ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE CLAIMS OF RANDOM MUTATION AND NATURAL SELECTION TO ACCOUNT FOR THE COMPLEXITY OF LIFE.” I HAVE PRINTED OUT A COPY OF THIS PAPER.  IT IS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLES IN THE BACK.  THERE ARE MANY SCIENTISTS AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS WHO NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION PROVIDES A VIABLE EXPLANATION OF THE COMPLEXITY OF LIFE HERE ON EARTH.  “THE CASE FOR A CREATOR” BY LEE STROBEL, Pg 31.  (TEXT: PSALM 19:1-42)

1.  THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION CLAIMS THAT ALL LIVING THINGS (PLANTS & ANIMALS) DESCENDED FROM EARLIER, SIMPLER FORMS OF LIFE.  WHICH IN TURN DESCENDED FROM EARLIER LIVING THINGS ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE EARLIEST PRIMITIVE ORGANISM WHICH SPRANG INTO EXISTENCE FROM THE INTER-PLAY OF NATURAL FORCES AND NATURAL ELEMENTS TO CREATE THE VERY FIRST LIVING THING.  THIS IS CALLED DESCENT WITH MODIFICATION.  THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE ARENAS OF APPLIED EVOLUTIONARY THEORY:

 MICRO EVOLUTION – EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES WITHIN SPECIES, I.E. SELECTIVE BREEDING TO ENCOURAGE CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS. THIS IS HOW DIFFERENT BREEDS OF DOGS CAME ABOUT, BUT THEY ARE STILL DOGS.

•  MACRO EVOLUTION – EVOLUTION AS DEFINED ABOVE: MORE COMPLEX AND SPECIALIZED FORMS OF LIFE ARISING FROM SIMPLER FORMS OF LIFE, EVENTUALLY CREATING NEW SPECIES ALONG THE WAY.

2.  DARWINISM TEACHES MUTATION (DEFECTIVE GENES) COUPLED WITH NATURAL SELECTION (SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST) IS THE PROBABLE ENGINE OF EVOLUTION.  THE PRESUPPOSITION IS THAT DEFECTIVE GENES SOMETIMES MAKES AN ORGANISM STRONGER OR MORE FIT TO SURVIVE;  THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS IN FACT THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT DEFECTIVE GENES MAKES THE ORGANISM LESS APT TO SURVIVE.  (Mutation is an unexpected and random change in a cell, produced by the penetration of the cell by radiation, mutagenic chemical or other disorganizing agent. Mutations produce change, but not improvements)                                               Evolutionists believe that MOST mutations are harmful while others believe they are ALL harmful or neutral.  Evolutionists must claim that some mutations are helpful because basically, all evolution rests upon that premise.

3.  CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE SUPPORTING EVOLUTION INCLUDES SOMETHING CALLED SUCCESSION – GEOLOGIST STUDYING ROCK LAYERS IN THE EARTH ATTEMPT TO RECONSTRUCT WHAT WAS LIVING ON THE EARTH IN ANCIENT TIMES UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT THESE LAYERS WERE BUILT UP OVER TIME AND THAT AS YOU GO FROM THE UPPER LAYERS TO THE OLDER LAYERS YOU HAVE A RECORD OF LIVING THINGS GOING BACK IN TIME.

•  EMBEDDED IN THE ROCK ARE COUNTLESS MILLIONS OF FOSSILS, ETCHINGS WITHIN THE ROCKS OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS THAT LIVED LONG AGO.

•  THE OLDEST OF ROCKS CONTAIN NOTHING BUT THE REMAINS OF THE SIMPLEST OF LIFE FORMS: WORMS, SNAILS AND ALGAE, ETC.

•  AS YOU GO FORWARD IN TIME TO THE UPPER LAYERS OF ROCK, YOU BEGIN TO FIND EVIDENCE OF MORE COMPLEX ANIMALS HAVING LIVED IN THESE TIMES.

•  SUCCESSION IS NOT THE SAME AS EVOLUTION NOR DOES IT NECESSARILY IMPLY EVOLUTION.  (THERE IS AN AMAZING CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN WHAT IS BEING FOUND IN THE FOSSIL RECORD AND THE ORDER OF CREATION GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS.  I WONDER HOW MOSES GOT SO SMART!)

4.  IN OPPOSITION WITH THE THEORY EVOLUTION IS THE THEORY OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN-  THIS THEORY SAYS THAT OUR UNIVERSE, OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, OUR EARTH AND ALL LIVING THINGS ON THE EARTH ARE IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN.  WE CALL THAT INTELLIGENT DESIGNER GOD.  (ANALOGY OF WALKING INTO A FOREST AND FINDING A WATCH, LYING ON A FALLEN TREE.  YOU WOULD CONCLUDE THAT SOMEONE HAD BEEN THERE AND SOMEONE HAD DESIGNED THAT WATCH.) CAUTION: YOU CAN BELIEVE IN INTELLIGENT DESIGN WITHOUT BELIEVING IN A PERSONAL GOD OR HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.

5.  THERE ARE MANY UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION & DARWINISM CAUSING MANY SCIENTISTS TO CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE GOD’S WORD.

A.  THE PROBLEM OF THE BEGINNINGS OF LIFE IS THAT THE SIMPLEST FORMS OF LIFE IS THAT IT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE.  FOR EVEN THE SIMPLEST FORMS OF LIFE TO BE SUSTAINED THEY GENERALLY ARE ABLE ERALLY BE ABLE TO:

•  EAT-  THAT FIND, SELECT, TAKE IN AND DIGEST FOOD IN SOME MANNER.

•  LOCOMOTION-  MOST MOVE ABOUT SEARCHING FOR FOOD AND HABITAT OR DETECT WHEN FOOD IS AVAILABLE TO THEM.

•  SENSORY PERCEPTION-   MOST HAVE A FORM OF EYES AND EARS OR AT LEAST THE ABILITY TO DETECT LIGHT AND SOUND OR VIBRATIONS AND TO INTERACT WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT

•  REPRODUCTION-  ALL ARE SEXUAL CREATURES OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER HAVING THE AMAZING ABILITY TO REPRODUCE OR PROCREATE AFTER THEIR OWN KIND.

     B.  SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS AND GENETISTS HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO USE WHAT THEY CALL THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE, AMINO ACIDS, HYDRO CARBONS TO PRODUCE A SINGLE LIVING CELL, EVEN UNDER IDEAL LABORATORY CONDITIONS, LET ALONE A CELL OR ORGANISM THAT CAN EAT, MOVE, INTERACT WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT AND REPRODUCE ITSELF.  PRODUCING A CLONE OR A GENETIC DUPLICATE OR USING STEM CELLS TO GENETICALLY ENGINEER A BODY PART IS INFINITELY EASIER THAN PRODUCING LIFE FROM SCRATCH-  WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO PRODUCING LIFE FROM SCRATCH!

C.  THE LACK OF TRANSITIONAL FORMS IN THE FOSSIL RECORD.  HUGE FOSSIL BEDS HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT THEY FOR THE MOST PART ARE FINDING FOR THE MOST PART, THE SAME FOSSILS OVER AND OVER.  THEY ARE NOT FINDING THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TRANSITIONAL FORMS OF LIFE SHOWING CONTINUUM BETWEEN THE EARLIEST FORMS OF LIFE AND HUMAN BEINGS.  IF EVOLUTION IS TRUE WE HAVE NOT DISCOVERED EVEN 1% OF THE FOSSILS THAT SHOULD BE OUT.  THE MANY, MANY MISSING LINKS ARE STILL MISSING!

D.  NO SINGLE MUTATED GENE HAS EVER BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE A SPECIES.  IT HAS ALSO BEEN SHOWN THAT A MUTATED GENE IS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT CORRECTED IN THE NEXT GENERATION. (A MUTATED GENE IS ONE THAT WAS NOT COPIED CORRECTLY AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION.)

E.  INFORMATION VS MATTER-  THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION’S SAYS THAT EVERY LIVING THING EVOLVED FROM MATTER, INCLUDING CHEMICALS.  WHERE DID THE INFORMATION IN THE FIRST DNA OF LIVING THINGS COME FROM?  THE INFORMATION IN THE DNA DID NOT ARISE OUT OF THE LIVING MATTER, JUST AS THE INFORMATION IN A BOOK DID NOT COME FROM THE BOOK, JUST AS BEETHOVEN’S 5TH SYMPHONY IS NOT THE SAME AS THE SHEETS OF MUSIC IT IS WRITTEN ON OR THE CD ON WHICH IT HAS BEEN RECORDED?  THE DNA IS THE LANGUAGE AND INSTRUCTIONS THAT DETERMINE AND MANAGE THE FUNCTION EACH OF THE 100 BILLION CELLS OF THE BODY.

6.  YOU MAY ASK “WHAT DOES THAT MATTER?”  YOU CANNOT BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF THE BIBLE OR SCRIPTURE AND BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION.  BOTH O.T. AND N.T. REFERS TO THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION.  WHICH BEGINS “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (GEN 1:1)

•  Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (NIV)

•  Psa 33:6; 8,9  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (NIV)

•  Jer 10:12   But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (NIV)

•  Joh 1:1- 3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

•  Col 1:15,16  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.16  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

•  Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

•  Rev 4:10-11  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

•  Rev 10:5-7  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

7.  JESUS CLEARLY BELIEVED THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION AND UNDERSTOOD THE IMPLICATIONS OF NOT BELIEVING THE GENESIS ACCOUNT

•  Mat 19:4  “Haven’t you read,” “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’

•  Joh 5:46  If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

CONCLUSION-  Chemist and five time Nobel nominee, Henry “Fritz” Schaefer of the University of Georgia, commented on the need to encourage debate on Darwin’s theory of evolution. “Some defenders of Darwinism,” says Schaefer, “embrace standards of evidence for evolution that as scientists they would never accept in other circumstances.” Schaefer was on the roster of signers of the statement, termed “A Scientific Dissent on Darwinism.”  On a personal level the primary evidence that testifies against darwinism and evolution is that we see the beauty and complexity of God’s creation, but THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.  THIS EVIDENCE SHOULD LEAD US TO BELIEVE AND HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SON, JESUS   WHEN HIS SPIRIT LIVES WITHIN US WE BECOME LIVING WITNESSES OF GOD’S TRUTH, SPIRITUALLY RESTORED TO HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS.  NEXT WEEK IN PART 2 OF THIS SERIES WE WILL CONSIDER THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION – EVOLUTION…they are huge.  our children and grandchildren need to know the truth.  1Peter 3:15    But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

•  Psa 19:1  For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

•  Rom 1:18  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

      •  Genesis 1.1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

•  Genesis 1.5  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”  14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years

5 And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
8 And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day.
13 And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day.
23 And there was evening, and there was morning-the fifth day.
31 And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.

•  Genesis 1.11  Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

•  Genesis 1.26  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

• Genesis 3.20  Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

•  Genesis 7.11  On that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. 21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

•   Genesis 9.8  Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you-the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you-every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

•  Exodus 20.11  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

•  Psalm 33.6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

•  Jeremiah 10.12  But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

•  Matthew 19.4  “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh‘?”

•  Matthew 22.29  Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”

•  Luke 3.23  Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph…36 the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech…38 the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh,  the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

•  Luke 11.50  Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary.

•  Luke 17.26  “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”

•  John 1.3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

•  John 3.12  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

•  John 5.46  If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?

•  Acts 14.15  “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

•  Romans 5.12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

•  1Corinthians 15.21  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth

• Colossians 1.15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

•  1Timothy 2.13  For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

•  Hebrews 11.3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

•  Revelation 10.5  Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it

•  Isa 40:28  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

     •  Rev 4:8-11  Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

•  Eph 3:9-14  and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

 

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