This book is a condensation and simplification of more than thirty years of studies that moved me from unquestioning belief in Darwinian evolution to undoubting trust in the special six-day creation by God as presented in the biblical account.
It is my conviction that a simple discussion of the major questions in the creation/evolution controversy is needed for those men and women who have little or no background in science. Thus, I have attempted to address pertinent issues as simply as possible—fully recognizing that those who have studied intensively in specialized areas of science may accuse this book of being too simplistic.
The book touches on the evolution of a creationist (me), but emphasizes the inherent conflicts between evolutionary theory and the Bible. This work is a compilation of thoughts and writings that God used to change my belief system, my worldview.
It is my conviction that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are God’s inspired, infallible, inerrant Word. The Bible is to be interpreted in the normal, historical, grammatical, literal fashion. Yes, the Bible uses figures of speech, but they are evident when used. The King James Version of the Bible is quoted throughout because of its universal acceptance. Some of you may not be familiar with King James English. In the quoted Scriptures you will notice pronouns referring to God are not capitalized and certain punctuations and capitalized words seem out of place. This is the way things were done in King James English (unless I have made a mistake in the transcript).
When I use the term “evolution,” I am referring to the idea that after the “Big Bang” and after the earth was supposedly formed (by an accidental, mindless, totally random chance process), it took millions of years to produce organic molecules and then many more millions of years of evolutionary processes (mutations and natural selection) to produce people (the molecules-to-life-to-man theory, also called macroevolution).
For those of you who read with extreme concentration, never missing a word or a thought, please overlook the repetitions. Some of us need repetition so that we can better understand a concept. Others of us do not have the time to read a book in one sitting. Therefore, I have purposely repeated certain things throughout the book for reinforcement.
When speaking about origins (Where did I come from?), we are dealing with a system of faith. It may be faith in eternal God or faith in eternal matter/energy. This book will attempt to help the reader discern which system of thought about our beginnings he or she believes. Is it the impersonal, plus chance, plus billions of years? Or is there an infinite Creator/Designer capable of creating the universe and all it contains in six 24-hour days about 6000 years ago?
Do we creationists have a different set of fossils, different living creatures and a different earth to study in contrast to the evolutionists? No, we study the same data. But how can two such opposite ideas come about if we are exposed to the identical information? The answers will be dealt with in the following pages. It has everything to do with your worldview—your basic set of beliefs and whether these beliefs include God.
If we say we are Christians, then we need to know what we can believe about the biblical account of creation, and not according to our politically correct humanistic evolutionistic culture. It is a shame that most professing Christians have joined the ranks of evolution via theistic evolution and progressive creationism. Even to this day, most Christians have never been exposed to biblical creationism. Many of God’s people, when confronted with the evidences for biblical creationism, joyfully accept the truth.
I would encourage parents and young people to start building a personal library of good creationist literature. Helpful creationist books and organizations have been included for your reference. Many high school and college students are writing reports from a creationist perspective. Professors can appreciate excellently documented scholarship even when they disagree with the creationist’s position.
It is a known fact that we Christians are losing 70% of our evangelical Christian young people by the end of four years of college. My friends with Campus Crusade for Christ claim that if they do not reach Christian college freshmen within their first six weeks on campus, they have already lost them to other worldviews. Christian youth are buying into other worldviews presented to them on the secular campuses. They are deserting their Christian roots by the thousands!
Most Humanist, Marxist, New Age, Islamic and Postmodern professors have an agenda—they want the minds and hearts of our kids! Most of us Christians do not have nearly as well defined an agenda. We send our children off to these schools and universities unable to defend their faith. As they go to various places for parts of their education, they should be equipped and ready to live out Scriptures such as 1 Peter 3: 13-17:
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
We send our children out as mission fields rather than as missionaries! Many exuberant Christian youth are shipwrecked in their faith by the subtle and scientific-sounding arguments of evolution and the intimidation tactics of certain teachers and professors.
Dads and Moms, things in the classrooms are not at all like they were when we went to school! May I give you an example? A Christian student who graduated at the top of his class at a major secular university wrote a paper (5-1-2001) for his senior Microbiology course entitled, “Comparing and Contrasting the Regulation of the Lactose and Galactose Operons and Regulons in Streptococcus thermophilus, Streptococcus mutans and Lactococcus lactis.” On the first page of his paper he made a HUGE mistake that sent his professor ballistic. The student wrote on his opening page, and I quote: “This genetic group-control mechanism is a wonderfully designed informational system….” And his professor launched into outer space!
What’s the big problem? The student used the word “design.” This implies “Designer” which implies “purpose” which smacks of “GOD.” So here are the intimidating comments of the senior-level professor, and again I quote verbatim (exactly as the professor wrote):
Aaron-I suggest you grow up or think very hard about your major in Biology. Creationism is not science-it is not testable, it cannot predict future behavior.- [This paper is] poorly focused immature + pedantic much irrelevant information blatantly apologetic.Inappropriate for a science course. Poor science. Science is not anti-religion but your religion is clearly anti-science. Pick another field where personal opinions are all that matters. I suppose that my reaction will feed your martyr complex, but so be it. I too am a devout Christian. I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God-I believe I am saved through the redeeming power of Christ Jesus. However, my faith is not simplistic, literalist, inconsistent, uninformed + prejudiced as yours appears to be. Again, think hard about your major and your course selections for the Fall.
Parents, do you see what I mean? With intimidation tactics like the ones above, the average Christian student raises the white flag, surrenders, and says, “Okay, Professor, what do you want me to believe?” We are losing 70% of our Christian kids. Our children are thoroughly confused by teachers who claim to be “Christian,” but attack even the slightest hint that the student might really believe in God. It is worse if they believe in His biblical account of creation! These arguments are not limited to “science” classes, but are presented in such courses as freshman English, Physical Education, Sociology and Religion!
This book will attempt to point out the distinct differences between evolution and creation. Hopefully the readers will realize that the Biblical approach to the study of origins is trustworthy. The Bible is not exhaustive when it deals with science, but it is true.
My personal thanks go to all of the courageous authors who have influenced me and suffered for the sake of righteousness in their endeavors to glorify our Lord through their writings. The first book that I read on this subject (in 1971) impacted me greatly. It was The Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb. The second book was written by Dr. Bolton Davidheizer and is entitled Evolution and the Christian Faith. These two books played a significant role in my evolution out of evolutionary thinking.
I know that apart from God’s Spirit working within people’s hearts to convict them of truth, mere human efforts to make an apologetic and change people’s minds are futile. I also believe that the “Battle is the Lord’s” (2 Chron. 20:15) and yet He somehow delights to use His saints in the battles— for His ultimate eternal glory. I humbly bow before my Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and am trusting Him to use His Word to speak to your heart. He is faithful (2 Tim. 2:13) and His Word is true (John 17:17) and living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12) and will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). As God says in his revealed Word, the Bible, there will come a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10, 11)! His truth will ultimately prevail—eternally!