By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)
Many of the people that I am blessed to study with have been taught most of their lives (through the public school system and via media) that life began as a mixture of chemicals in the distant past which then somehow “evolved” through various lifeforms and stages to become what we now are.
This philosophy, popularized by a gentleman named Charles Darwin, has become a significant contributor in our day and age to atheism, I.e., the belief system which states that there is no Creator God-and that, accordingly, life had no real purpose or goal.
One scientist points out the inevitable result of acceptance of Darwinistic evolution:
““. . . the human species was not designed, has no purpose, and is the product of mere material mechanisms . . . this seems to be the message of evolution.” (Douglas J. Futuyma, “Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution,” 1983, p. 13)
On the other hand, a growing number of scientists have been turning away from Darwinism and to belief in a Creator due to the findings of modern science which show that the universe is extremely complex and must have been designed.
For example, Professor Paul Davies has written:
““There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all . . . It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe . . . the impression of design is overwhelming.” (Professor Paul Davies, “The Cosmic Blueprint: New Discoveries in Nature’s Creative Ability to Order the Universe,” 1988 p. 203.)
Recently, Dr. John Ashton wrote a fascinating book in which he highlights several of the scientific evidences which clearly document the impossibility of Darwinism. He writes:
“However, 12 substantial reasons for rejecting evolution gleaned from the evidence in the previous chapters could be summarized as follows: Mutations do not produce new purposeful genetic information. Evolution of a new species as a result of new genetic code arising has never been observed. There is no known proven mechanism that can explain how new purposeful genetic information could arise, and statistically it is impossible. There is no known proven mechanism that can explain all the steps for a living cell to form from nonliving molecules (abiogenesis), and statistically it is impossible. Abiogenesis has never been observed and all experiments to initiate it have failed. The fossil record is a record of extinction of fully formed animals and plants not a record of the evolution of life forms. There are no fossils of proven mutant evolutionary intermediate organisms, yet there should be millions and millions of fossils of such mutations. That is, we have no evidence of actual evolution in the fossil record. Some of the oldest fossil-bearing rocks contain fully developed advanced animals such as trilobites, with no evidence of evolutionary ancestors. Erosion rates for the continents are too fast for the continents and their fossil content to be old enough for supposed evolution to occur. There are not enough ocean sediments or volcanic deposits for the continents to be old enough to allow for supposed evolution. Radiometric dating results give old ages for recent rock, so we cannot accurately “know” the age of rocks. Also, the finding of carbon-14 in coal and diamonds means that these deposits must be less than 100,000 years old, indicating insufficient time for supposed evolution. The rate of mutation of DNA currently observed suggests that DNA must be less than 100,000 years old, which is not enough time for supposed evolution. As I mentioned earlier, this list is far from exhaustive, but it is sufficient in my view to substantiate the assertion that evolution is impossible and never happened!” (Dr. John F. Ashton PhD-Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences Victoria University-, Evolution Impossible: 12 Reasons Why Evolution Cannot Explain The Origin Of Life On Earth, 4616-4642 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)
Ashton provides here twelve powerful examples of the evidences against Darwinistic evolution.
Indeed, it is these same types of evidences which are leading many scientists around the world to reject the theory of macroevolution and to embrace the worldview which the evidence is unmistakably pointing towards: theism (I.e., the existence of God).
In Six Days
In another book, In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose To Believe In Creation, Ashton marshals evidences from an impressive array of scientists who similarly Reject Darwinian evolution and embrace scientific creationism:
“Why would educated scientists still believe in creation? Why wouldn’t they prefer to believe in Darwinian evolution or even theistic evolution, where an all-powerful intelligence is seen as directing the evolutionary processes? Could scientists believe that life on earth is probably less than 10,000 years old? How would they deal with the evidence from the fossil record and the ages suggested by the radioactive dating of rocks as millions and billions of years old?…During the past century, the biblical story of Genesis was relegated to the status of a religious myth and it was widely held that only those uneducated in science or scientific methods would seriously believe such a myth. However, my experience in organizing this book is that there are a growing number of highly educated critically thinking scientists who have serious doubts about evidence for Darwinian evolution and who have chosen to believe in the biblical version of creation. In this book, 50 scientists explain their reasons for this choice. All the contributors have an earned doctorate from a state-recognized university in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, or Germany. They include university professors and researchers, geologists, zoologists, biologists, botanists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, medical researchers, and engineers…Having reviewed the discussions posed by these scientists, in the light of my own education and experience, I am convinced that a literal understanding of the Genesis account of creation is the most reasonable explanation out of all the current theories of how we came to be here.” (Dr. John F. Ashton, PhD, In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose To Believe In Creation, 105-122 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)
On The Seventh Day
In yet another book, Ashton specifically asks several professionals, from a wide range of educational backgrounds, why they believe in God:
“Many scientists and academics, however, now teach that there is no supernatural God and that everything, including life, exists as a result of natural forces. In fact, there is a prevailing idea that this naturalism is part and parcel of science. This leaves no room for a supernatural God in our understanding of our existence. There is no God factor in our daily lives and no hope of having eternal life with God in heaven….In 1997 the leading science journal Nature published a survey of religious belief among scientists in the United States.2 The authors found that nearly 40 percent of the 1,000 scientists surveyed said they believed in a personal God —”a God in intellectual and effective communication with humankind, i.e., a God to whom one may pray in expectation of receiving an answer.” This survey shows that despite a prevailing popular belief to the contrary, many highly educated people do believe there is a personal, supernatural God. However, relatively little is known about the reasons such people believe and the experiences that have resulted from their faith….The purpose of this book is to reveal the diversity of reasons why highly educated university academics believe in God. It opens the debate over the existence of God to a wider audience —not with narrow and closed arguments but with a straightforward and wide-ranging analysis of the issues confronting both the scientific community and the general public. In this book, scientists and other academics explain their reasons for believing in a personal God. They include emeritus professors, heads of university departments, physicists, chemists, biologists, psychologists, engineers, medical researchers, and mathematicians.” (Dr. John F. Ashton, PhD, On the Seventh Day Forty Scientists and Academics Explain Why They Believe in God,105-135 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)
Friends, there are lots of reasons to reject the theory of evolution and to accept the fact that there is an eternal Creator!
Furthermore, there is an abundance of evidence that this God has revealed Himself to mankind through the Bible. Several lines of evidence may be provided to demonstrate that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, as it claims to be (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
These evidences range from the supernatural unity of the Bible, prophecy and fulfillment, scientific foreknowledge of the Bible writers, and miraculous and archaeological attestation.
The central message of the Bible is that God loved mankind, in spite of all of our sins and wickedness (Ezekiel 18:23). Because His perfect and holy wrath demanded punishment for sin, mankind faces the horrors of Hell-eternal separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). Yet God loves us so very much, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:6).
By His death on the cross of Calvary, Jesus can now be the perf ft Mediator to reconcile all things in Heaven and Earth back to God (Colossians 1:15-23).
Jesus died for us, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). God has decreed that those who hear His Word, believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, repent of their sins, confess Him before men, and are baptized into Him we will receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-47; 8:35-8).
If we are faithful to Him to death, we are promised the Home of Heaven (Revelation 2:10)!
When we sin as Christians (as we will-1 John 1:8), God promises forgiveness if we will repent and confess our sins to Him in prayer (1 John 1:9).
Friends, at the beginning of this article I pointed out that evolution can never provide answers as to why we exist. In conclusion, let me share this with you:
Ephesians 1:11 (Message)-It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Colossians 1:16 (Message)-We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
The grace is the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.