Lesson 2: Is evolution science?
All scripture is taken from the New International Version. Zondervan Bible Publishers
Before we ask, is evolution science we need to ask what is evolution?
Evolution is the belief that all life comes from (evolved) from a lower form of life. Example – bats evolved from shrews, birds evolved from reptiles and man evolved from apes. Life started in a pool of chemicals and all life evolved from that pool. This process took millions of years and involved all forms of life. There are two terms used; macro evolution and micro evolution. Macro evolution is one form of life changing into another form, a fish changing into an amphibian. Micro evolution is different species of the same kind of animal; Polar Bear, Black Bear and Brown Bear. Another name for micro evolution is natural selection and this type of evolution is based on true observational science. We see numerous species of bears, but they are all 100% bears. Macro evolution is not bases on science because nobody can see one form of animal changing (evolving) into another form.
Most scientists believe in evolution, but the belief does not make evolution science.
Pretend you are writing a new dictionary. You need to write a definition of science. What would that definition be?
Science is the study of God’s creation by means of observation, repeatable testing with the same results and detailed logs that other scientists can confirm. True science is in the present, observable and testable.
If a scientist want to conduct a study in a certain subject, he will do a series of experiments, repeating those experiments and getting the same results. He will write down in great detail the study and how he did the experiments. He will put this in a science journal where other scientists can read what and how he did his study. Other scientists will do the same experiment and if they come up with the same results will verify the original experiment. That is real science.
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Because evolution is not observable or testable and because it was supposed to happen in the past, we cannot call it science. In fact, evolution goes against real science. Here’s why:
First, it breaks certain scientific laws.
In the Middle Ages most people in Europe believed that rats and flies came from garbage and mice came from stored grain. People saw that there were always rats and flies in the garbage dumps and mice seemed to be in with the stored grain. There was a man named Frances Redi and in 1668 placed some garbage in a sterile jar under a screen and watched. What do you think happened? Nothing! The conclusion? Rats, mice and flies came from parent rats, mice and flies. A new scientific law was put into place. It’s called the law of biogenesis. Bio means life and genesis means beginning. Biogenesis is known as one of the most universal laws of science: life comes from life. Evolution requires that we break that most basic scientific law. If you go back far enough evolution demands that life came from nonlife. Another law that is broken: The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy and mass cannot originate from nothing. Evolution demands that energy and mass can indeed come from nothing.
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Every gene contains DNA that has an incredible amount of information that makes each one of us who we are. Evolution cannot work because new genetic information is needed whenever a higher form of life appears. In order for a fish to grow legs, new information must be encoded into the DNA. For a reptile to grow feathers, new information must be encoded into the DNA. For an ape to evolve into a human, new information must be encoded into the DNA. This new information must be added or replace old information with new instructions to grow legs, feathers, or human traits. Information has to come from information and science cannot give an example of information not coming from information. Nowhere in science can new information arise by itself. No one has ever witnessed this. God has to be the creator, there is no other option.
If evolution is not true and not based on true science, why do people believe it?
We are all sinful from birth; it is in our hearts to not want God. Simply put, we don’t want a God telling us what to do. A belief in evolution allows mankind to choose what is right and wrong.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness
and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since
what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it
plain to them. 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.
People want to sin, but not feel guilty because of a holy God that tells us that what we are doing is wrong.
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You will meet people, really smart people, who are convinced that evolution is science and believe with all their heart that it is true. We have to decide for ourselves who is more trustworthy; an perfect God who has given us His Word, or sinful people.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,
which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather
than on Christ.
There are Christians who believe in evolution because most scientists believe it. These are true Christians but they don’t trust the Word of God as they should. God was there at the beginning and He shared with us through the Bible the methods of how He created. These Christians want to believe the Bible, but they also want to believe the scientists. We have to remember that scientists are sinful and make mistakes, but the Word of God is perfect. Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. We know for certain that our God is the one who is right.
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You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens and all
their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You
give life to everything and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Just because most scientists, teachers and a lot of people believe in evolution, does not make it science or true. Satan loves to steer people away from God and evolution is a great way to do that. There is only one person who was there at the beginning who knows and has written about it – that person is God. We need to know that the Bible is truth and have confidence in that truth. If people believe something that is different than what we find in God’s Word, those people are wrong, plain and simple. And remember that sinful man is hostile towards God’s Word.
…the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
Since there is no science to back up evolution, people use misinformation to convince us that this flawed theory is true.
There was an article in the April 1979 issue of “National Geographic” magazine that was about finding, under several layers of rock, very old, but modern human footprints. The tracks of many animals were also found there in a cement like mix of volcanic ash and mud that was laid down during a volcanic eruption. There were tracks of modern Guinea Fowls, Giraffes, Elephants, Ostriches and man. An artist was hired to paint a picture of the scene. All of the animals he painted were modern animals just like the footprints demanded. However, the pictures of the humans were ape like. Even though the footprints were those of a modern human, the scientist believed that the picture of an ape man would be correct. If the scientist and artist did not believe in evolution, he would have painted modern humans because of the modern human footprints.
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People have tried to recreate evolution but failed.
In 1980 researchers wanted to show the world that mutations do indeed tell us the picture of evolution. They purposely mutated the genes in thousands of fruit flies spanning 600 generations. These mutations that would be essential for the fruit fly to evolve into any other creature merely resulted in dead or deformed fruit flies.
In 1988, an evolutionary biologist began growing bacteria in an effort to prove that evolution was true. He wanted to show the world that he could produce evolution in the laboratory. More than 50,000 generations later the experiment continues. The finding: the bacteria are still bacteria, the same kind of bacteria that he started with back in 1988.
When evolution was first thought up, it was assumed that the cell was a simple mixture of chemicals; add up the right mixture and you have the beginnings of life. We now know that the cell is very complex, with working parts and information that flows from the DNA to proteins. The cell is like a working city with different parts doing different jobs, each working together perfectly. The cell could never have evolved because if one part did not evolve along with the other parts, you could not have a cell. The entire cell had to be there as a whole at the beginning.
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Back in the 1800’s when evolution was gaining in popularity, a man by the name of Ernst Haeckel wanted to help this theory by proving we are all nothing but animals in our mother’s wombs. He drew a chart of embryos that showed that most embryos look very similar. The problem? The chart was made up, a fraud, a lie. Embryos from different animals are very different; in fact, Professor Haeckel was fired from teaching because of this misinformation.
How can people claim that evolution is science?
It is all based on how you define the word science. In the Merriam – Webster dictionary 2018 science is defined: the state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding. With that definition you can make the claim that evolution is science. But the 1983 Merriam – Webster dictionary has the same wording as the 2018, except that it has these words: knowledge covering general truths or the operations of general laws as obtained and tested through scientific method. With those words you can’t make evolution science. Do you understand what happened? By adjusting the meaning of the word science in the 2018 addition, evolution could be called science.
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What did Darwin get right?
Charles Darwin was a young naturalist when he visited the Galapagos Islands in the early 1800’s. For several weeks Darwin explored the islands taking notes and collecting specimens, especially birds. He noticed that a number of the islands had 1 or maybe 2 species of finches and that those species had developed their unique traits there, adapting to the specific conditions on each island, rather than arriving in their present form from somewhere else. Darwin was correct when he observed different variations within a created kind. His findings were based on observations in the present. What was the most intriguing was the different beak sizes among the different species. And the fact that the beak sizes would change over the generations of finches due to food changes because of droughts or excessive rain. What Darwin saw was natural selection at work producing slight changes to a species to help survive in a given environment.
Here is where Darwin was wrong. He thought that what he saw in natural selection, slight changes within species, would change species to a completely different kind of animal over long periods of time. Darwin’s assumptions in the case of the finches are often shown in science textbooks as an example of evolution in action, or the same process that brought about small-scale changes in finches, if given enough time, can bring about large scale changes that results in a completely different kind of animal.
If Darwin knew anything about information in the DNA and that you cannot add information to the DNA that evolution requires (fish adding information in the DNA to grow legs to evolve into a land animal), then he would not even have thought about one animal evolving into another animal. No matter how much time you have, information cannot be added to DNA. Darwin needed to stay with his observations on finches’ beaks and attribute that to natural selection, something that is seen.
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