Question 2: Why is evolution so important in our times?

What makes evolution important? What is the value of evolution? Richard Dawkins explained, ‘…although Tower of Babelatheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.1 Atheism becomes ‘respectable’ because of Darwin. It is now possible to believe there is no Creator God, and it is not faith without evidence. It is faith (atheism), with evidence (evolution).

 

In the book of Genesis, chapter 11, verses 1-9 an interesting historical event is recorded. People gathered at a plain in Babylonia. They decided not only to build a city, but also a tower (they disobeyed God’s command in Genesis 1:28, to ‘fill the earth’). That tower was to reach to heaven, which is logically impossible. They wanted a society without God, a secular society. That is what we see today. All over the earth there are efforts to build Babels, cities and societies without God.  That is where Darwin fits in,  because ‘Darwin’s real achievement was to remove the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion.He supposedly made it possible to have cities and societies that are free from God.

 

Another reason evolution is so important is that it makes it possible to be one’s own god. The devil told Eve in the garden of Eden, if she ate the forbidden fruit, she would become like God. 3 That is good news for people who don’t like God. They don’t need to heed what the real God says. You can be your own god: decide what is  best, and live as you like without fear of the future, because the real God has been replaced by a human god. All this is based upon the supposed truth of evolution, namely that the Bible lied about creation. God is not the Creator, so man can become his own god.

 

Evolution is the foundation of atheism. To be an atheist is to be well informed about evolution. Atheism, they say, is for logical, rational people, who understand that evolution is true. There is no need to cling to the ancient idea of a Creator God. Evolution deleted God (they imagine), although Darwin never proved that evolution is true, ’The origin of species – Darwin’s problem – remains unsolved. 4  That does not deter people. They need to cling to evolution to justify their atheism, the celebration of the immense feeling of freedom from God.

 

Evolution is mainstream in our time, because it is the essential cornerstone in the building of many towers of Babel around the world.

 

Question: do you think Darwinian evolution is true? 

 

References

  1. R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, WW Norton and Company, 1996,1987,1986, p 6.
  2. WR Fix, The Bone Peddlers, Macmillan, New York, 1984, p213, cited by R Grigg, Charles Darwin’s mystery Illness, Creation 17(4):29-30, September 1995.
  3. Genesis 3:4
  4. SF Gilbert, JM Opitz, RA Raff, Resynthesizing Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology 173 (1996):357-72, cited by J Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2006, p 57.

 

 

 

 

 

Question 1: Why is the creation account in Genesis 1 vital?

Since evolution has become so main stream, many Christians doubt the supernatural creation in Genesis 1. The ‘scientific’ evidence for evolution seems so powerful, that they tread silently and softly over Genesis 1. Then they continue to explain that Jesus forgives sins.

No foundations, can it stand?

However, without Genesis 1, the Bible is not the inspired Word of God anymore:

  • God claims ownership of the universe because He created it. Supernatural creation establishes His ownership. It gives God the right to implement His plan for man.
  • As Owner, God made certain decrees, like the wages of sin is death. He provided a way out of this through His Son, Jesus, because as Owner He designed salvation. That is why the New Testament message of forgiveness begins in Genesis 1.
  • Sending His Son, born of a virgin, to die on the Cross and be resurrected, were supernatural events. Only if supernatural creation is true, can we accept that God is all powerful. Then miracles are no problem. Miracles began in Genesis 1.

 

Cutting out Genesis 1 begins a cascade to destroy foundations. The first to go is Jesus, because He is the Creator. 1 To claim that Jesus forgives sins, but not to accept Genesis 1, is like grabbing something out of the air.  If Jesus is not the Creator, how can He forgive sins? In the Bible, God and Jesus are the same. What the Father does, the Son does also. 2 

 

If God is not the Creator, He has no authority. That means He has no power to command and to judge. In Genesis 3 God judged Adam and Eve, and the serpent (the devil) for their transgressions. Later He saved Noah and his family, and judged the world with a universal flood for their sins. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah and Jonah warned the nations of God’s judgements. Revelation tells of the final white throne judgement. Those are all impossible events if one strips the Bible of its omnipotent Ruler, King of the Universe, the Lord God Almighty, by ‘trashing’ Genesis 1.

 

If Genesis 1 is not true, God had no right to give any authority to Jesus, but it is written, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me [Jesus, by God].’ 3 Nobody can give authority to others that he does not have himself. Anyone who disputes that, must go to a strange business and give commands as if it is his own. He will soon be in trouble and maybe in jail.

 

Because God created people, time and places, the Bible contains the history of people and events that happened in geographical places at certain times.

 

Conclusion

Creation is vital, and many verses in the Bible testify that God is the Creator. Trashing Genesis 1 is like imagining that the Eiffel Tower can stand without a foundation.  In this case, the Bible is the ‘Eiffel Tower’ that is supposed to stand without its foundation of supernatural creation.

 

References

  1.  John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2
  2. John 5:19
  3. Matthew 28:18

 

Richard Dawkins and the failed prayer experiment

In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins describes an experiment to prove whether prayer is effective or not.Dawkins and first life The conclusion was that prayer is useless.1  He positively gloats over it. One experiment has conclusively proven that prayer does not work.

 

One would expect that Dr Dawkins would apply the same criterion when it comes to evolution. He is an atheist, and sincerely believes evolution is a fact according to his book, The Greatest Show on Earth.2   It is logical that if evolution is true, one experiment should prove the natural beginning of life on earth. The Miller-Urey experiment did not prove it. With the discovery of DNA, a new field opened up and many experiments on the origin of life have been done and hypotheses advanced, like the RNA world, et cetera. They all failed. 3

 

Does that mean Dawkins let go of his idea that evolution is true? No. One failed experiment on prayer is reason for absolute joy, because God is either dead or deaf.  However to conclude from failed experiments on the origin of life, that evolution is not true, is sacrilege. It would be idiotic to reason like that. Different criteria apply. Consistency is deplorable.

 

He is clever though. He made provision for an escape route. He said, ‘We don’t actually need a plausible theory of the origin of life, and we might even be a little bit anxious if a too plausible theory were to be discovered.’ 4  It is foresight to warn people that the chances are very slim that there is a natural origin of life. Yet he assures them that they give the problem their full attention and are working on it. It is like the palaeontologist who said that the fossil record is not important in Darwinism. 5 That is because the fossils fail to support Darwin’s idea.

 

Dawkins was voted one of the top intellectuals by Prospect Magazine.One can see why he is an intellectual. When it comes to the Bible, it is ‘myth, myth, myth.’ When it comes to evolution, it is ‘fact, fact, fact.’  Failed experiments on the origin of life mean nothing, but a single failed prayer experiment is meaningful. The reason the natural beginning of life is such a problem is because of DNA. To create an intelligent code in the laboratory, like DNA, is impossible. From human experience we know that only intelligence can create codes, instruction manuals or recipes (which is what DNA is).

 

Does Dawkins give up on evolution after the failed experiments (not experiment, experiments)? Not at all, he is thoroughly convinced evolution is fact.  Why doesn’t he apply the same criterium to evolution as to the Bible? You must be kidding. That would threaten his own faith in Darwin, and that cannot be allowed.

 

Richard Dawkins explains to us why atheists are reasonable, logical, honest people.

 

References

  1. R Dawkins, The God Delusion, Bantam Press, 2006, p 61-66.
  2. R Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, Bantam Press, 2009, p 416-422.
  3. Black smokers, thermal hot springs, comet shockwaves, RNA world, self organisation: D O’Leary, Origin of Life, Could it all have come together in one very special place, March 12, 2014, http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/03/origin_of_life082851.html.
  4. Reference 2, p 421.
  5. M Ridley, New Scientist 90:830 (1981), cited by D Gish, Creation Scientists Answer their Critics, Institute for Creation Research, 1993, p 113.
  6. Back page, The God Delusion.