Lawrence Krauss and the fishy tale of Jonah

If one really wants an unbeliever to snigger, tell him the tale of Jonah and the fish that swallowed him. After threeMetamorphosis days and nights in the belly of the fish, it vomited him out on dry ground and he went and preached in Nineveh (the Bible doesn’t say a whale, but in most people’s minds it must have been a very big fish, so logically it is thought to be a whale).

Lawrence Krauss, debating John Lennox, asked Lennox if he believed the tale of Jonah and the fish? Lennox affirmed that he did. Krauss did not reply, but one can imagine that he thought, ‘Gee, whiz, give a man a break.’  To an unbeliever it is foolish and irrational to believe Jonah’s narrative.

Atheists refuse to believe Biblical miracles, but what about the miracles in nature, like metamorphosis?1 If supernatural creation is not true, where does metamorphosis come from? Atheists mostly believe in evolution, but that can never explain why the frog or the butterfly ‘decided’ to take such a detour in life (tadpoles, chrysalis, caterpillars, etc). The various kinds of metamorphosis in nature remain a mystery.

So what is the difference between miracles in nature and those in the Bible? There is no difference, because we cannot explain either scientifically. Atheists reject the miracle of Jonah and the fish, but have no answers for the miracles of living organisms. They can maintain that they evolved, but they have to do it in blind faith.

Evolutionists often claim that science will solve all mysteries of life. It implies that we must wait for natural explanations, while death creeps nearer, or comes at an unexpected moment. Without Christ, the eternal future is grim, very grim. If science has been unable to clarify natural phenomena until now, what confidence do we have that it might do it in future? Why trust and hope in what science might discover? It is far better to hope in Jesus, knowing that the Kingdom of God is real. The Creator of metamorphosis will create the new heavens and earth with many organisms for the resurrected people of God.

What is the moral of our story?

The Bible is filled with miracles done by the supernatural omnipotent God. Nature is filled with miracles created by that supernatural omnipotent God. None of them can be explained by science. Science can reveal the miracles of creation and how they work, but never their origin. For example, anything that has mass is made up of atoms. Stars, rocks, plants, bacteria, animals and humans are all arranged atoms. Who created and organised the atoms? They all display order, design and precision, the signs of a Creator.

Conclusion: Atheists often snigger at people who believe in Biblical miracles by faith, but forget that they believe by faith that the miracles of nature just popped into existence. Atheists’ belief in ‘miracles of chance happenings’ lead to nothing, while belief in the Bible’s miracles lead to the greatest miracle of them all, the new heavens and earth, where Bible believers will enjoy the results of their rational faith in Scripture.


  1. D Devine, Inexplicable Insect Metamorphosis, Creation 29 (3):31-33, June 2007.
  2. Campbell Biology, J B Reece, et al, Pearson, 2011, p 735, 736, 758.

Question 5: Is God and evolution compatible?

To answer the question, one has to compare creation with evolution.Creation vs evolution

  • God created in six twenty-four hour days, by speaking. It was completely supernatural. God had a purpose, namely the eventual, eternal Kingdom. It testified about an all powerful God, who made humans in His image.
  • Evolution is the exact opposite. It happened by chance, over millions and billions of years.  The whole process was by chance. In other words, it had no purpose or goal. No explanation is ever given why those chance events happened. They just happened.


The important question is, why would God have used evolution? Why would God use a process that expressly declares that He is redundant, not needed and superfluous? Evolution was designed to get rid of God, ‘Darwin pointed out that no supernatural creator was needed; since natural selection could account for any known form of life, there was no room for a supernatural agency in its evolution…. We can dismiss entirely all idea of a supernatural overriding mind being responsible for the evolutionary process.1


Why would an all powerful God use a process that no one has proven can generate complexity?  Natural selection can only select what there is. If some ape-like ancestor did not have the genes for speech, how can natural selection choose for it? It cannot. Natural selection does not have the ‘creative’ ability that evolutionists bestow on it.


Creation by God requires unlimited power, wisdom, insight and intelligence. What does evolution require? Absolutely nothing. Nothing as in nothing. Things just evolved or appeared naturally, by chance. It needed no strong creative arm, least of all God’s.


Evolution nullifies God’s unlimited power. Then miracles are impossible. Where would miracles come from, except from the all powerful Creator God? No creation simply means nobody can believe anything in the Bible. To be born of a virgin is a miracle, but not more miraculous than the design of the DNA genetic recipes and then the creation of the various organisms and plants.


The Bible tells us about the Creator God. If people imagine that He is not the Creator God of Genesis 1, but somebody who used evolution to create over billions of years, not six days, then logically it is somebody else they have in mind. It is nothing strange in the world of God that people devise and design other gods. It has been around since the devil infiltrated the earth.


The Bible is our guide. It is either true, or not. Combining two irreconcilable opposites (creation and evolution) is bound to generate confusion and eventually loss of faith.  ‘Christians’ want to import some strange philosophy or false religion into the Bible, and combine the two. 2



The Creator God could not have used an impossible process, like evolution, that has never been proven and has no support from science.



  1. J Huxley, Issues in Evolution Sol Tax, ed. University of Chicago Press, 1960, p 45, cited by H Morris, The Long War Against God, Master Books, 2000, p 110.
  2. Colossians 2:8
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