The primacy of God is unequivocally set forth in the first chapter of Genesis, where the word, “God” or equivalents are used forty times.
If you spent a couple of hours in the centre of your local town or city, asking passers-by, ‘How did the Earth begin?’ and, ‘Where did life come from?’ you would receive a variety of responses, no doubt. Among those prepared to give a serious answer, many would confidently claim that it was through some sort of evolutionary process—though if you pressed them further they would be very hazy on the details! What is sad, but true, is that few people these days would assert unashamedly,
“In the beginning, God created … ”
If you think about it, the difference between these two views is in a Person. Either, everything exists (and that includes you and me) through a wholly unknown process
—unguided evolution—or through a holy unknown process
—the act of God in Creation.2
From this it follows that any
fudging on the Genesis account of Creation, where the plain meaning of the words is avoided, is in danger of distancing God the Creator
from what He has made.
Could God Have Used Evolution? (Part 1)
by Jay Seegert (Co-Founder & Principal Lecturer, Creation Education Center)
The following excert is from an article that is part one of a series of three articles on the subject at the head of the page.
To view the rest of the article follow the link at the end.
“How could you be so arrogant to say that God could not use evolution? I have a degree in Biology and know that evolution is a fact and that all scientists believe it!”
‘Where does this question come from? I believe it is largely generated by the fact that many Christians find themselves in a bit of an apparent dilemma. They certainly believe in God and view the Bible as being his inspired Word, but they are also under the impression that scientist have virtually proven that evolution is a fact. They may also believe that science just deals with facts and you can’t really argue with that, because it is what it is. On the other hand, they reason that the Bible can be interpreted in many different ways and it doesn’t matter so much what we believe about creation, as long as we at least believe in Jesus.’……
Noah’s Ark has always caused controversy between secular thinking and the account recorded in Genesis chapters six and seven.
The images presented to us as children are often of a wooden tub kind of houseboat with Giraffes sticking their heads out the top.
These images, gained in our formative years, stay with us through our school years into adulthood.
Obviously, this knowledge gained at such an early stage of our lives bears no reality with what we now know and see as adults.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
The speaker is the Apostle of the Gentiles, St. Paul. The hearers are the cultivated men of Athens, and specially the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. The place is Mars’ Hill at Athens, in full view of religious buildings and statues, of which even the shattered remains are a marvel of art at this day. Never perhaps were such a place, such a man, and such an audience brought together! It was a strange scene. And how did St. Paul use the occasion? What did this Jewish stranger, this member of a despised nation, this little man, whose “bodily presence was weak,” and very unlike the ideal figure in one of Raphael’s cartoons, coming from an obscure corner of Asia, what does he say to these intellectual Greeks?
by Carl Wieland
How long does it take a well-preserved fish fossil to form? The average member of the public, including most teachers of science classes, would reply with a story involving long periods of time. In this view, a dead fish on the bottom of a lake or sea is slowly covered by particles of mud or sand settling on the bottom.
The Bible would indicate, on the other hand, that most fossils were formed rapidly, buried in mud or sand carried by large volumes of water during the great Flood or its aftermath.
One fossilized fish is of the species Mioplosus labracoides, from the so-called late Early Eocene Fossil Lake sediments of the Green River Formation (Wyoming, USA). It was apparently trapped in sediment and buried while part-way through swallowing another fish. Another fossil shows a fish which has already eaten its meal, but has not yet had a chance to digest it.
by David Catchpoole
Researchers were unprepared for what they would find when they recently completed sequencing of the chimpanzee Y chromosome, and compared it to the human Y chromosome.
“The Y is full of surprises,” said David Page of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He and his team had just found that the Y chromosomes of chimps and humans are “horrendously different from each other”1,2
Why did Dr Page use the word “horrendously”? Because he believes evolution—that chimps are our closest evolutionary relatives. But Page’s team found that the chimp Y chromosome has only two-thirds as many distinct genes or gene families as the human Y chromosome and only 47% as many protein-coding elements as humans. Also, more than 30% of the chimp Y chromosome lacks an alignable counterpart on the human Y chromosome and vice versa.
By Garry Graham – Creation Ministries International
Five octopus fossils, supposedly 95 million years old, were recently discovered in Lebanon, catching scientists by surprise. First, they were surprised that the octopuses were even fossilized. Unlike animals with hard shells or bony skeletons, cephalopods, like the octopus and squid, have no hard parts (other than the mouth). One report said that fossilizing an octopus was as unlikely as capturing a “fossil sneeze”. The fossils were exquisitely preserved. All eight arms were visible for each animal, as well as traces of muscle and rows of suckers. Remarkably, a few of the fossils even showed internal gills and remnants of ink.
Scientists try to explain the past by looking at what they see happening today. When an octopus dies today, it decomposes into a slimy blob and disappears within a few days. For an octopus to be fossilized it would need to sink to the ocean floor without being eaten, and remain there without decomposing or being consumed by bacteria while being buried by sediment. How could such a process be possible for an octopus at all?
Lead author of the report, Dr Dirk Fuchs of the Freie University, Berlin, said, “The luck was that the corpse landed untouched on the sea floor. The sea floor was free of oxygen and therefore free of scavengers.” But lack of oxygen is no preservative – experiments with fish carcasses show that even in the absence of oxygen they still disintegrate on the ocean bottom. Other scientists have published research showing that the ocean floor is actually teeming with bacterial life. So these scientists have not explained the remarkably preserved fossils at all.