Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Renegade Theory

Stop me if you’ve seen this before. A cartoon character walks up to a pile of wood and nails and puts a stick of dynamite under it. A few seconds later, the dynamite explodes and all the pieces of wood fall and form a beautiful house. It’s pretty common, right? It’s funny in a cartoon because we know that it simply doesn’t happen in real life. But there’s a belief, a religious faith masquerading as science, that is trying to force us to accept a bigger version of that scenario. It is the theory of naturalistic evolution.

Even though it’s claimed to be the cutting edge of science, there is never any new forms of the General Theory of Evolution (GTE) presented. The story that the GTE tells is this: 13.7 billion years ago, all the matter in the entire universe began to draw together. As it continued to compact, this ball of matter also began to spin. Eventually, it compacted together so much that all of the matter in the universe could fit inside the period at the end of this sentence. As this little dot was spinning, it suddenly exploded and broke apart. This is what is referred to as the “Big Bang.” The explosion spread the matter into the various galaxies, stars and planets - including this one. Earth (originally a molten ball of rock) cooled off and the oceans formed gradually. About 3.8 billion years ago, the first complex DNA molecules replicated and formed the first simple life forms. Over the course of hundreds of millions of years, life evolved and became more and more complex. Finally, around 3 ½ million years ago, humans began to evolve out of the primate lineage. In the “blink of an evolutionary eye”, mankind dominated the earth.

Well...that’s the thought anyway. The GTE is pushed everywhere now: in every schoolbook, on every TV show, in every conversation about dinosaurs. The system simply demands that we accept this theory without question. It seems like the message coming from our schools is, “You don’t have to think about this, kids. We’ve already thought it through for you.”

For the believer, the GTE is unacceptable. I don’t know about you, but I believe the Bible - above anything and anyone else! And, as you know, the Bible tells a much different story about our origins. As a believer, God’s Word is always my first objection to this secular interpretation of the natural world. It simply cannot be true - it disagrees with the eyewitness account of the only One Who was there at the beginning!

Not only does the GTE insult my faith in God’s Word, it also insults my intelligence. It’s a renegade theory - it defies the laws and principles of science! For something to be accepted as a scientific fact, it must first be observed, tested, and repeated. If your theory cannot meet these criteria, it may be an interesting theory - but don’t tell me that I have to believe it!

The goal of the GTE is to eliminate the need for God in the creation of the universe. No spiritual concept is allowed into this theory. As a renowned evolutionist said, “We cannot allow a divine foot in the door.” So evolutionist are strictly confined to the natural world with all its natural laws. This is ironic, since this theory breaks so many of these laws without explanation.

Laws like:

#1. The first law of thermodynamics - Matter cannot be created or destroyed, only changed. Matter can’t be eternal (eternity is a supernatural concept, not a scientific one), so where did it come from? Not just matter, though - how did space, time, and energy come into being?

#2. The law of inertia - Objects at rest (or in motion) tend to stay at rest (or in motion) unless acted upon by an outside force. If all of the matter in the universe was in that single dot, where did the outside force come from to start it spinning?

#3. The law of conservation of angular momentum - The pieces of a spinning object keep that spin when they break apart. In other words, if a rotor blade broke off of a helicopter while it was spinning, that blade would keep spinning in the same direction. If the Big Bang were true, all of the galaxies, stars, and planets - or at least most of them - should be spinning in the same direction. That’s not what we see! Objects in space are spinning, revolving and rotating in all different directions.

#4. The first law of biogenesis - Life can only come from other life. This law has been clearly defined since Louis Pasteur in the mid-1800s.

#5. The law of information - Information can only come from an intelligent source. This law is why we recognize the difference between an old arrowhead and a rock. We recognize the signs of intelligence. Nature has a tendency to make things random. Whenever we see non-random patterns, it’s likely to be a sign of intelligence. If we know that’s true with rocks, then why is this law ignored when we look at the cellular and genetic world? Each single cell in our body is easily as complex as a city’s infrastructure. Each cell has its own unique traits and highly organized systems - and we being told to believe there was no intelligence involved in their design?

But let’s go beyond the cell to the DNA inside the cell. Did you know that the DNA in your cells contains the blueprints for your entire body - in coded form? Not only is all of your information stored in your DNA, but the very code that your body needs to read that information is written there as well! Your DNA is so complex that a single teaspoon of it can hold 800 trillion megabytes worth of information - enough to fill 1 trillion CDs! For perspective, that’s enough CDs to lay end-to-end from the earth to the sun 750 times! And every one of them can be filled with the information that fits on a single teaspoon of DNA! This is a level of information that we haven’t even come close to yet!

Knowing this, how could someone even try to explain in naturally? That information had to start somewhere! Someone much smarter than we are had to write our genetic code.
There is no chance that this kind of complexity came about by chance!

I believe David summed this up in Psalm 139:14 - “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

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