Charles Darwin Meets His Maker  

By Jeff Lukens

It's amusing to see the variety of fish symbols found on people's cars. Some are plain, some have "Jesus" in them, some have "truth" in them, and some have "Darwin" in them with little feet on the fish. Some have the "truth" fish eating the "Darwin" fish. It seems we cannot escape this great controversy, even in traffic.

Either a Creator made life long ago, or lifeless minerals somehow turned into all life forms we see today. That's the debate in a nutshell, and to find answers as to which is true, we can only rely on the evidence available.

Charles Darwin's theories in "The Origin of Species," published in 1859, caused an intellectual upheaval that questioned assumptions about where humanity came from and where it is going. The upheaval continues to this day.

Both creationists and Darwinists acknowledge what we call Microevolution, or the variation within species, which means a species will adapt and acclimatize to its surroundings while not changing into a different species over many generations.

Darwinists also say that species can change into new species over time. This is called Macroevolution, and it is a bit of a stretch from a scientific standpoint.

So, when does a protozoan change into other protozoan, or let's say, a tadpole? And when does that tadpole become a rodent, and that rodent becomes a monkey, and that monkey becomes a human? Doesn't even a basic life form have a beginning, or have been created, somewhere?

Science is about the search for truth, and it is supposed to take us where the evidence leads. Darwin assumed in time evidence would be found to support his theory, but nearly 150 years later, it has not happened. The Missing Link is still missing. Extensive fossil searches have turned up scant evidence that species evolve into new species.

Furthermore, evolution theory is neither observable nor testable, and some scientists are beginning to doubt that Darwin's theory can fully account for the great variety of life on this planet.

Yet biology aside, the seeds of what is called "Social Darwinism" have been sown. The logical consequence to humanity if Darwin's theories are true are that the healthy and strong are more worthy of survival than the sickly and weak. We see this attitude already played out in many areas of society today.

The "survival of the fittest" mindset has lead to much cruelty toward people. Carried to its logical conclusion, it ultimately leads to a "scientific racism," that says some races are less evolved than others.

It was in this setting that Nazism was able to rise. Hitler considered the "Aryan" race more advanced in human evolution. This resulted in him trying to rid the gene pool of "untermensch," which were races considered to be subhuman.

Now, on the creationist side, we see that all life may be too complex to have arisen by random reproduction. Think of eyes to see, ears to hear, wings to fly, gills to breathe water, lungs to breathe air, the human brain's ability to think rationally, and so much more. Think of ecosystems of plant and animal life living in a delicate balance.

Even the simplest life form is enormously intricate, and in all life forms there is an appearance that it is created by design. The enormous complexity of life does not seem to have evolved from simpler life forms. They could have only been created just as they are. This theory is what we call "Intelligent Design."

When biology appears to have been intended for a reason, neither scientists nor anyone else, can logically dismiss the possibility of a Creator out of hand. While denying evidence of dinosaurs is ridiculous, denying all possibility of there being a Creator is ridiculous as well.

Many people seem to get hung up on the biblical account, where the world was created in seven days, as reason to reject all possibility of there being a Creator. It seems the only way to reconcile dinosaurs and Genesis may also found in the Bible where the apostle Peter writes, "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." Perhaps a "day" for the Creator is symbolic for a billion years of human time.

Isn't it interesting that many scientists also happen to believe in a Creator? Michelangelo, Galileo, Newton and Einstein come to mind as such persons.

It takes a great leap of faith to believe bacteria in pond water mutated over millions of years into all life forms on earth. Factually, it is far easier to believe an "Intelligent Designer" created all nature that we see.

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