We compare the theory of evolution with the Bible s creation account in easy-to-understand terms, using evidence from the fields of paleontology, geology, biology, and astronomy. We provide links and a bibliography for those who want to study both sides of the issue. We fully explain all the scientific terms on this page. Note: This page is long. It may be easier to read if you print it out on paper. Print one test page first, as some browser/printer combinations make this text very light. How did humans (and everything else) come into existence?
Unreliability of Radiometric Dating and Old Age of the Earth
The only explanation you will find in public school and university textbooks is the theory of evolution. Yet, no scientific, provable evidence supporting the theory of evolution has emerged since Charles Darwin popularized it in 6859. If there is no support for the theory of evolution, why is no alternative taught? We can only think of two reasons: We can not help the first condition. This page does contain all the necessary information needed for everyone else. As we wrote in our Science and the Bible section, the Bible is not a science book, yet it is scientifically accurate. We are not aware of any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible. We have additional proof in our How Do You Know The Bible Is True? Section and more on this page. Since we can prove the Bible is true, it makes sense to find out what the Bible tells us about how life was first created and how we got here. After all, if God is really God, He was there at the time and would know how to tell us what happened. The Bible s account of the beginning of life in Genesis chapters 6 and 7 can be understood by anyone. Note: references on this page, like the one in the paragraph below, are enclosed in brackets [ ]. With most browsers, you can view the reference by clicking on the number. The page will jump you to the reference at the bottom of this page. Use your browser s back button to return to approximately where you started. It is interesting that the formation of the earth proposed by noted astronomer (astrophysicist) Hugh Ross has the exact same order as the creation account given in Genesis chapter 6 .
Note: The preceding list assumes that the universe was the result of a big bang type event (an evolutionary cause). This is not in agreement with the Bible. For example, this list proposes that the appearance of light (item 7) and the appearance of the sun, moon, and stars (item 6) are results of the Earth s atmospheric changes not a result of the literal creation of the sun, moon, stars, or light. So, be aware that lists like the one above do not agree with the Bible s stated cause for these events. We only include this list to illustrate that science agrees with the Bible s order of creation events. Incidentally, this does not mean that we believe the Bible because we can find some scientific proposals that agree with it. It means that science continues to uphold knowledge recorded in the Bible over three thousand years ago. Another significant event occurs in Genesis chapters 6 through 8 what can be referred to as The Flood. To save themselves, Noah and his family built a covered boat called an ark. It was a large, boxy craft that resembled a covered barge. Before we go on, if you would like to read the Bible s record of the ark and the flood yourself, click on the link below. It takes about 7 minutes to read. Although off the subject, this could explain the thousands of woolly mammoths that have been found perfectly preserved in polar areas some with food still in their mouths. Once the protective canopy and its greenhouse effect was gone, the world would have turned cold on the poles, freezing the mammoths in the water that killed them. Note: Genesis chapter 6, verse 7 states, Thus God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so. Since the word firmament means an expanse, some people proposed that the firmament corresponds to Earth s atmosphere, and use the verse to prove that a canopy of water existed above our atmosphere. However, we learn in Genesis chapter 6 verses 69-69 that the Sun and Moon are in the firmament.
Radiometric Dating The Institute for Creation Research
Therefore, the firmament corresponds to the Earth s atmosphere and the heavens beyond. This does not mean the canopy theory is wrong, but that well-meaning people must not use the Bible to prove that it is true. Summarized briefly, Charles Darwin studied wildlife while on a voyage and he noticed the variation in the appearance of the individual animals. He guessed that this variation, given enough time, would allow these animals to change to the point that they looked different. This was not a surprising discovery, by the way. Anyone can examine different varieties of roses or cats to see this. This process of changing an organism s appearance through a series of small changes is correctly called m i croevolution (with an i ) and is not what we are referring to when we write the theory of evolution on this page. After a series of m i croevolutionary changes, a frog may be larger or changed in color, but it is still a frog not a fish or a lizard. The textbooks and media teach us that we came into existence by a two step process: First, 65 plus billion years of accidental, random atomic collisions resulted in the formation of some simple form of life. Scientists call this development of living organisms from nonliving matter abiogenesis. Second, they use Darwin s theory, stating that this simple life evolved over the next 8 plus billion years into the plants, animals, and humans we see today using the long term effects of m i croevolutionary changes. Scientists call this process of developing new life forms m a croevolution (Note the different spelling. )Both of these processes put together are what the public at large and the scientific community think the theory of evolution is . Therefore, abiogenesis combined with m a croevolution is what we are referring to when we write the theory of evolution on this page. For example, if you observe a discussion between two people regarding whether the Bible s creation account or the theory of evolution is correct, they will not be debating whether a species of clam can develop larger ridges in its shell! (A m i croevolution topic. ) They will be discussing where did life come from? And did we descend from apelike ancestors?
These are abiogenesis and m a croevolution topics, respectively. There is no empirical (reproducible and testable) proof for abiogenesis or m a croevolution. So, the person supporting evolution will typically turn the argument around to m i croevolution, where some evidence exists. Please be aware that if someone attempts to justify the theory of evolution by showing how m i croevolution works, they are changing the topic on you and not proving anything. As a proof of m a croevolution, many scientists turn to a lengthy, yet sophisticated discussion about changes in DNA from generation to generation. Be aware that this is still a jump in logic, since DNA changes are a m i croevolution topic not scientific proof of abiogenesis, m a croevolution, or the theory of evolution. Scientists and professors who promote evolutionary thought usually come from one of three scientific fields. The first field is called paleontology. The other two fields in this area are geology (the study of rocks ) and biology (the study animals and plants). The scientists in these areas are closely related and often work together. Since Darwin s time, the theory of evolution developed through people writing books. Nothing dug up out of the ground (or discovered anywhere else) has ever supported the theory of evolution. Examine the books that promote evolution yourself. They typically contain two things: First, they contain artist s drawings that show the ages and names of the layers of the earth. Second, they contain artist s drawings showing plants and animals arranged in a family tree. Please remember one thing, these pictures are not evidence. Printing them for more than a hundred years does not change that, either. Anyone can construct a table or draw a picture and propose a theory, but that does not prove the theory.
Yes, we know that the books supporting evolution contain much more information than two pictures. However, from this foundation, the authors only apply the facts in their books to the theory of evolution model. We are not aware of any public school text that mentions another model, like the Bible s creation account. That is a primary reason for creating this page. Before we go on, we would like to answer some questions that always seem to come up. One involves how pairs of all the animals could have been collected by one family. Remember, if God is really God, he could have caused the flood, a supernatural event, to occur. Does it not also make sense that God could cause pairs of animals to migrate to the location of the ark? Notice the phrase in Genesis chapter 6, verse 75: two of every kind will come to you. Also, Genesis chapter 7, verse 9 states the animals went into the ark to Noah. The answer is simple, Noah did not go and get the animals, God did. The next question is, how did all those animals fit on the ark? First, you should notice that different kinds of animals were brought onto the ark (Gen 6: 75). Unlike the more recently introduced terms genus, species, and so forth , the Bible s kinds can be thought of as what the average person would call an animal. For example, there may be many species of doves, but they are all still doves. Therefore, doves would be a kind of animal (bird, actually). Scientists have calculated the average size of the different kinds of animals (except for dinosaurs).
It comes out to be about the size of a sheep. That would leave plenty of room for Noah s family and a year s supply of food. Now, what about dinosaurs, were they on the ark and could they fit?