Evolution vs Creation, My personal testimony
Brett Hunt, March, 2013
I have been interested in the sciences since I was a child. Being raised in an unreligious home, the Christmas and Easter stories were just myths to me. I was led to believe in school that even though no one could categorically prove the so-called Theory of Evolution, most scientists accepted it as true. Only ignorant, religious fanatics believed in the Biblical story of creation.
I was told about the evolution of the horse from three toes to one toe. I saw pictures of the archaeopteryx fossil, and learn that it was a transitional species between reptiles and birds. I was told about how the relative number of light and dark forms of a certain moth in England was a modern example of evolution in progress. My teachers explained how the first self-reproducing entity happened by chance in a pool of sea water, 2-3 billion years ago.
In college, I was taught the theory that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”, the idea that as the developing human embryo goes through various forms that represent stages in our evolution from other animals. I was told that fossils could be dated scientifically, using various radioactive elements, and that these tests definitively proved that the fossils were millions of years old. In the 70s, I learned that the missing link between apes and man, a fossil named “Lucy”, had finally been found in Africa. I watched a National Geographic special on the subject starring the famous archaeologist Richard Leakey. There it was, the proof that we evolved from apes!
With this background, I was convinced that the Bible was a collection of myths. When I actually read the Bible in my late 20s, and God opened my mind to understand His Word, I still had a great deal of trouble with Genesis Chapter 1. I did not know how to interpret the 6-days of creation in a way that made sense with what I “knew” about the age of the Earth, and the “evidence” in the fossil record that supported the evolution of species. I accepted Christ in part because of the overwhelming evidence of scripture, but my acceptance was in spite of my inability to reconcile Genesis Chapter 1 with what I believed about Evolution. I settled on a compromise, a belief that God had used Evolution to create so-called higher (more complex) species from lower, or simpler forms, but that God had specifically created Man apart from that process. If anyone had tried to tell me that Evolution was not real, I would have asked, “What about the fossils?”
That was my state of mind until the late 90s. An old friend from high school asked me one day what I thought about Evolution, and I told him. He then lent me several books that profoundly changed my way of thinking. The first book I read was titled, “Evolution, the Fossils Still Say No”, by Duane Gish. This book showed me right from the beginning that I was greatly misinformed, with many quotations from leading scientists openly questioning many things that are taught in our schools as established fact. Even scientists that are still committed to some kind of evolution of species have made statements that contradict other evolutionists’ ideas of how species evolve. Few if any scientists that still believe in the evolution of species give any credence to Darwin’s original ideas of gradual evolution by series of mutations, coupled with natural selection. Instead, Gish provides a long list of highly credentialed scientists that believe that all living things were created by an intelligent being.
Gish then systematically debunks the “proof” in the fossil record, beginning from microorganisms, and working his way to reptiles, mammals, and finally man. One by one the “evidence fossils” that I had learned about in school were debunked. Archaeopteryx is now accepted even by evolutionists to be merely a bird. The “Lucy” fossil, declared the oldest known “ancestor” of man shortly after its discovery, has proven to be nothing more than a type of ape. (Those who found the fossils, and made the bold claims, received many large grants to fund their work.) Gish even had the audacity to argue against the widely believed 4-billion year age of the Earth, which I was not certain I was ready to even think about.
Next, I read Michael Denton’s book, “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis”. This book is a wonderful survey of the science relating to Evolution. The author is not a Christian, nor does he profess in his book to be a creationist. However, in every pertinent area of science, archaeology, biochemistry, molecular biology, mathematical probability, embryology, he finds major, insoluble challenges to Darwinian evolution, and the variations on Darwin’s theory that have been proposed since his “Origen of Species”.
There were two sections in particular that really got my attention. First, in a Chapter entitled “Bridging the Gaps”, Denton describes many complex organisms, and the difficulties in transforming one species, by a series of random mutations, into another. In particular, he highlights the complexities of insect metamorphosis (ae: a caterpillar to a butterfly,) (Read paragraph 3 pg 220), and a different kind of metamorphosis seen in various parasites (pg 221).
Another chapter that I found really interesting was the one on Biochemical Typology. I learned that molecules like hemoglobin, which occur in all animals that have red blood, actually vary slightly in their chemical makeup from species to species. So, if fish evolved into amphibians, and then into reptiles, birds and mammals, one would expect to find more similarities in the proteins of species that are closely related on the proposed Evolutionary Tree than there are in species more distant on the Tree. However, after determining the amino acid sequence of 33 different species from a wide variety of living organisms, no such relationship was found. The proteins of yeast have more in common with the proteins of humans than they do with the proteins of bacteria. The proteins of the silkworm moth have as much in common with a pigeon as with a carp. (See chart pg 282.) In short, the biochemistry of living organisms is completely devoid of ANY evidence of transitions between the different types (plants, fish, birds, mammals, etc).
In a chapter entitled “The Enigma of Life’s Origin”, Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of structure of the DNA molecule, is quoted as saying, (see quote on page 268 –“. The origin of life at the moment seems to be almost a miracle...” He has even suggested that life might have been “seeded” on Earth from space.
If I had any doubts left after reading about the fossil evidence for creation, it was completely gone after reading about the biochemical evidence.
The final misconception for me was the whole issue of the age of the Earth, and Genesis Chapter 1. For 40 years, I had been told that the Earth is 4 billion years old. I had been told that fossils were formed over millions, even hundreds of millions of years. Even Denton made no attempt to take issue with the old-earth paradigm. However, “The Genesis Flood”, by Whitcomb and Morris, thoroughly debunked the myths I had been taught in school. I had never had much interest in geology, but that all changed in a hurry. There is abundant evidence that the Grand Canyon was created not in millions of years, but in just a few years, immediately after the worldwide flood. The unsupported assumptions behind the use radioisotopes to date rocks were exposed. Reasonable alternative methods for determining the age of the Earth were proposed. Suddenly, there was no longer any scientific reason to believe that the Earth is any older than a few thousand years! I reread Genesis Chapter 1 with new eyes, knowing that the six days of creation are completely consistent with the power that God has shown in his Word, and throughout His creation.
The supposed conflict between science and the Bible was gone! I remember walking out into my back yard, and just looking around at everything God has created, and being struck with a sense of awe. For months afterwards, I looked at everything with a new sense of appreciation, reverence, and love for God. Scriptures like Rom 1:19-21 had new meaning for me. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Since learning of this local creation society, all of the excitement that I had nearly 15 years ago has come flooding back. I have read several other books over the years that have shed even more light on these issues. “Darwin’s Black Box”, by Michael Behe, presents the idea of “irreducible complexity” as an argument for intelligent design. More recently, I read “The Design and Complexity of the Cell”, which takes Behe’s examples of complex biochemical systems to another level. I felt like a kid again in my Dad’s workshop, watching him work with his tools. God had taken me into his workshop, and showed me some of the amazing things he had made, seemingly just for the purpose of enjoying them together with me.
A few years ago, I discovered, “Footprints in the Ash”, which is the story of the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980. There I found the answer to an enigma that I first learned about in high school. No one could understand how a single petrified tree could penetrate several layers of rock, supposedly spanning millions of years, with no evidence of erosion. The trees in the bottom of Spirit Lake are a modern example of the Petrified Forest in Yellowstone. The deposits in and around Mount St Helens in many ways resemble the layers in the Grand Canyon. It was like I was looking at God’s footprints!
I am now able to read 2 Peter 3:2-7 (“…For of this they are willingly ignorant, that by the word of God the heavens were of old…”) with understanding, knowing that ALL of God’s Word is true. (Read it.)
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God…”