The Bible gives us a very high view of man. The Creation Narrative puts man in a distinct category above the plant or animal kingdom and made man responsible for hem (Discuss: Genesis 1:26-30)
Man was a direct and deliberate creation of God rather than a command of ‘let there be’ (Genesis 2:7).
Man was made after the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of God and there is an early recognition of the distinct elements of body and soul (Genesis 1:26, 2:7).
Before the Fall, the Biblical view of man is that of a highly exalted being fashioned after the likeness of his Maker and above his environment (Genesis 1:26-30) and Psalm 8)
THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
The word Evolution is a Latin word which means an unrolling. It is the development of one form into another. The term is associated with the view of Charles Darwin (1809-82) from his book The Origin of Species concerning the means by which animal and human life came into existence and through which they became increasingly complex life forms.
According to Evolutionists:
i) The Biblical account of man is a myth and totally false. Man has evolved over millions of years from animal life. The first form of life came from the sea. From the sea it then progressed to the land and eventually evolved into man.
ii) There is nothing original for the very earliest species from which man came, dates back over 8 million years
iii) Evolution was God’s way of creating man
iv) That man and anthropoid apes have descended from a common ancestral form; therefore man and the higher mammals differ only in degree
An article from BBC News (18 May 2006) states that:
‘Humans and chimpanzees may have split from a common ancestor far more recently than was previously thought. A detailed analysis of human and chimp DNA suggests the lines finally diverge less than 4.5 million years ago. A US team says its results hint at the possibility that interbreeding occurred between the two lines for thousands even millions, of years. This is hypothesis; we haven’t proved it but it would explain multiple features of our data, said David Relch, assistant professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School and an author on the Nature paper’.
BIBLE’S OBJECTION TO THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
a) Evolution is not an established fact and cannot be scientifically proven. Furthermore, there is no one theory of evolution and evolutionists are not united in their ideas and understanding of evolution.
b) It remains a theory because new discoveries are made from time to time which challenges previous so call proofs
c) Men have certain powers which animals do not possess. Yes, birds make nests, bees hives and beavers make dams but such productions are instinctive. A given species of birds will make its nests in the very same way generation after generation – there is no progression. With man there is progression; they are inventors and houses built in 2007 are not the same as those built in 1433. Man has developed in knowledge and built space shuttles which is said to have landed on the moon. Which animals has there been who have planned and done anything different to what it did 300 years ago?
d) The Scriptural account conflicts directly with the theory of evolution. There is no possibility of reconciling the two accounts of creation. Evolution is therefore a Scriptural impossibility for the whole concept of the beginning of sin depends on the historic life of Adam and his disobedience to God. Furthermore, the Scripture outlines the genealogies from Adam to Christ
Genesis 5: 1-32 (Genealogy from Adam to Japheth)
Genesis 11:10-32 (Genealogy from Shem to Abraham)
Mathew 1:1-17 (Genealogy from Abraham to Christ)
e) Paul’s theology in Romans 5:12-16 is also dependent upon the fact of Adam
f) Evolution makes no provision for man’s conscience, language, intellect or religious worship
Louis Berkhof states:
The Evolutionary theory in general, though often represented as established doctrine, is up to the present time, nothing but an unproved working hypothesis (guess work or assumption)
SCIENTTISTS SPEAK ABOUT EVOLUTION
Most scientists are working in very narrow fields; they do not see the overall picture, and assume, even though their field does not prove evolution, that perhaps other areas of science probably vindicate it. They are well-meaning men. The biologists and geneticists know their facts, and research does not prove evolution, but assume that geology does. The geologists know their field does not prove evolution, but hope that the biologists and geneticists have proven it. Those who do know the facts fear to disclose them to the general public, less they be fired. But they do write articles in their own professional journals and books, condemning evolutionary theory.
Included below are a number of admissions by leading evolutionists of earlier decades, such as Charles Darwin, Austin Clark or Fred Hoyle. The truth is that evolutionists cannot make scientific facts fit the theory.
The Darwinian theory of descent has not a single fact to confirm it in the realm of nature. It is not the result of scientific research, but purely the product of imagination – Dr Fleischman (Erlangen zoologist).
The hypothesis that life has developed from inorganic matter is, at present, still an article of faith. – Sir John Ambrose Fleming, F.R.S. (Discoverer of the thermionic valve), quoted in H Enoch, Evolution or Creation 1966, p91
‘ I am not satisfied that Darwin proved his point or that his influence in scientific and public thinking has bee beneficial. The success of Darwinism was accomplished by a decline in scientific integrity - WR Thompson, introduction to Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species (Canadian scientist).
One of the determining forces of scientism was a fantastic accidental imagination which could explain every irregularity in the solar system without explanation, leap the gaps in the atomic series without evidence (a gap required by the Big Bang theory), postulate the discovery of fossils which have never been discovered and prophesy the success of breeding experiments which have never succeeded. O this kind of science it might truly be said that it was knowledge falsely so called. –David C.C. Watson, The great Train Robbery (1976).
It was because Darwinian Theory broke man’s link with God and set him adrift in a cosmos without purpose or end that its impact was so fundamental. No other intellectual revolution in modern times.. so profoundly affected the way men viewed themselves and their places in the universe was not in existence; and that it made its appearance in six days.. in consequence of the volition of some pre-existing Being. Thomas Huxley, quoted in Leonard Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley, Vol. 11 (1903) p429
The theory of evolution suffers from grave defects, which are more and more apparent as time advances. It can no longer square with practical scientific knowledge.- Albert Fleishmann, Zoologist.
In fact evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and many are prepared to bend their observations to fit in with it. – H Lipson, A Physicist Looks at Evolution, Physics Bulletin, 31 (1980) p138.
When Darwin presented a paper ( with Alfred Wallace) to the Linnean Society in 1858, a Professor Haughton of Dublin remarked, ‘All that was new was false, and what was true old.’ This, we think, will be the final verdict on the matter, the epitaph on Dawinism. – Fred Hoyle and N Chandra Wickramasinghe, Evolution from Space (1981), p159
Creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms either appeared on the earth fully developed or they did not. If they did not, they must have developed from pre-existing species by some process of modification. If they did appear in a fully developed state, they must have been created by some omnipotent intelligence. – D.J. Futuyma, Science on Trial (1983), p197.
The irony is devastating. The main purpose of Darwinism was to drive every last trace of an incredible God from biology. But the theory replaces God with an even more incredible deity- omnipotent intelligence. – T. Rosazak, Unfinished Animal (1975), pp101-102
My attempts to demonstrate evolution by an experiment carried on for more than forty years have completely failed. At least I should hardly be accused of having started from any preconceived anti-evolutionary sand point – H Nilsson, Synthetic Speciation (1953), p 31
‘I personally hold the evolutionary position, but yet lament the fact that the majority of our Ph.D. graduates are frightfully ignorant of many of the serious problems of the evolution theory. These problems will not be solved unless we bring them to the attention of students. Most students assume evolution is proved, the missing link is found, and all we have left is a few rough edges to smooth out. Actually, quite the contrary is true; and many recent discoveries… have forced us to re-evaluate our basic assumptions- Director of a large graduate program in biology, quoted in Creation: The Cutting Edge (1982) p26.
The creation account in Genesis and the theory of evolution could not be reconciled. One must be right and the other wrong. The story of the fossils agreed with the account of Genesis. In the oldest rocks we did find a series of fossils covering the gradual changes from the most primitive creatures to developed forms, but rather in the oldest rocks developed species suddenly appeared. Between every species there was a complete absence of intermediate fossils. – D.B. Gower Scientist Rejects Evolution, Kentish Times, England, December 11, 1975, p4 (biochemist)