- Religion and Philosophy
Evolution vs creationism
Creation or evolution
There are really only 2 ways to believe about how the Earth and the Universe were created. There is creation by a supernatural being, God, or the big bang and the theory of evolution. For the most part, we all believe in one way or the other.
If we take a look at both sides, and what we know about each, we should be able to come to a reasonable conclusion of which way is more likely to have happened.
People that don’t believe in creation believe that in the beginning there was nothing, nothing started to expand and expand, it continues to expand even now. Over millions of years nothing became something and the universe became what it is today.
After the universe and the earth were created, the Earth luckily was just the right distance from a star, the sun, that made the temperature just right to support life. The earth also rotates at just the right speed so that no part of it will be turned away from the sun too long, but just long enough that it doesn’t get too hot or too cold.
It is also a coincidence that just the right amount of water exists on the earth to keep the temperature at the proper level and supply enough water vapor to mix with the other gasses to create the right atmosphere for us to breathe, and carbon dioxide for plants to grow.
A water cycle also miraculously formed that causes the water to evaporate from the oceans leaving the salt in the oceans, the water vapor then moves over the land masses, and the fresh water falls down onto the land to make things grow. Warm air pushing up on the clouds keep them in the air even though an average thunderstorm can weigh over 100 million pounds.
Another perfect miracle is that the earth rotates at just the right speed, and is just the right size that the magnetic core has gravity strong enough to hold things to the surface of the earth just enough to overcome the centrifugal force of the surface of the Earth moving at close to 1000 mph. Making it so things stay on the surface without flying off, but are still able to move without much effort.
The mixture of the elements in the atmosphere are just the right combination to allow man and the other creatures to be able to survive on the Earth. If the mixture of all the elements of the atmosphere were off just a tiny bit, it would not support life as we know it in on the Earth. Look how fast you will suffocate if the mixture of gasses changes by eliminating any of the elements just slightly.
Another miracle is that somehow a form of life was also created out of the chaos of nothing expanding. A single cell life form that over millions of years evolved into creatures that first were in the oceans, somehow being able to get oxygen out of the water to breathe. They developed over time into higher and higher life forms until they got to a point where for some reason they decided that it was time to come of the water and live on the land.
Miraculously two creature of the same species, a male and a female, developed lungs at exactly the same time and came out of the sea and onto the land. These creatures continued to developed over time and developed wings so they could fly, they also mutated into thousands of different species, some of which completely changed their DNA. They then evolved into possibly rats, bats, or maybe some other type of rodent, then apes and then into man like we are today.
Creation by God. The Bible says that in the beginning there was God. God created the heavens and the earth. God then shaped everything into the form he wanted, he then created a source for lighting the earth. God then separated the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth. Then God made the waters flow together so there was dry land. He then created vegetation on the earth. He then filled the waters and the land with life, creatures of many kinds. Then God created man to govern over the earth, and a mate for man to multiply.
The Bible is the inspired words of God. God said he created everything. If you believe in God, and you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then you must believe that everything in the Bible is right, it is a guidebook from God for us, to show us how to get through our life on earth, and get to our life after our time on earth. You can’t choose onnly parts of the Bible you like.
Richard Dawkins interview
If you look at all the amazing things in the universe and on the earth, it is impossible to think that this all came together and it it all works together precisely in the only way that it can work for all life to survive. There is no way any rational person can believe that it happened by coincidence.
Just the fact that all this exists, shows that there is a creator. As with a building, you have not seen the creator, yet you know there was a creator of the building because you see the finished product. Random things just don't come together and form amazing complex things on their own.
You could put all the right materials to build a building in a large field, and leave them for millions of years, and everyone knows that they would never turn into a building. You could take all the pieces required to build a car, put them in your back yard for a million years, they would never become a car. There must be a creator for everything that is.
Two top scientists, Guillermo Gonzalez, author of The privileged planet, and the late John O’Keefe from NASA, spent years examining the unique factors that are required for a planet to sustain intelligent life. The factors including water, oxygen, gravity, distance from a star, the tilt of the planet on it’s axis, as well as the rotation speed, it’s orbit around the star to keep it in the life zone, neighboring planets, and on and on.
They came to the conclusion that the odds of any planet in this vast universe meeting all of the conditions necessary are so unlikely, that the fact the Earth meets them all is a scientific miracle. A miracle is defined as “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.”
Cambridge-educated scientist Dr. Stephen A. Meyers worked to reveal the mathematical odds of even one protein evolving from mater on it’s own. “The odds of getting even one functional protein by chance from a prebiotic soup is at best less than 1 chance in 10 to 164,” this doesn't even take into account the odds of it coming from nothing.
Dr. Meyers wrote in “Signature in the Cell.” “Another way to say this is the probability of finding a functional protein by chance alone is a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion times smaller than the odds of finding a single specific particle among all the particles in the [whole] universe.” In other words, the odds of life beginning on Earth, or anywhere else in the universe by mere chance, are well beyond what mathematicians consider the threshold of impossibility.
If it's mathematically impossible for macro evolution, why does the theory persist?
Several top evolutionary scientists have said that the only reason that evolution exists is because those of us that don’t believe in God, need to have a way of explaining how the Earth and the universe were formed.
There is no doubt in my mind that this statement is true, that is why evolution theory exists. The theory of macro evolution has so little evidence to support it that if it were a theory about anything else, it would not be given any credibility by science at all.
Ray comfort movie
We all sin, men that say they don’t believe in God enjoy sin, yet God has given all men a conscience so they know sin is wrong. There has to be a way in their mind to justify that whatever the sins they enjoy are not wrong, and there are therefore no consequences for sinning.
The reason that so many professing atheists have so much anger against believers in God is that their conscience is telling them that sin is wrong. The problem with that belief system is that no matter how angry you are towards God, and you can say you don't believe in God, yet it doesn't change that fact that just because you don’t believe in something, doesn't mean it’s not true and real.
If you look at the things around you in the world and the universe, all the things that are so awesome and amazing, and think about what has to happen every minute of every day, just to allow those things to exist, and for use to survive here, can you really believe that it is all by chance that it all exists?
Can anyone believe that everything we see came from a nothing expanding into an orderly universe of systems and physical laws that are coincidence. There is evidence everywhere you look that there is a creator, and the creator is God.