Beware of unscientific conclusions

I believe in evolution and creation.  Why is this a problem?

(I have been answering this question for two weeks and, actually, I could write for “millions of years” on this question alone, but I’ll make this my last try.)

I believe the essence of the problem with accommodating evolution is found in Deuteronomy 4:2, “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, or take away from it.”   Simply put, we cannot add to the Bible.  If you read the creation account in Genesis chapters one and two you could never come up with the idea of evolution.  There is no hint of evolution in Genesis; it just does not fit.

The only way you could come up with the idea of evolution is to accept outside influences.  We do not have to do this.  As I said before, we have yielded territory to evolution without cause.  Science knows nothing that contradicts a special, supernatural creation.  We can defend the authority of the word of God against the illusions of evolution; real science is on our side.  We do not have to add evolution to the Bible because we think science “proves” evolution.

1 Timothy 6:20 says, “avoid profane and vain babblings and science falsely so-called.”  The word “science” comes from the Greek “gnosis” meaning knowledge.  Evolution is “science falsely so-called.”  Real science is putting men on the moon, building computers, discovering new drugs, etc.  Science is not rigid and dogmatic.  Science never achieves a state of absolute certainty; it only achieves “fine shades of certainty.”  Scientific honesty is bending over backward not to bring in your preconceived ideas; it’s not letting your ideas influence your thinking.  It is always questioning and searching for more complete answers. 

Evolution is an assault on science.  Evolutionists suggest breaking some of the most established laws to protect their model.  Just one example: evolution violates the Law of Causality, cause and effect.  Romans 1:19 tells us, “that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”  The truth about God is obvious because it is built into the very fabric of our being.  God has given man reason, which is built on cause and effect: the ability to link things together to come to right conclusions.  It is obvious that there is a “first cause” to this universe.  Romans 1:20 says, “His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.”  Rationality therefore leads us back to God.  Conversely, it is irrational not to acknowledge God.  Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.”

 Therefore, according to 1 Timothy 6, we must avoid evolution, not accommodate it and add it to the Bible.  Accommodating it can, according to 2 Corinthians 11:3, “lead us astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  Paul tells us in the beginning of that verse why he was afraid they would be “led astray.”  He says,  “But I am afraid, lest a serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness…”  Evolution is deceptive. Evolution is sophistry, which means “unsound or misleading but clever, plausible, and subtle argument or reasoning.”

Evolution is certainly plausible.  It is plausible that I could win the lottery (if I played the lottery) every week for the next 100 years.  It is just not possible.  Evolution is just not possible.  Sir Frederic Hoyle, popular Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University and Chandra Wickramasinghe, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at University College, Cardiff (definitely not creationists) calculated that the likelihood of all the functional proteins necessary for life forming in one place by random events is 1 x 10 with 40,000 zeros after it.  That is an impossible number.  The number of atoms in the known universe is a mere 1x 10 with 80 zeros after it.  Proteins are just one component to life.  What about the likelihood of an eye or the brain with all their complexity forming by random events?  Scientists seem content to wallow in “blissful unawareness of the magnitude of the problem.”  They simply overlook and distort probability science.

Scientific accomplishments have been amazing.  This has dazzled people into thinking they cannot refute evolution and convinced people to add evolution to the Bible.  God does not think highly of adding to His word.  We must be careful not to be deceived by what is presented as science.  We must be aware that evolution has become a way to explain things apart from God. We must be equipped defend the authority of the word of God in the arena of science.  We must expose and avoid “science falsely so-called.”  We must embrace rationality and real science, both of which come from God.  

We live in a scientific era when we can sing the praises of God louder than ever before.  The more we know about science, the more magnificent God becomes.  “O Lord, how many are thy works!  In wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is full of Thy possessions.”  Psalm 104:24

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©Tom Carpenter
Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen