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Archive for August, 2011

Evolution of Apes to Man

What about that chart that shows a line of monkeys and apes evolving into man?  Isn’t that proof of evolution?

Well, not exactly.  That chart is an artist’s illustration, not proof.  I searched on the internet, and couldn’t find any articles claiming that the apes to man chart is definitive proof of evolution.

So what about all the bones that have been found through the years, like Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal Man?

I also did a little research on the web of different fossil finds.  As you can imagine, there is debate on both sides, but what about hard, conclusive proof?

There are some fossils that look like ape-men, but some scientists have determined that they fall into the range of either human or apes. Some have concluded that Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal were humans, and that Lucy (Australopithecus) was an ape.

Other famous finds, like Piltdown Man, were exposed as hoaxes.  Other claims, like Java Man, were made through sloppy science.   Nebraska Man was claimed to be a higher ape by a single tooth, but it was later determined to be a pig’s tooth.

Other evidence is fragmentary.  Peking Man was based on partial craniums and lower jaws, not complete skulls.  Other finds were human and animal bones mixed together, or spread out over a large area.

I encourage people to do their own research.  If you look at the evolution fossil claims closely, I think you’ll find they’re not conclusive.  The apes to man chart may look plausible, but the actual fossil evidence is weak and/or controversial at best.

Next: Evolution of Animals

A Closer Look at the Big Bang Theory

Do you believe in ‘smart’ science, or the unbelievable, ‘ignorant’ Bible?  Actually, scientific laws don’t support scientific theories about creation, but do support Biblical creation.

There are two scientific laws that make the Big Bang Theory impossible  – The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.

The idea behind the First Law of Thermodynamics is that energy and matter can be transformed, but not created or destroyed.

The idea behind the Second Law of Thermodynamics is that in a closed system, energy disperses and comes to a state of equilibrium.  Another way of thinking about it is, that over time, something that is ordered goes to a state of disorder or randomness, and not the other way around.

The idea behind the Big Bang Theory is that, from randomness, over billions of years, the universe expanded and formed orderly, orbiting stars, planets and galaxies,  The Big Bang Theory doesn’t explain how the matter and energy originated in the first place.

According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, things tend to become more random, not more orderly.  Disorder can be created into order only if you add information or design.  The only logical explanation for this design is a creator, or God.

Random lumps of metal can only be made into a building through the plans of an architect, and efforts of a construction crew.  Lumps of metal lying around can’t come together by themselves as a building, even after billions of years.

The Big Bang Theory or any other scientific theory about the origin of the universe is impossible, if they assume that randomness can turn into order by itself, or that matter or energy just created itself.

Next:  Evolution of Apes to Man

More About Creation vs. Science

There are two scientific theories which seem to disprove the story of Creation in the Bible – the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution.

Briefly, the Big Bang Theory states that the universe was once in an extremely hot and dense state that expanded rapidly.  It cooled and formed the stars and planets, and is continually expanding.

The Theory of Evolution states that life on earth began with bacteria that evolved over billions of years, becoming all plants and all animal life, and through apes, became man.

The Bible describes, in simple, non-scientific terms, the creation of life, the earth and the universe in six days.

The Big Bang Theory and Theory of Evolution are taught in most U.S. schools, colleges and universities, with the assumption that they are scientific fact.  This leads many people to believe that the Bible is outdated, untrue and written by ancient people who were ignorant or naive.  So, today, people who believe that the Bible is true must also be ignorant or naive, or in denial, right?

Next: A Closer Look at the Big Bang Theory

What About Creation?

The story of Creation is probably the one that most skeptics point to in trying to disprove the Bible.  According to scientific theories, the universe was formed by a ‘big bang’, then life on earth evolved over billions of years.

According to the Bible, God created the earth, animals and man in six days.  It went like this (Genesis 1):

1st day – God said, “Let there be light”, He separated light from darkness, and called them day and night.

2nd day – God separated water with an an expanse, and called the expanse ‘sky’.

3rd day – God gathered the water, and let dry ground appear.  Then God let the land produce vegetation.

4th day – God created the sun, moon and stars to light the sky.

5th day – God created birds and sea creatures.

6th day – God created land animals and man.

The Biblical explanation sounds simplistic and doesn’t explain much in detail, especially from a scientific standpoint.  In my opinion, it’s no wonder it’s such an easy target for skeptics.  But I want to point out a couple of things.

The scientific theories are just that, theories.  If you do some research, there is actually no conclusive scientific proof that the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution are true.  Also, these theories are based on the assumption that the universe and life were products of random combinations of energy and matter, over the course of billions of years.

The Biblical story of Creation assumes that the universe and life were products of intelligent design.  In my opinion, it’s easy to see intelligent design by just thinking about the complexity of the human body.  Also, the Bible emphasizes that God was the creative force, directing the events, and had feelings about it. “God saw that it was good”.

So even though the Bible describes creation in a basic, unscientific way, it was created by an intelligent designer who cared about his creation.

So the bottom line is this – would you rather believe that the world was created by random events, or by intelligent design?

Next:  More about Creation vs Science