The ending question for this chapter, "Which to believe and why?", how will you answer this question? For me, I firmly believe that their is one Creator who created everything and everyone in his own image He created us fearfully and wonderfully.
I pray that a day will come where scientists will put their faith that there is Someone who created everyone fearfully and wonderfully. And that they will know that our Creator took time to put details in our appearance just as an artist draws and a potter molds.
So my answer is, believe in HIM, our Creator. Science has limitations and changes, everything and everyone changes, but we must know that there is someone who will never change and that is God.
You may question me how I know that God is will never change; because God is eternal. Now how do I know that He is eternal? Because He told me in John 3:16 that He will give me eternal life if i will believe in Him and if he can give eternal life, then He must have eternal life too right? And how do i know He will give me eternal life? Simply because I have put my faith and trust in Him and I believe Him.
SinceIi said that we are created by our Maker, then doesn't that mean our relationship with Him is like a Father is to His children? Yes, our Creator is our heavenly Father and we are His children.
If one wants to know about something, he will search resources about him or it right? Then I too will read about our Creator through the Bible, to know Him more and to continue believing in Him. Through this I will continue to grow my relationship with Him.
So why do I choose to believe that there is a Creator?
Every fruit became a seed first, but how was the seed created? Every man became a baby first, but how was the baby created? There is a beginning in all stories, so there must also be a beginning before everyone lived right? There must be someone who was there before everything began so that that someone is the one that started everything. I believe that that someone is our Creator, our God. We need to believe that he started it all, through faith. Faith ends all questions, faith is the answer and not science.
I would like to close with 1 Peter 1:8-9 "8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
and this conversation story about FAITH that a friend of mine posted in Facebook. It's pretty long, but it is an excellent example of FAITH in Science. I don't know where the main resource was from but, I hope you will learn something from it.
Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
P.S.I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.
Main person who posted: Oliver Joseph Corrales
Date: April 18, 2012NOTE: Hands image from Google, student and blackboard picture was posted along with the Einstein story.
Evolution, macroevolution, abiogenesis, spontaneous generation, big bang---all of these things doesn't make any sense! Charles Robert Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology, theorized that a horse's ancestor may possibly be a cow. What? Well to better understand everything, I will explain two types of evolution that Darwin hypothesized which are the microevolution and the macroevolution. I will also explain this abiogenesis, spontaneous generation, and big bang theory and why should we not believe it.
1. Microevolution v.s. Macroevolution-
What is the definition for microevolution and macroevolution? Well according to Apologia: Exploring Creation with biology 2nd edition.p268Microevolution
-The theory that natural selection can over time, take organism and transform it into more specialized species of that organism.Macroevolution
-The hypothesis that processes similar to those at work in microevolution can over eons of time, transform an organism into a completely different kind of organism.
In simple explanation, the difference between microevolution and macroevolution is that macroevolution evolves from one simple life form into a more specific life form (ex. fish-human) and microevolution evolves from one type of life form and reproduces other life forms with certain different features (ex. wild dog-domesticated dog)
I believe that microevolution is true, but macroevolution doesn't exist and isn't possible for as it says in Genesis 1;27"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."
One example that may be used to state that microevolution may have occurred after God's creation is through Adam and Eve. I believe that how we all got different appearances and colors is an example of microevolution. I have already stated on my first year portfolio before that God designed Adam and Eve, our first parents, to have a wide variety of genetics to reproduce different appearances to their descendants. it is also possible that Noah and his family inherited a wide variety of genetics too and reproduced different appearances of their descendants. As for the language and dialect, we all know that this happened in the Tower of Babel (Read Genesis 11;1-9)Link to where I got the information and resource:http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/features/adam-eve-skin-tones-one-race
The macroevolution however, doesn't have any stable and definite evidence to support it. Many macroevolutionists say that the Geologic column
is their evidence, but as we all know, science changes and isn't definite and stable so the people who are against macroevolution said that there is a possibility that these layers of strata was caused by natural disasters. One world-wide disaster that may support this possibility is the world-wide flood that occurred during Noah's time.
You see you must understand that science has limitations. You must never put your trust in science because science cannot answer everything. As time moves, everything changes and grows old. We grow old, the animals and plants grow old, and so science changes too just as we change. But know that there is one Someone who is never changing, that is God. He is eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient in all aspects.
2. Spontaneous Generation and Abiogenesis-
Spontaneous generation-an idea that living forms were created from non-living things.
Abiogenesis- an idea that long ago, there were only simple life forms that spontaneously appeared.
Scientists didn't give up the idea of evolution. Darwin's work inspired scientists to prove another answer that life began without any creator. The idea of the spontaneous generation actually began long ago in 350 B.C. when Aristotle concluded that when men left meat open and allowed it to decay,maggots will appear. Aristotle made other observations to support his hypothesis on spontaneous generation. The spontaneous generation quickly became a theory because of the data that supported it.
In mid-1600's, a biologist whose name was Jean Baptist van Helmont, did an experiment that also supported the theory of spontaneous generation.
The experiment that he conducted was a recipe for mice. He concluded that when you put sweaty shirts and wheat on a closed box for 21 days, mice would appear!
Experiments continued for 1,900 years and all of them seemed to support the theory and the theory quickly became a scientific law. Until about the same time, Francesco Redi, an Italian physician, questioned the scientific law of spontaneous generation. He was the first scientist that questioned and conducted an experiment that was against the scientific law. He argued whether the mice came in the box or outside the
box. His experiment includes three jars with meat on each jar. The first jar he didn't close, the second he sealed tightly and the third he closed with fine netting ,(His reason why he closed the third jar with fine netting was because the scientists argued that without air no one can live). The experiment was to see that maggots don't form from decayed meat. The result of the experiment showed that maggots only formed on the opened jar because the flies laid their eggs in it while, the other two jars ,even the one with fine netting, didn't have any maggots.
The result of Redi's experiment shocked the world because all experiments that were conducted for the spontaneous generation for the past 1,900 years seemed to support the theory!
Many scientists still faithfully believed that somehow maybe microorganisms may have spontaneously appeared.
In 1670's, those microorganisms were found by Anton van Leeuwenhoek. Anton van Leeuwenhoek and other scientists seemed to support that microorganisms may have spontaneously appear through holding experiments. In the mid-1700's ,John Needham conducted an experiment similar to Redi's experiment. In his experiment, he first boiled the infusion on a flask then sealed the flask with a cork. After a few days, microorganisms appeared. This experiment made way for the spontaneous generation to again be believed.
Lazzaro Spallanzani, a contemporary of Needham argued that it is either that Needham didn't boiled the infusion for too long or the cork allowed microorganisms to enter. Thus he revised Needham's experiment but he melted the opening of the flask to allow any microorganisms to enter. This seal was airtight so then again the other scientists complained that without air, nothing can live.
The argument on spontaneous generation went on until one day, Louis Pasteur conducted an experiment that refuted the theory of spontaneous generation. He showed ,using his swan-necked flasks, that microorganisms enter through the opened flask but are prevented from mixing with the infusion due to the curved-bent of the flask.
3. Big Bang- the last topic that I won't be discussing is this big bang evolution.
"Big bang, at first there was nothing then BOOM! the universe was created."
-Dr. Chuck Missler
The thing that I don't get is why do scientists believe in the big bang evolution if they don't even know how it BANG! in the first place? What is it that BOOMED! ? Where did the heat ,that big bang evolutionists state was the reason that the universe slowly unfolded, come from?
Well now that these evolution theories are explained, what now?
NOTE: All pictures used are from Google.
Yes, God created the heavens, the earth, the whole universe and everything inside it in six days. Isn't that amazing? But even if God can make it all in a snap, He chose to create the whole universe in six days to show us that we must work for 6 days only. God rested on the 7th day to show us that we need a day's rest every week. While God was creating, he was already thinking about how to be good role models to us.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Truly God's creation is indescribable....I hope that this video will help yo appreciate God's indescribable work.
(Click the link below to go to the video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-zJHgaoVa4
So now that we know the story of creation, let's see what the story of evolution is and who was the one that concluded this....
(Note: All Photos are from Google. The "Let there be light!" picture was edited by me but the image is from Google)
(The picture above is a Japanese humanoid robot named, HRP-4C)-image from Google."Why didn't God create us as robots?",
I often ask this question whenever I sin and fail God, but I have learned that God wants us to love Him out of our heart. He gave us the choice to love or ignore Him, for love that is produced out of the abundance of the heart and choice is a hundred times sweeter than a love that is forced. There was a point in my life that I was confused and felt empty for failing God many times ,even if I knew that He was already in my heart, and even tried to fill it in with extra-curricular activities. Then finally I searched in Google the question, 'Why didn't God create us to be robots?", and surprisingly God answered me through a blog article I found which you can read here:http://paulaalambert.blogspot.com/2012/06/why-didnt-god-make-us-robots.html
God loves us genuinely and He wants us to give genuine love to Him also. After reading the article, I have finally understood why God didn't create us to be robots. (Genesis 1: 27)"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them"
What is the meaning and the definition of life?
I searched the definition life through http://www.webster-dictionary.org
and here's what I got:n.1.The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; - used of all animal and vegetable organisms.
We all know when one thing has a life or not, but what is the criteria of life? I learned in Biology that there are 4 criteria for life, which are:
- All life forms must contain deoxyribonucleic, which for short is called DNA.
- All life forms have a method by which they extract energy from the surroundings and convert it to energy that sustains them.
- All life forms can sense changes in their surroundings and respond to those changes.
- All life forms can reproduce.
Some scientists tried to create a life form by putting chemicals and formulas altogether but never succeeded. The reason why man can never create another life form is because we are all created by one Creator, which is God. Man can never surpass God, for God is way greater and powerful than all the human beings combined.
The meaning of life for me is to live the story that God made specially for you. Walk with him to know the meaning of life as you take each step in your journey.
I want to start this portfolio of Creation v.s. Evolution to know "How did life begin?" before the world grew to be the ancient then advanced to the world we know today.
Many ask how men started to live and move in the earth and are looking for the answer to the question "How did life begin?". Men tried to fill in the question with two answers, the first is Creation. Men, including me, believed that there is a Creator who created the earth, the universe, and the world we live today. The other answer that the men concluded is, Evolution. Charles Darwin believed that out of one thing, many things evolved to life. But what should we believe? At the end of this chapter I hope I have sent the message to you in which to believe and why to believe in that answer.