When you preach on the College Campus, you will always deal with the question of Evolution. It is scandalous to confront the IDOL of Evolution that is precious to those on a college campus. If you bring it up, you are sure to face some opposition.
A fellow evangelist who also preaches on college campuses, Tom the Preacher, has been doing a great email series on this topic, and I wanted to share some of the Q&A which is quite similar to what you would find asked by students on a campus. Tom knows his stuff as he’s been reaching out to college students for a long time.
Maybe you’re a student visiting my Blog after having seen me on one of the campuses I preach at. I may not have answered your question about Evolution, but I pray this email below does just that. Take a look below and may God soften your heart to see your need for Jesus and that one day you would put your faith in Jesus and Follow him as Lord and Savior.
|TOMS EMAIL SERIES – Q&A ABOUT EVOLUTION:|
|If evolution isn’t true, explain why chimpanzees and humans have 98% similar DNA.|
Perhaps you’ve heard that there are lies, darn lies, and statistics — an apt description for this claim of 98% similarity between chimps and humans. We creationists question the accuracy of the 98% claim, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume it’s true. Since our DNA contains about 3 billion base pairs, that means there are 60,000,000 differences in our DNA from a chimp’s DNA. Suddenly, we don’t sound quite so similar after all.
We’re taller and live longer than our ancestors. That proves evolution is true.
No, it proves we have better nutrition, better medical care, and better shelter. We aren’t living longer because of inherited genetic traits, but because we have addressed diseases and living conditions that killed earlier generations. And by the way, even if increased lifespans were the result of genetics, we’re still human beings; we aren’t originating a new species.
All humans could not have come from just two people. Such interbreeding would create tons of birth defects.
We can assume that Adam and Eve were created perfect and that their genes began to deteriorate only after they fell into sin. Thus, the genes responsible for causing birth defects in the offspring of brother and sister would not have begun to show forth for a number of generations, at which time God instituted laws forbidding marriage to a sibling.
Do creationists believe in any evolution at all?
If evolution simply means “change,” then we obviously believe organisms and their offspring change over time. But we believe those changes are small and kept within the same kind of organism We call this micro-evolution. We don’t believe in the larger changes that would create new kinds of animals. Thus, we have no problem believing all canines could have a common ancestor (dogs, wolves, etc), but we don’t believe a canine and a feline (cats, lions, tigers, etc) have a common ancestor. Certainly, sexual and asexual organisms, vertebrae and invertebrate, warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals, those who breathe air into their lungs and those who take water into there gills would not have a common ancestor.
How do you explain so many similarities within so many organisms?
Whereas evolutionists believe similar traits, DNA, etc. indicate a common ancestor, we believe this commonality indicates a common Creator.
How can stars be millions of light-years away if the creation happened only a few thousand years ago?
Admittedly, this is a tough question and creationists continue to do research on this topic. Meanwhile, keep two things in mind: (1) Light-years is actually a measure of distance, not time. In other words, it is possible a star is “a million light-years away” without requiring the light from that star to have been traveling for the past one million years. (2) In referring to creation, the Bible says God “stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 51:13). It’s certainly possible that this miraculous creation event spread out the stars and galaxies in a moments time, but we don’t know for sure as this would have been a unique event that never occurred before or since.
Doesn’t bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics demonstrate evolution?
Antibiotics kill off most bacteria, but those that survive and flourish are now resistant to that antibiotic. This is an example of natural selection. But evolution requires more than natural selection; it also requires a mechanism for new genetic material to form. Creationists have no problem with the survival and multiplication of more “fit” bacteria, but this alone doesn’t explain how new, more genetically advanced bacteria could come into existence. In other words, this example addresses the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?