Scientific Evidence For Creation
The Biblical account of creation as presented in the Old Testament book of Genesis is clear and straightforward. God used divine and creative power to form and light the vast universe. Out of all the galaxies He created, one was chosen for special attention. On a relatively small planet that orbited its sun at just the right distance, God placed life. The Creator spoke and vegetation came into existence, including seed-bearing plants and trees that bore fruit. Birds flew in the sky, mysterious creatures swam in the oceans, and both wild and domestic animals moved across the land. The crowning achievement of this creative work was the man, Adam, and Eve, the woman made from man's rib. "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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. 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" (Genesis 2:1-3). The Genesis account is sufficient for Christians, but troublesome for unbelievers. Though evolutionists refuse to believe it, ample scientific evidence for creation completely destroys their theories of a universe this is billions of years old populated by organisms that evolved from some vague primordial soup.
Not all evolution can be discounted, however. The argument between the Biblical account of creation and those theories espoused by the followers of Charles Darwin's suppositions regards macro-evolution. Also known as organic evolution, this process claims to be the beneficial change and upwards movement from a single molecule to complex biological species occurring over billions of years. Of course, existing scientific evidence for creation exposes this as nonsensical dreaming by those who refuse to believe in God. However, micro-evolution is a legitimate, naturally-occurring process that affects such characteristics as size, shape, and color. Perhaps the most fantastic example of a species that is subject to micro-evolution is the one commonly referred to as man's best friend. The Biblical account doesn't say what the original Canis familiaris looked like. But God gave the first canines what biologists call plastic genes. The domestic dog can be as small as a teacup poodle or as large as an Irish Wolfhound. The bulldog's nose is so squished, he may have trouble breathing while the borzoi's nose is long and tapered. Almost every canine feature can be different sizes, shapes, and colors depending on the individual dog's genetic background. Darwin wrote about the finches he found on the Galapagos Islands in the 1830s as evidence for his views on natural selection. But the different species of finches, who differ in the size and shapes of their beaks, micro-evolved from the original created birds. They did not macro-evolve into entirely different kinds of creatures. Neither did this process take millions of years. The process of natural selection was observed in Galapagos finches during an eighteen-year study. Researchers meticulously recorded shifts in population between small-beaked finches and large-beaked finches as drought and rainfall conditions changed.
A major point of contention between creationists and evolutionists is the age of the universe. By calculating events recorded in Scripture, creationists hold to a young earth, perhaps created 10,000 years ago. Evolutionists need billions of years to give their theories even the slightest credibility. However, the scientific evidence for creation proves the universe cannot be that old. For example, an average of a cubic mile of volcanic debris a year is added to the earth's surface. In the past, volcanic activity was greater and even more debris was released. But only about twenty-five percent of the earth's sedimentary rock comes from volcanic debris. If the earth was over four billion years old, that percentage would be much greater. Similarly, the continents are slowly eroding. If the erosion rate was constant, the land would be level, with no mountains, in twenty-five million years. How then, can the earth be over four billion years old? Other similar rates also refute such a long past for the universe. These include the growth of coral reefs and of stalactites and stalagmites in caves, and the amount of river sediment and dissolved metals in the oceans.
Evolutionists like to point to geologic columns and the fossil record as proof of their theories, however, there are no fossils of transitional creatures. In fact, the Biblical account of creation and the great flood are supported by the fossil record. In examining layers of geologic strata, it appears that creatures were rapidly buried. The perfect explanation for these fossils is found in Genesis. While Noah, his family, and the animals were safe in the ark, the rest of the earth's creatures were destroyed by water pouring down from the heavens and shooting up from the earth's depths. So many aspects of this catastrophic event lend scientific credence to the truth of the Biblical account and provides much of the scientific evidence for creation and the destruction caused by the flood.
As if these few examples weren't enough, evolutionists beg their followers to believe a known superstition. At one time, people commonly believed that life just appeared out of nowhere. Somehow a pile of rags in a corner turned into mice. Maggots showed up on food. Frogs were formed from mud. French chemist Louis Pasteur won a prize in 1864 for scientifically proving that this notion, known as spontaneous generation, did not occur. Though evolutionists have no choice but to admit the validity of Pasteur's experiments, they continue to insist that it was still possible for all the chemical reactions to be just right, at one moment in the way-long-ago past, for life to spontaneously generate. This insistence ignores the mathematical improbability of such a moment and other considerations such as the symbiotic relationships among some species and genetic certainty that acquired characteristics cannot be inherited. In contrast, the Biblical account of creation supports biogenesis, the principle that life comes from life.
Creation Science MuseumWill the exhibits at a creation science museum convince evolutionists that the world was created by God in six days only about six to ten thousand years ago? Will secular scholars of ancient literature admit reading about dinosaurs in the Bible? Probably not. Any evidence, no matter how credible, seems to be ignored if it doesn't fit with their preconceived ideas about the origins of life. A person's philosophical worldview rests on this singular issue: is man a created being or an evolved being? How one chooses to answer this fundamental question actually starts a snowball to which other very specific viewpoints attach themselves. For example, in believing the truth that God created mankind, one accepts that people are made in God's image, we are different than other living creatures because we have a soul, and a spiritual realm exists. Humans are given the task of being good stewards of the earth and the bounty God provides.
Evolutionists, by denouncing Genesis as a myth and placing their faith in missing links that do not exist, feel free to call humans such names as "upright mammalian weeds," promote animal rights as being equal to human rights, and scoff at the idea that angels, both good and evil, exist. They idolize the environment at the expense of people. Of course, not everyone who believes in evolution goes so far in their thinking, but it is the logical progression when God is removed from an individual's philosophical worldview. If humankind does not have that divine spark, if there is no spiritual realm, no eternity, then why not eat, drink, and be merry? Why not compare the slaughter of chickens to the Holocaust as some extreme animal rights activists have done? Naturally, the creation was only the beginning of God's divine plan for reconciliation and salvation. But this is a crucial issue that logically points people toward specific viewpoints regarding the value of human life.
Creationists read truth in the Genesis account and understand the need to share this truth with others. A major controversy has to do with dinosaurs. Evolutionists claim that the huge beasts lived millions and millions of years before humans and mysteriously died, perhaps from disease or because a giant meteor hit the earth. But creationists know that there are dinosaurs in the Bible and that they lived at the same time as Adam and Eve. The first chapters of Genesis say that God created all the animals and then Adam. Many scholars believe that the grass-eating giants acted as gargantuan lawn mowers in the lush paradise. The animals came to Adam to be named and no living creatures died until after Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden. This is just one reason that the designers of some creation science museum exhibits show dinosaurs and people living in close proximity to each other. The mysterious demise of most of the large beasts occurred when God destroyed the earth with water -- the Flood. Even the geological evidence proves that fossil layers were formed by some cataclysmic event that quickly buried living creatures. Those who refuse to equate that cataclysmic event with the Flood aren't being objective observers of the evidence. They refuse to believe the Flood occurred because they don't want to accept the Genesis account of either the Flood or creation.
From other Biblical evidence, Noah must have had dinosaurs, probably youngsters, on the ark. An amazing description of dinosaurs in the Bible is found in the Old Testament book of Job. Most Biblical scholars believe that Job is the first book of the Bible to have been written, but Job, the man, lived after the time of the Flood. God shows Job a great creature and says: "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. . . . He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. . . . Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares" (Job 40:15-24). With a tail like a cedar tree and the ability to drink "a river," can this be describing anything other than a dinosaur? Strangely, some commentators say the behemoth must be a hippopotamus or an elephant, but neither of those animals have tails that can be compared to trees. For Job to see the behemoth, both man and beast must have lived at the same time.
A creation science museum near Glen Rose, Texas actually has exhibits showing human and dinosaur footprints found in excavations near the Paluxy River. The museum's founder and director is Dr. Carl Baugh whose doctoral dissertation, "Academic Justification for Voluntary Inclusion of Scientific Creation in Public Classroom curricula, Supported by Evidence that Man and Dinosaurs were Contemporary," was based on the conducted research. The museum continues to sponsor excavations and exhibits fascinating artifacts and fossils that support the Genesis account. A newer creation science museum, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, is a 70,000 square foot "walk through history." The sophisticated animatronics, computer-generated visual effects, and large murals of its 160 interactive exhibits appeal to families who can purchase annual passes and memberships. Such places exhibit evidence that support creationism, the Flood, and the existence of dinosaurs in the Bible. The creationist's worldview rests on a strong and firm foundation.