Darwin and Evolution vs. God
Does evolution overstate the benefits of mutations? Could evolution be blind to a spiritual reality that includes a benevolent extraterrestrial genius?
The debate between evolution and intelligent design continues, even if some evolutionists claim victory.
On the anniversary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin, Feb. 12, Phil Plait wrote, “Evolution is the basis for all modern biology. It is the central tenet, the organizing theme, the trunk from which all branches grow.”
But does evolution really define the basis for all modern biology? Does the principle of ever-better random mutation really work as it is widely advertised and accepted?
The overwhelmingly negative nature of mutations
Barney Maddox, M.D., writes, “The underlying genetic mechanism of evolution is random mutation, and specifically mutation that is beneficial to life. Biology textbooks in theory present positive and negative mutations to students as though these were commonplace and roughly equal in number. However, these books fail to inform students that unequivocally positive mutations are unknown to genetics, since they have never been observed (or are so rare as to be irrelevant).
“The biology textbooks in other chapters teach that most mutations are pathologic, or disease-causing, but they don’t apply that information to evolution. The worst diseases doctors treat today are caused by genetic mutations. Nearly 4,000 diseases are caused by mutations in DNA.
“‘The human genome contains a complete set of instructions for the production of a human being. … Genome research has already exposed errors [mutations] in these instructions that lead to heart disease, cancer, and neurological degeneration’ [The Human Genome Project, announcement from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, May 6, 1993].
“These diseases are crippling, often fatal, and many of the affected pre-born infants are aborted spontaneously, i.e., they are so badly damaged they can’t even survive gestation. However, the biology textbooks, when discussing mutation in evolution, only discuss the very rare ‘positive’ mutation, like sickle cell anemia. The fact of some 4,000 devastating genetic diseases is suppressed from publication” (Institute for Creation Research).
How is it that, in spite of the well-documented data championed by an ever-growing list of dissenting scientists, society at large rushes toward the blind canyon of impending demise facilitated by pure godless evolution?
Is there some diabolical unseen hand at work, orchestrating a colossal conspiracy that has dulled the senses of otherwise thoughtful and logical people?
The Holy Bible is generally unread—except as pleasant prose—by society in our post-Christian environment. It is consistently ignored as a source of reliable facts that could reveal the status of mankind in relation to the unseen spirit world—a world that can’t be observed by science.
Revelation 12:9 pulls back the curtain to that spirit world: “The great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Similarly, Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Evolution squarely frames one of the great conspiracies that Satan has so effectively nurtured to lead the entire human race off the course that leads to peace, safety, happiness and eternal life, and onto the wrong track that ends so abruptly in a futureless chasm of death and destruction.
What drives evolution?
What really drove the development of evolution and its acceptance? Was it the surprise discovery of a finely tuned system of random mutations resulting in the spectacular blossoming of an innumerable variety of incredibly intricate living biological systems that thrive in a virtual perpetual motion of arrival, survival and procreation? (No, since such mutations have not been discovered, only assumed.)
Or was it a desperate attempt to explain the existence of all things without the introduction of a creator?
It seems some atheists imagine and reject a bipolar god who created a gorgeous cosmos, but then abandoned His masterpiece to spiritual decay, pain and suffering.
But is that reality? Is there a benevolent extraterrestrial genius architect out there who painstakingly designed and produced the human race?
What God says
Science can’t explore the spiritual realm. The only insight we could have into the nonphysical realm would have to come from a revelation from that realm.
The Bible claims to be that revelation. It shows that God has a plan of enormous scope to affectionately, lovingly reinvigorate and retrain the wayward human race, including virtually every single soul who has already lived and died, to join Him in eternal, meaningful life.
Consider a few quotes from the Bible about the future God has planned and will bring for humanity:
- Revelation 11:15: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
- Revelation 20:12: “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God.”
- Isaiah 9:7: “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (emphasis added).
The Creator God is not evil, and He has not abandoned His creation. He plans to end war, to offer a real chance to everyone and to set up an eternal Kingdom of peace.
Learn more about the Creator in the article “Intelligent Design: Can Science Answer the Question, Does God Exist?” Learn more about His awesome plan in the sections on “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and the “Kingdom of God.”