Creation or Evolution?
—Does it really matter what you believe?
The Bible was long accepted as a true and reliable account of our origins. But then Darwin's theory of evolution took the world by storm, with predictable and tragic consequences—proof that what we believe does matter.
Many educated people accept the theory of evolution. But is it true?
Curiously enough, our existence as human beings is one of the best arguments against it. According to evolutionary theory, the traits that offer the greatest advantage for survival are passed from generation to generation. Yet human reproduction itself argues powerfully against this fundamental premise of evolution.
If human beings are the pinnacle of the evolutionary process, how is it that we have the disadvantage of requiring a member of the opposite sex to reproduce, when lower forms of life--such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa--are sexless and far more prolific? If they can reproduce by far simpler methods, why can't we? If evolution is true, what went wrong?
And how did a reproductive system evolve, considering its failure would put an immediate end to its evolutionary process?
If God created man, we have no right to ignore Him. If man created God, we can easily ignore Him. What man has made he can do away with. In that case we are free to act as though God doesn't exist, free to dismiss the Bible, free to determine for ourselves what is right and wrong and how we will choose to live.
In this booklet we examine the foundational premises of evolution. We consider the evidence evolutionists cite to support the theory. Perhaps most important, we look at the scientific facts evolutionists don't discuss in public--for reasons that will become clear.
You can know whether evolution is true. Take the time to examine the evidence carefully.
What you believe does matter.
Why has evolution become so widely accepted, and why has the Bible come to be viewed with such hostility? What has changed?
Although it's rarely publicized, the evidence against evolution is mounting with accumulating scientific discoveries. What societal and cutural factors led to such widespread acceptance of Darwin's theory in the first place?
Many passages show us that Jesus Christ and His apostles fully accepted the Genesis account of the creation.
Consider what some luminaries in science have said about creation and evolution.
Is the Genesis account only an ancient myth, no better than tales originating in other cultures over the millennia?
The ancient Greeks had no shortage of creation myths, with many elements taken from the Babylonian model.
Darwin staked the credibility of his theory on discoveries he was sure would be found in the fossil record. After a century and a half of exploration and discoveries, does that record support his theory or contradict it?
In spite of much wishful thinking on the part of evolutionists, the fossil record does not and cannot be made to agree with Darwinism.
After years of study and research, what does the fossil record show?
"If you would like to dig more deeply into the case against evolution, we recommend the following books, many written by people with science backgrounds.
A fundamental premise of Darwinian evolution is the belief in natural selection driving change in species. Now, after decades of detailed study of genetics, DNA and the cell, what does the scientific evidence reveal to us?
A word of caution on the use of the term evolution: It can mean different things to different people.
Adaptation within a species is called microevolution. Macroevolution is the change from one distinct species to another.
Charles Darwin described the eye as one of the greatest challenges to his theory. How could he explain it? The eye, after all, is simply incompatible with evolution.
One relatively simple process necessary for animal life is the ability for blood to clot to seal a wound and prevent an injured animal (or person) from bleeding to death.
A serious obstacle to evolutionary theory is the interdependent relationships between living things, called symbiosis, in which completely different forms of life depend on each other to exist.
Darwin wrote that his theory would break down if it could be shown that animals had complex features that could not have developed by many gradual slight modifications. We look at creature features that kill the theory.
The world around us provides compelling evidence of God's handiwork and even glimpses of his nature and character.
Earth's Age: Does the Bible Indicate a Time Interval Between the First and Second Verses of Genesis?
Do other passages, as well as history, shed any light on this question?
The creation narrative in Genesis 1 hangs first on the 24-hour day, then on the seven-day week.
The consequences of accepting Darwinian theory have been profound. Enormous moral and social damage has been wrought in classrooms and to society.
Many people dismiss the biblical account of creation, thinking it contradicts scientific discoveries made in recent centuries. But is that really the case?
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