What exactly is the point of conflict between creation and evolution? Some say there is no conflict because they think God created by evolution. Others have never thought it through. In this article I want to clarify the point at which creation and evolution are in conflict.
Evolutionists believe that the first living cell somehow popped into existence and reproduced, bringing to life other cells that were somewhat different from the first cell. They say that these gave life to other cells that had still greater differences, etc. Eventually people evolved.
The Bible however, does not say that God created a single first cell. Rather, He created a number of different kinds of animals: birds, creatures of the sea, and land animals. The land animals are summed up in Genesis 1:24-25: “‘And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind. And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds,and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.’”
Note the words “according to their kinds.” Had God just created a first kind and left the origin of all the other kinds to evolution, He should have left out these words. Instead, He included them; and not just once. From Genesis 1 verse 11 through verse 25, I find the words “According to their kinds,” seven times; and “according to its kind” once. Whether living things only reproduced according to their kinds, or reproduced across kinds is the big point of conflict between evolution and creation. Evolutionists don’t believe that animals etc. have reproduced only according to their kinds. They believe that a first single cell reproduced in enough ways to gradually give life to all the different kinds of plants and animals.
This is an important point of conflict that goes beyond whether animals first came about by spontaneous generation or creation. The reason is that evolution is not really about origin. It is a theory of what happened after the imagined origin of a first living cell. Evolutionists believe that accidental, random mutations happened to the DNA code causing plants, animals and us to evolve to our present condition. In essence, evolutionists believe that mutations wrote the entire DNA code!
Evolutionists assume that, although most random mutations are harmful and can cause damage, some might provide an improvement. They trust natural selection to weed out damaging changes and enhance the good ones.
The DNA code, however, is not random but carefully and intelligently written. Therefore, random changes of any significance tend to make it worse, not improve it!
If you believe that random mutations made all living things, put that concept to the test. Lean your bicycle against your car, pick up your sledge hammer, put on a blindfold, and start beating on them. If it makes them into a new Ferrari and racing bicycle worth $5,000, I was wrong, and I apologize.
This article was also published in the July/August 2012 issue of Think & Believe Newsletter. Please call our office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional resources on these subjects.
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