Culture

Another Mass Shooting?!

ShootingYesterday, another horrible mass shooting, this time in Oregon. 10 dead, 7 wounded at a community college, some of our more innocent victims.

Within hours, the pundits gather to “interpret”:

Democrats call for stiffer gun laws, though they won’t specify what laws they would pass. Democrats and liberals as a whole operate from a very flawed view of human nature, that is, if guns are outlawed then outlaws will behave. I know when the church shooting in Charleston, SC happened, and 9 members were killed, that it wouldn’t have happened here. The shooter would have been taken out by a number of security people in our church who are ‘carrying’ as soon as the shooting started.

Conservatives push back, saying (correctly) that stiffer laws won’t prevent these kinds of events. They say we don’t know why these evil kinds of events happen. Bad people are out there, and the mentally disturbed as well.

But… I’ve been alive for 6 decades, and these kinds of things did NOT happen for most of those years. What is NOT in dispute is that our culture has rapidly moved away from our Judeo Christian heritage and values during that time, and people did not act out is such a barbaric fashion. Accountability to a transcendent Authority and to God Himself were restraining factors to such behavior. Very few people acted out their rage or depression in such a way. If, as secularists say, we are evolving from animals, rather than created in the image of God as the Bible says, why is it getting worse instead of better? If we are created in God’s image, and need Gods’ laws and grace to restrain and change our behavior, as the Bible says, then a move away from those standards would cause a deterioration in our culture, as we see today. It’s sad that the average person easily sees what the pundits and the ‘experts’ can’t.

A Brief Stop at the Evolution Museum

A Brief Stop at the Evolution Museum

darwinDr. Charles Jackson, PhD Science Education, and outspoken critic of evolution, lectured on the topic “Death of Darwinism This Year” in an online video back in 2005 (http://www.creationtruth.com/dr-jacksons-video-library.html).  Darwinistic evolution is being increasingly discredited by scientists, while being pushed even more dogmatically in our schools and by high profile lecturers, such as avowed atheist, Richard Dawkins. 

People regularly ask me for my arguments and resources to understand the mounting scientific evidence against this theory.  For that reason, I wanted to pause and direct you to the museum of evolution.  A museum is for something that is gone, or is passing away.   Although I’ve already read too many books and attended, or even sponsored, too many lectures on this subject, there are much greater sources than me on this.  I direct you to some at the end of this brief article.  What I want to do here is to give you a few ‘bullet points’ that may clear the fog, and are easy to remember.

Basically, evolution theory is not supported by:

  • The missing links.  We simply do not see ‘transitional forms’ (creatures going from one species to the next) in the fossil record.  Charles Darwin himself recognized this as a weakness when his book was written in the mid 1800’s, and was hopeful that future research would uncover this.  It hasn’t.  All  of the suppose ‘ape man’ fossils have turned out either be a hoax, or either an ape, or a man.  Also, a question few people seem to ask on this as well is, “Where are the modern transitional forms?”   If there is a higher form between reptiles and amphibians, or ape and man, why did they conveniently become extinct?  Wouldn’t the next level from an ape be ‘better adapted’ than an ape?  Why do we still see an ape and a man, but nothing in between?  Or for that matter, in any form?
  • The DNA record.  “DNA is like a computer program, but far far more advanced than any software we’ve ever created” (Bill Gates).   “It is hard to fathom, but the amount of information in human DNA is roughly equivalent to 12 sets of The Encyclopedia Britannica— an incredible 384 volumes” worth of detailed information that would fill 48 feet of library shelves!  Yet in their actual size—which is only two millionths of a millimeter thick—a teaspoon of DNA, according to molecular biologist Michael Denton, could contain all the information needed to build the proteins for all the species of organisms that have ever lived on the earth, and there would still be enough room left for all the information in every book ever written” (Evolution: A Theory in Crisis , 1996, p. 334). Nothing in evolution accounts for the sheer amount of information contained in DNA, nor does it account for the process of adding to the DNA in order to produce more sophisticated species.  Also, they’re telling us now DNA tells us that they believe that all of the human race can be traced back to one couple.  Sound familiar?
  • Ability of men.  The difference between man and next level below (ape?) is huge – language, architecture, art, consciousness, morality, spirituality, etc., etc., etc.   Psalms 8:4-6  4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet
  • Sheer logic.  End of story.  People instinctively know that jet airliners don’t come from tornadoes in the junkyard, and intricate watches are not the result of shaking a box full of parts long enough (i.e. millions of years).  This is why the public is not buying this, after decades of public indoctrination by the so called scientific community.  Recent polls suggest only between 15-21% believe in unguided natural selection as an explanation for the present forms of life, which is basic Darwinian evolution theory.  This is where God gets the last laugh (Psalms 2:4) and makes “foolish the wisdom of this world” (I Cor. 1:20).  Any time you ask the people to continue to violate their god given common sense, you lose, whether you’re trying to impose (not teach) theories such as evolution, socialism, militant Islam, or whatever.   That’s why proponents of these ‘faiths’ have to resort to intimidation, legal or otherwise.

Age of the earth?

This is usually the first objection brought up on the subject.  Doesn’t science prove the universe is much older than the Bible indicates?  There are two theories people hold who believe in intelligent design or creation (slightly different).

(1)  Old earth.  God did create, but some of ages/days in the Bible are not literal.

(2)  Young earth.  The so called data is unreliable.  Many discrepancies are found in dating methods, such as wood dated at 40,000 years found embedded within rock dated at 40 million years.   Also, they are now finding soft tissue (which can only last several thousand years at best) in dinosaur bones (which we’re told are over 50 million years old).  This is technical reading, so I defer you to the experts here (i.e., “What about carbon dating?”, Answers, Creation Science Foundation, p. 86).

 This is a fascinating study, of which I’ve only scratched the surface.  I hope this gives a quick snapshot.

It would be sad thing indeed, for believers, young or old, to lose their faith as a result of a dying paradigm.  Our Creator is Who He says He is, and science continues to confirm that.  Let’s visit evolution in the museum, not bring it home with us.

 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. (I Tim. 6:20-21 KJV).

Resources

Web sites

Books

  • Mere Creation, InterVarsity Press
  • Answers, Creation Science Foundation
  • Darwin on Trial, InterVarsity Press
  • The Evolution of a Creationist, Biblical Discipleship Publishers