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Evolution is a Religion Based on The New Answers Book Chapter 21
We have been led to believe that there is no room for the mixing of religion and studies in public classrooms, in other words: A separation of church and state If this is the case, how can we be teaching evolution in public schools? Isn’t evolution a science? We have been conditioned to believe this. Let’s see if it fits the qualities of true science.
WHAT IS SCIENCE? Creationists are accused of being unscientific or psuedo-scientific. Evolutionists are promoted as real scientists. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, science is “the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena”. Put simply, science is observing things and seeing how they work, the key word being observe.
Creationists do believe in observational science. Examples: modern medicine, plane flights, space travel, etc. These are things that can be observed; they exist in the present and can be examined.
Another type of science: HISTORICAL (or ORIGIN) SCIENCE This is the process of using scientific methods in the present to determine what happened in the past. The physical world exists in the present. All of the evidence that scientists have available to examine in the physical world is in the present
The scientist has no method of directly examining the past. He must make ASSUMPTIONS to come up with conclusions. Assumptions, however, are unproven beliefs. ASSUMPTIONS are no more than untestable guesses.
Things that happened in the past cannot be observed or tested in the present. They cannot be repeated or verified in the present. The question is then: HOW DO WE KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT THE PAST?
UNDERSTANDING THE PAST An example of the past: Was George Washington a real person? Most would say, yes, he actually existed. The question to ask: Can his existence be proven scientifically, by some experimental process? DNA won’t work - we don’t have a valid sample to compare it with, even if we dig up his bones we cannot be sure they are his. Based on what we have to experiment with, we would be forced to make some assumptions based on things we know.
How do we know George Washington existed? It’s simple; We have an abundance of historical documents of his life. These documents are considered valid, therefore, we know he existed. What does this have to do with evolution?
Molecules to man evolution is based on a premise that, through mutation and natural selection, organisms became more complex over billions of years. These organisms progressed, eventually becoming human beings.
No one has ever seen one type of creature change into another creature. Evolutionists maintain that it happens too slow to be seen. The claim is that it takes millions of years for the process to occur. If this is the case, how do we know it happened at all? No one has ever observed this and it is impossible to replicate the process. Any conclusions that are not testable, are based on improvable assumptions about an untestable past.
Ernst Mayr, considered one of the most influential evolutionists of the 20th century, said this, “Evolutionary biology, in contrast with physics and chemistry, is an historical science… the evolutionists attempts to explain events and processes that have already taken place. Laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques for the explication of such events and processes. Instead one constructs a historical narrative, consisting of a tentative reconstruction of a particular scenario that led to the events one is trying to explain.” He then, amazingly, goes on to say, “No educated person any longer questions the validity of the so-called theory of evolution, which we know now to be a simple fact.”
So-called evidence for evolution Evolutionists claim that evolution has nothing to do with origins of life. It deals with changes of organisms over time. Life allegedly progressed through purely naturalistic means, without any supernatural intervention. If, however, life progressed through purely naturalistic mechanisms, then they must delineate a natural process by which life came into being.
So-called evidence: life began spontaneously in the oceans approximately 3 billion years ago. The evidence for this is: There isn’t any! There is no method to determine what earth’s ancient atmosphere was like or what the composition of the oceans was at that time. No one can say for sure what the chemical make-up of the primordial ocean was. How can it be claimed that simple proteins and nucleic acids arose spontaneously?
So-called evidence: the fossil record; evolutionists propose that the fossilized remains of dead organisms plant and animal found in rock layers, prove that life evolved over millions of years. Using observational science, this is impossible to prove. There are only the fossils themselves to examine, and they only exist in the present. There is no method to determine directly what happened to these creatures; neither how they died or how they were buried in the sediment, nor how long it took them to fossilize.
It is possible to make up a story about the fossil record. A contrived story does not meet the criteria for true scientific investigation. A story about the past cannot be scientifically tested in the present.
The creationist has a different conclusion about the fossil record. The fossils in the rocks are a result of a global cataclysm with massive sediments rapidly burying millions upon millions of creatures. This not only accounts for the fossils, but also the rock layers. Deposition of sediment in layers would have resulted from the turbulent flood and post flood waters. So which viewpoint is correct? Neither the creationist nor the evolutionist explanation can be tested in the present.
As creationists, we have evidence. The evidence is in a book called the Bible. We believe the Bible is the word of God and it explains what God did and how life began. The Bible helps explain the fossil record in the flood. (Genesis 6-8) Like the historical documents that help explain George Washington’s existence, we have a reliable historical document called the Bible.
An evolutionist has no historical documentation for his view point. He relies on the assumption of historical science. This is the fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and potential of science. Scientific inquiry properly involves the investigation of processes that are: -observable -testable -repeatable The origin and development of life on earth cannot be observed, tested or repeated because it happened in the past.
Is evolution an observable science? NO. It is an historical science; it is a belief system about the past. How can an evolutionist believe these things without rigorous scientific proof? The answer is, he wants to. Evolutionists are sincere in their beliefs, but these beliefs are based on their view that the world originated by itself, through a totally naturalistic process. There is a term for this type of belief system.
The term is: Religion Religion is “a cause, a principle, or an activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion”, according to The American Heritage Dictionary It should be pointed out that religion does not necessarily involve the concept of God
“Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion… a full fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. … Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and is true of evolution still today”, says Dr Michael Ruse, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph in Ontario. He is a philosopher of science, particularly of evolutionary science. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE ADMISSION! The study of origin and the development of life forms is not only “mere science”, but a “secular religion”.
“Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear. There are no gods, no purpose, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free-will for humans either.” William Provine, Professor of Biological Sciences at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Cornell University
Evolution is a religion, a religion of atheism.
Christianity vs. Evolution A holy book: The Bible Origin: God created everything Death and suffering are due to the sin of man We are here because we are the pinnacle of God’s creation Future of humans: Jesus will return and we will all stand in judgment Future of universe: the present universe will be burned up by God, and a new heaven and earth will be created A holy book: Darwin’s Origin of Species Origin: nothing exploded into something and gradually evolves Death and suffering are driving forces of evolution, survival of fittest We are here because we evolved from some apelike creature Future of humans: we are not the end product; we may die out or evolve into something else Future of universe: one day it will just heat up and then be nothing
Evolution is an attractive religion. There is no God to which one is accountable. Evolution teaches you can do as you please. Live your life to please yourself. We, as a society, have adopted this evolutionary doctrine along with its atheism. We have abandoned the principles of the founding fathers.
Our nation is more than just a selfish me-driven society; we are a decadent society, in outright rebellion against God. Too many live in total contrast to what Christianity teaches.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things instead of the Creator… This is why God delivered them over… Romans 1:25,26 We are no longer a blessed nation.