Presentation on theme: "EVOLUTION vs. SCIENCE & THE BIBLE"— Presentation transcript:
1 EVOLUTION vs. SCIENCE & THE BIBLE A study of origins
2 Creation & Evolution: Two different views of origins How did everything get started?Where did we come from?Whatever happened to the dinosaurs?What about cavemen?
3 Two views of originsWhere can we find answers to these and other questions?Should we ask scientists or should we believe the Bible?Can we do both?
4 Two views of originsAs a Christian, I believe that God created, just as He tells us in the Bible.In the very first verse of the Bible, we find out that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
5 Two views of originsThe Bible is not the only place that we can learn about creation.The facts of science also tell us much about creation.By carefully studying the facts of science, I have become convinced that the universe could not have created itself, and that living things, including people, could not have happened just by chance—they had to be created by God!
6 Two views of origins“Things just happen to be the way they are,there is no real purpose in our being here; wegot here by chance.” This is the theory ofevolution.God created everything. This is the theory of creation.No one can really believe what the Bible tells us about creation and also believe in evolution.Neither can one really believe in the facts of science and believe in evolution!
7 Two views of originsEvolutionists claim belief in evolution because science supports evolution.To say this is to be either ignorant of the truth (the real facts of science), or to deny creation no matter what the facts say, because in order to believe in creation, one has to believe in God.People don’t want to believe in God and what the Bible says because belief requires accountability.
8 Two views of originsNo matter what evolutionists want to believe, the facts of science do not support evolution.There is a mountain of scientific evidence that supports creation.Science is very interesting, and learning how the facts about our world support creation is truly an amazing story.
9 Why is This Subject Important? “How we got here?” and “ Why are we here?” are the most fundamental of questionsThe answer to these questions affects how we think about the world, our “world-view”Creation is a God-based world-view, evolution is notThe truth about origins is not being taught - the possibility of special creation being true is disallowed, leading to atheistic thinking
10 World-view Implications Creation: man is special, different from animals; put here for a purpose; God is in controlEvolution: man is nothing special, just an advanced animal; man is an “accident” of nature; man is in controlWhat are the “fruits” of an evolutionary world-view?
15 What is Creation?“Creation” is the idea that our universe and the natural things in it were created by GodThe creation events are described in the first chapters of Genesis in the BibleThe creation events took place over six 24-hour days, after which all creating ceasedThe age of the earth is “young”, about 6,000 to 10,000 years
16 The Bible Has Answers God All things By His power In the beginning Who created?What was created?How was it created?When was it created?How long did it take to create?GodAll thingsBy His powerIn the beginning6 days
17 Creation Model God created ALL things Sin was the cause of death God destroyed the world by a worldwide floodMan was created in the image of GodGod created ALL things
19 What is Evolution?“Evolution” (“naturalism”) is the idea that undirected natural processes have transformed primeval energy/matter into the structures of the universe, our earth, first life, and eventually peopleOur universe started with the “Big Bang” - an explosion/expansion of a dense collection of subatomic particles and radiationThe Big Bang material has existed eternally or “fluctuated” into existence from nothing
20 Evolution Evolution is based on materialism Evolution is the ideology there is no Creator God
21 The “Theory of Evolution” The “Theory of Evolution” as outlined by Darwin applies to living organisms“Neo-Darwinism” updates Darwin with genetics“Mutations” supply the new raw material“Natural selection” retains the mutations which provide a reproductive advantageAll life (plant and animal) has derived from a common ancestor
23 Time, chance, and natural processes Evolution ModelAbout 15 billion years ago the universe exploded into existenceAbout 4.6 billion years ago the earth evolvedAbout 3.5 billion years ago life evolvedHumans evolved from ape-like creaturesTime, chance, and natural processes
24 Two Models of Origins CREATION EVOLUTION Life from the creator Life from inanimate matterLife from natural processesFirst plant and animaltypes were completeAll life from same living sourceEach type produced by slowchange from ancestorVariation limitedwithin a type (kind)Variation unlimitedSudden appearance oftypes in fossil recordGradual change in fossil recordNo transitional formsbetween higher categoriesTransitional forms betweenall categories
25 Two Worldviews in Conflict EvolutionBibleThe universe exploded into existence out of nothingXIn the beginning God createdLife evolved from a pool of chemicals by natural processesXGod created all lifeDifferent life forms evolved from a common ancestor over millions of yearsXGod created all life after its kind
31 Evolution, Science, and the Bible CreationEvolution1st Law of Thermodynamics2nd Law of ThermodynamicsLaw of Cause and EffectLaw of BiogenesisLaws of Science
32 The Bible, Science & Evolution OppositeScienceSameEvolutionBible (Creation)
33 Christian Doctrine and Science Danny Faulkner, Ph.D. Astronomy“Many Christian apologists today accept the big bang and claim that Genesis is in complete agreement with the big bang. However this is a situation driven by “science” and not by Biblical studies….Therefore those who accept the big bang and make it part of their Christian apologetics are guilty of interpreting the Bible in terms of current science. This is a dangerous precedent.”
34 The Bible teaches what can be done Effects of EvolutionOne of the main reasons we are drifting in the church in reference to this subject is that we cannot defend our belief in the BibleWhat can be done?The Bible teaches what can be doneBut sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15)
35 Meaning of 1 Peter 3:15 We must understand what we believe We must understand why we are ChristiansWe must be able to articulate this belief reasonably and biblically
36 Evolution is a religious belief system It must be accepted by faith
37 The Bible Has Answers God All things By His power In the beginning Who created?What was created?How was it created?When was it created?How long did it take to create?GodAll thingsBy His powerIn the beginning6 days