Tam - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
So, this week in Creationism class we talked about some of the amazing animals God created.
We opened with a discussion of the evolutionary tree compared to the Biblical creation account. Bear in mind that "time" is the champion of evolution. Evolutionists believe everything came into existence, basically like this: "from nothing came everything. Over time random mutations occur, which created different species of animals." Let's forget a moment about the fact that the second law of thermodynamics completely refutes that, instead stating that with time things decay, not create.
Instead let's look at the evolutionary tree. Now, remember, I am not a scientist and am going on what I learned in class as well as my own research into this topic. I am a simple woman, like you, but believe the basics of the evolutionary tree to be that every living creature on this Earth came from a single (single-celled) organism (even though there is a minor debate among evolutionists even as to what type of creature as evidenced by their two types of tree roots - archaea tree vs. eocyte tree).
So, evolution tells us everything came from one cell and through millions, billions or trillions of years, random mutations occurred and each time it did, a new branch appeared on the tree.
The Bible tells us (Gen 1:20-25):
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 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.
So, again we are told that God spoke, this time for life of creatures to begin on days five and six of creation. He commanded the earth to bring forth the creatures of the air, waters and land. Notice one phrase that is often repeated in Genesis 1, "after its kind/after their kind".
God had a design, a plan. These creatures were not an accident of time or random mutation. While He did design us to adapt to our surroundings to an extent (for example, the darker skins of people living in tropical climes and the lighter skins of those who live in colder climes, etc.), these are not random happenstance adaptations. God designed things in such a complex measure that even today biologists, engineers and other scientists and brilliant minds study creation to learn how to make things healthier, to build buildings and bridges, etc.
Let's take a look at two similar animals...
The Timber Wolf and the Tasmanian Wolf. In theory they are very similar and do belong to the same "branch" of the evolutionary tree. They are both wolves, they both are mammals, have fur, etc.
Yet, did you know the Tasmanian wolf is a marsupial?
In case you are unsure, marsupials are an infraclass of mammals, characterized by their pouches which carry their young through early infancy.
How does evolution explain this? Evolutionists use a theory called "convergent evolution" which basically states that traits which are similar evolved at two separate times--through random chance.
Now, recall from school, that Darwin based his evolutionary theory on the concept of "survival of the fittest."
If this is so, convergent evolution would not be needed to explain the differences because if these animals evolved as evolution would have us, only one would have survived long-term. (I would like to say that as of last century the Tasmanian Wolf was believed to become extinct, but had existed for long time before that.) Or for that matter, only one type of wolf, a master wolf per se, should have survived the world over as the fittest, yet we have such a variety. This is my own ramblings, but if you follow true evolution you simply cannot apply convergent evolution with logic.
Having that variety would, however, fit with the Biblical version of creation in that we note "after it's kind." It does not say exactly like it's kind, but essentially "similar". When it snows we don't have a hundred different names for each snowflake, yet each flake is unique in size, shape, dimension, etc. But all together, it is snow. All wolves are not the same, but they are "kinds" of one animal.
Perhaps that is how scientists originally came up with their animal and plant classifications by type (kind). Scientific families are made up of those creatures/plants that are similar yet have differences. There is variety and unity at the same time.
And our Lord loves variety. Look at the different types of creatures and plant life around you. Look at your neighbors. Humans may all be one "kind", yet we are as different from one another as a bird is from a fish. We each have our own unique personalities. And, while we may look similar to another (in rarer cases, identical in appearance), God made sure we were each unique by giving us our very own fingerprints!
One need only to look at the Godhead to see the wondrous variety of our Lord. We have God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Look at fish. They are one "kind", yet there are so many varieties of the species from the smallest minnow to the largest ocean fish. And each has their own distinct colorings, shapes, features, etc. There are catfish, tuna, marlin, bass, etc. The same could be seen with a quick glance at birds. We have finches, parakeets, eagles, owls, sparrows, swans, ducks, etc., yet they are all listed as one "kind" by their main scientific classification.
And each of these creatures are so wonderfully made, so intricate in their function for the earth and the functions of their bodies, that random chance logically has to be ruled out.
Job 12:7-10 (NIV) tells us, "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."
Romans 1:20 (NIV) tells us, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
We are told by God's word in these passages straight out that a simple look at the creatures around us can prove that God not only exists, but He is our Creator. Romans goes even further by telling us that there is no excuse if we do not believe what creation tells us.
In short, evolution would have us believe everything is an accident, chance, random. Creation teaches us that we are here on purpose and everything was created by divine design. And creation sings His praises time and time again.
With that thought in mind, I'd like to take up a couple of posts and talk about some of the incredible animals that God created.