It’s common for people to confuse natural selection with evolution. Definitions are important. And because of this definitions need to be specified before a word is used. The concepts of natural selection and evolution are so vast that many scientific papers on the topics can be easily taken out of context to say what the author is not actually saying. While one person may be talking about an accurate form of evolutionary change, the other person may be thinking they mean “microbes-to-microbiologist” or “macro” evolution (Darwinian Evolution).
While natural selection does lead to speciation (changes in species), Darwin’s idea was that natural selection gives rise to entirely new creatures, not just variations. In fact, the word species itself has evolved (heh!). It originally was considered to be the same as the biblical kinds. Now there are several definitions of the word species, and scientists will sometimes argue whether or not something is a different species. In fact, the word species used to be considered the same as the biblical word kind. (In the Latin Vulgate, species was translated as kind). Once again that goes to show how much definitions are important.
A common straw man argument used against creationists is that we do not believe in natural selection. Not true! Ironically, the term natural selection was developed by Edward Blyth, a creationist, several years before Darwin appropriated and corrupted the term for his own purposes. Many people do not have a proper understanding of natural selection and simply assume that it is the same as molecules-to-man evolution (Darwinian Evolution). The point behind many creation ministries is to educate people to what science actually teaches and what has to be believed on faith.
When prompted to provide observable evidences of “macroevolution” that did not need to be accepted by faith, students and professors alike were unable to do so, as was seen in the video “”. Instead, they provided “evidence” from viruses, fish and so on. But viruses were still viruses, fish were still fish. Ken Ham once pointed out when Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands what did he see? Big finches, little finches, big beaks, little beaks. What do we see now? Big finches, little finches, big beaks, little beaks. There are variations in species, but there are definite boundaries and genetic limitations.
And all of this fits with the biblical creation viewpoint!
God created everything to reproduce “after its kind”, not to turn into an entirely new creature. The biblical “kind” is often considered to be genus, but at any rate, a good indication is the ability to interbreed (you don’t want your prize-winning Russian Blue cat getting out and breeding with the alley cat, for instance). But genetic limitations, as well as natural selection and adaptability, were programmed by our Creator to help survivability in changing environments. Rapid speciation has been observed, and fits creationist models of repopulation after the Flood.
God knows what he is doing, and has planned for changes. He has also planned for the biggest change of all, for us to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives and be transformed as children of the living Creator! This is a certain thing, not a slow, random process (2 Corinthians 5.17, John 1.12).
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Using equivocation people have tried to hijack originally a creationist concept of Natural Selection to mean a philosophical theory. But the truth behind natural selection speaks much more to God than to non-God.
Through out the centuries the Golden Ratio has been discovered and rediscovered again, although it is an inbuilt factor of the universe – not by any origin known to man. It makes sense to believe that the author of the world must have put it there. It has been called the Golden Section, the Golden Mean, the Golden Cut, the Divine Proportion and the Golden Ratio. It is mathematically represented as the Greek letter phi (φ) or 1 : 1.618 (etc) and has inspired many applications, including the Golden Rectangle, the Fibonacci Spiral, the Golden Angle, and the Fibonacci Gauge. Leonardo Fibonacci is cited as having discovered this ratio and therefore the sequence derived from the Golden Ratio is named after him.
The Golden Ratio is expressing perfection, the ratio that is the most visually pleasing. Luca Pacioli in his book De Divina Proportione (The Divine Proportion) explored the mathematics of the divine proportion (or golden ratio) and how remarkably similar it is to its designer God. He found it amazing that ‘it is one and only one and not more’ yet the geometric expression of divine proportion involves three lengths. This is like God who also contains three persons (the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost) in one Godhood.
God is also like the Golden Ratio as both are a mystery. God cannot be properly defined nor understood through words and the Golden ratio can’t be designated by any intelligible number nor by any rational quantity. It ‘always remains concealed and secret, and is called irrational by mathematicians’ just the way the belief in God is often scoffed at. Furthermore the omnipresence and invariability of God is like the Golden Ratio because its value is always the same and does not depend on the length of the line being divided or the size of the pentagon in which ratios of lengths are calculated.
The thing is that if the biblical God existed we should expect to see evidence of who that God is in Creation. The Golden Ratio shows up all over everything. Shells, sunflowers, pine cones, spiral growth in leaves and other things, moths, butterflies, daisies, the size of DNA molecules, ants, dolphins, pineapples, cactus, Romanesque cauliflower, fruit seeds, the size of Saturn's ring, and the orbital periods, mean distances, and orbital velocities of the planets in the solar system. Furthermore it’s remarkably patterned all over the human body (down to the way the foetus is curled inside the womb) and appropriated in architecture, art and music.
The existence of the Golden Spiral throughout nature and throughout the universe is very difficult to explain if you believe in a random chance universe (plus this beautiful shape has no real survival advantage), but this naturally occurring symmetry is very easy to explain from the point of view that everything was created by a logical and consistent God who created everything in an orderly fashion.
Expectantly there are ties to Jesus and the Golden Ratio too. The ‘Golden Ratio’ of latitudes on Earth would be the locations of Judea and Bethlehem – ‘the Navel of the Earth’. As Jesus is perfection himself, only this location for his birth would have made sense. The pyramids, Noah’s ark and Solomon’s temple were built using this divine ratio too and it was not something handed to the ancients by aliens, because that opens up a whole new box of problems. The best explanation is truly that this deep knowledge of God was given by God himself just as the dimensions for the ark and the temple were and that is discoverable only by discipline to mathematical truths that are as intrinsic and as timeless as God himself is.
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At the height of all mathematics is the Golden Ratio and there is truly something divine about this just as Pacioli discovered. Not only does the ratio share God’s most important qualities but it witnesses to the perfection of our creator in a way that is rarely done elsewhere in nature.
In every cell, there is one indispensable molecule and this is DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule in the cells of living organisms which contains the assembly instructions for the molecular machinery in the cell. How the protein parts are assembled is absolutely critical for the machinery and thus the living cell to exist. It therefore is known as one of the building blocks of life, or the blueprints to life. These ‘assembly instructions’ constitute a precise software code written in a genetic language using a set of four nitrogenous base “letters”: A, G, C & T. (Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine & Thymine).
Hence by using these four basic units called nucleotides they store immense amounts of information, and those are formed from twenty amino acids. These are like the letters of a genetic language to produce the proteins for living things. The stored information is immense. There is a picture from 1956 of a hard drive being unloaded from a plane with a fork lift. This huge hard drive was only 5 MB, which makes you appreciate the fact that you can carry a flash drive of 128 GB in your shirt pocket and forget that it’s there. Computer memory technicians would be thrilled to have anywhere near the storage capacity of the information in one pinhead amount of DNA. If printed on books, they could stretch to the moon 500 times.
In addition to the huge storage capacity of DNA, its complexity and functions are still being discovered. It copies itself, encodes genetic material that determines what an organism will be and look like, is involved in gene regulation, self-repair and more. Decades ago when scientists took a sampling of the genome (which included DNA and more), they decided that non-coding DNA sequences were “junk” based on evolutionary biases and assumptions. Since then, the creationists who said, essentially, “not so fast, that’s not junk” were proved right. Since we have found that other things like the ATP synthase, circular RNA and further functions of DNA have been discovered.
Now the existence of a software code that necessarily predates any life is enough to conclude that an intelligent creator must have provided the information, but there is one other interesting twist (literally!), and that is the container for that information. A DNA molecule is completely unique from all other molecules. Its double helix design is perfectly constructed to contain the 750 meg of information in a single molecule. In fact, if the tightly twisted double helix were stretched completely out, it would be 700 feet long.
The tricky part is that this molecule could not have evolved – it predated life itself since a cell cannot be constructed without the instruction molecule. “If proteins appeared first, so that they could eventually catalyze the formation of nucleic acids, how was the information necessary to produce the proteins themselves coded? On the other hand, if nucleic acids came first, thereby embodying the information necessary to obtain proteins, how were acids replicated and translated into proteins?” said Dr. Massimo Pigliucci. To dumb it down he is saying there is no way the DNA and genetic code could have evolved by chance.
Sir Fred Hoyle even called the idea of these building blocks of life arriving by chance “nonsense of a high order”. The chances of amino acids forming by chance (which is complicated by needing the proper conditions and sequence) are so small, they are impossible. Therefore many scientists when faced with this turn to panspermia - the belief that aliens seeded life on earth - but that causes its own set of problems and has zero evidence for it. Meanwhile the God who is the author of the Bible has numerous supernatural and prophetic evidence which gets ignored. With chance out of the picture, DNA is a testimony of the certainty of the Creator, who has given us his self-revelation in the Bible.
And here’s the truly amazing part. In the Bible it does not use the word DNA but it does give a hint to how humans are formed in the womb which would have been impossible to tell without our current technology. Psalm 139 describes us as being “knit” in the womb and the Hebrew could be translated as “needlework” which is like how the DNA works – a needle that fashions all parts of our bodies together in the womb, a design that takes place stitch by stitch. This Psalm describes the human “substance” that God individually knows, the uniqueness of each person and their unique blueprint for life stored in the DNA.
So there are two undeniable proofs of the existence of an intelligent creator in: Firstly, the genetic code itself with its specific, complex and very precise information and secondly, the incredible storage container for this code – the double helix designed DNA molecule. Both are indispensable to the living cell and both predate life itself needing a spectacular source for their origin and what better source than the one who claims to be the author of this remarkable building block of life?
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The blueprints for life baffle scientists and yet testify to just how much God has pre-planned all of life and has a plan for each created being. He has mapped it all out and each person is vastly more complex than anything we could conceivably create, as we are just a shadow of our own Creator.