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The oddness of days five and six

March 28, 2011

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life…”

I don’t believe in Darwinism.  Along with my suspicion that something is amiss with Barack Obama’s birth certificate, this places me outside the friendly circle of mutually-enabling nincompoops who gather on college campuses and call themselves intellectuals.

And I’m fine with that.  In fact, whenever I suffer from self-doubt, I look in the mirror, flick my hair back like Kevin Bacon, and say out loud, “Hey, at least you’re not an intellectual.”  Rallies me every time.

In June of 2009 I tried to express my problem with Darwinism by reciting the numbers—number of species, number of mutations resulting in speciation required to make those species, number that best describes Halle Berry (10) as she walks out of the ocean in that James Bond movie, stuff like that—and thought I did a fair job.  There’s a doctoral thesis there, waiting for a graduate student with stones bigger than a rabbit’s… just give me a little credit in the bibliography, okay?

Last Sunday, I noticed something touching on the subject of Darwinism in a source more venerable than my clumsy arithmetic.  My pastor was talking about Genesis and, following along in a Bible, I saw something interesting about the way creation is described.  Lo and behold, the Bible says that God created life in the ocean first.

Where have we heard that before?

According to the Theory of Evolution, random chance somehow led to an accumulation of necessary elements receiving a random jolt of energy while floating in the primordial soup of Planet Earth approximately four billion years ago, and that jolt led to self-replicating proteins which turned into life which immediately began evolving and thriving in that primordial soup until the oceans were full of swimming, crawling, floating life forms… one of which got curious or desperate enough to crawl up on a beach and set up residence on dry land, following which evolution continued apace until it’s ultimate result: us.

Oceans first, you see, then on land.  Creatures first, then man.  That’s Darwinism according to the intellectuals and, oddly, it mirrors the Bible description of God’s work on days five and six:
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”  (Genesis 1:20-23)

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”  (Genesis 1:24-31)
How is it that a religious text written three thousand years before Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species,” thousands of years before scientific study of geology allowed us to think we can date fossils, and thousands of years before scientific study of biology produced some understanding of what those fossils represent—how is it that the Bible knew “creatures” lived in the ocean before they lived on land and humans were the final creation?

Maybe, just maybe, those fossils that intellectuals assume provide evidence of Darwinism actually provide evidence of Something Else.

From Reno, Nevada, USA

March 25, 2011 - Yes, the more I study the Bible the more I am amazed at the genius of God. From the human body alone to the order of creation it's all just fascinating. I watched a documentary once which showed a few select animals who defy Darwin's theory of evolution. One of them was the giraffe with it's 25-pound heart. Just bending down to get a drink of water would kill the giraffe if it weren't for a valve in it's neck as well as a sponge which rests under their brain to protect it from the pressure. When he gets done drinking and lifts his neck, the pressure again would blow his brains out, so the sponge under the brain squeezes a last pump of oxygenated blood to his brain. If any of these things were partially formed for millions of years the giraffe could never have taken a single drink of water, let alone survived this long. God created us with such fine detail and craftsmanship. He even calls man his artistic expression in Ephesians 2:10. The Greek work for workmanship (found in Ephesians) is also translated as "poem" which I just learned today. - Samantha, Michigan
J.P. replies: Ephesians 2:10—"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand for us to do."  If we are God's poems, then I must be the limerick.  I saw an interesting Animal Planet show about giraffes.  The Darwinists have always assumed, and taught generations of children, that giraffes evolved long necks because long necks gave them an eating advantage for leaves of the Acacia tree, but recently biologists studied them closely and discovered, much to their surprise, that long necks confer no eating advantage.  Now what?  Even more fun to contemplate is the counter-intuitive notion that giraffes do NOT HAVE LONG NECKS.  Think about it.  Giraffes are the only animal that cannot get a drink of water without kneeling, because their necks are too short to get their head down to the water!  Which is it, long necks or short necks?  (Elephants wouldn't be able to drink either, but God gave them trunks to solve the problem.)

March 29, 2011 - Funny how the Bible always turns out correct, you know? At some point, you'd think the atheists would start to wonder. - Douglas M., Illinois

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