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#2 Atheism: Losing Life’s Essence

10 Oct

Each reader has seen the crude depiction of the “Missing Link” – squat, bent bodies with dull, beastly features. The drawings convincingly portray the missing connection between monkey and man. Even the scientific designations are such that the novel student of “origins” is instantly impressed.  After all, how would you react to names such as Australopithecus and Hesperopithecus haroldcookii?

 These discoveries have been used as the bedrock of evolutionary theory. Millions of children have been exposed to the fabricated timeline of human evolutionary development. Each of evolution’s “Missing Links” has been exposed as a complete failure! [Richards, p. 94ff].

 Some may see no connection between evolution and atheism. But the two are intimately connected. In fact, either philosophy is dependent upon the other. You cannot have one without the other! Why is atheism dependent upon evolution’s absurdities? The answer lies in the issue of “origins.”

 To explain the origin of life one either admits God’s existence or advocates evolution. Because of his rejection of God the atheist must accept evolution. This is an ill‑fated position revealing the failure of atheism.

 Why People Believe in Evolution by Wayne Jackson

The most insidious and damaging ideology ever foisted upon the mind of modern man is the notion that human beings are but animals, and the offspring of other, more primitive creatures. It is known as the theory of organic evolution. This concept has been reflected in recent years in such volumes as Phil Donahue’s, The Human Animal (1986), and in the earlier production, The Naked Ape (1967), (as man was characterized) by zoologist, Desmond Morris.

 Tragically, multiplied thousands across the land have ingested, to a greater or lesser degree (sometimes even with a religious flavor), this nefarious dogma. But why? Have folks intellectually analyzed the matter, and thus, on the basis of solid evidence and argument, accepted this viewpoint. Not at all; rather, for a variety of emotional reasons, this concept is entertained so readily.

 In 1974, Marshall and Sandra Hall published a book titled, The Truth: God or Evolution? In the opening section of this excellent volume, the authors listed several reasons why the evolutionary theory is embraced by so many. With credit to them for the germ thoughts, I would like to expand the discussion.

 Brainwashing

Since the issuance of Charles Darwin’s, The Origin of Species (1859), there has been a massive campaign to flood the “intellectual market” with evolutionary propaganda. Though such ideas by no means originated with Darwin, he popularized evolution more than anyone else. His book sold out (1,025 copies) the first day of its release.

 Another significant milestone was the famous Scopes Trial, conducted in Dayton, Tennessee in July of 1925. Twenty-four year old John Thomas Scopes, a high school science teacher, had agreed to violate Tennessee’s Butler law, which forbade the teaching of any theory that holds man has descended from a lower form of life. The entire affair was “rigged,” but it brought together William Jennings Bryan (three-time Democratic nominee for president), who volunteered to represent the state, and the famed criminal defense attorney, Clarence Darrow, who defended Scopes. The trial, the first ever to be broadcast on radio, brought national attention to the issue of creation vs. evolution. As a result of that encounter, the concept of creationism was cast into an unfavorable light, and evolutionary dogma gained considerable respectability, albeit undeserved.

 From that time, however, the theory of evolution has accelerated in influence via the media and the public school system. Today, there exists a determined campaign for the indoctrination of evolution, and millions have absorbed it into their minds.

 

Intimidation

Hand-in-hand with the brainwashing factor is the impact of intimidation. Supposedly, evolutionary doctrine has the endorsement of “science.” In 1966, H. J. Muller, a prominent geneticist, circulated a statement signed by 177 biologists. It asserted that evolution is a “scientific law” which is as firmly established as the rotundity of the earth.

 Since most folks want to be thought of as “educated,” and as they have been led to believe that “all educated people believe in evolution,” they have defected to the Darwinian camp. Most of these individuals could not cite a solitary argument in defense of evolution; they simply believe it is fact because “the scientists say so.”

 Informed people should know the following:

  1. Evolution is not a scientific law. It is a mere hypothesis that falls quite beyond the pale of the scientific method (observation, experimentation, and verification).
  2. There are numerous laws, e.g., the laws of thermodynamics, genetics, etc., which contradict evolutionary assertions.
  3. Many scientists dispute that evolutionary dogma is true science. Evolutionist Robert Jastow, for example, has conceded that belief in the accidental origin of life is “an act of faith,” much, he says, like faith in the power of a Supreme Being (Until the Sun Dies, New York: Warner Books, 1977, p. 52).

Theodore N. Tahmisian, a nuclear physicist with the Atomic Energy Commission, has said:

“Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great con men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever. In explaining evolution we do not have one iota of fact … It is a tangled mishmash of guessing games and figure jaggling … If evolution occurred at all, it was probably in a very different manner than the way it is now taught” (Fresno Bee, Aug. 20, 1959).

 

It is hardly necessary, therefore, to yield to the pressures of evolutionary brow-beating. We ought not to be cowed down; we should be more aggressive, demanding that those who affirm their confidence in evolution argue their case logically.

 Religious Confusion

Some have been thrust toward evolutionary ideology because they are repelled by the confused (and sometimes cruel) state of the religious world. Religionists have sacrificed their own children in the name of “gods” (cf. Jer. 19:5). In the Far East the cobra is worshipped as deity. “Christians” (so-called) have warred with the devotees of Islam.

 Catholics allege that the bread and wine of “the Eucharist” magically turn into the body and blood of Jesus, while Protestants insist that such does not occur. Some contend that “baptism” is administered only by immersion, while others allege that “sprinkling” or “aspersion” will suffice. A rather unique view suggests that it takes all three “modes” to constitute the “one baptism” of Ephesians 4:5 (cf. Wycliffe Bible Dictionary, Peabody: MA: Hendrickson, 1998, p. 201).

 This disunity has driven many to disenchantment with religion in general, which includes a rebellion against divine revelation. This, of course, is precisely what Jesus indicated. He admonished those who professed a loyalty to him to be “one,” that “the world might believe” (Jn. 17:20-21); the Lord thus implied that disunity would produce the opposite effect, i.e., unbelief.

 But people need to realize that a departure from the original does not negate the genuineness of the original. The segmented status of “religiondom” does not authenticate evolution. The fact of the matter is, the evolutionists are as divided as the religionists.

 For example, Sir Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, contended that biological life evolved here on earth. On the other hand, Sir Fred Hoyle has argued that “spontaneous generation” occurred in outer space! Some Darwinians speculate that the evolutionary process has occurred quite gradually, over eons of time. Supposedly this explains the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record. Others (e.g., Richard Goldschmidt, and more recently, Stephen Gould of Harvard), suggest that evolution has proceeded rapidly, almost in snatches.

 There is wholesale disagreement among the advocates of evolution. Those, therefore, who have fled from religion because of its disunity, have found no haven in Darwinism.

 A World of Disorder

Many feel that our world environment, which is so characterized by brutality and suffering, is more consistent with Darwin’s tooth-and-claw, “survival-of-the-fittest,” principle, than it is with the notion that the earth is tended by a benevolent God. There might be some leverage in this argument if there were no other rational explanation for the ills of this globe.

 But the fact is, a compelling case can be made for the proposition that life’s tragedies are the result of man’s rebellion against his Creator; and negative consequences have been allowed to follow as an educational process on behalf of the human family. In our recently published book, The Bible and Mental Health, we have an entire chapter chronicling some of the values of human affliction.

But here is another matter for consideration. While the believer has some basis for explaining the presence of “evil” in a fashion that is consistent with the existence of a powerful and benevolent God, the evolutionist has no reasonable explanation as to why there is a human sensitivity within man that judges some things to be “evil” and others “good.” How can a package of mere “matter,” which, according to atheism, is the sum of man, arrive at a rational, moral judgment concerning this phenomenon called “evil”? The problem of “evil” is more challenging for the evolutionist than for the creationist.

 Tangible Evidence

Many folks are impressed with the evolutionary case because it is buttressed, they believe, with tangible evidence, whereas religion seems to partake of a dreamy, surreal environment. After all, scientists have “fossils” to prove their case, don’t they?

 This argument is exceptionally deceptive for the following reasons:

  1. All of the fossils ever collected represent less than 1% of the potential evidence, according to David Raup of Chicago’s Field Museum (Museum Bulletin, Jan., 1979, p. 50).
  2. Not a single fossil has ever been discovered that clearly demonstrates a link between basic organism “kinds.”
  3. All fossil evidence is subject to interpretation; and even evolutionists dispute the data.

For example, when Donald Johanson and his colleagues discovered the few bone fragments they dubbed “Lucy,” back in 1974, they alleged that this little creature walked on two legs, and was on-the-way to becoming human. Numerous evolutionists, however, seriously disputed this. We discussed this matter in considerable detail in the October, 1986 issue of the printed Christian Courier.

 But Bible believers are not without “tangible” evidence in the defense of their case. Numerous archaeological discoveries have been made which support the historicity of the Scriptures (see our book, Biblical Studies in the Light of Archaeology.

 If, then, a general case can be made for the factual correctness of the Bible, one may reasonably conclude that its affirmations regarding the origin of humanity are correct as well.

 Escape from Responsibility

Another reason why many so readily accept evolution as the explanation for mankind, is that such allows them to “cut loose” from God, and hence to be free from moral and religious obligations. They thus can become their own “gods,” and write their own rules. Richard Dawkins says that “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist” (The Blind Watchmaker, New York: W.W. Norton, 1986, p. 6).

 This viewpoint was vividly illustrated some years ago when Clarence Darrow spoke to the inmates of the Cook County jail in Chicago. Hear him.

“I do not believe there is any sort of distinction between the real moral conditions of the people in and out of jail. One is just as good as the other. The people here can no more help being here than the people outside can avoid being outside. I do not believe that people are in jail because they deserve to be. They are in jail simply because they cannot avoid it on account of circumstances which are entirely beyond their control and for which they are in no way responsible” (Arthur Weinberg, Attorney For The Damned, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1957, pp. 3-4; emp. WJ).

 This shocking statement reveals the motive of some evolutionists.

 People do not believe in evolution because they have been led there by solid evidence. They are stampeded into the Darwinian community by superficial, emotional, and personal factors. They only delude themselves when they think otherwise.

 Consider how evolution leads man to a total loss of life’s essence.

 THE CONTRADICTIONS OF EVOLUTION

1. Evolution contradicts basic laws of Physics. 

The 1st Law of Thermodynamics teaches that natural processes do not bring things into existence from nothing. But evolution must contend that once nothing existed and suddenly “nothing” produced something. True Science admits that the universe began from nothing. Hence the evolutionary theory contradicts this basic law.

 2. The “New Generalized 2nd Law of Theromdynamics” also reveals evolutionary errors.

This Law asserts that had the universe been here forever, it would now be in a state of “rest” because in natural processes the order [complex] always dissolves into the disorder [simple].

 Natural processes NEVER begin with the simple and ascend to the complex! Natural processes are locked into a strict order that cannot be broken. But evolution argues that matter has the marvelous ability to perform brief “miracles” where natural processes are suspended and the matter transcends natural laws. But such a theory contradicts the laws of True Science!

 3. Evolution contradicts basic common sense. 

When all is studied the evolutionist still has no logical, scientific explanation for origins. Vain efforts have been made to provide explanations. One example will suffice, although many could be cited. F.H.C. Crick, discoverer of the DNA molecule, had a profound effect upon genetics/biology. He was an evolutionist who struggled to explain origins. He suggested that life on earth originated when a bacteria form was transmitted to Earth by a missile from some other part of outerspace! [Zacharias, p.39]

 4. Evolution contradicts basic facts of True Science.

True facts are not presented by the evolutionists unless they are shrouded with fabrication. So called “experts” are called to testify to the validity of evolutionary progress. Many “facts” are presented. But it is helpful to remember that an “expert” is only one who agrees with one’s worldview and “facts” are often assumptions that reinforce the worldview of the “expert.”

 THE TRAGEDY OF EVOLUTION

The greatest tragedy of evolution is found in its assertion that humans are just another animal that live on a higher plane of awareness and activity. But this is false! Practical observations reveal this tragedy. When man and monkey are compared we see enormous differences. There is an absolute distinction that sets human life apart from animal life. Emotive awareness also refutes evolution’s tragic conclusion. At death we “know” that a difference exists between man and animal. No amount of evolutionary talk will convince us otherwise (cf Eccl 3:19‑21; 12:7). 

 The differences between man and monkey raise a number of probing questions haunting the evolutionist. Why are there such dramatic differences IF man is just another animal? Does this difference enable man to participate in a destiny inaccessible to the monkey? Could this destiny include “eternity”? What quality in man enables him to defeat even the mightiest of beasts?  What is there that makes human life “human” and animal life “animal”?

 The tragedy of evolution is beginning to be measured in our century as ethical madness, inane cruelties, and desolation are sweeping civilization. Evil and immorality abound because human life has lost its “humanness” and thus has lost its meaning and value!

 THE IGNORANCE OF EVOLUTION

This system is advocated to support the philosophy of atheism. It is advanced by the leading “Intellectuals” of our century. But it is ignorant of the sublime words of Psalm 8.

 In Psalm 8 we read of God’s glory and man’s dignity. These are two elements which evolution has erased from the modern mind.  The Scriptures reveal that man’s dignity is inescapably connected to God’s glory – if God has no glory then man has no dignity! The Psalm elaborates on man’s dignity and presents human beings in a majestic portrait. Man is created by God and has an intrinsic value and dignity that is not found in animals. Man is placed over the animals because he is far different!

 Even though evolution is advocated by the “Intellectuals,” it is a theory of gross ignorance! It ignores man’s uniqueness; his creation by the Almighty; his authority over animals; his essence as the image of God!  In this ignorance man has lost the essence of daily living!

 Put in simple terms, atheism eliminates human dignity, self‑worth, and personal value via evolution. Its tragic conclusion is stated by Jacques Monod, “Man at least knows that he is alone in the unfeeling immensity of the universe, out of which he emerged by chance.” [Chance And Necessity, London: E.T. Collins, 1973, p. 167].

 We are on Earth either as a consequence of a “Mindless First Cause” or we are here by the design of a Mighty Creator. With one position you have neither purpose nor meaning in life. With the other, your life has purpose, meaning, and existence. Surely the reasonable mind will see the folly of evolution!

 Problems for the Theory of Evolution by Wayne Jackson
 New articles come to our attention occasionally which contain data that really throw a “monkey wrench” into the theory of evolution. Let me mention three such items I’ve seen in relatively recent times.

Evolutionary scientists date the earth at approximately 4.5 to 5 billion years old. Most folks are not aware that there is really no incontrovertible scientific proof to establish these fantastic dates. They are grounded in a series of assumptions that are based upon evolutionary premises. In other words, the “clock” is rigged to provide the “long ages” of earth’s history.

 Why is this the case? Because, as everyone concedes, “time” is an absolutely essential ingredient in the Darwinian scheme. Dr. George Wald of Harvard called it the “hero of the plot.” Evolutionists need vast amounts of time for the millions of evolutionary changes to occur which would produce the amoebae-to-man phenomenon.

 It has been demonstrated many times, however, that the “evolutionary clocks” are terribly flawed (see our Courier Publications for, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth). Here is a recent example.

 Remember the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption? It occurred on May 18, 1980. That was less than twenty years ago. As a result of that catastrophe, a new lava dome was formed on the site. Not long ago, it was “dated” by the radio-metric method. Guess how old it turns out to be? It yielded a date of 2.8 million years! If that does not demonstrate that the “clock” is broken, then what would?

 Here is another interesting item. Tens of millions of fossils have been found beneath the surface of the earth that provide us with a veritable library of what life was like upon the ancient earth. And the record contains some surprising mysteries.

 For instance, one of the foundation stones of the evolutionary theory is that of “natural selection.” This is the idea that in the struggle of life, the stronger survive, while the weaker are eliminated. This was Darwin’s “survival of the fittest.” While there is some truth in the principle, it is taken much too far by the disciples of Darwin. If this has been the guiding factor in evolution, over vast periods of time, one would expect to find, in the fossil record, evidence of the increasing hardiness of the species as time passes.

 Actually, just the opposite is true. The fossil record bears mute testimony to the fact of degeneration. Earth’s creatures were much more robust in the past than they now are. For example, the January (2000) issue of National Geographic magazine reports concerning a huge depository of fossils found in a large cave in Brazil. It contained, for instance, the skull of a spider monkey that was twice the size of modern spider monkeys. The fossil of a twenty foot ground sloth was also discovered. These discoveries literally shout, “digression!” – not “progression.”

It is commonly believed that fossils take vast ages to form; this, supposedly, is another of those “proofs” employed by novices to suggest an earth millions of years old. This doesn’t make a lot of sense, of course, when you think about the fact that when animals die, they are usually consumed by other animals, or simply decay away. But here is a bizarre news item.

 The theory of evolution is so besieged with problems that it’s amazing it is so widely believed. But then, most people do not investigate. They simply believe what they are told – especially when it has the fumes of “science.” Many scientists have a vested interest in pushing evolution. Why is that? Because the only other alternative is creation. And that, of course, points to God – and a responsibility to him. For them, that is simply out of the question.

 Sources For Further Study :

Gange, Dr. Robert. Origins And Destiny, Word Publishing.

Richards, Lawrence, It Couldn’t Just Happen. Ft. Worth: Sweet Publishing, 1987.

Zacharias, Ravi. A Shattered Visage. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers, 1990.

 
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