Part 2 of my series “Pamphlet Goo: Electric Boogaloo” (it’s a long one):
Ok, so scary time is over. We know our soul is in danger and that we’re going to burn in hell if we don’t do planning steps 1-3. Now onto the powerful evidence that God put us here in the first place – apparently so we could spend the entire time fussing about our souls. But nevermind that. It’s time to learn about creation! Upon further investigation I discovered the entire passage represented here.
2. The Evidence for Creation (this is gonna be good)
For this one I’m going to take a different approach. I don’t think my summary will do this pamphlet justice. I find sometimes it’s better to let the nonsense speak for itself. Now I’d like to point out that I’m not making fun of Mennonites as individuals. I’m making fun of the information – because it’s stupid and deserves to be made fun of. I will insert comments when I just can’t take it anymore and will provide links throughout. Their text is in italics.
We live in a fascinating world of awesome beauty and amazing order. Dazzling sunsets, cascading waterfalls, revolving, planets, glittering stars, and other wonders have captivated man’s attention ans triggered much curiosity. How did it happen?
So I guess it didn’t capture women’s attention then?
Either all things have developed by natural, observable processes operating in the world presently, or they have been created by an infinitely powerful and all-wise God. There is ultimately no other alternative.
Oh, look. A False Dichotomy. Often this involves trimming down many options to two, but in this case they have added one to make two. Try to guess which, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Let us examine one of the most important questions of our day. Does strong evidence exist for creation or for evolution? If so, what is that evidence?
Well, that would be two questions, but seeing as how they can’t even understand evolutionary processes, how can we expect them to know how to count?
The universe gives powerful evidence for Creation.
The universe in which we live is a vast, orderly, majestic array of stars, planets, nebulae, and galaxies of unbelievable immensity! This earth [again not capitalized], as well as the whole universe, is not in chaos; it operates in orderly patterns and is controlled and directed by laws.
So far there is agreement with science here…wait for it.
Who made these laws? The fact of law requires a lawgiver. We know that every building must have a builder. Therefore we know that the universe, the greatest building of all, had to have an omnipotent Builder. “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). “The worlds were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3). “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1). Ah, there it is.
First we have a False Analogy. Then we have several lines of “evidence” to support their point. Ordinarily in scientific discussions people would reference scientific documents – journal articles, textbooks, etc. – for evidence, but this publication has clearly decided to take a different approach.
The marvelous world of living things gives powerful evidence for Creation.
Why do they keep capitalizing “creation” and not “Earth”?
Scattered all over the world are countless numbers of remarkable creatures that are infinitely complex and extremely well organized. These creatures are highly specialized and perfectly adapted for their own particular environments. All function well where they are and reveal no need or “desire” for evolution of any kind.
This is a high school debating tactic. What they have done is taken reasonable information (animals are generally well-adapted to their environments) and mixed it with nonsense (animals are well-organized, evolution has a goal, the environment never changes) to make their ridiculous conclusion sound more reasonable. They have also misused the word “infinitely”.
Consider the amazing bombardier beetle.
Are you frigging serious!? The bombardier beetle again? Don’t you people have any new material? Moving on…
This odd creature has a remarkable defense that enables it to escape from its enemies.
What follows is a description about how wonderful amazing wow the bombardier beetle is – I will skip it for space.
Consider also the woodpecker, who resembles a miniature jackhammer.
What follows is a description about how wonderful amazing wow the woodpecker and its shock-absorbing head are – so I will again skip it. They amazingly don’t bring up the tongue thing, can it be they have finally given that one up?
Another testimony to God’s marvelous creation is the amazing [see they do use words like that, I didn’t make it up] defense system of a little water beetle named Stenus Bipunctatus.
I know this is nit-picky, but can anyone seriously believe that these people have even read a biology book if they don’t even know the proper notation for genus and species names? It’s Stenus bipunctatus, not Stenus Bipunctatus. What follows is a description of how S. bipunctatus evades its predators. This seems to be a new one, as a search for the species and “creationism” turned up only 39 results and I could not find an article about the use of water beetles in creation arguments on talkorigins.
To believe that such incredibly complex functions and traits of these creatures result from genetic accidents and gradual evolution is unbelievable. What good are partly developed combustion tubes on bombardier beetles? Such abnormalities are nowhere in either living creatures or in fossils. In order for them to serve their intended purpose, they had to be created perfectly and suddenly.
These statements are just blatantly false. See the above link regarding bombardier beetles, for example. No one is saying that the success of species is a result of genetic “accidents”. Furthermore, this argument assumes a lack of function for less-developed organs in a creature without taking into account alternate functions.
No living thing in the world needs to evolve, so why do some say they evolved in the past? Each is already perfectly adapted. The marvels of design and perfect adaptation in nature witness to the fact of Creation. In the endless spans of time, they could have never arisen by chance through accidental processes of evolution.
The existence of instinct in nature testifies for Creation.
In a thousand ways, instinct is in evidence in nature. Instinct teaches a bee to build a perfect honeycomb and the bird to build its own characteristic nest the first time it tries without previous experience. Instinct unerringly guides the whale, the bird, and the monarch butterfly thousands of miles in the long and amazing migrations, unguided, where they have never been before.
Curiously, they do not define “instinct”. Also, there’s little somethings called echolocation that guides whales, magnetism that guides birds, sun position that guides monarchs, and pheromones that guide bees. All of which have physical, explainable mechanisms – as opposed to God-guided magic.
Upon reaching maturity, the eel migrates thousands of miles to reach spawning grounds in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. Eels from as far as Europe and Labrador make their way to these deep waters to spawn and die. The baby eels that are born here make their way across uncharted oceans to the very same shore, river, inlet, in which their parents had lived. The salmon do a similar act. This mystery, which has baffled scientists for years, gives powerful evidence of intelligence far beyond what these animals themselves possess.
I love the “mysteries that have baffled scientists for years.” Let’s do a quick Google shall we and we’ll just see how baffled scientists are on the matter of salmons.
The source of this intelligence is the Creator, who fully equipped all forms of life and enabled each to survive in its own environment. The Bible says, “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?” (Job 12:7-9).
The fossil record gives powerful support for Creation
The geological record of fossils does not reveal a progression of development from “simple” to the complex. In spite of all the efforts of trained observers, not one change, not one change of species into another is on record. More than 250,000 different fossil species are in our museums today. If evolution took place, thousands upon thousands of these fossils should be intermediate or transitional forms.
If apes evolved into man, invertebrates into fish, and reptiles into birds, a whole series of intermediate fossils would show this true. The fact is that transitional forms are nonexistent in the fossil record. Marine creatures appear as marine creatures, monkeys appear as monkeys, people appear as people. For all these creatures to have evolved from supposedly lower-life forms during millions of years of time without leaving a trace is not physically possible.
There is a very good reason for this.
Chimpanzees and mankind remain distinct and separate, and the fossil record continues to widen the gulf between man and apes. Another serious problem for evolution is that if animals have been evolving into transitional forms for millions of years, then why today are there no living transitional animal forms?
Firstly, we are all living transitional forms. Why do they make a distinction between “transitional form” and “regular species”? They are all life, so what is the difference? One form of life constantly leads to another. Secondly, “man” (more sexism) and chimpanzees are distinct and separate for very good reason – we are two completely different species! We descended from a common ancestor, yes, but that does not make us the same species. Frankly, this argument is just plain childish.
Instead of the fossil record giving scientific evidence for evolution, it gives powerful evidence for a Creator who brought all things into existence at the beginning of time. “In the beginning God created” is the best explanation for origins. The universe and the entire world of living things have not come about by random chance processes of evolution or by a Big Bang.
The fossil record also confirms the Biblical account of a world wide flood in Noah’s day. Chapters 6-9 of Genesis tell of this catastrophe, by which God brought judgment upon the earth He created.
A global flood explains the abundance of sedimentary rock on and beneath the surface of the earth. In this rock, geologists find the remains of literally billions of beautifully preserved creatures and plants. All over the world these specimens bear unmistakably clear testimony of an overwhelming flood of water that sealed their fate.
Those who are unwilling to believe the truth might spend a lifetime in research laboratories, attempting to document their erroneous persuasions, but to no avail. The simple fact of Creation cannot be altered or destroyed.
Ah yes, the poor scientists, atheists, and skeptics that have waisted their lives. That’s it. Actually searching for answers to explain the wonders in nature, searching for real-world explanations for natural events (that are often much more interesting than “God did it”), not fearing eternal hellfire for choosing the wrong interpretation of the Bible, etc… Oh yes, I’m really jealous.
The Bible says, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain with their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools” (Roman 1:21, 22). These words accurately describe the condition of man apart from a personal relationship with the Creator, God. They simply will not believe, whatever the evidence.
They are making the false assumption that it is they who have the evidence and I am the one ignoring it. Newsflash creationists: you have no evidence. The so-called “evidence” was even beat down in court.
We were created to bear God’s image but because of our sinful nature, we need His mercy and grace to save us from our sins and make us holy. Through faith in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we can become a new creation and thereby honor our Maker. The Lord invites you to enjoy new life in Him by accepting His gracious offer of salvation today. “But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
When someone admits to me that they have faith and that’s why they believe what they believe, I can leave them alone. But when they try to fight me on my turf, science, and have it both ways, that’s when I get testy. I hope you have enjoyed my post as much as I enjoyed making fun of it.