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16. Does Evolution Have a ... Chance?

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Does Evolution Have a ... Chance?

Mike Riddle

One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet we are here — as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.[1] — George Wald, Nobel Laureate

In today’s culture, molecules-to-man evolution is being taught as a fact, even though it is known to "go against the odds." But few realize the odds they are up against! And they are immense!

The Bible teaches that God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1; Colossians 1:16; John 1:13; Revelation 4:11). While these passages rule out any possibility of Darwinian evolution, they do allow for variation within a created kind. But there is much opposition to what the Bible teaches. People holding to evolution would argue that random chance events, natural selection, and billions of years are sufficient to account for the universe and all life forms.

Do You Believe in "Magic"?

Most people recognize "magic" as an illusionary feat or trickery by sleight of hand. But how far are you willing to go to believe something can happen by "dumb luck" or chance? For example, if I were to role a die and have it come up six three times in a row, would you consider that lucky? How about if I rolled six ten times in a row? Now you might suspect that I am using some trickery or that the die is weighted.

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6. Cain's Wife — Who Was She?

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Cains Wife Who Was She?

Ken Ham

Is She the Most-Talked-About Wife in History?

We dont even know her name, yet she was discussed at the Scopes Trial, mentioned in the movies Inherit the Wind[1] and Contact,[2] and talked about in countries all over the world for hundreds of years.

Skeptics of the Bible have used Cains wife time and again to try to discredit the book of Genesis as a true historical record. Sadly, most Christians have not given an adequate answer to this question. As a result, the world sees them as not being able to defend the authority of Scripture and thus the Christian faith.

For instance, at the historic Scopes Trial in Tennessee in 1925, William Jennings Bryan, the prosecutor who stood for the Christian faith, failed to answer the question about Cains wife posed by the ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow. Consider the following excerpt from the trial record as Darrow interrogates Bryan:

Q Did you ever discover where Cain got his wife?

A No, sir; I leave the agnostics to hunt for her.

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1. Does the Gospel Depend on a Young Earth?

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Does the Gospel Depend on a Young Earth?

Ken Ham

Can a person believe in an old earth and an old universe (millions or billions of years in age) and be a Christian?

First of all, lets consider three verses that sum up the gospel and salvation. 1 Corinthians 15:17 says, If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Jesus said in John 3:3, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Romans 10:9 clearly explains, If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Numerous other passages could be cited, but not one of them states in any way that a person has to believe in a young earth or universe to be saved.

And the list of those who cannot enter Gods kingdom, as recorded in passages like Revelation 21:8, certainly does not include old earthers.

Many great men of God who are now with the Lord have believed in an old earth. Some of these explained away the Bibles clear teaching about a young earth by adopting the classic gap theory. Others accepted a day-age theory or positions such as theistic evolution, the framework hypothesis, and progressive creation.

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24. Did Dinosaurs Turn into Birds?

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Did Dinosaurs Turn into Birds?

David Menton

Introduction

According to many evolutionists today, dinosaurs are really not extinct but rather are feeding at our bird feeders even as we speak. For many evolutionists, it would seem, birds simply are dinosaurs. With this sort of bias, it is quite easy for evolutionists to find supposed evidence to support the notion that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

But what does the Bible tell us about the origin of birds, and just how good is the scientific evidence that some dinosaurs evolved into birds?

What Does the Bible Say about the Origin of Birds?

Birds were created on day 5 and dinosaurs o n day 6

In the first chapter of Genesis, verse 21, we read that on Day 5 of creation, God created every winged fowl after its kind. This includes birds that flew above the earth (Genesis 1:20). Man and land animals were created on Day 6 of the Creation Week (Genesis 1:2431). Were there land birds that didnt fly originally? I would leave open the possibility, but a discussion of this is beyond the scope of this chapter. Most ornithologists say that these birds are secondarily flightless (i.e., they lost the ability to fly). This would be due to variance within kind or to mutational losses since creation. So, the best possibility is that bird were created on Day 5 as flyers, and some have lost this ability, but I wouldnt be dogmatic.

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19. Does Astronomy Confirm a Young Universe?

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Does Astronomy Confirm a Young Universe?

Dr. Don B. DeYoung and Dr. Jason Lisle

One of the common objections to biblical creation is that scientists have supposedly demonstrated that the universe is much older than the Bible teaches. The first chapter of Genesis clearly teaches that God created all things in six days ("ordinary" days as defined by an evening and morning) and that human beings were created on the sixth day. This is confirmed and clarified in the other Scriptures as well (e.g., Exodus 20:811; Mark 10:6). And since the Bible records about four thousand years between Adam and Christ (Genesis 5:332), the biblical age of the universe is about 6,000 years. This stands in stark contrast with the generally accepted secular age estimate of 4.6 billion years for the earth, and three times longer still, 13.7 billion years, for the universe beyond.

This fundamental time discrepancy is no small matter. It is obvious that if the secular age estimate is correct, then the Bible is in error and cannot be trusted. Conversely, if the Bible really is what it claims to be, the authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16), then something is seriously wrong with the secular estimates for the age of the universe. Since the secular time scale challenges the authority of Scripture, Christians must be ready to give an answer — a defense of the biblical time scale (1 Peter 3:15).

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