White Unto Harvest

Teaching on Evolution and Evidences in a Foreign Land


One of the main features of our work in Lithuania is the weekly Bible lectures. We started having lectures when we first started working there in April, 1992, and have continued the practice until the present date. A variety of subjects have been addressed in these lectures, but the one we want to concentrate on in this article is one that I preached in November, 1998. The theme of the lectures that day was, "Creation or Evolution?" The first lecture called into question a number of the main tenants of evolution while the second one was simply an exegesis of Genesis 1. Doing the lectures in this order one has the opportunity to clear away many of the misconceptions which "science falsely so called" has spread concerning the origin of man before approaching the Bible's account of creation. The advertisements for the lecture brought unexpected interest and I was invited to give it again to a loosely knit Protestant group the following Sunday afternoon. About 70 people were in attendance. I hope to repeat this lecture in other places.

The lecture constituted more work than any lecture I can remember. At least 20 charts were presented, most of which had to be translated into Lithuanian. It was introduced with a chart showing the difference between the general theory of evolution which teaches that everything evolved from a common ancestor and the Genesis account of each "kind" or species having its origin with the creating word of God. We next looked at a picture of the geologic time table as the evolutionists see it from John Clark and David Eakin's booklet, The Theory of Evolution and Special Creation. This table presents the view of the earth's rock strata so vital to the evolutionist's theory which, according to their interpretation, allows billions of years for man to evolve from non-life.

We then moved on to the main body of the lecture which was entitled, "Known facts and the general theory of evolution." Darwin said the fossil record would prove his theory, but time, excavation, and research have not shown this to be true. As Philip E. Johnson writes,

In light of the above information the following admission by a scientist about origins is very helpful in showing the actual paucity of information contained in the fossil record on that subject:

At this point we were ready to make some hard-hitting application to the evolutionist's assertions about the origins of man. A chart was introduced which showed one of the commonly taught views of man's beginning: a pool of "primordial soup" laying under a heavy magnetic field being struck by lightning or acted upon in some way and life coming out of the pool as a result. (Other views of man's origins could be inserted here in place of this one with the same effect.) Today, when higher intelligence exists in the form of man, scientists can recreate almost any atmosphere in a laboratory -- and yet they have never, in any of their experiments, caused life to come from non-life. In light of this it is simply amazing that they expect us to believe that life came from non-life (was created) at a time when they say no higher intelligence existed. And then they chide those who believe in the Genesis account of creation for believing in miracles!

With these things before the audience we showed a chart from Wayne Jackson's book, The Mythology of Modern Geology. This chart effectively shows the problem with the evolutionists' view of the geologic time table. (Brother Jackson's legend for the chart introduces it.)

The Geologic Time Table and the Fossil Record

The following chart (left column) illustrates the geologic time table that is common in most textbooks dealing with geology, biology, etc. It proposes to show the development of living organisms, in an ascending order, from the ancient past to the present. The four major eras appear in bold print. The columns represent: 1)The twelve periods of the upper eras; 2)The alleged duration of time in millions of years; 3)Some prominent life features of the various periods. The data in charts to the right compare known facts with the assertions diagrammed in the left column.

 

Periods

 

Millions of Yrs.

 

Life Features

Missing Strata in Grand Canyon

Reversed Strata, Lewis Mt. Range, Montana

Human Occupation of Geologic Strata

Cenozoic Era

Quaternary

1

Men

?

Alleged appearance of man

Tertiary

74

Mammals

?

Human skull, engraved letters

Mesozoic Era

Cretaceous

60

 

Reptiles & Flowering Plants

?

Precambrian OVER Cretaceous

human bones

Jurassic

30

?

Triassic

40

?

dinosaur carvings

Paleozoic Era

Permian

25

Amphibians, Ferns & Conifers

Permian

Pennsylvanian

25

Pennsylvanian

spoons/tools

Mississippian

25

Mississippian

human footprints

Devonian

45

First Land Plants & Fish

?

Silurian

35

?

Ordovician

65

?

Cambrian

80

Invertebrates

Cambrian

trilobite/human prints

Pre-Cambrian Era

Pre-Cambrian Era

1 1/2 Billion - 2 Billion Years

Pre-Cambrian

Several things are noteworthy about the above chart. First, note the missing strata in the Grand Canyon. The evolutionist must explain these exceptions to the picture he paints of the geologic time table. However, it gets even worse when one looks at the reversed strata in the Lewis Mountain range. There Precambrian rock strata, said to be the oldest layer with an estimated age of one and a half to two billion years old, is on top of a layer of Cretacious which is supposed to be only 60 million years old. Indeed, as brother Jackson observes, as the evolutionist tries to explain how this might have come about he must have the faith that moves mountains. The evidence for man's existence on the right of the chart destroys the assertions of the evolutionist concerning the relevance of the various strata with regards to man's appearance.

Having described in detail the first point of the lesson so as to give a sample of this lecture, we now summarize the rest of the lesson for the sake of brevity. Survival of the fittest, the supposed "blind watchmaker" that controlled the evolutionary process was examined in order to show the utter improbability of its being able to produce the literally endless number of positive changes necessary for man to gradually evolve from nonliving matter. Mutations, which usually produce negative change in any species, were called into question as the means for producing consistently positive change. We next examined comparative embryology and then spent some time on missing links. We noted the progression that pictures from text books show us and then examined how baseless these pictures were in fact, spending some time examining some of supposed the missing links. To argue for a younger earth, we used a chart from Scott Huse's book, The Collapse of Evolution. In addition to this, a translation of Bert Thompson's article, "The Young Earth," from Reason and Revelation, was handed out with the lecture.

With the help of Michael Behe's book, Darwin's Black Box, we spent some time looking at some of the revelations that have come from the field of microbiology, a realm of study unknown in Darwin's time, and noted the baffling intricacies of the unseen world that the electron microscope reveals. Evolution was, by comparison, easy to explain when man was in ignorance of the things microbiology has brought to light. With the first lecture behind us the second one, on the Genesis Account of Creation, was relatively easy. There was no need to try to find ways to insert long periods of time into the text or to try to make the appearance of man to be any later than that found in Genesis 1. (I apologize for not having the exact page numbers for every quote in this article. My library is in the process of being packed for moving back to the U.S. and I do not have access to the books I cite herein.)


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