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Naturally, everything that exists must have a beginning - right? Christians who believe in creation believe that everything was created by God. Another creation theory is known as "Progressive Creation" or "Gap" theory. Basically, this is the idea of liberal Christians who have allowed some facets of evolution to enter into their belief systems. The people who designed these theories think that evolution happened, but it was started by God. Finally, those who believe strictly in evolution believe that all things essentially happened by chance. Let's look at what each belief system says about the beginning of existence.
Creation states that God created heaven, earth, and everything within it. The Bible goes into detail about the time period that it took to create the whole universe and breaks it up into days. The Bible also plainly states that "God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:3). So there is no question - a "day" in time is the same now as it always has been. (This will be important later, so remember it.) On the fourth day of His creation, every creature of the sea and of the air was made. Then, on the fifth day, every creature that moved on the earth - including man - was created. Let's stop here for a moment. The Bible makes a point of telling you that man was human then, just as he is now (not a single-celled organism or an ape). "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them" (Genesis 1:27). Why do you suppose that the Bible repeats itself in a sentence like that? Keep in mind that this was written a few thousand years ago before Darwin or evolution was ever heard of. Is it possible that these ideas were presented like this because God knew there would one day be a battle - creation vs. evolution? This gives us something to think about.
THE "GAP" THEORY
The Gap theory is based on what the Bible says, but those who believe in this theory also believe that the Bible never clearly says how long a day is. They try to say that a day's time could have been several million years in between. This theory cannot stand because the Bible is very plain about the length of a day. The light and the dark are one day just like it is today, not a million years. Also, other versions of the Bible contribute to this confusion because they state "one day" instead of "the first day" the way the King James version does (this is found in Genesis 1:5). Please see the link "The Bible" to learn more about the variety of versions of the Bible and the differences between them.
Evolution teaches that the universe was just a vast expanse of nothing but atoms, and all these different atoms were found throughout this void. One day, after millions of years of floating around, all these particles began to draw into a space the size of a "period" (like the ones found at the end of this sentence) - and all these particles then began to spin. As the mass sped up, it exploded and caused the particles to fly out in all directions. This slowly made the planets and stars in the universe we know today. The generation of these planets reportedly occurred over millions of years. This is known as the "big bang theory" (and no, we're not talking about the TV show). Then, over several more millions of years, the surface of planet earth cooled from a molten mass to a solid. Water was formed by condensation from the heat and big downpours of torrential rains made the oceans. Then, over several more millions of years, the rain washed over
the rocks and all these different elements ran off into the water. All of of these different particles, elements, and chemicals came together and formed the first single-celled organism. To make a long story short, this single-celled organism evolved into creatures and plants and so forth. From this organism man originated.
BIG BANG PROBLEMS
First, we must keep in mind that there are six different things in relation to evolution. Below is a description and explanation to each one. Please keep an open mind while reading this. Also, remember that the effective way to make any lie believable is to add a little bit of truth in with it. You must be able to grab someone's attention with the truth and deceive them with the rest. This is why the doctrine of evolution is so believable - and effective.
1. Cosmic Evolution: The Origin of Time and Space (Big Bang)
There exists many problems with the theory of the "Big Bang." To start with, a note: our use of the word "law" is to mean that a thing can be observed and proven, unlike theory. The third law of themodynamics states: Matter and/or energy can neither be created nor destroyed. That being the case, how did that matter get here to begin with? We are left with only two options. Someone either made the universe, or else the universe made itself. However, if the latter were true, how do we create something from nothing?
2. Chemical Evolution: The Evolution of Higher Elements From Hydrogen
The blast from the "big bang" is believed to have produced hydrogen and helium, but where did the other elements that make up our planets come from? Could uranium have evolved from hydrogen? The evolutionist argument is that it could have happened as a result of element (fusion in stars), but that produces a chicken and egg problem (so to speak). How could this happen if the stars were not even formed yet?
3. Stellar and Planetary Evolution: Evolution of Stars and Planets
First of all, we have never observed the birth of a star. Contrary to what astronomers say, they have never seen a star formed - only star deaths (such as novas or supernovas). Here is a quote from science magazine telling of the science community's dilemma: "the silent embarrassment of modern astrophysics is that we do not know how even a single one of these stars managed to form." (Martin Hewitt, Science, vol 231, March 1986 p 1201-1202) Going back to the "big bang," the problem with this explosion is a law of physics called the Conservation of Angular Momentum. Basically, this law states that if something is spinning in a certain direction (clockwise, for example), then the pieces that fly off the object will be spinning in the same direction as the original mass. This occurs because the particles on the outside are moving faster than the ones closer to the inside. So if evolution is true, then why do we have two planets that are confirmed (Venus, Uranus) and one more unconfirmed (Pluto) to spin backwards from the 6 others? As well, 8 of the 91 moons in our solar system rotate backwards. Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune have moons that orbit in both directions. The sun is 98% hydrogen or helium, but the first 4 planets closest to the sun are less than 1%. Why are all the planets so different from each other in an explosion that would have evenly distributed the material? In some cases, whole galaxies spin backwards. If the "big bang theory" were true, matter would be evenly distributed across the universe - but its not. There are great voids between galaxies and stars. Interestingly enough, the word "universe" comes from two Latin words: "uni" (meaning single) and "verse" (meaning a spoken sentence). Basically, we live in a single spoken sentence. Isn't it ironic that in the beginning of the Bible, God spoke a single sentence to begin creation? Let there be light....something to think about.
4. Organic Evolution: Origin of Life
Evolution teaches that all life began out of a sea of elements, chemicals, and particles - a "primordial soup," if you will. All the necessary parts came together to make the first life form. One major problem with this is how did it reproduce? Some organisms can reproduce asexually, but to survive for millions of years in order to evolve into a sexually reproducing organism is just not feasible. They would have died out waiting on a mate.
5. Macro-Evolution: Changing From One Kind to Another
To illustrate our point, we will use one specific type of animal. When it comes to creating offspring, a dog can not produce completely different classes of animal (dogs can't produce cats, for example). The animal they create may be smaller or differently colored, but it will still be a dog. However, the various different breeds of a certain type of dog can produce offspring with each other. It could be that a dog, a coyote, and a wolf all had a common ancestor. This is not so unbelievable. In fact, these animals all probably did have similar ancestry. That being said, you cant take two dogs and make a chicken. However ridiculous this statement sounds, how is the concept of dogs creating chickens any different from evolutionary claims that some dinosaurs "evolved" into birds? It would involve the dogs changing from their "kind" into a completely different animal. Let's further explore the differences between animal "kinds" and "species." For instance, a dog and a wolf are the same "kind" of animal, but they are different species. A species is like a sub-classification within a main classification. A dog is a canine. That is its main class or "kind," but a husky or a wolf would be fellow members of the same species as domesticated dogs.
6. Micro-Evolution: Variations Within Kinds
Only this one has been observed.