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“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26

Creation Allies: Will Just Any Creator God Do?

Intelligent design—allies of biblical creationists? We’ve said for years that the Intelligent Design (ID) movement—the idea that certain features in various living things were designed by an “intelligent cause” rather than through solely naturalistic processes—is incomplete. While certain ID arguments about design are helpful in pointing people to the Creator (and we use many of them in various ways), ID arguments aren’t enough. Why is that?

The creator might be the biblical God (there are some biblical creationists in the movement), the Muslim god, an alien, or some other “intelligent cause.”

In the ID movement, any creator god will do. The creator might be the biblical God (there are some biblical creationists in the movement), the Muslim god, an alien, or some other “intelligent cause.” I was reminded of this by a recent article from Evolution News, a popular ID site, “Muslims Should be Natural Allies of Intelligent Design.” The article bemoaned the lack of Muslim support for Intelligent Design (most Muslims accept evolution but believe in a creator), saying:

Given that ID and evolution in this broad sense are entirely compatible, it seems to me that Muslims should be natural allies of the ID movement in their shared concern over the effects of scientific materialism on their communities and society at large.

So, according to this ID writer, not only is ID compatible with evolution (not purely naturalistic evolution, though), but it’s compatible with Muslim theology and so more Muslims should join the ID movement. This is possible because ID doesn’t name the creator and has no ultimate authority beyond human reasoning.

As biblical creationists, we can recognize, along with those in the ID movement, that nature is clearly designed—life in all its marvelous complexity couldn’t have come about by naturalistic processes. (The Bible itself says that God’s existence and attributes are clearly seen in creation; see Romans 1.) But we don’t stop there.

The Bible’s history doesn’t just tell us God made things; it gives us the biological, geological, astronomical, cosmological, paleontological, and anthropological history of the world!

We use the Bible as our framework for understanding the world around us. This means we don’t just claim there’s a Creator. Instead, we understand God made a perfect world only about 6,000 years ago that was marred by human sin. Then there was a global flood that catastrophically reshaped the world and the event at the tower of Babel resulted in people groups around the world. The Bible’s history doesn’t just tell us God made things; it gives us the biological, geological, astronomical, cosmological, paleontological, and anthropological history of the world!

And this history has real consequences. For example, those in the ID movement can’t answer the question of death and suffering. Without the Bible, they don’t teach the true history of the world: that there was a perfect creation, but it was broken by our sin—and that’s why there’s death, suffering, carnivory, and other ugliness in our world.

And ID also can’t provide people with the ultimate hope they need: the gospel message! Without God’s Word and the biblical Creator, there’s no hope because there’s no Jesus who stepped into history, died on the cross in our place taking the penalty of death for us, and rose from the grave, offering eternal life to all who will believe in him.

Yes, the Creator’s fingerprints are seen in what he has made—but don’t stop there. Point people toward the Word of God and the saving gospel!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:7).

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Are Humans “Messing with Evolution”?

Are humans “messing with evolution”? According to a new study, we are! This study looked at so-called “rapid evolution”—which the authors argue is “not so exceptional . . . it’s actually occurring all the time”—and how humans are the driving force behind much of the current change we’re seeing in nature.

What Kind of Change?

So, what kind of change is the study referring to? Well, they give a variety of different examples of changes within populations of organisms—for example, a trend toward smaller individuals within certain populations. This impacts the population, and therefore the ecosystem, as smaller individuals tend to provide less food for humans and other predators and produce fewer offspring, therefore impacting the environment in a different way than before.

Another example they gave was the massive increase in female elephants being born tuskless due to poaching removing so many tusked females from the population. While this may seem unimportant (and, ironically, may actually help save elephants from extinction), it has consequences on the environment:

Tuskless elephants won’t shape ecosystems in the same way as their toothier brethren: They won’t tear up the soil as much when digging for tubers, for instance. And analyzing DNA in their feces revealed that tuskless elephants eat different plants.

Reportedly the variety of change across species they noted “were higher in populations affected by human activity than those that were not,” with pollution being the largest driver of change. One researcher said, “A lot of them are evolving really fast in response to these changes.” But are these changes really examples of “rapid evolution”?

Rapid Evolution or Adaptation?

The short answer is: no. “Rapid evolution” isn’t evolution at all. It’s simply variation within a kind leading to adaptation via natural selection and other processes. The article states, “This work . . . reinforces the idea that evolution is happening all the time—small changes adding up to the big ones over the long lapse in ages.” Now the small changes are observable. But those small changes are the result of genetic information already present in the genome. Nothing brand-new is being created. Rather the species are adapting to a changing world because of the genetic variety God placed into that kind at the beginning. These scientists haven’t observed anything brand-new forming—and they won’t. This research has zero to do with molecules-to-man evolution.

They argue that those small changes will add up to big ones, given enough time. But even if they had millions of years, there is no known mechanism that can create brand-new genetic information to form new functions and features. So, no, time is not the magical ingredient that will turn an amoeba into a man. Evolution is impossible—there’s no mechanism for it!

But even if they had millions of years, there is no known mechanism that can create brand-new genetic information to form new functions and features.

Is It Such a Bad Thing?

Now most articles that reference changes in nature, climate change, and man’s influence on creation are very “doom and gloom.” But this article actually ended on a different, more positive, note:

That may seem grim, but you can interpret these results in a reassuring way too. If we overfish to the point where species start to shrink, well maybe that’s just a sign that humans are not immune to the feedback loops that govern every other living thing. The animals we know will change or disappear, and new ones will evolve to take their place—life will endure, even if life as we know it doesn’t. “Because of studies like these I don’t have any fear about life on Earth under climate change. . .The natural world will still exist, but it may not be the same world and some species will go extinct. But others will change and evolve.”. . .

Despite everything we’ve thrown at them, this research shows that some animals and plants will be able to adapt quickly enough to outpace the warming planet—they’ve been doing it for millions of years.

Now I agree that studies like this aren’t a cause of despair. As Christians, we need to pay attention to such studies to ensure we (who were given dominion over the creation) are being good, careful stewards of God’s creation, using it for our good and God’s glory, while keeping future generations in mind. But we also know that God designed this world, it hasn’t been around for millions of years, and God has promised that seasons will continue (Genesis 8:22), so climate change will not destroy the planet.

Such studies should remind us of the wisdom of our God, who designed life to survive and thrive in an ever-changing and sin-cursed world.

But creatures aren’t evolving to take the place of other creatures, and they haven’t been doing that for millions of years. Rather, for thousands of years, creatures have been adapting to fill various changing environments using the incredible genetic diversity God created and placed into their kind at the beginning. Such studies should remind us of the wisdom of our God, who designed life to survive and thrive in an ever-changing and sin cursed world.

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Why There’s No Such Thing as ‘Junk DNA’

For decades, scientists have used the term “junk DNA” to talk about the useless leftovers from our supposed evolutionary history. In fact, as much as 98% of our DNA has been deemed “junk.”

But is this term accurate?

From a biblical perspective, no. And it seems scientists are beginning to realize this as well.

A new study of the platyhelminth worm, Schistosoma mansoni, in the Genome Biology and Evolution journal reveals that repetitive DNA on the female W-chromosome isn’t useless after all. Instead, it’s a crucial part of determining the worm’s sex.

In part, the authors wrote:

The days of “junk DNA” are over. When the senior authors of this article studied genetics at their respective universities, the common doctrine was that the nonprotein coding part of eukaryotic genomes consists of interspersed, “useless” sequences, often organized in repetitive elements such as satDNA. The latter might have accumulated during evolution, for example, as a consequence of gene duplication events to separate and individualize gene function. This view has fundamentally changed…

Granted, these authors still adhere to an evolutionary worldview, but it’s interesting that science is beginning to confirm what we’ve known to be true all along—God didn’t create junk, not even “junk DNA.”

Where Did the Term ‘Junk DNA’ Come From?

The term stems back to the 1960s, but it wasn’t formalized until 1972 when Susumu Ohno used it to describe the parts of DNA that don’t seem to have a function.

After all, only a small percentage of our DNA is made up of genes, which work to encode the proteins we need to live and grow. The rest of our DNA—about 98%—was called “junk DNA” because scientists weren’t sure what it did. They figured it was the DNA leftovers from our so-called evolutionary history of going from a single cell to complex human beings.

In 2003, the ENCODE project began with the goal of understanding the human genome sequence, including the parts of our DNA that seemed useless. By the time the ENCODE project finished in 2017, scientists found that as much as 80% of the human genome was functional (that is, had a purpose). However, that same year, a biologist at the University of Houston claimed that at least 75% of the human genome was just junk DNA.

Why Is ‘Junk DNA’ Incorrect?

Even though scientists believe a large portion of our DNA is useless, nothing could be further from the truth.

“We know these sequences are important because they didn’t just evolve. They came from a Designer—God,” says geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom.

Instead of being a simple, linear string of information, human DNA is incredibly complex. Think of it as a three-dimensional, multilayer program that tells our body how to function, live, and grow.

As mentioned earlier, the ENCODE project found that much of the DNA they had deemed junk actually affected the activity of genes. Some of our non-coding DNA helps produce RNA components that are non-coding, such as transfer RNA, regulatory RNA, and ribosomal RNA, according to News Medical.

“Once again, we see that observational science is consistent with historical science based on God’s Word,” says Dr. Purdom. “Scientists have observed, tested, and discovered that ‘junk’ DNA is key to genome function. This is consistent with an omniscient and omnipotent Creator God who designed and created all living things, including their DNA, during Creation Week approximately 6,000 years ago.”

Clearly, DNA still points to an intelligent Creator—the same God who made us to be in relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

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Natural Evil for Billions of Years? Biblical Problems With Evolution

Death. Disease. Predation. Extinction. Natural disasters. According to theistic evolutionists, these natural evils have been around since God kickstarted evolution’s work billions of years ago.

But does this idea line up with Scripture? Did death and suffering occur before Adam and Eve sinned? Let’s see what the Bible says.

Is Death for Billions of Years Very Good?

In order for evolution and natural selection to work, animals must die—and species must die out. Only then can other species with more physical and mental advantages continue to propagate and adapt. It’s called survival of the fittest for a reason!

This means death and suffering must have been at work for billions of years before humans came onto the scene and had a chance to sin.

But as Dr. Terry Mortenson points out, “The biblical teaching on death is very clear and consistent from Genesis to Revelation.”

After each day of Creation, God called what He had made “very good.” What does that mean? We can see in Genesis 1:29-30 that part of Creation’s “very good” state is that humans and animals were vegetarian. There was no killing for food. Animals may have started eating meat after the Fall, but God didn’t give humans permission to eat it until after Noah and his family stepped off the Ark (Genesis 9:3). Clearly, there was—at the very least—no intentional killing or suffering before Adam and Eve sinned.

God deemed earth’s original condition good. And in fact, the only thing God didn’t call good was the fact that Adam was alone. Think about that. If God called being alone “not good,” does it make sense for Him to call billions of years of death, disease, and natural disasters “very good”?

Some object to this view that death was absent until after the Fall. After all, they reason, if humans and animals ate plants, then that means there was plant death!

But Scripture never refers to plants as living creatures. “According to Genesis 1 and other Scripture passages, plants are not living in the same sense as people, animals, and birds are,” says Dr. Mortenson.

Will we trust God’s Word about the “very good” state of the earth before the Fall?

Suffering Because of Sin

It’s true that Adam and Eve’s sin created a spiritual barrier between humans and God. But their sin didn’t just affect them—it affected the rest of creation, too. God’s judgment on mankind extended to the entire world:

“Cursed is the ground because of you,” God said, “through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you” (Genesis 3:17b-18a, NIV).

God’s curse even affected what the land produced—thorns and thistles. There’s also evidence that the word “cursed” in this passage indicates God allowed destruction to occur on earth that didn’t occur before.

For example, after destroying the world with the Flood, God promised, “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21, NIV).

Later on in Scripture, the apostle Paul also talks about this curse on the land.

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:20-22, NIV).

These passages—among others (click here to learn more)—indicate that suffering, decay, death, and natural evil are a result of the Fall and God’s curse on creation, not part of God’s original created order.

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Is It a Sign of “Intellectual Humility, Boldness, and Rigor” to Compromise God’s Word?

William Lane Craig’s In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration won Christianity Today’s “Award of Merit” for 2022.

The theologically liberal-leaning publication Christianity Today recently published its book awards for the year 2022. These are books they believe are “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture” next year. Well, the book that won the “Award of Merit” under the category “Apologetics & Evangelism” is one that several of our AiG staff members have read—and certainly wouldn’t recommend!

Christianity Today hails this book as a “bold, rigorous, original work at the intersection of faith and science” and a “breath of fresh air” to those “who wonder whether contemporary science, including evolutionary science, is compatible with the Christian faith.” What is this book? It’s In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration by Dr. William Lane Craig.

It’s sad, but not surprising, that Christianity Today gives an award to a book that undermines the authority of the Word of God. Indeed, Craig refers to Genesis as “mytho-history,” and in video interviews about his book, he even comes across as mocking the Genesis account of the creation of Adam and Eve and the fall if one takes the account as literal history.

The Christianity Today write-up of the book claims,

But [Craig’s] project is not revisionary. Rather, he is seeking, with intellectual humility, boldness, and rigor, to walk the path of reason in the search of truth.

Well, Craig certainly “walks the path of reason.” He puts finite man’s word (fallible human reason) and academic pride in authority over the Word of God as he revises the Bible in light of man’s ideas. This really has become a plague in Christian academia and much of church leadership!

But is Craig really in “search of truth”? No, because he rejects the plain reading of the Word of the one who is Truth and exalts the fallible word of man.

But is Craig really in “search of truth”? No, because he rejects the plain reading of the Word of the One who is Truth and exalts the fallible word of man. His rejection of the historical account of Genesis is because he is desperately trying to fit man’s evolutionary beliefs, which are based in autonomous fallen reason, into God’s Word. It’s a compromise of the infallible Word.

Real “intellectual humility” (the words of the CT writer) calls us to humbly accept that God knows more than we do and that he can be trusted in everything, including giving us an accurate account of history. “Boldness” compels us to reject the allure of man’s praise, believe God, and take him at his Word. And “rigor” calls us to be faithful to the genre of Genesis (which is clearly historical narrative—not “mytho-history”) and rigorously study the Word of God, not take ideas from outside Scripture and twist Scripture to fit them in.

You can read a review of Craig’s book, written by Dr. Terry Mortenson of AiG, on our website: “Undermining Scripture Regarding Adam: An Initial Response to William Lane Craig.”

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