Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Back to beginnings
Judeo-Christianity espouses a faith in a God who is good, and loves us so much that He has given us the free will to choose.
The outworking of that free will has given us a fallen world where those consequences permeate our life, in the form of suffering and death.
But evolution's "Survival of the Fittest" says that suffering and death preceded Adam & Eve. You can certainly believe in God and believe in evolution, but beware. You have to either surrender God's goodness or His (or Her) omnipotence. You can't have both in the presence of a cruel process that uses death and suffering as its catalyst.
But does "Survival of the Fittest" (known as natural selection) prove evolution? If it does, then why is evolution called, even by its adherents, a theory?
Natural selection explains the survivability of a species, NOT necessarily its origins. It is natural selection that allows the deer-like creatures with genes for long thick fur, known as caribou, to survive the cooling of temperatures that last
took place in the Anwar province.
It is natural selection that allows the surival of insects which already have a genetic predisposition to resist certain types of insecticides, while those that do not have the gene fade into extinction.
But what has never been observed with natural selection is the addition of genetic information. While we've seen species change over time because of changes in the environment and ecological cycles, resulting in a loss of genetic information,
we've never witnessed a species change in a way that caused it to gain NEW features. You doubt what I'm saying? Just look at the trail of extinctions and endangered species in natural selection's path.
Genetics is information. Information, everywhere it has been observed to have been formed, ALWAYS comes from intelligence. We've never observed otherwise. Any speculations about the origins of DNA and the life that results from it, resulting from a process that is absent an intelligent designer/creator, is pure faith, contradicting all empirical observation.
So the world bears the stamp of an intelligent designer, but who IS this designer God and does this God care about His/Her creation?
This begs the question, asked many times before. "If God is good, then why does evil exist?"
This question assumes the existence of evil, and therefore the existence of good. The question is assuming that moral laws exist. Moral laws can't exist without a moral law giver also existing.
Go back to the beginning paragraph of this blog posting now that you've read this far, to put the rest of this answer into perspective.
Back to beginnings....