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Genesis 1:20-23 ESV
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
God began to create the animals on the fifth day–or as scientists like to call it, the Cambrian Explosion.
First of all, God created sea life, and this agrees perfectly with the scientific evidence. Around 530 million years ago there arose a sudden explosion of sea creatures. All the animals we know and love today appeared as they are now in a relatively short amount of time. Over the next 10 million years every single animal phyla appeared in the ocean.
You may be scratching your head at this point and ask yourself, “10 million years? What is sudden about that?!?” If one were to compare the history of life on earth–3.8 billion years–to a period of 24 hours, 10 million years would equal less than two minutes.
The Cambrian Explosion is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Big Bang.”
This is a big problem for Darwin’s evolutionary theory. If evolution were true, we should have discovered a long line of simple organisms becoming more complex over a long period of time. We should have discovered a lot of missing links. Instead, diverse forms of animal life, much as we know them today, suddenly appeared in the fossil record.
If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking most closely all the species of the same group together, must assuredly existed… Consequently evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains.~Charles Darwin
I’ll be honest though–I do not have a big problem with evolution apart from lack of evidence. More fossils are dug up every day, and if we discover better evidence for it in the future, I will embrace it. The bottom line is, God created the universe and He can order it as He pleases. If He had decided to make His creation to evolve, so be it.
My real issue is with Atheists who assert that Darwinistic evolution disproves God’s existence.
This ridiculous minority at once admit their pet theory does not really explain the origin of life, then go on to absolutely deny any possibility of a supernatural origin of the universe–or at least origin in the Christian God.
Few of these scientific fundamentalists are as honest as Richard Lewontin:
We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because have a prior commitment to materialism.
It is not the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.
David Berlinski responded:
If one is obliged to accept absurdities for fear of a Divine Foot, imagine what prodigies of effort would be required were the rest of the Divine Torso found wedged at the door and with some justifiable irritation demanding to be let in?
Evolution cannot explain the sudden burst of all modern forms life in the Cambrian explosion. Even if it did, creation apart from a theistic Creator-God would be most extremely implausible. Evolution could never account for things like the information encoded in the DNA of all living things. No one has ever observed such information to arise by a chemical accident, but only from a highly intelligent mind.
Follow the evidence wherever it leads.