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Battle Cry
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16

Butterfly Gives Darwin an ‘Absolute Breakdown’

Issue Date: July/August 2007

By Thomas Heinze

Darwin felt that natural selection, working by just slight modifications, had formed all the animals and all of their organs. He wrote: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”

Here’s an “absolute break down” surprise for him! Butterflies are not transformed by successive slight modifications from caterpillars, or from any evolutionary ancestor. Neither are any of their complex organs.

When a butterfly egg hatches, a caterpillar steps out, eats, grows, and then builds a little house around itself where it passes into the pupal stage. Inside the leather-like shell of the pupa, or larva, the caterpillar dissolves. I don’t mean he dissolves in tears, or has a squishy feeling. His eyes, legs, intestines, and bristly fuzz, everything that distinguished him as a caterpillar, melts down to form a thick liquid. Everything except his heart becomes homogenized goo.

Darwin said that if any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, his theory would absolutely break down. Compare the organs that crawled in to become the pupa with those of the butterfly that flew out in the chart below.

 All these butterfly organs formed from goo! None formed from slight modifications to previous organs! Darwin struck out!

Darwin thought natural selection had lifted all plants and animals up from a single cell by eliminating the less fit and keeping the more fit alive. What is the least fit substance you can think of? Thick liquid? Well, even if you can think of something less fit than thick liquid, you know that liquid goo has no selective advantage over a voracious caterpillar crawling efficiently through the brush avoiding predators with protective coloration and a covering of disgusting stiff fuzz!

Darwin was right! His theory absolutely breaks down, crushed under the weight of one of God’s lightest creatures: the butterfly!

In author Thomas Heinze’s books, The Vanishing Proofs of Evolution, In the Beginning—Soup? and How Life Began, you will find other examples of evolution’s “breakdowns” that you can use in witnessing to those who believe in evolution’s “strong delusion.” (See 2 Thess. 2:11-12.)

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