By Thomas Heinze
What exactly is the point of conflict between creation and evolution? Some say there is no conflict because they think God created by evolution. Others have never thought it through. In this article I want to clarify the point at which creation and evolution are in conflict.
Evolutionists believe that a first living cell somehow popped up and reproduced, bringing to life other cells that were somewhat different from the first cell. They say that these gave life to other cells that had still greater differences, etc. Eventually people evolved.
The Bible does not say that God created a single first cell, rather, that He created a number of different kinds of animals: birds, creatures of the sea, and land animals. The land animals are summed up in Genesis 1:24-25. I will use them as an example:
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
I want to call your attention to the words: "after his kind." Had God just created a first kind, and left the origin of all the other kinds to evolution, He should have left out these words. Instead He included them; and not just once. From Genesis 1 verse 11 through verse 25, I find the words "after his kind," six times, and "after their kind," twice.
Whether living things only reproduced according to their kinds, or also reproduced across kinds is the big point of conflict between evolution and creation. Evolutionists don`t believe that animals have reproduced only according to their kinds. They believe that a first single cell reproduced in enough ways to gradually give life to all the different kinds of plants and animals.
The principle creation/evolution conflict is not as some believe: whether animals first came about by spontaneous generation or creation. Although this is an important point of conflict, evolution is not really about origin. It is a theory of what happened after the imagined origin of a first living cell. Evolutionists believe that accidental random changes, called mutations, happened to the DNA code causing plants, animals and us to evolve to our present condition.
In essence evolutionists believe that mutations wrote the DNA code! Evolutionists often seem to assume that around half of the random changes would have been improvements and half would cause damage. They trust natural selection to weed out damaging changes.
The DNA code, however, is not random but carefully and intelligently written. Therefore random changes of any significance tend to make it worse. Random changes in things that have been carefully planned by intelligent minds can hardly improve them!
If you don`t agree, but believe that random mutations made all living things, put that concept to the test. Lean your bicycle against your car, put on a blindfold, pick up your sledge hammer, and start beating blindly on both car and bicycle. If it makes them into a new Ferrari and racing bicycle worth 5000 dollars, I was wrong, and I apologize.
For more information on evolution by author Thomas Heinze, see his books, How Life Began, In the Beginning... Soup?, and Vanishing Proofs of Evolution, available from Chick Publications.