I have come across people of faith ( By that I mean, Bible believing Christians) who find it hard to deny Evolution. They seem to think that, even if God created everything, evolution may have been the tool He used. They see Science and the Bible as antagonists, that they need to be deemed harmonious if they were to be known as Rational Christians.
I realize that what many people do not know (or believe) is Science and the Bible do not a human intervention to be made to reconcile with each other. They just do. They are harmonious with each other. Because, as J. Warner Wallace points out – ” God is the author of both.”
The question we are to deal with here is, “Why do Scientists and people find it so hard to doubt or decline evolution?” Especially when the evidence for Evolution one would like to see, is absent? The absence of transitional life-forms in the fossil record ( Transitional forms of life which should exist between species if evolution is, true). On the contrary, there is evidence that makes evolution look unfactual – The evidence where life seems to have exploded into different forms, quite contrary to the Darwinian method – The Cambrian explosion. One making a case against Evolution can even say that it doesn’t explain where life came from in the first place, but that’s a whole other Universe of things to talk about, I would say.
Trying hard to peer into the conscience of an intelligible being who certifies Evolution as a fact, makes me come to n number of conclusions.
No. 1 – One thing that really makes Evolution an appealing hypothesis, is the way it appeals to our vision. It is the observable similarity and likeness of morphology among species. You might find that there is a great similarity between the face of a frog, a lizard and a tortoise. No wonder they all are classified under one label in the Animal Kingdom – The Reptiles. One might find other similarities between species in nature, not to mention an awful lot of morphological similarity between Man and Apes. And to my mind, that seems to be one of the reasons why humans have bought into the theory of evolution so quickly. It seems to make sense. But allow me to suggest the alternative.
Would one assert to a similar conclusion if they were to find an old, let’s say the very first model of an aeroplane which looks something like this –
And then you come across another model of an aeroplane, a more advanced one, which looks something like the one on the left.
No one would assume that the old, primitive and a simple aeroplane somehow evolved into this advanced and complex version over-time. But indeed, there is a similarity between these two models, which may not lead us to conclude that the latter evolved from the former. Never! However, it sure may lead us to conclude that the two models probably had the same Designer.
I believe that’s the most rational conclusion. And even if they didn’t have the same designer, one wouldn’t conclude that the former evolved into the latter. If one does, they might be considered… well.. a Nut!
The similarity in objects and patterns inadvertently points to the one mind that created them, the one designer, except in one of the most rational fields of study on Planet Earth – “Science”.
If we, including the Bible-believing Christians would turn to the Bible to find the alternative reason for the similarity between species of plants and animals – you might find this in Genesis 1:20-23 (NIV)
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
Now if you read the whole of the creation account of Genesis 1, you would find that phrase “according to their kinds” bracketing the description of the creation of every plant and animal species on Earth.
So, the reason many species have similar characteristics among them is, because they were in fact created according to their kinds. That’s why we find many variations (kinds) in a species. They never were a product of evolution, but they were designed that way.
And so you see, the “rational Christian” can find rational answers in the Bible and a very good reason to doubt the theory of Evolution, if they become a good student and study the word thoroughly and understand its meaning.
It is important to not take anything, absolutely anything at all at face value. Ask questions, that’s how you can really arrive at the Truth.