for Truth
Biology - 4
by Bruce Malone

Concepts have consequences

Concepts have consequences. People act on what they believe to be true. As America continues to indoctrinate her children through a public education system which only allows evidences which neatly fit into a naturalistic explanation of life, we will increasingly become a society which looks only to itself for answers to life's questions.

If we have evolved from apes, if we are just another animal and only in some spiritual sense related to God...then who sets the rules? Whose standards should define right from wrong, good from bad, helpful from harmful, lawful from unlawful? Without an absolute basis for morals, the distinction between these antithetical concepts becomes blurred. The ultimate result is a spiraling descent toward meaninglessness and a degradation of the value of human life. Acknowledgment of creation provides answers to these foundational questions of life which are based on factual scientific and historical evidence. But if evolution is true, then only a leap of faith provides answers. If evolution is true, on what FACTUAL BASIS can anyone say his/her "leap of faith" (even a Christian "leap of faith") is right, while someone else's "leap of faith" is wrong?

Fortunately, God does not expect us to accept His existence on such a "leap of faith" because there is abundant evidence for His existence and authority through what He has created. The Bible, which has had a profound and foundational effect on the history of Western civilization, states that humans have to be willfully ignorant to miss the evidence for creation.1 The passage goes on to say that any culture which ignores the evidence for creation (which is what evolution demands) will degenerate into hedonism and the worship of the creation instead of the worship of the Creator. An honest look at moral trends in the Western world confirms that this is exactly what has taken place.

Haeckel's Fraudulent Drawings

Most high school biology books contain a section on comparative embryology in support of evolution. 2 This is the concept that humans and animals have a common ancestor because their embryos have a similar physical appearance. This concept was popularized in 1866 by Ernst Haeckel, but it was shown that he had used fraudulent drawings as early as 1874. Amazingly, although the specific drawings used by Haeckel have long since been discarded, his teachings remain in textbooks to this day. This is terribly superficial science based purely on external appearances. It does not even acknowledge the vastly different functions of developing features of completely different animals. Furthermore, in the 1950's it was proven that a woman's fertilized egg is a complete human being. Only time and nutrition are required for it to grow larger. From the moment of conception, a pregnant woman's body is two bodies, not one. That second body can never be anything but a human being!

Examples of embryonic parts which have been said to be ancestral features are the "gill slits" and the "yolk sac" of the developing baby. The "gill slits" and "yolk sac" serve completely different functions in the human embryo than in that of animals to which they are supposedly related. Gill slits form gills in fish. In humans, they are merely folds forming various glands and facial features. The yolk sac contains food for a reptile, while for a human it has a radically different function. In a human embryo the heart and circulatory system develop before the bones (which will ultimately be the baby's blood source). Yet, the developing baby may have a different blood type than its mother, so cannot use her blood. With no bone marrow to make its own blood, how can the baby continue to develop? The simplest engineering answer would be to provide a temporary alternative supply. The yolk sac serves exactly that purpose, then disappears! As King David said, over 3000 years ago, " We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made." 3

A woman does not have an abortion because she believes in evolution, but how much easier it is to justify killing a developing baby which is just going through some stage of comparative embryology or is just a blob of matter. A man doesn't become a murderer, adulterer, homo-sexual, or rapist because he believes in evolution, but how much easier it is to justify moral disobedience if we are just animals accountable to no one but ourselves. Fortunately, the Maker of this universe has provided a bridge to span the abyss between sinful mankind and Himself. This bridge is open to anyone willing to repent and acknowledge the truth. Search for the Truth and you will find this bridge.

  1. The Bible, Romans 1: 20-32.
  2. Biology - Living Systems, Raymond Oram, Merrill Publishing, 1989, p203.
  3. The Bible, Psalms 139:14.

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