I recently had the opportunity to spend some time teaching geology and paleontology to grade 7/8 science students, as a supplement to their unit on the earth’s crust. Before we got into those topics, we laid some groundwork by exposing what I call ‘the big lie’, that evolution is related to science and creation is related to religion. To better understand the debate, we started by defining our terms:
- Creation is the process by which God supernaturally created the universe, including the sun, moon, stars, earth, seas, plants, birds, fish, animals, as well as man in His own image, about 6,000 years ago in six days of about 24 hours each, as described in the Biblical account in Genesis.
- Evolution is a theory suggesting that the entire universe is the result of random, undirected processes, beginning with the big bang billions of years ago and that all life is the result of small undirected natural processes that have randomly occurred over billions of years.
- The word science is from the Latin word scientia which means to know.
We then discussed two types of science:
- Observational science is used by both creation and secular scientists to advance technology, medicine, quality of life, etc.
- Historical science is the study of how the universe and life began. None of us were around to observe the past, so historical science must be interpreted based on our religious beliefs.
We noted that religion is simply a belief system held with conviction that forms a starting point for the way we interpret facts and evidence in the world around us. Creation is part of a religion that views the world according to the authority of God and His Word, the Bible. Evolution is a religion that views the world according to the authority of man and natural processes without God. Many people who don’t believe in God or got to church, are very religious about their views of naturalism.
We followed up on ‘the big lie’ with 7 important truths about creation and evolution:
- Creation & evolution are both religious beliefs. Since evolution is the study of historical science based on one’s beliefs about the unobservable past, it is religious.
- Creation is not incompatible with science. Creation and evolution are both historical science and both accept observational science.
- Science does not come from evolution. There are no discoveries of observational science that require an evolutionary view of historical science.
- Evolution does not come from science. Observational science has no bearing on unobservable historical science, (i.e. creation, or evolution).
- Evolutionists do not make better scientists. There are great scientists who are creationists, like Dr. Raymond Damadian who invented the MRI, revolutionizing modern medicine. In fact, Newton, Kepler, Kelvin, Pascal, Faraday, Boyle, Euler and Bernoulli were all Biblical scientists.
- There is not more evidence for evolution. The same evidence (e.g. same rocks, fossils, organisms, universe, etc.) can be interpreted to support creation or evolution.
- Evolution does not prove there is no God, it assumes there is no God. The fool has said in his heart there is no God. (Psalms 14:1).
We were then ready to start digging into geology, reviewing the evolutionary concepts taught in their textbooks and discussing the opposing creation viewpoint. Geology is the grandfather of evolution sciences, so it was important to establish that the founders were far from unbiased. In fact, they were quite vocal about their agenda to ‘free the science from Moses’, by developing an historical sketch of geology that did not rely on the effects of a global flood. That historical sketch was based on a concept called uniformitarianism, stating that you must explain the past only in terms of the natural laws and processes we see in the present.
It was interesting to see Bible prophesies come to life as we read about the scoffers that suggest that all things were the same from the beginning and would willfully forget the flood (2 Peter 3:3-6). These ‘fathers of modern geology’ have explained away the global flood by suggesting that it’s effects which are so apparent in the earth’s geology and the fossil record are simply the result of slow changes happening over billions of years as a result of natural processes. We exposed the flaws of radiometric dating identified by the RATE project (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) and provided examples from observational science that contradict old ages of rocks.
Finally, we discussed paleontology and that even though the scientific community has now generally accepted the overwhelming evidence that fossils were formed as a result of rapid burial in sediment and water (i.e. the flood), they are still teaching that fossils are formed over millions of years in the textbooks. We reviewed polystrate fossils and fossil graveyards that provide strong observational evidence for the flood and also discussed the fossil record from a Biblical prospective:
- everything in God’s original creation was very good; Adam, Eve and the animals were vegetarians and there was no death (Genesis 1:29-31)
- sin and death came into the world through Adam (Romans 5:12)
- God destroyed the world with a global flood (Genesis 7:23)
- God said that man could eat meat (Genesis 9:3)
We also touched on the theistic evolution view, that God somehow used evolution for creation. We discussed how this view that death brought man into the world, is completely opposed to the Biblical account that man brought death in the word. We also discussed the difficulty in answering the question about why a loving God would allow death and sickness in the world, if that was his plan from the beginning, as suggested by theistic evolution.
I really enjoyed my time with the students, but I think my most rewarding moment was one student really ‘got it’, explaining her new revelation that evolution over billions of years is impossible if death only came when Adam sinned about 6000 years ago. Those comments are what make my efforts worthwhile. It is those comments that indicate that she will not be among the 70% of kids who will leave the church after their first year of college, where the big lie of evolution is entrenched. As always, I encourage you to share this post with your friends and join forces with me in spreading the truth.
Beginnings Session 2 – How Old Is It?
Beginnings Session 4 – Dinosaurs with Man
The Big Lie Handout Answers
Geology Handout Answers
Paleontology Handout Answers
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