By Nathan Jones
Has Evolution moved from theory to fact, as many Evolutionists claim? Has the fossil record contributed at all to this conclusion? And really, what is at the very heart of the belief in Evolution?
Cutting to the heart of the matter on why Evolutionists believe their theory is fact is Dr. Jobe Martin, former dentist, professor and Evolutionist. Having clearly seen God's eternal power and divine nature from what has been made (Rom. 1:20), Dr. Martin came to faith in Jesus Christ and a trust in the biblical account of the six days of Creation. He and his wife Jenna Dee have since formed Biblical Discipleship Ministries based in Rockwall, Texas to teach on campuses, classrooms and churches that we can trust the Bible's account of the Creation and Jesus as Savior.
It is often said by Evolutionists that Evolution is a proven fact and is no longer a theory. Is this true?
I hear that all the time. You have to reply back with a question, "What kind of Evolution are you talking about?"
There are all kinds of Evolution. For instance, in the big categories, there is what is called Microevolution and then there is Macroevolution. Micro, that is little changes in things, but cows are still cows. You don't see a horsy-cows, and you don't see chicky-ducks. There are changes. There are different kinds of cows and different kinds of ducks. But, the ducks will never change into chickens, and the cows will not change into horses. And so, Microevolution is more about adaptation. It isn't really Evolution at all, but that is what they call it, because they want to be able to say, "Look at these little changes here. If those little changes keep adding up, we can actually get a big change and that horse will become a cow, or whatever."
With Macroevolution, birds become reptiles, or reptiles become birds. No, there is no evidence for that! And that is what they call the "transitional forms," which is the code name for "missing link." When I was in college they called the missing links "the missing links" because they were missing. And, then, they decided that sounds too missing, so they now call them "transitional forms." That will not sound as missing, though they are still missing.
Archaeopteryx is frequently used by Evolutionists to claim a transitional form from reptile to bird. Well, archaeopteryx is a bird, and it has been categorized as a bird by the Evolutionary community. It has feathers and it is a bird. We have little fossils of it. But, I think what goes on here is they pick something, they need something, between a reptile and a bird. But, if you really think about reptiles, what are they? They are cold blooded, dense boned (for the most part), scales, teeth. What's a bird? It is warm blooded, feathers, beaks, and hollow bones. But, there is no such thing as a partially dense boned, toothed beaked, luke-warm blooded, feathery, scaly, reptile-bird.
The fossil record I always hear Evolutionist saying proves Evolution, but Darwin wrote that he recognized the fossil record did not prove his theory. Will the fossil record eventually prove Evolution?
Well, no, that is why you have people like Steven Gould from Harvard, though he's passed away now. He went away from Darwinian slow gradual Evolution to what is called Punctuated Equilibrium. All that is, is most things stay the same all the time and then every now and then it is punctuated — boom! — then you have a rapid evolution of something towards something else. He did that because he was our number one fossil expert/paleontologist in the United States, and there is nothing there in the fossil record to prove slow, gradual evolution.
Paleontologists find fossilized bones in rock layers called strata and then date them based on the dates geologists have given the strata. The geologists, in turn, will date the strata based on the dates the paleontologists have given the fossils. Why, that's circular reasoning!
The geologic column — a chart of strata — is considered the Bible of Evolution. It causes Evolutionists to have to discount a global flood, though. They can't have a global flood layering all the strata down in just over a year, even though the fossil record substantiates this. That would leave no time for Evolution to happen. So, that is why, like Theistic Evolutionists believe, they are forced to disbelieve in Noah's global flood.
What is really the bottom line to the secularist's debate?
When you get right down to the heart of it, they are adamantly and vigorously opposed to Creationism because if there is some intelligent design, if there is a God, then they are subject to Him. They are responsible to Him. They do not want to be responsible to anyone but themselves.
God says man is going to believe and love delusion. He is going to believe in lies. And yet, God reveals Himself to us two primary ways — through what He has made and through His Word.
One of the results that we see very prevalent in this country today, is that people end up worshipping the Creation rather than the Creator. As God say in Romans 1:25, they are going to worship the creature instead of the Creator. And that is exactly what we see today. The Bible is right up-to-date in every issue.
The Evolution of a Creationist Book by Dr. Jobe Martin:
Creation Proclaims Video by Dr. Jobe Martin:
God of Wonders Video by Eternal Productions: