Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Not All Change Is Evolution

Please also read "Comprehensive Catechism: Worldwide Flood and Creation" and listen to the  "Evolution vs Creation Science Audios".

Some change is indeed real evolution.  For example, a painter who works assiduously, over time refining his techniques, will improve greatly from the time he began to paint.  This is evolution.  And if it were true that single celled organisms gradually changed over millions and billions of years  to become complex creatures, then yes indeed that would be evolution too.  The real story of the changes that have happened to life on this earth, however, is not evolution at all.   No animals produce anything but variations OF THEIR OWN KIND. This is indeed change, and  although evolution is also change, not all change is evolution.   In fact, we shall see that the changes recorded in history, biology, geology - the physical sciences - do not point to evolution, but to something quite to the contrary: a degradation of the world and all things soever contained therein.  In short, the evidence clearly points to a fallen world.

The Beginning

Consider the Biblical account of creation, and how the work was characterized.  Seven times exactly over the course of the six days of creation, did God see His works, that they were good.  In fact, the seventh time, he saw that everything He had created was very good.

No human beings were there to watch the earth being formed. No man or woman observed the first plant grow out of the soil. Nobody saw the first creature crawling along the ground except for the Holy One who created it.

The world didn't happen by accident! It was God who made the heavens and the earth. He also made light and dark, and this was the first day and night.

Genesis also tells us , the sky, the sea, and dry land were made by Him. He filled the earth with all the different kinds of plants. Then on the fourth day God made the sun, moon and stars to shine because He commanded it to be so. This light shining on earth would later help man measure the passing of time and the seasons. These heavenly bodies also regulate the tides on earth. They are extremely predictable - like clockwork. It is one amazing result of God's planning.

After this God made all the water creatures, and different kinds of birds and flying creatures on the same day, but He didn't make the animals that live on the land until the next day. And all living things were created as separate and unrelated kinds of creatures, to have offspring and fill the earth. All the plants and animals were ordered to reproduce their own kinds.

Last of all, the Lord made man on the sixth day. The first man was made from the slime of the earth, and the first woman was created out of a rib taken from the man's side. God named the man Adam and then Adam named his wife, Eve because she would be the mother of all mankind. All of us alive today are descended from this first married couple.

Man was unique. He was made to be completely different from any animal. Only man was made in the image of God, possessing a rational nature on account of his immortal soul. Monkeys, apes, and all other animals were created without rational immortal souls. This difference makes man extra special to the Creator. On account of his great dignity, God put man in charge of all His creation, gave him authority over all the creatures, and told him to multiply and fill the earth.

When God finished all His work of creating, He declared that the world and everything in it was "very good”.  And then on the seventh day He rested.

Genesis 2:8: "And our Lord God had planted a Paradise of pleasure from the beginning:  wherein he placed man whom he had formed."

This was not a violent world of "survival of the fittest", or "dog eat dog", or "kill or be killed".

The Good World

This created world was very different in the beginning than it is now. There was no death or violence on that beautifully created earth. Human beings and all animals ate plants.  Note that even modern day science recognizes a "vestigial organ" in man, namely the appendix, which science admits was used for digesting the tough fibrous cellulose in plants.  Human beings, then, not only ate all the fruits and veggies we do today, but we were capable of digesting much tougher and more robust plant nutrition in the beginning.  No living thing suffered to keep any thing else alive (note that animals are animated by spirit, but their spirits are not immortal).

God gave the first man and woman a beautiful garden in a place called Eden. Adam and Eve had the job of caring for it. In the center of the garden God placed a tree which He called the Tree of Life.

God gave the first man only one rule was never to be broken. They could eat from all the trees in the garden except one which God called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam was warned that if they ate from this tree, the result would be death.

If you ask what right did God have to make such a rule, the answer is easy - it is His earth - He made it. He had created man. It was His air Adam and Eve were breathing and His time they were using. God had every right to make the rules, and man had no right to break them! This is still true today.

God did not fail in His plan for man, which was to make him eternally happy, but man chose to rebel, of his own free will.  If God did not give him free will, then his love would be forced, and hence not really love at all.  But God allowed the free will to love - or to disobey - foreseeing that He would exalt man's nature even more wonderfully than He had created it, by assuming human nature in the person of God the Son, who existed eternally as the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, God the Word, but who would enter into time as the Incarnate Wisdom Himself, Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man.  This He did in order to redeem man and establish him anew, humbly bringing the dignity of the Godhead together with the nature of man.

God always foresees how He will bring great good out of the evil that men choose to perform, and He gives every man who works evil the promise that if he should turn away from his evil ways, he will be forgiven (James 5:20, Ezechiel 18:32).

From Good to Bad

Adam and his wife Eve disobeyed their Creator. This disobedience was the first sin of man; the first human beings sinned by eating the forbidden fruit. Sadly mankind's disobedience cut them off from direct spiritual fellowship with God. Now they were spiritually dead and had become sinners; they would pass this unhappy status on to their offspring by nature.

God also carried out the rest of the punishment He had warned them about. The man and his wife were sent out of the garden so they could not eat from the Tree of Life and physically live forever. Now they would grow old and die. Death entered the history of earth.

Most people don't realize this means we do not die because we get old. Rather we get old and physically die because we are sinners, and God's just penalty for sin is death.

God's judgment of death on mans sin was just - Adam and Eve had disobeyed and deserved what they got. But God's judgment was merciful as well. Unknown to us at the time, God would use death to provide a way out of mans dilemma, and enable us to come back to Him and enjoy His friendship forever.

The Curse

God also cursed the ground with thorns and thistles, so that the world was no longer "very good" as it once was. Earth began to become a place where none of us would really want to live forever. Sooner or later every one of us begins to realize it surely has to be better than this!

For the next sixteen hundred years after Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden, their descendants lived very long lives. The longest lifespan recorded was nine hundred sixty-nine years for a man called Mathusala. The probable reasons for such long lives are these: the world was new, pollution was almost non-existent and genetic defects, such those caused by radiation or chemicals, had not built up, the atmosphere was better equipped to repel the radiation of the sun and contained more oxygen at a higher atmospheric pressure (until the flood changed the earth's climate, which also introduced winter to the world). The man Noe was the last person to live over nine hundred years.

Adam and Eve's descendants continued to disobey God's instructions. Within fifteen hundred years after creation, people all over the world became sinful, violent and corrupt. The earth became such a bad place that God declared He would wipe out the human race and the land animals by sending a flood to drown the whole earth.

Only the man named Noe obeyed God. Around the time he was five hundred years old , God told him to build a very large boat called an Ark, so he and his family could be saved from drowning during the flood.

Over the next hundred years Noe built the ark.  Finally God sent pairs of every kind of air breathing, land dwelling creature and bird to the Ark for Noe and his family to care for during the coming flood. Then God caused water to erupt from the earth and rain to fall from the sky for forty days and nights. This is the first record of rain and it was a judgment on sin. When Noe's family and all the animals were safely on board God shut the door of the ark. The rest of the earth was doomed to die in the flood.

But even here, God worked His justice with mercy, for we learn from St. Peter, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, that not all the souls of those who died in the flood were condemned to eternal hell, but that some were sent to a place of purgation, where they would then also await the coming of the Son of God to redeem them.

1 St. Peter 3:18-20: "Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit, In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison: Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water."

The Flood

This world wide disaster caused great destruction of the land and killed the land animals and all the rebellious people. But God kept Noe and his wife, his three sons and their wives safe in the Ark, along with all the creatures He had sent to Noe . A total of only eight people survived, and all of us living on earth today are descended from Noe.

Two of each KIND of animal could fit on a boat about two thirds this size. The ark had plenty of room. The Flood destroyed every air-breathing creature on the earth - except for Noe and his family on board the Ark. They were saved because they obeyed God.

From Bad to Worse

After the flood, God warned man the weather would change. There would be cold winters and hot summers. Life would not be as easy as it was before the flood.  This is consonant with modern "science", which holds to the view that during "prehistoric" times (more correctly called pre-flood), there was not only a higher oxygen content in the atmosphere, but also that atmospheric pressure was much greater.  Modern "science" accounts for this as the reason some dinosaurs and other animals grew to be so large, but foolishly asserts, contrary to all evidence, that this was millions of years ago.

God knew that places such as deserts would develop on earth. Snow would come. Winters would mean that plants could no longer provide sufficient nutrition for people. Immediately after Noe got off the Ark, God gave people permission to eat animals, birds and fish as well as plants (Genesis 9:3). To do this people needed to hunt and kill animals. With the passing of time, even animals and birds and water creatures started to eat each other. Eventually some began to eat men.

Slowly the world became a place where only the fittest survived and it was kill or be killed. As a result some creatures such as the Dodo bird have been eaten off the earth. Others have died out as the world's climate degenerated. Some have been killed off by men because they were a threat to human life. Sadly many of God's marvelous creatures have become extinct.

After the Flood, God had told Noe's family to have many descendants and to spread out over all the earth. But within two hundred years most of Noe's descendants had deliberately forgotten God's instructions and rebelled against Him again. Instead of obeying God and spreading out across the globe, they wanted to make themselves great by staying in one place and building a tower to reach heaven. Instead of worshiping the Creator, this was the beginning of worship of created things, such as the sun, moon and stars.

The Tower of Babel

The place of their rebellion has become known as Babel. It was where God judged them again, by giving the various family groups different languages so they could never again unite in rebellion against Him. These different language groups did spread out over the earth and became the ancestors of all the different races of people now on earth.

This event answers the question of those who would ask "if creation is true, then were did the differences in skin colour, eye colour, etc come from?"  It is simple.  The genetics of two individuals are never identical, and thus when groups of people are forced to associate with only others who share the same genetic dispositions (higher or lower skin pigment levels, or what have you), then their tendency is to produce offspring who also manifest similar genetics.  So if, for example, Adam and Eve had neither fair skin, nor dark skin, but tanned skin, then no matter what colour your skin, there is no reason to doubt you are descended from Adam and Eve via Noe's family down through the people who were scattered from the Tower of Babel, since the variation between Adam and Eve's genes were sufficient to account for all the diversity we see today.

As men migrated around the world and conditions became harsher, a surprising effect was noticed over the next thousand years. Lifespans rapidly got shorter. While Noe lived to nine hundrend and fifty years, his grandchildren lived only four hundred years and their grandchildren only two hundred years. Abraham lived one hundred and seventy-five years, and Moses only lived one hundred and twenty years.  You and I will be hard pressed to make it to one hundred years of age. The same environmental factors (decreased oxygen and atmospheric pressure, increased deadly radiation from the sun, multiplication of genetic defects due to the degraded breeding stock, etc.) would have influenced animals as well, which is one reason why so many large land creatures have died out, or are so much smaller today.

We know all this because God cared enough about man to give us a written record of what happened - and this record matches perfectly with the physical evidence found all over the earth.

The saddest consequence of all these events is that the whole human race, including you and I, have inherited the problem of rebellion against our Creator that began with Adam and Eve. No matter who we are, we are born into original sin, born of a fallen nature, born slaves to Satan, from which we can only be delivered by baptism and Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

From Good to Bad to Worse to Your Choice

None of us can blame God for the war or suffering on earth. It is men who shoot the guns in war. We are the ones who hate each other, cheat our friends and damage the environment. But there is good news. The Creator does offer us a free way out.

He has cared enough to make a way to bring mankind back into friendship with Him.  Approximately twenty-two hundred years after Babel (or about two thousand years ago) God sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth, to be born as a man. Jesus obeyed God all his life. He never sinned. Yet Christ was put to death when the religious leaders and the civil authorities of his day worked together to crucify him.

Remember: Where did death come from? It was the penalty for sin - the result of man disobeying God, but Jesus had never sinned!

Therefore, because Jesus did not sin against God, He had no need to die to pay for His own sins, of which there was none. This means His death could rightly be accepted by God as sufficient payment for the sin of a man:  Adam's sin.  Since Jesus is also God, His death is of INFINITE VALUE, and can be applied to pay for the sins of any or all of Adam's descendants.  One living man, Adam, sinned and brought death into the world; so the death of one sinless man, Jesus, could pay the penalty and then some, so we could be forgiven. What good news!

To show that the penalty was fully paid and that He was the Son of God, Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Death has been conquered and we can be offered eternal life!  All we must do is accept it, believe and obey God and His supreme law:

St. Matthew 22:36-40: "Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets."

This we do by good works:

St. James 2:1-20: "So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.  But some man will say:  Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith. Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

From Your Choice to Glory

Because God wants all people to come into a right relationship with Him, any who admit their sin and have Faith in Jesus Christ, will be welcomed into heaven as a son or daughter of God. If you humble yourself and do this, your sins will not be counted against you, and when you physically die and depart from this sin cursed earth, you will not only spend eternity with God in heaven, but you will receive your body, freed from the weakness of mortality. The new creation will have no death or violence, sickness or sadness, pain or sorrow. All tears will be wiped away. The curse that came with Adam's sin will be forever removed by God and everything will be very good, just as God had created it, with the added bonus that we will be His sons and daughters, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. We will see God face to face and enjoy his presence forever.

The Other Choice:  Judgment and Eternal Punishment

But if you choose to reject God's free offer of salvation, you must remember it is God's creation and we are accountable to Him. He does have the right to punish us for our sin. If you reject Jesus or disobey Him and scorn Him, be warned – you will have to pay the penalty of your own sin. God has created a place of punishment called Hell. Those who are not saved will spend eternity there. They will no be able to seek the escape of death, for they will be dying eternally, and eternally renewed unto the same sufferings and death and they will not be able to get out. God speaks much about Hell to warn us.  One thing he said was:

Apocalypse 20:12: "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works." 

Apocalypse 14:11: "And the smoke of their torments shall ascend up for ever and ever: neither have they rest day nor night".

Only the foolish would choose hell instead of God's free offer of Salvation.  Which do you choose?

A Personal Challenge

Carefully think through what you have read, but don't fall into the trap of putting off choosing heaven until the end of your life. None of us knows when we will die. The Eternal Judge has also clearly told us He will suddenly and unexpectedly return to earth one day. After that you will no longer be able to choose. Jesus reminded people of this when he said:

St. Matthew 24:37-39: "And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark, And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be."

The day of your death or the time of Christ's return, will be like the day when God shut the door on Noe's Ark. After that there was no more opportunity to be saved from God's judgment. Don't delay. Now is the time to be saved and make sure your name is written in Gods Book of Life.

No human being knows when Christ will return, but if Jesus Christ is your Saviour, you can look forward to that day, when there will be no more evil or sorrow and you will see and know Our Blessed Lord Jesus face to face, in all His mercy, splendour, might and glory, forever without end

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