Does It Matter? -- By: Austin Robbins

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 012:4 (Fall 1999)
Article: Does It Matter?
Author: Austin Robbins

Does It Matter?

Austin Robbins

The significance of the Creation account in Genesis is often lost on Christian clergy and lay people. Yet its historical reality is the underpinning of the entire Bible. Without a literal Creation there is no spiritual Salvation.

Some Christian teachers and pastors have taken the position that the concepts of evolution and creation are not really important. It doesn’t matter, they say, whether you believe that God created all things in six literal days or that He took a long time to do it by evolutionary means. All that really matters is that we realize, however it was done, God did it.

Superficially this sounds reasonable, but it ignores some critical issues. For, as the proverb says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Prv 14:12). This view has three basic problems. It does matter how God created, by fiat or by evolution. It matters to science, it matters to Biblical accuracy, and, most importantly, it matters to God Himself.

It Matters to Science

Evolutionary concepts drive most scientific research to-day. It is not because they are more productive or scientifically valid than others, it is simply that most of those who control research funding are committed to an evolutionary philosophy. Most who are skeptical or question basic evolution are not funded. Promotions and tenure in academic institutions are reserved mainly for those who subscribe to an evolutionary view of origins. Publication in most scientific journals is denied those who oppose the basic concepts of evolution.

Yet there is abundant evidence, both direct and inferential, of the falsity of evolution. The famous “horse series,” an artist’s conception of the supposed evolution of the horse from a small (rabbit-sized) animal to the modern horse, is still being published in textbooks today. Yet even the paleontologist who is curator of the very museum which created the series and for years displayed it prominently, has termed it “lamentable,” saying it does not represent the evolution of the horse at all (Sunderland 1984: 78). The series is quite misleading, as the fossilized creatures found in various rock layers appear out of order or living contemporaneously. Nowhere in the world are they found in progression as the display portrays.

The supposed evolution of humans is also in disarray. Modern human fossils go as far back in the rock layers as do the ancestors from which they are thought to have evolved. Fossil skull KNM-ER 1470 was originally dated at about 2.9 million years ago (Lubenow 1992: 251); the Kanapoi arm fragment (KP 271) about 4.5 million years ago (Lubenow 1992: 175). Yet both are totally modern in appearance. The Laetoli foot...

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