Genesis or Evolution?
Which is true, Genesis or evolution? Most people are in one corner or the other. Some have gone so far as to say that Christians bury their heads and accept the Bible on blind faith. I don't believe in blind faith, but I believe Genesis. If this sounds contradictory, please, continue reading.
I believe that in six days God created everything. The heavens, the earth, seas, plants, man, creatures, everything described in Genesis 1:1 through 31:
This clearly says it was all completed in 6 days. I believe the general point of dissention is the part about six literal twenty-four hour days. The answer to that question is "twenty-four hours according to whose clock"? It is a proven fact that time varies with mass, acceleration, and gravity. What is the mass of God? What is His acceleration? Is God affected by gravity? All of these factors affect time.
Time dilation was a concept introduced by Albert Einstein. Time dilation occurs when an object is moving at a high velocity. Time passes more slowly for that object, than it does from the frame of reference of another, which is "at rest". The concept was proven in 1971 when two cesium beam clocks were put on two airplane flights. A third cesium beam clock was left at the Naval Observatory for reference. One plane was sent traveling east, the other, west. It was determined that the eastward clock was a few nanoseconds slow, while the westward clock was a few nanoseconds fast. Since time dilation is now a proven fact, all that remains is to what extent dilation occurs. The basic theory is; if you were to travel at the speed of light, time would stop. There is speculation as to what happens when something moves faster than the speed of light. This leads to some questions about God and the six days - How fast was God moving? Can God move faster than the speed of light? If it took six days, it was obviously six days according to a clock of some sort. What was the reference point of the clock in question? Was the clock moving with God, as a wristwatch would, or was it stationary? It has been proven that clocks close to a massive object run slower than clocks far from a massive object. What is the mass of God? It has also been proven that time moves slower in a strong gravitational field (this is directly related to the mass of nearby objects). What does God weigh? Now you see why I said, "twenty-four hours according to whose clock?" In the Book of Genesis, Moses said it took six days. Moses did not appear to be writing from a position based on speculation. Everything that I have read, which is contradictory to what Moses wrote, is from a position of speculation. I don't think Moses was lying.
As for the question of evolution, evolution means a lot of things to a lot of people. Darwinian evolution is completely unscientific, and I do not have the "faith" required to believe in it.
Spontaneous generation was first proposed in the sixth century BC by the Greek philosopher Anaximander. He argued that life arose from mud when it was exposed to sunlight, and that it subsequently evolved into all life forms. In 1859, Charles Darwin revived Anaximander's theory and suggested that life began from a pond as a result of sunlight acting on various organic salts. In the last 30 years, a number of prominent scientists have attempted to calculate the odds that a free-living, single-celled organism, such as bacterium, might result by the chance combining of preexistent building blocks. Harold Morowitz calculated the odds as one chance in 10100,000,000,000. Remember, those are the odd against one bacterium. Sir Fred Hoyle calculated the odds of only the proteins of an amoebae arising by chance as one chance in 1040,000. Mathematicians have agreed that any event with an improbability greater than one chance in 1050 is in the realm on metaphysics - i.e., a miracle. I do not have the "bblind faith" required to believe in the miracle of Darwinian evolution.
As for cosmological evolution (the Big Bang theory), most people who believe in cosmological evolution consider their belief to be on a scientific basis. Here are some scientific laws that must have been broken for cosmological evolution to be true:
According to The First Law of Thermodynamics, energy and matter can neither be created nor destroyed, but only converted from one form to another. Since the universe obviously has energy and matter, that energy and matter must have been created in the past when The First Law was not operating.
Scientists claim The First Law of Thermodynamics has always been in effect. Assuming that the scientists are correct, and the energy and matter of the universe could not have created itself, "Something" external must have created it.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that all processes have a tendency toward decay and disintegration, with a net increase in randomness or disorder of the system. Basically, every time energy is transformed from one state to another, a penalty is exacted. The penalty is a reduction in the amount of energy available to perform useful work in the future. This is typically referred to as entropy. A corollary of this law says that systems of matter do NOT 'evolve' into more organized states. Is there any observable order in the universe? If so, The Second Law of Thermodynamics must have been suspended while things were placed in an orderly fashion.
For cosmological evolution to work, matter would have to evolve from a disordered state to a more organized state. According to The Second Law of Thermodynamics, this is impossible. Here are a couple of quotes from people who do not believe in God, yet are in agreement with my position on both The First and Second Laws:
I have to thank Chuck Missler of Koinonia House for opening my eyes regarding this. I heard him give a talk in the mid-1990's, where he said something very close to what you have just read. May the Lord bless me, by giving Chuck a very long life.