Answers to Bible Questions
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(Q) Evolution & the “Big Bang Theory.” Is it Fact or Fiction??
**PART THREE OF THREE**
(A) The amazing penguin
Another example of a complicated and amazing design is seen in the penguin. This bird’s “wings” are short flippers, designed for swimming through the water. Its feet, used for steering, are at the very end of the penguin’s body, not under the middle as in other birds. Penguins also have unusual feathers. These are long and thin, but with fluffy tufts at their base. The tufts form a mat that wind and water cannot penetrate. This coat of feathers covers more of the bird’s body than do the feathers of other birds. Also, under the feather coat penguins alone have a layer of blubber, or thick fat. Penguins are so well protected that instead of suffering from the cold of the Antarctic, they are in more danger of overheating!
But one of the most amazing things about penguins is the breeding pattern of the emperor penguin. This large bird spends the summer at sea, feeding. In March adults come ashore on sea ice and walk as far as ninety miles to their breeding grounds. For two months they search for a mate and wait until the female has laid her single, very large egg.
These birds lay eggs on ice because there is no material there from which to make nests. How can the penguin keep its egg from freezing?
Well, the emperor penguin has a fold of feathered skin hanging down from its belly. The female rolls the egg up onto her feet, and then covers it with that fold of skin. Immediately the male comes to the female and takes the egg onto his feet, hiding it beneath his fold of feathered skin.
The female then leaves, hurrying back to the water. There she feeds for nearly two months, while the male penguin just stands, waiting for that egg balanced on his feet to hatch.
And just when the egg does hatch, the female returns. She is just in time. She picks out her own mate and chick from the hundreds of thousands of penguins standing on the ice, and feeds the chick half-digested fish. This feeding literally saves his life. If the female were only a day or so late, the chick would die!
Now the male is free to hurry to sea. He gorges there for two weeks. But then he too returns to his chick. Now it is the father’s turn to arrive just in time. Although thousands of chicks now stand together, the male penguin recognizes his offspring and feeds it from the fish stored in his crop and stomach.
For the rest of the winter, the parents take turns going off to fish and bringing back food for their youngster. If at any time a parent were a day or so late, the chick would die.
What an amazing design! Each bird has an apron of feathered skin to warm the egg. Each takes its turn, standing with its back to blizzards and sleet. And each takes its turn traveling to the sea and back with food-always arriving just in time to feed the chick before it starves!
Patterns like this, which occur again and again in the animal world, are evidence of careful planning and design. How hard it is to imagine that the Theory of Evolution can offer a reasonable explanation for such complex patterns of behavior; how easy to see the hand of God! Evolutionists cannot explain the design of the penguin-or the amazing way the emperor penguins tend their chicks.
The temperature bird
Doctors once had to feel the forehead or body of a sick person and guess at his temperature. Then someone invented the thermometer. But there is a bird with a built-in thermometer that is far more sensitive than the one in your home’s medicine cabinet.
When the mallee fowl of Australia nests, it digs a great pit. It fills the pit with decaying leaves and piles sand on top of them. Then the female digs a tunnel in this material and lays her eggs. The eggs are kept warm by the heat produced by the decaying leaves!
But the bird does not leave her eggs. Instead she stays near her nest and, several times a day, pokes her beak into the sand. She does this to test the heat in the nest. Her tongue is such a good thermometer that she can tell a change of as little as 1/10 of a degree.
If the sand is too cool, the mother bird piles on more sand. If it is too hot, she scrapes sand away. Finally, after a very long time, the young mallee birds hatch and dig their way up out of the mound.
How can the bird tell just what temperature the eggs need? How did she know how to build her unusual nest? How does it happen that her tongue is a sensitive thermometer? Even if mutation and natural selection could account for this bird’s tongue, how could chance mutations “teach” a bird to use its tongue in such a way or to build a nest of decaying leaves?
The first zipper
Actually, we don’t have to go to unusual birds to find amazing design features. All birds are amazing- from the hollow bones that make them lighter and enable them to fly more easily to the pattern of their feathers.
In fact, it is hard to believe that feathers could just happen. Each feather is a marvel of engineering design. Barbs extend from each side of a center shaft. Smaller barbules grow out of both sides of the barbs, and these have tiny, microscopic barbieels. These barbicels are tiny hooks, and some birds have over a million barbicels on a single feather! The hooks fit into the next feather’s barbuies, weaving the whole together. And if the barbs are pulled apart, the bird hooks them back together by running its beak through the feathers!
Thus bird feathers not only have the world’s first zippers built in, but the whole complex design is necessary to enable the wing to flare and hold air as it flies. The idea that this specialized, complicated structure somehow just happened to evolve from reptile scales’ is very strange if not ridiculous.
Modern airplanes navigate electronically. They pick up radio signals or satellite signals, and complicated equipment translates the signals to tell the pilot his or her location. But for years we have known that birds can navigate across great distances without any such mechanical aids.
In one test of this incredible ability, a number of Manx shearwaters, which nest off the coast of Wales, were tagged and released at different points far beyond their usual range. One was turned loose in Boston, some 3,200 miles from home.
In just twelve and a half days the bird returned to its nest, having traveled about 250 miles a day, starting from a place thousands of miles from where it had ever been before. What’s more, based on the known speed of the bird, it must have flown directly home, across the open ocean. How? No one knows. But the navigation system of this and other birds seems better than any mechanical system human beings have ever developed!
The first sonar?
Two modern scientific wonders are radar and sonar. Radar tells the location of objects that cannot be seen by bouncing radio waves off them. Sonar uses sound, measuring distance by the echoing “ping” of sound waves. Sonar was developed for underwater use in finding enemy submarines during World War II.
But from the beginning, bats have found their way by airborne sonar! Bats fly at night. Rather than rely on sight to locate the tiny insects they eat, bats have a very sophisticated sonar system. They use sounds humans cannot hear, which vibrate between 50,000 and 200,000 times a second. The bat sends out these sounds in short clicks, making twenty or thirty each second. The bat’s hearing is so sensitive that from the echo of each sound the bat can tell exactly where trees and other obstacles are. It can also tell the location of the tiniest flying insects.
During the day millions of bats sleep in many of the large caves in our Southwest. If you go into such a cave during the day and shine a bright light there, the air will suddenly be filled with hundreds of thousands of frightened, swirling bats. But no one bat will strike you. And not one bat will strike another, even though the air is filled with them!
How can the bats, terrified and flying packed together in a tightly enclosed space, keep from striking each other or the walls or you? Why don’t they become mixed up as hundreds of thousands of sonar signals all sound at the same time? No one can tell! The perfection of the bat’s sonar system is beyond our capacity to understand, but not beyond the capacity of our God to provide.
Dancers with wings
Bees are insects that live in a community. They seem to work together by instincts which we are only beginning to understand.
In the beehive also there is a single queen who gives birth to all the community’s members. Here too pheromones circulating within the hive are an important means of communication.
But worker bees have another fascinating way to communicate with each other. Worker bees are those who go out of the hive in search of nectar, the sweet liquid produced in flowers. When a bee finds a new flower filled with nectar, it carries all the nectar it can back home. And then it dances to tell other workers where to go to get more nectar.
The dance of the bee has been carefully studied. When a bee returns, it lands on a flat platform in front of the entrance of the hive. It dances a circle then cuts across the circle, while buzzing excitedly. The track it makes as it cuts across the circle points directly to the target flower! The workers who have carefully watched this dance then launch into the air and fly in the direction indicated.
The first bee then goes inside the hive, to dance some more. If the bee goes just a short way inside the hive, the flower will be near. The farther inside the hive the bee goes before it dances again, the further away the flower is. Again the bee dances in a circle. But this time the circle is made on the wall of the hive, for there is no flat floor on which to dance. When the bee dances on the wall, it also cuts across its circle. But now the angle of its dance shows watchers where the new flower is in relation to the sun.
If the flower can be found by flying directly toward the sun, the bee will cross the circle going straight up or down. If the flower is to the right of the sun, the bee will cut across the circle at just the angle that others must fly to find it.
Other workers in the hive watch closely, and then when they leave the hive, they remember the dance and always flyaway in just the right direction.
Who taught the bees to dance? Who taught them to understand just what each dance means? How could such complicated behavior have just happened?
Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1977) wrote of a much simpler relationship. He studied how a young herring gull could peck at a red spot on its parent’s beak to get the adult to spit up food. While the action seems simple, this Nobel Prize winner says “it involves a whole series of most complicated chain reactions with a horribly complex underlying nervous mechanism.” Asked what the odds are that this behavior pattern could develop by chance, Szent-Gyorgyi says it “has the probability of zero.”! Yet every example we’ve seen is far more complicated than that of a young gull pecking at a red spot when hungry!
How many cells in your body?
There are other inner systems like your skin and heart and lungs and bloodstream that are amazing, too. Your digestive system transforms the food you eat into the chemicals that nourish the body. Your liver cleanses your body. Glands send chemical signals through your body, and there are reproductive organs. All these truly are wonders.
But perhaps one of the most striking things about your body is where all the complex systems came from.
Just think for a minute. Each human being begins as a single cell, formed by the joining of a father’s sperm and a mother’s egg. From the one tiny cell comes a body that will have at least 26,000,000,000cells.
What is more, that one original cell contained the code to make the thousands of different kinds of cells found in our bodies. Some of our billions of cells will be fat cells. There will be bone cells, heart muscle cells, brain cells and lung cells. There will be cells that make up veins and capillaries, red blood cells and many different kinds of white blood cells. There will be different kinds of skin cells and tiny cilia cells growing on the cells that make up your breathing tubes. In your eyes there will be cells so transparent that you can see through them as if they were glass.
All this will come from one tiny original cell, which contained the code needed to make you a complete human being.
Where did Humans really come from?
The answer is found in the Bible. There came a time, after God had created the world and made it beautiful, that he was ready for his most important creation of all! Genesis tells us: Then God said, “let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish in the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground,” Genesis 1:26.
And so the Lord God formed the man from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being, Genesis 2:7.
There are many things in this account that help us understand who we human beings really are.
First, we understand that God himself made us in a separate and special act of creation. People did not evolve from some lower kind of animal at all.
Second, we understand that God made us different from every other living thing. Our bodies are physical, made of elements found on Earth. In this, we are similar to animals. But there are many important differences, too. God simply spoke, and the plants and animals were created. For human beings, God personally shaped our physical nature from the elements in the ground.
Third, the Bible says that God chose to make human beings in his own “image and likeness.” This means that human beings have a spiritual part as well as a physical part. This is an important difference between human beings and animals.
Evolutionists look at the bones of human beings and apes, or the bones of modern men and fossil bones, and argue that because the bones are like each other in some ways, humans and animals are really the same. The evolutionist says that similarities prove humans and apes are both just animals, and the only difference is that humans have larger brains.
Yet this argument from physical similarity is foolish. It is not just that similarities of skeleton do not prove relationship.What is most foolish is to think that it is our bones that make us human!
Trying to prove relationship by looking at fossil bones makes sense to evolutionists who believe that the human body evolved from earlier animals. But it does not answer the really important question: where did the heart, soul-the nature-of humans come from?
What I mean is this. Human beings are obviously different inside from all other animals, no matter how similar bones or bodies might be. We human beings can appreciate beauty and paint a beautiful picture. We can imagine new things and then build them. We don’t live by instinct. Instead, we learn and remember and pass on what we learn to the next generation. People can also communicate, think and talking about complex things.
Human beings also have a moral nature. We have a capacity for love and self-sacrifice. We are aware of right and wrong and can make good choices. And all human societies also are aware of the spiritual. People know that there is something beyond what we can see that is to be worshiped.
All this is so unlike what we find in animals that the differences between human and animal are amazingly clear.
The evolutionist thinks that the body of humans evolved from animals. But where does he think the mind and heart and soul of humans came from?
In psychology books it is not unusual for evolutionists to speak of crime and wars and the evils people do as things that come from supposed “brute ancestors.” Many evolutionists have tried to explain the bad in human beings in this way. Someday, they think, we will evolve further and be rid of our “animal instincts.”
But evolutionists who write this way haven’t stopped to ask if the “bad” in humans came from our animal ancestors, where did the “good” come from? Usually they don’t ask about where the good things human beings can do came from. They don’t wonder about all the abilities we have that no animal on Earth possesses. Yet it is obvious that all our human traits and abilities must have come from somewhere. They really could not have just happened!
For Christians, the Bible provides the obvious answer. All the good and wonderful things that make human beings different came from God! God created us special. The things that make human beings special are ours only because God made us in his image, to be like him.
The spirit in man
Where does man’s ability come from to think, reason, make decisions, to choose right from wrong? What does the bible say?
Zechariah 12:1: 1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the “spirit” of man “within him.”
I Corinthians 2:11-14: 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save (except) the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Job 32:8: 8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
There is a very interesting true story in the Bible about a man named Nebuchadnezzar. He was king of the ancient city of Babylon, but because of his great pride, God removed the spirit in man from Nebuchadnezzar which gives us the ability to think and reason. When God removed that spirit from Nebuchadnezzar he became just like the beats of the field. You can read the whole story about this incident in the Bible in Daniel 4:19-37. The following is a quick overview of this true story:
When Daniel interpreted the king’s second dream he told him that the things he interpreted about the dream would come upon him one year later. Nebuchadnezzar still had time to change his ways and heed Daniel’s advice. But he did not. The king did not stop oppressing the poor or repent from his prideful evil ways. In fact the oppression of the people got worse.
At the pinnacle of his prideful arrogance he looked out on the city of Babylon from his lavish palace claiming credit for creating the Babylonian Empire by his own power and might. Then the king had the nerve to ask, “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” Almighty God responded to this question by teaching Nebuchadnezzar a necessary lesson. He took away his kingdom and made him live like a wild animal eating grass for seven years! He lived like oxen surviving on grass. His hair grew so long it was like the wings of an eagle and feathers and nails grew so long that they looked like the claws of a bird.
All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”
While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.” God took away from Nebuchadnezzar the spirit in man and now he was just like the animals in the fields.
This spirit in man which is given to him by God at the time of his conception is what gives a man or woman the mental faculties to think, reason, to understand, to love, to enjoy beautiful things, but the natural man does not have God’s Holy Spirit in order to understand spiritual things. I Corinthians 2:14 quoted above makes this very clear: 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. You must be a true Christian Believer in Jesus Christ and what He did on your behalf at Calvary before you will be able to understand the Bible and to discern spiritual things and know God. You need the spirit in man to reason and think, but you need God’s Holy Spirit combined with the natural spirit in man to know spiritual things.
You, for always
Although you have a heart and lungs and brain and all those other body parts, you are more than your body. You are a special distinct person. You are your thoughts, your beliefs, your memories, your friendships, your choices and your character as much as you are a body.
What’s more, the Bible teaches us that the true you-that person who is different from every other person who ever lived-will exist forever! Your body may grow old and die. But you will not stop then. You will still be yourself. You will still be able to think and remember, still be conscious and aware. This too is part of being made in God’s image. We are far more important to God than to simply stop existing when our bodies die.
This is one of the most important reasons why we can’t believe in the Theory of Evolution. That theory teaches that people, like animals, are only their bodies. When the body dies, the person just stops existing.
The Bible teaches that people are so special to God that he created us differently from the other living things. God gave us bodies, but he also made us persons, with all the special abilities that persons have. And, God made us special to him. God loves us so much that he wants us to live with him, forever and ever.
Jesus died for our sins so that we might be able to live with God forever, as well as live good lives here on earth. Only when we believe what the Bible says about who we are will we have any reason to think that the death of our bodies is not the end, and that each person will exist forever.
When we have to make a choice between the Theory of Evolution and creation by God, it is important that we trust the teachings of the word of God! As we’ve seen throughout this article, even scientists keep finding evidence that the Theory of Evolution is wrong and the living things in our world could not have “just happened.” How good it is to trust God’s word and not the empty theories of human beings. How good it is to know that you and I are special to God and that because of Jesus we can live forever with him.
In conclusion, here is what God say’s in Psalm 14:1 about man: 1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. God loves all people and all His creation, but don’t get a big head thinking you are someone great and special in this world. Admit that you are a sinner and that Christ Jesus died to pay for your sins. Just BELIEVE BY FAITH that Christ died for you at Calvary and you will be secure in His loving arms for all eternity!
Don’t be fooled by The “Theory of Evolution” or “The Big Bang Theory” because that is all they are, “Theories.” There is absolutely no proof of these Theories, none whatsoever!!
Only the Bible has the answers! Trust in God and His Word; you will never be sorry if you do.
Maranatha (Lord come)