A Christian Upbringing
Growing up in a Christian homeschool household, biblical teachings were interwoven into our curriculum in addition to our family church attendance. I always had a love for animals. I knew I would go to college in the science field in some fashion. As a high school student seeking to attend a public university in biological studies, I sought to discover for myself more about evolution. I knew evolution would be a major aspect of my education and thus far had not received in-depth knowledge of the subject.
Always hearing in the Christian realm about evolution as poppycock and balderdash, my curiosity was aroused and I wanted to get the facts. Why do we believe creationism? Why not evolution? My journey had already begun through my high school biology class through BJU Press introducing evolution with a biblical perspective. It gave me an understanding that science was, by definition, repeatable and observable. With this idea in mind, I began with a book from Answers in Genesis called Evolution Exposed. I took into consideration the bias of this text. I had been raised with this Christian bias and desired to discover the science behind the faith.
This book again emphasizes that science is observable and repeatable. Therefore, both theories about the earth’s beginnings cannot be science. Neither evolution nor creation was observed by man nor can it be repeated by man. However, when looking at the facts these perspectives play a key role in the interpretation of the evidence discovered by man. Since these concepts are not scientific fact, they must both be based on faith. So which belief system does science support?
Science or Deception – Evolution
A key idea that interests me about evolution is the lack of evidence for transitional species. Let me explain. As we all know, evolution is the idea that we all descend from a common ancestor progressively becoming more intelligent life. From an amoeba to bacteria to fungi to plants to flies to frogs to alligators to mammals to humans. And all this from one single cell. In this book, they showed something rather eye-opening.
A chart called a cladogram is depicted in this book, Evolution Exposed. These cladograms explain the evolutionary relationship between organisms. What evolutionist don’t want you to discover is that there are so many missing links. The pictured chart shows in the lighter color actual scientific fossil evidence while the darker lines show assumptions about the relationships of organisms. I later saw these charts many times throughout college, but never once did I see it presented in this manner.
Another scientific idea evolutionists often use to “prove” evolution is genetics. I love genetics and have seen the intricacies of this field of study in college. God has instilled in the genetic code the possibility for variation within kinds. Hence, we see so many different breeds of dogs, but they are all dogs. There are multiple types of evolution but the two keys for biology are macroevolution and microevolution. Macroevolution is the evolution we all think of. It is the changing between kinds whereas microevolution is the changing of traits within kinds also known as natural selection. Evolutionists use observable and repeatable examples of microevolution to “prove” macroevolution to be fact. That is illogical.
Grounded in Faith
This is just a bit of the research I did before entering university. Obviously, you can see that in the end, my choice was creationism, but not because my parents believed it or my pastor insisted it was true. I believe creationism is logical and the evidence around us shows innate detail. It makes more sense for the world to come from a Creator with a mind than to believe that this all came to be by accident. For a machine to function properly an intelligent mind must first take the time to set all the parts in motion. Look at all the amazing detail and differences even in just the people of the world and nature functioning perfectly. An intelligent artistic mind had to be behind it.
Now you may ask why I did not attend a Christian college. Many probably to this day think that would have been a better choice for my life, but it is my life. The fact is I enjoy a challenge. I did not enter this public university with the goal of debate. I never once made a fuss to my professors as they taught what they were being paid to teach. Through this journey, I discussed my discoveries with multiple students and have determined the flaws in the evolutionary faith. I used these years as a learning experience to further ground myself in my faith and I do not regret that decision in the least.