I have been seeing posts on Facebook going up lately about various acts of animal cruelty, and while I am completely against being cruel to animals, animals do not experience pain in the same way that we humans do. I again want to stress, that I am not in support of animal Cruelty at all. I think that animal cruelty is a horrible, terrible sin, that is depraved and wrong. I don’t support people who are abusive towards pets and/or any other animal, and I am against people who inflict unnecessary amounts of pain to animals. That being said, Animals are not aware that they are in pain.
The next issue I want to address is the problem of the evolution of Sexual Reproduction. I want to preface this post by stating that the following statements and thought grew out of a conversation I had with an Atheist I met on Twitter who goes by the Twitter name @almightygod. He also happens to be a fellow blogger here on WordPress, and you can find him and his blog at http://almightygod.wordpress.com/ Anyways, these statements and thoughts I am about to share grew out of contemplation and reflection on topics discussed during an email correspondence I had with this man, and I don’t actually know if any of these are valid objections (let alone whether they have been brought up by others), nor do I know if these objections have already been presented and refuted, or if they are original to me, and I want you to get involved and let me know in the comments what you think of my arguments, if you have heard them before, and if you know of any refutations to the following arguments (or if you have refutations yourself). I am really hoping to generate a lot of conversation on this topic, and I encourage you to post any thoughts or problems you have with any of my arguments. Anyways, lets get on to the topic at hand, the problems I see with the evolution of sexual reproduction.
Too often we read certain parts of the Bible, such as the Genesis account of creation and Noah and the flood, in a way that tries to extract scientific truths out of it, when in reality the purpose and intention of the Bible is not to be a scientific book. The Bible is a theological Book, and it should be read as such. We read different types of literature for different types of reasons, and they each have different purposes. The purpose of a poem is not the same as the purpose of a biography. The purpose of a Scientific journal article is not the same as the purpose for a prose narrative.
The first problem I see is with the beginning stages of Evolution. Evolution says that all life must have evolved from a single-celled organism. Before we even get to this single-celled organism, however, there is a previous problem with how this organism could have come from non-living material, but since I have already covered most of that problem in a previous post (Evolution and the Origin of Life), I will not deal with that here. The problem I want to address here is the origin of the Genetic code. Our Genes are the blueprints for life. One of the things I find difficult to understand is how such a complex system of storing and expressing such a vast amount of information can be generated from non-life. If there is no intelligent source, how can you have any sort of intelligible information?
It has been too long since the last time I blogged.
So, I have registered for classes next semester, I am super excited, because I got into a class called “Christianity & Science.” I can’t wait for this class to begin! I was never big into science as a high school student, mainly because doing science for its own sake didn’t excite me, and I didn’t really care for it for the many years I spent partying and living for myself after. It wasn’t until I surrendered my life to Christ that I became interested in it, and even then not right away. I still don’t enjoy doing science myself, but I am really interested in what science and scientists are discovering, what they are saying, and how this can (and whether it should) inform our worldviews. I notice that there are many things that are held as scientific truths, that are not, and other things that are faith (not fact) based claims. I started becoming interested and passionate about science and what it says because of my passion for Christ, and my passion for Christian apologetics.
Recently I was watching a video on youtube called “Biology for Creationists” by a guy who goes by the name of “TheBarkingAtheist” in which he rants about how ridiculous it is that 13% of biology teachers in America do not believe in Evolution. The video got me thinking about Evolution, and though his video doesn’t actually address this topic, it got me thinking about the Origin of Life. I Posted the following comment on his video:
“@TheBarkingAtheist What I don’t get is, if the theory of evolution is true, where did the original life come from? If all life evolved from former species, all those species would eventually go back to a singular species or organism at some point right? How do we explain the origin of the original form of life out of nothing? It had to come from somewhere, & all I see is a Big Bang, & then somehow life miraculously forms on the Planet Earth & nowhere else we can see. Please help me understand.”