One of the arguments against the theory of evolution is, if evolution is a natural process, why are there no contemporary examples of it? Why are there no living, transitional or intermediate life forms evolving? Why aren’t living things still evolving?
The truth is the theory of evolution is evolving into settled scientific fact according to most science articles written on the subject. They give lipservice to evolution being a theory, but couch its presentation in factual language.
This is true whether we are talking about inorganic evolution, how the universe and matter came to be, or organic evolution, the beginning of life and how it has reached its present diversity and complexity. Why should anyone believe evolution is more than a theory when the whole scientific community is not in possession of a single observable fact about how or when either the universe or life began, and was not present to observe the actual, admittedly lengthy, evolutionary process of each?
Some will say, we do have facts regarding organic evolution; we have the fossil record. At this point let me be clear. Christians do not doubt the past existence of those life forms represented in the fossil record, we do take issue with how that record is interpreted. The coelacanth is a case in point.
The coelacanth was a well-known ancient fish because it was widely represented in the fossil record, but thought to be extinct for more than 65 million years. Interpreting the fossils of coelacanths, paleontologists determined the coelacanth was an intermediate life form between fish and amphibians. Ergo, it was believed to live in costal areas and also had lungs to breathe during brief forays on land. It was thought to be capable of walking with its three pair of ventral, fleshly lobed fins.
But Christmas came early for creationists on December 22, 1938, when a native fisherman caught a supposedly extinct Coelacanth off the southwestern coast of Madagascar. Evolutionary theories about the Coelacanth collapsed faster than a house of cards hit by a leaf blower when that native fisherman hauled up a net full of facts.
Here is the first mistake made by scientists, and it is a big one, the coelacanth is not extinct. Not only are there several colonies in the waters off Madagascar, there are more in the waters of Indonesia. The coelacanth is a pelagic, it lives in the deep waters of the oceans, it is not a costal dweller. It swims everywhere it goes and does not attempt to walk even on the ocean floor as observed in an expedition by Hans Fricke funded by National Geographic. It is a true fish with gills and does not have lungs.
This is why Paul warned Timothy, “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding…oppositions of science falsely so called; which some professing have erred concerning the faith,” 1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV).
Evolution is evolving, but the facts don’t.
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