Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
November 2, 1967

Evolution Examined

Harry Ozment

As to the general course of evolution, there are many variations of theory. This is something, by the way, which is characteristic of the whole theory of evolution — each person has his own pet ideas about the theory and, therefore, no one can be absolutely sure of anything about the theory. This, of course, is characteristic of error. Yet, in spite of the fact that evolution is characterized by all of these uncertainties, the theory of evolution is taught as fact in so many classrooms.

However, evolutionists are agreed on three general statements concerning the course of evolution. Let us study each of these "statements" in the light of Bible teaching.

(1) Development of new species started with simple organisms and evolved into more complex organisms. Evolutionists are careful to point out that there are some exceptions to this, but this is believed to have been the general course. Of course, the Bible does not teach this. In the first place living organisms did not "evolve," whether they be simple or complex. The Bible teaches that God created them. On the third day of creation, God created all plant life (1:11-12). On the fifth day of creation, God created all life in the air and in the water (1:20-22). On the sixth day of creation, God created all living organisms that are found on the land — animals and man (1:24-27). These three passages in Genesis, therefore, have no room for evolution--God created all life. When God created all plant life (1:11-12), He created both simple and complex plants on the same day. When God created all air and water life (1:20-22), He created both simple and complex organisms on the same day. When God created all land life (1:24-27). He created on the same day both the simple and complex organisms on land.

(2) Life originated in water. Once again, the Bible does not teach this, Please remember that the Bible is not contradicting true science when it contradicts this statement. The Bible is contradicting a man-made theory — and that word "theory" still means a guess! The Bible teaches that God first created life on land. Notice Genesis 1:11-12: "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind: and God saw that it was good." Not until Genesis 1:20-22, on the fifth day of creation, do we read of any life in the water.

(3) Plants are generally simpler than animals and, therefore, were prior to animals. Surprisingly enough, the Bible agrees with this statement. Although the Bible doesn't reveal which is the more complex (plants or animals), the creation account does tell us that God created plant life before he created life. Genesis 1:11-12 is an account of what God created on the third day — vegetation. Not until the fifth day did God create any animal life. After all, though, the evolutionist must throw a little truth into his theory before he can trick someone into believing all the theory.

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