Evolution is a Belief
The basic definition of the scientific
method is that experiments must be observable. Without observation,
it cannot be scientific. The interesting thing about evolution is
that it is technically not scientific, since it is not observable.
Adaptation, which is often mistaken for
evolution, is observable. However, the very definition of evolution
is that it requires at least a million years for a species to become
a different species. This concept cannot be observed.
No human can or
has observed this theory, which means that evolution is a belief by
definition. It is taking the observable adaptation and extrapolating
it millions of years, which is speculation – not science.
"Scientific" Speculation and Logic
Many think that it is logical for
adaptation to eventually result in evolution, but either way it
remains a belief until it is observed.
A species eventually becoming an
entirely different species may not actually be possible. The features
of a species changing slightly is different than a species changing
on the genetic level. For example, a moth or butterfly may change its
coloring, but will it ever actually become something that is not a
moth or butterfly? Or a bird may change the shape of its beak, but will it ever become something that is not a bird?
There are some
scientists who believe that the only logical conclusion for the
evidence provided by science (narrowly defined parameters of the
universe) is that there must be a Creator. This concept is called
Intelligent Design. Even if evolution was somehow proven to be true, it does not diminish the evidence for intelligent design.
Questions to Consider about Intelligent
If evolution is technically a belief (or even if it was proven true),
and if the evidence provided by science at least allows for the concept of
intelligent design, then there are some questions that need to be
considered about this supposed Creator:
- If a Creator does exist, and they
wanted to communicate with us, how might they?
- Is it reasonable for a Creator to
interact with people by speaking to a few and having them communicate
to everyone else?
- How might those who interacted with
this Creator communicate to others?
- Is it reasonable that those who
communicated with the Creator would write down their experience?
- If a Creator has communicated with
people, is it reasonable that his message would be consistent
- If a Creator has existed since the
beginning of the universe, would it be reasonable for the Creator's
first interaction with humans to be only a thousand years ago or is
it more reasonable that the Creator has been interacting with humans
since the beginning of our existence?
Based on these questions, if we wanted
to know about this Creator, we would need to look for writings that
reveal a consistent Creator throughout history. Realistically, the
only such collection of writings is the Hebrew Scriptures, also known
as the Old Testament.
However, if the Old Testament is the
result of this Creator's communication with people, then we need to
examine the Reliability of the Bible.
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