I have been involved in the Evolution vs. Creation debate for decades. So I know from experience that Evolutionists commonly argue that the evidence for evolution from science is overwhelming. Since Darwin wrote his Origins of Species back in 1859, evolutionists have been on a quest to prove his hypothesis scientifically correct. As a result, many “proofs” of Darwinian Evolution have been presented through the years – including missing links, moths, embryonic recapitulation, punctuated equilibrium, etc. The list goes on and on.
Students don’t always learn the failures of science
Anyone who attended a government school or an establishment of higher learning has been taught many of those “proofs” of Evolution as if they were well-established facts of science. The problem is that once these illusionary proofs were debunked as either hoaxes or disproved hypotheses, the people who were taught about them were not taught otherwise. Indeed, most of the same institutions that taught about these hoaxes censor or bury the contradicting evidence. Worse, these “proofs” stay in textbooks well after they are debunked, thus falsely influencing a multitude of trusting students. Whether these institutions do this based on ideology or ignorance is a topic worth discussing at another time. The point here is that those who were taught about these missing links and proofs go on believing that the Evolution is well substantiated.
A prime example is Piltdown Man, who was discovered by Charles Dawson in 1912. For 40 years this missing link between apes and humans was taught in schools, lectured in academic circles, and written about in journals of science. In 1953 Piltdown man was re-discovered – this time as an indefensible hoax. The sad truth is that during those 40 years, anyone exposed to this hoax thought that it represented proof of Evolution.
Science confirms the Bible
The purpose of this series is not to debunk these so-called “proofs.” There are a plethora of books, articles and posts that do just that. This series will go in another direction – a direction that I find to be fascinating and inspiring. I will connect some of the dots between verifiable discoveries of science and where they were mentioned in the Bible. I think you will be as amazed as I was when I realized that modern-day discoveries (most made in the 20th century) were in a well-read Book that was an ongoing work that began 3500 years ago and was completed 2000 years ago. Even more amazing is the fact that some of the legitimate “proofs” for Evolution are also proofs of Creationism. Hopefully, you will see a pattern – a pattern where the “proofs” that contradict Creationism are eventually proven to be hoaxes or just plain wrong, and that the “proofs” that also confirm Creationism are the only ones that are scientifically provable.
In the interest of keeping this article a reasonable length, I will start with the simplest. However, the more complex – such as the Space/Time Continuum, Astrophysics, and Cosmogony – are the most fascinating. I will be dealing with those in future articles.
Science and the Bible, round 1: Thermodynamics
Sculpture on Langlands Industrial Estate. Text: “Lord Kelvin Sir William Thomson The second law of thermo-dynamics No process is possible whose sole result is the complete conversion of heat into work”. Photo credit: Iain Thompson (Geograph.org.UK), CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic License
Thermodynamics may sound like a complicated science but it is relatively simple. It consists of four laws that deal with the study of energy within a system. The second law is the relevant one. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that if no energy enters or leaves a living or working system, the state of energy will decay or will be less than that of the initial state. In other words, if you don’t add energy to a working system, the energy will decay or run out. Burning a pile of wood is a good example. The wood in the pile consists of ordered matter. Once heat (or energy) is applied in the form of fire, the wood in the pile begins to burn and in the process the wood decays. Eventually, if you don’t add more wood to the fire, the fire will burn out as well. When life ceases to take in energy, it dies or decays. It does not remain static. The order within a system maintains life. As that order goes to disorder, the system decays. The Second Law of Thermodynamics simply tells us that life systems that require energy go from an organized state to a disorganized state if the energy isn’t maintained. The process of going from organization to disorganization in life systems is commonly referred to as decay. Natural life systems include all bio and ecological systems.
The first two laws of Thermodynamics were first were credited to Sadi Carnot in 1824, elaborated upon by Rudolf Clausius and William Thomson in 1860, and credited as laws by Josiah Willard Gibbs in 1873. They have since been tested ad infinitum and found to be “Laws” – meaning they hold true in every instance in every way. However, this 19th century science was first written about in the Bible nearly 2000 years before Sadi Carnot’s revelation.
In the Book of Acts, chapter 8, verses 20-22, the Apostle Paul wrote:
For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
The Letter to the Romans is the one of the most intellectually challenging Books in the Bible. In these verses there are spiritual applications relating to the hope we have in God. But there is also a principle of science that is often overlooked. It is none other than the Second Law of Thermodynamics – and yes, it was written nearly 2000 years before “science” discovered it!!! Paul is clearly telling us that the creation (the entire universe) is condemned to decay. This is the polar opposite of Evolution, which tells us that things go from a state of disorder to a higher state of order – or they evolve. The verses above contradict that premises of Evolution, and so do the Laws of Thermodynamics. However, unlike Evolution, the Laws of Thermodynamics have been proved, tested, and found to be true. It is why the Laws of Thermodynamics are not referred to as a “theories” but as “laws.” and…they confirm what Paul stated in Romans nearly 2000 years ago.
Score One – Science confirms the Bible.