Evolution 101- Part 23: Climbing the Fish Ladder to Nowhere

Remember, normal text is copied from Evolution 101 by the Understanding Evolution team! (Now offering Plush Bill Nye dolls at their merch table) http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

BOLD font is me, Rent A Friend 2000, being Bold.

Is evolution progressive?
This is not an easy question to answer. From a plant’s perspective, the best measure of progress might be photosynthetic ability; from a spider’s it might be the efficiency of a venom delivery system.darwin aha

Here is where the darkness of this worldview peeks out its ugly head. On atheism, there is no value at all. Nothing is good or bad, right or wrong, only useful or harmful to the individual. Humans are not better than any other animal, as we are all merely organized pond scum, which itself is merely organized soup. We eat the plants, the plants ingest the soil we become when we die and decompose, why should we not also eat each other? Darwin gives no reason, and this is one of the reasons his theory so heavily influenced Adolph Hitler, as well as many other despots and mass murderers in the past century. Admittedly, this does not prove Evolution to be false, but it gives good reason to consider the case against it, and does in fact lead to a strong line of argumentation against the world view based on observable data of another kind. Also, if you wonder why anyone would want to spend the time and effort it takes to mount an attack against Darwinism, then look no further than this. When an idea leads to the slaughter of MILLIONS of civilians, that idea needs to be attacked as strongly as possible until it is no more.




The problem is that we humans are hung up on ourselves. We often define progress in a way that hinges on our view of ourselves, a way that relies on intellect, culture, or emotion. But that definition is anthropocentric.

I’d hate to have these people as parents. That’s all I’m saying.

It is tempting to see evolution as a grand progressive ladder with Homo sapiens emerging at the top. But evolution produces a tree, not a ladder — and we are just one of many leaves on the tree.

fish ladder

There is the final message- you are no better than the fish, insects, and plants. You are just another temporary interruption in the laws of entropy, until entropy wins. This view not only has no room for God, but no room for value judgments, morals, or even free will. Life is merely a chemical accident, nothing more.

I dig that guy’s little crown though. I’d totally wear one of those if I was sitting on my fish ladder.

Having reached the end of Berkley’s Evolution 101 web page, I feel like I need to have one of those moving musical montages of the highlights where we get to see the cast growing up, using catch phrases for the first time, and other moments which became part of the pop culture until we started seeing them made fun of in cartoons… Ah, the memories.

The evolutionary story tells us that we, the human race, are nothing more than the most recent version of fish or worm. We differ from the gum on our shoe only in the complexity of our make up and in the fact that the gum is the result of a conscious designer creating it for a purpose. WE are here without cause, purpose, value, or destiny. On this story, there is no right or wrong, good or evil, heaven or hell, hope, justice, or salvation. On evolution, there is no sin, there is no righteousness, and we are merely animals. NOTHING is wrong- for as we eat animals and animals eat each other, we could just as well eat each other. On evolution we have no reason not to own other men as we own hamsters.

Here is the most important place that Evolution FAILS when compared to the observable data. We all KNOW there is good and evil. We know slavery is WRONG. Rape, theft, murder, and lies are EVIL. Not merely inconvenient, but EVIL. We know that loving other people is GOOD. Not merely socially preferred, but truly GOOD. We all know this as sure as the sun shines. My first critic on this series admitted that he believed kindness was good and cruelty is evil, as EVERYONE KNOWS. He was offended that I would even ask the question. But if that is so- if we observe the fact that good and evil are real, then we KNOW evolution is wrong because it CANNOT account for that fact. Not only does it have no explanation of the fact of objective morality, it CANNOT CO EXIST with the fact of objective morality. If one is true the other MUST be false.

If Good and Evil exist, then there is a moral law by which to distinguish between them. If there is a moral law, then we know there is a law giver. If there is a law giver, then there is a God who has the authority and the character to give us that law.

Science has given us lots of observable data which can be used to discredit the evolutionary story and give support to the account of creation as told in Genesis, but there is some data which anyone can examine for themselves, and that is the human experience. We know that Good and Evil are real. We know that we are not meaningless accidents. We know that the people we love have REAL value, beyond our love for them. We know that we are not just blind, purposeless accidents. This is not wishful thinking- this is DATA. And the data deserves a conclusion. The evidence demands a verdict.

Here’s the point of all of this- the data we cannot escape, as hard as we try, is that we are sinners. We all have done wrong, even in our own eyes. We’ve all done what we know we should not do. We all need to be forgiven. The conclusion of the data is, because we know we have done wrong, we know we can tell right from wrong. because we know right from wrong, we know there is a Moral Law. Because there is a Moral Law, there must be a moral law giver, and the only being with the character and authority to be that law giver is the God of the Bible. But of course, if he is the perfect moral law giver, and we have done wrong, then we have put ourselves under his wrath, guilty of that law, and in need of forgiveness. We need GOD to forgive us, for we have broken HIS law.

One of the reasons I take the time to disprove evolution is to show that the Bible is true from the very first page. God did create the heavens and the earth, just as he said, and all attempts to explain the universe opposed to Genesis fail under scrutiny. But the Bible doesn’t just tell us where we came from, and what went wrong, it tells us how GOD set about to fix it.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Here is the point of all of this scientific debate- we are made special, and we have sinned, but GOD has come to us and given us a way to be forgiven. All you have to do if accept that you are a sinner, believe that Christ died for your sins, to pay your debt to God, and confess that Jesus is Lord, and you will be saved.

As Paul wrote in Romans 8: 23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”

Give your sins to Jesus and accept his gift of forgiveness and you will be adopted into the family of God. Darwin said we are rearranged pond scum, and the children of worms. The truth is, we are made in the image of God, and through Jesus we can be children of God. Accept his love today.



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3 Responses to Evolution 101- Part 23: Climbing the Fish Ladder to Nowhere

  1. scmike2 says:

    Love the blog! As I was perusing the comments, I noticed that you have also had dealings with the blogger agnophilo in the past. Coincidentally, I am in a discussion with him right now over at my blog (although he seems to have disappeared suddenly over the last few days?). Here:


    • Thanks for the kind word, friend. If you like the Evolution 101 series, then you’ll love the reboot. I’ve rewritten/edited the whole thing, added more pictures and humor, and will be posting it on http://creationsoapbox.wordpress.com/ along with videos on a connected youtube channel, and a host of other stuff. Launching I hope mid summer. Please stop by and check that out. Creation Soapbox will focus a lot more on the creation/evolution debate, but keeping an eye on basic apologetic and gospel presentation. (OK, commercial over)
      As for our mutual friend- that guy needs a class or something. First, he likes to copy and paste the ENTIRE article he’s responding to. THAT clogs up the works. And eventually I had to send him an email pointing out the fact that he was refusing to answer the questions I asked, and refusing to discuss the points I made. I told him, “if what I say has no effect on what you say, then let’s both admit that I’m not really part of this conversation and call the whole thing off.” Second, he seemed like he was determined to pick a fight. I’m happy to banter or discuss, but, I told him, if you’re looking for a fight, you’re looking in the wrong place. So, I guess he found you. As always, have patience with the lost. They need Jesus, not a black eye, no matter how deserving they are of the shiner.
      Keep doing what you’re doing friend. And God bless you.

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