Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Wife Is Living Proof Against the Theory of Evolution

Did the title of this article grab your attention? Good! Now, before you decide to come throw me on a spit as retribution for being an apparent male chauvinist pig, please allow me to explain why I chose to title this article as I have.

The title is not meant as an attack against my wife or as an insult to her. I am not saying that she is any less intelligent than in fact, she's the smartest person I know. And it is not that she is any less capable than anyone else. That's because she can also be the most determined person I know. Instead, I chose this title because at the time of this writing my wife Jennifer is 9 weeks pregnant with our first child. Being that this is our first pregnancy, we are experiencing many new things. Many of these things are nice experiences that we are enjoying together, and some of them are decidedly bad that she must endure alone. It is the latter experiences that I am interested in talking about. 

One of the negative effects of being pregnant is commonly known as "morning sickness". What may not be as commonly known about morning sickness is that for a select number of women it is not just morning sickness, but more accurately, "all day and night sickness". Most women do not experience morning sickness to such a drastic degree, but almost all pregnant women will experience some form of it throughout their first trimester. My wife is one of the unfortunate few who experience the all-day-every-day version, and truly seems like the worst experience ever.

This led me to thinking, if evolution were a fact, why haven't women evolved past the point of experiencing the negative effects of pregnancy out of necessity? After all, the definition of evolution is "the gradual  process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form." While I know that this is not the textbook definition, it certainly states the overall concept of the word when scientists speak of biological evolution.

To be clear, please let me say that when I refer to evolution, I am not referring to micro-evolution which is the process of change that happens within a specific species and is contained within that specific species only. For example, we can create new breeds of dogs, yet that genetic change will always create another dog. This is a proven fact that is not in conflict with the Bible. What I am referring is macro-evolution, or the process of change that creates new species from those which are already in existence. An example of macro-evolution would be the belief that man is a direct descendant of apes, which is false. 

According to the National Science Foundation human beings have been in existence for over 200,000 years. While I certainly do not believe this, for the sake of argument I will concede to this estimate. What this means is that (if evolution is a fact) in the past 200,000 years what would eventually become mankind had begun as a single amino acid swimming around in a "primordial soup" to being the highly complex and intelligent beings that we are today. It is no secret to anyone who's passed a fifth grade science class that evolution teaches this false theory. 

What this means is that we have developed from the simplest of creatures to ones who are now able to communicate, build shelters, and do other things that provide for our comfort as a species. However, my problem with believing this is partially due to morning sickness, and the painful experience of giving labor for that matter. We know that the female body experiences changes to its shape and chemical processes to better support the pregnant female. These are obviously beneficial changes that help support the pregnant female and her unborn child. 

However, knowing that these changes happen, I'm left with the question, "Why hasn't evolution 'fixed' the problem of morning sickness, or the pain experienced during pregnancy yet?" After all, it's had over 200,000 years to fix such a 'glitch' in such an otherwise joyous experience? Wouldn't it be in harmony with the theory of macro-evolution that within those 200,000 years man, or more specifically, woman would have evolved to a point that such negative and seemingly unnecessary pains would be eliminated?

The truth is, evolution hasn't addressed the issue because it can't. Genesis 3:13,16 says, "And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat..Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."

Once again, the Bible gives an answer to a question that the theory of macro evolution has left unanswered for approximately 200,000 years by the evolutionist's estimate! True science shows that women suffer during the pregnancy and labor experiences. This is a fact. God's word tells us why, while evolution leaves us asking why. Once again, we see that there is no conflict between God's word and true science. 

The truth is, I love my wife very much and I appreciate the grace she has shown in dealing with the negatives while we both get to experience the positives. However, I'm reminded that we're not the first to go through this experience, and as long as mankind will continue to exist on this Earth we won't be the last, and that's because God said so.

The King James Bible

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Altruism vs. Apathy

I cannot think of two concepts more diametrically opposed to one another than those of altruism and apathy. On one hand, you have altruism, which is the very renunciation of concern for ones self, and the exclusive concern for others around you. On the other, you have apathy, which is the complete absence of care for anyone or anything that happens around you. Your only concern is for yourself, and yourself alone.

While these two concepts are polar opposites, they often travel together.

One instance when altruism and apathy showed up at the same place at the same time was when Christ was crucified on the cross.

Christ's willingness to go to the cross and suffer was the ultimate act of altruism in that he had nothing to gain from his suffering, but that the whole world had everything to gain. I've said it 100 times before, and I'll remind you again, crucifixion still stands as the most cruel form of punishment ever created by the human race, and yet Christ-the Son of God, Himself, suffered this for you and me. This is, in fact, the most altruistic act that the world has ever seen.

To take the altruistic nature of Christ even farther, John 19:26-27 explains that at the very height of his pain, while hanging on the cross, Christ's mind was on those whom he loved at his feet. "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." Christ's concern was not for himself, but for his mother, Mary, and his friend, John. Jesus gained nothing personally from making this request.

However, with this amazing expression of altruism came an appalling experience with apathy. The disciple Matthew records the gruesome scene of Christ's crucifixion, but one small detail sticks out to me; the apathetic nature of the soldiers who crucified the Christ.

They knew Christ claimed to be the Son of God (Matthew 27:37). They also heard of the miracles he performed that supported his claim (Luke 23:8). They had more than enough reason to believe in and be moved by Christ. However, these men were without emotion. In fact, Matthew says after they hung him on the cross, and cast lots for his clothes, "..they sat and watched him there." (Matthew 27:36).

It is a small detail in the overall large story, but it hits you like the rock from David's sling into Goliath's forehead- right between the eyes. These men knew of Christ's claims, and they knew of the miracles he performed, yet, the Bible says they sat down and without emotion watched Jesus suffer until he was dead.

What is even sadder is that sometimes we can be like these soldiers. Though we know of his heavenly heritage, we know of his selfless sacrifice for us, and though we accept the gift that came from that sacrifice, we sometimes let the world run us down and make us apathetic.

Sometimes because of life, work, home and other stresses, we fall into the category warned against in Revelation 2:4, we become those who "left their first love". Because of our hectic lives Monday through Friday, we are too tired to show love to God on Sunday. And anytime we allow anything to keep us from God, we are no different than those apathetic soldiers. After all, apathy is apathy any way you slice it.

Have we become apathetic or altruistic toward our worship and love for God? Only your heart can answer that, but your actions will announce that decision to those around you.