Is there any scientific evidence for creation?
We are led to believe that evolution is all about facts and science, but creation is just a religious belief, making it completely faith-based. Many Christians are somewhat intimidated by such a scenario and don’t know exactly how to respond. We have addressed this situation from various angles in previous articles, but I would like to add one additional aspect that I feel is very important when countering this allegation. It is very simple, non-technical and is crucial to having a meaningful conversation related to the creation vs. evolution debate.
If someone asks you to give some scientific evidence for creation (as opposed to simply telling them what the Bible says about origins), it is imperative that you first ask them a key question before attempting to share any examples: “What would you accept as scientific evidence for creation?” In other words, in their mind, what would count or qualify?
Here’s a real-life example of why this question is so important. A few months ago, I had a weekend engagement at a church and during the Sunday evening session, I presented my talk entitled “Evolution: Probable or Problematic?” The premise of this talk is that even though some aspects of evolution seem plausible on the surface, when you “peak under the hood” so-to-speak, you see that it is practically speaking, impossible. Another way of stating it is that it doesn’t take much imagination to envision one kind a creature, such as a lungfish, slowly changing a little at a time, until it’s fins are longer and stronger, turning into legs and it is eventually able to crawl up on land and live out of the water (having evolved into a something like a newt). However, when you look at what would have to happen on the inside, specifically in the DNA, you see that the evolutionary stories just don’t cut it scientifically. In fact, the evidence is so diametrically opposed that it renders evolution virtually impossible.
After my presentation, many people gathered around our ministry table to purchase our resources and ask further questions. During this time, I noticed a college-aged student standing back a ways and just listening to everyone else’s questions. Eventually, most of the other people had gone and there were just a few other individuals left, including this student who had now approached me at the table. I shook his hand and asked if he had a question. He said to me, “You believe in creation, but I just don’t see any scientific evidence.” I was a little caught off guard, because I had just finished a 45 minute session in which I discussed cutting-edge information about DNA, genes, chromosome, natural selection, mutations and other scientific concepts, quoting only two Bible verses during the entire presentation. I asked him, “What was it then that I just presented in the lecture tonight?” He looked at me and said, “Yeah, but I don’t see any scientific evidence?” I then asked him a very important question… “What would qualify in your mind as scientific evidence for creation?” He just stared at me, so I asked again, “What would count in your mind? For example, if you saw ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’, that would qualify. Please help me understand.” He continued to stare and finally shrugged his shoulders saying, “I don’t know.”
I responded by saying, “If you don’t even know what would count, how do you know that you didn’t just see scientific evidence in my lecture? If you have no criteria as to what would count and what wouldn’t, then we can’t really even have a conversation about it. Until you come up with some criteria, there is no objective way to determine what qualifies and what doesn’t. You could very easily just continue to say, ‘No, that doesn’t count. Nope, that doesn’t either, and so on.’”
He seemed to understand my point and was frustrated by it, even though I worked very hard to communicate in a very gracious manner, not wanting to just argue, showing that he was wrong and I was right (not a very effective or winsome apologetic).
If someone were to have some criteria, then you obviously have something to work with, although you first need to determine whether or not the criteria is reasonable or sensible. If they said, for example, that if they saw a tattoo on all the cells of every creature stating “Created by God”, that would count, you could easily dismiss that as being silly and not logical or reasonable. (This is an extreme example and I am not implying that anyone would actually posit this; I am just trying to make a point.) If you need any help in this area, we'd be glad to assist you!
I went on to ask him some further questions. I ask if he believed that my laptop was designed. He said, “Yes”. I asked how he knew that. He then talked about its complexity and that things like that don’t happen by accident. I said, “So you see highly sophisticated, highly specified, interdependent parts all working together in just the right way as to produce an intended outcome.” He said, “Yes”. I continued, “So if something was intricately designed, you would expect to see something along these lines… highly sophisticated, highly specified, interdependent parts all working together?” Again, he said, “Yes”. I then reviewed some highlights from my talk, which actually blow away anything we see in modern computer technology. I also asked him, “Don’t you see the parallel here? Using your own logic, this would be evidence for design.” Well, you know what happened next, right? He fell to his knees, repented of his sins and accepted Christ as his savior. Right? Wrong! (I only wish.) In reality, he just responded that he still didn’t see it. I have been speaking on Christian apologetics too long to be surprised by his reaction. This is ultimately a spiritual issue and not simply an academic one. I wish it was as easy as sharing some key facts and then having everyone place their faith in Christ, but that’s not how it works.
I continue to pray for this young man and trust that God will put others in his path who can aid in his journey toward an eternal relationship with his Creator (through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ).
I could easily share many examples of “scientific” evidence for creation, but that was not the intention of this particular article. The main point is that before anyone can even consider scientific evidence for creation, they need to define what that would look like. Otherwise, no matter what you share, they will simply state that it doesn’t count.
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Author: Jay Seegert (Co-Founder & Principal Lecturer, Creation Education Center)