Leftover junk in your body?
Leftovers… some people love them, some hate them. My dad for instance, had a strong aversion to eating them. My wife, on the other hand, seems to thrive on them and is very good at putting together entire meals from seemingly nothing, simply by using leftovers (and they are always very good!).
Evolutionists believe human beings have a vast array of virtually useless “leftovers” in their bodies. Furthermore, they claim these leftovers are strong evidence for evolution. Here’s how the story goes…
Humans have evolved from a long line of creatures, starting with a single-celled organism, proceeding through a fish stage and then onto an ape-like form and then finally to modern man. All along the way various organs developed which were necessary for a particular form of life but not necessarily needed in a later form. It is claimed we (humans) have a number of these “leftover” organs that are remnants of our ancient lineage, but serve no purpose today. Their very existence is evidence that evolution is itself a fact that cannot be denied.
This argument was in place staring back in Darwin’s day (mid-late 1800s) and still remains today. It’s interesting to note that in 1890 physiologists had a list of 180 “vestigial” (leftover) organs. What’s much more interesting is this list of 180 organs has since dwindled-down just a bit. The current number is now… ZERO! However, not wanting to give up their belief in evolution, evolutionists have developed an alleged “rescuing device” to “explain away” the latest findings. They simply redefined what they mean by vestigial organ. It now means an organ that “no longer performs the function for which it evolved.” [Coyne, J. 2009. Why Evolution Is True. New York: Viking, 61-62.] This, however, begs the question! How do you know it evolved? That’s what you are trying to prove! How do you know what function it supposedly evolved for? How do you know it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do?
It is not my intention in this short article to list many of the alleged “vestigial organs” along with their known function, but simply to make the following point. It was belief in evolution that caused many to conclude these organs were useless, leftover remnants of past evolutionary history. Related to this was the belief these organs could be removed without any significant consequences. On the other hand, belief in creation drove other scientists to further pursue potential functionality, believing that God would not design “junk”. Another factor to keep in mind is that because of sin and the curse, we are living in a fallen world and we do see decline in our human genome. It is certainly possible to lose function in a designed organ (because of mutations and disease), but even so, this is not what would be required by molecules-to-man evolution. That process requires the creation of more and more complex information, continually creating new organs with new functions all along the way! We never see that happen! We do see the opposite… existing structures falling apart, degrading and disappearing, as would be expected in a fallen world.
This web graphic was taken from the American Museum of Natural History (Feb 3, 2016) and specifically lists the following “vestigial” organs: • Wisdom teeth
- The coccyx
- Body hair
- The appendix
The concept of “vestigial organs” is still being presented as strong evidence for evolution. Ask any high school or college student if the appendix is a useful organ and they are likely to say “no” it’s leftover from evolution and can be removed without any real concerns. In reality, the appendix is part of our immune system, creating good bacteria, supporting the health of your digestive system. (For more information, click here to read an article by a good friend of mine, medical doctor and professional engineer, Dr. Randy Guliuzza.)
Belief in evolution is not only NOT required to do good science… it’s often a hindrance, as evidenced by too many doctors being too quick to remove organs they believe are useless to begin with. (Brief side note: It is occasionally necessary to remove an organ, such as in the case of a ruptured appendix, so I am not saying that all procedures to remove these alleged vestigial organs are unnecessary. I am simply saying that we should never assume that these organs never had a purpose to being with.)
Far from being a treasure trove of leftover junk, we are truly “fearfully and wonderfully made”! (Psalm 139:14)
As with all of our other articles, much more could be said about this, but if you have any questions related to this month’s article or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us!