Are we slowly improving through evolution?
If a single cell evolved into a multi-celled organism, which then eventually evolved into plants, worms, fish, amphibians, reptiles, apes and humans (among other things along the way), what will we evolve into?
According to evolution, life just keeps getting more and more complex, more and more advanced. So what can we expect for ourselves? Will we finally get that set of eyes in the back of our heads that would come in so handy (and that mom’s seem to already have)? Will we grow wings and be able to fly? Will we hybridize with computers? There’s no end to the speculation by secular scientists.
I just watched one short video regarding the future of mankind. It started out showing some bleak news clips depicting how much chaos there is in the world today, but then it went on to state that our future is actually very bright. What was the reason for their optimism? Technology! Yes, all the gadgets we produce will solve all of our problems and everyone will be happy. We have so much to look forward to! Unless, of course, you live in the real world and realize that technology does not solve the world’s moral problems, in fact it can often make things worse.
Society, unquestionably, is declining morally, and the rate of decline seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. Of course, the easiest way to argue against this decline is to simply use a different set of standards (i.e. don’t view the Bible as the inspired, inerrant word of God). In the secularist’s view, we are not in decline but simply evolving… and change is good. After all, that’s how we all got here to begin with and if we don’t evolve, we will become extinct.
It wasn’t really my intention to discuss the future from a moral standpoint but rather, to share some very interesting information regarding our physical future, as a “human race”.
Secular scientists would have you believe the way we got here (as humans) was through evolution… mainly mutations and natural selection. Therefore, since these processes are continuing, without end, we should also continue to evolve/improve as well. However, real science shows us just the opposite, and I am going to share just one line of evidence to make my point. It has to do with a concept called “genetic entropy”. Keeping things very simple for now, genetic entropy refers to the general decline of our genetics over time. This concept was developed in a much deeper level by Dr. John Sanford (semi-retired professor, Cornell University), in his book entitled, Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome.
I will just be highlighting one major point from this book. Evolutionists admit that most mutations are deleterious or bad. However, they say that they are only “slightly bad”, so it doesn’t pose a problem to evolution. What is so interesting is that this is specifically why it’s actually a huge problem. Let me use an illustration from the book to help you better understand. Let’s say you bought a brand new car. At some point in the future, you’re driving down the road, and one molecule of iron turns into hydrated iron oxide… rust. Would you even know? Of course not. Is it a bad thing? Yes, but it’s only slightly bad. Later, another molecule is converted into rust. Again, no big deal. It’s a negative change but only slightly bad. However, eventually these “slightly bad” changes accumulate, and now you have a problem.
It’s somewhat similar with mutations in our DNA. When livings things reproduce, they make a copy of their DNA and pass it on to their offspring. Mutations are basically random copying errors. You can easily imagine that making random changes to a set of instructions would virtually always be bad, destroying information, as opposed to improving it or creating new information. In reality, while these copying errors are bad, most do not affect the creatures’ ability to reproduce, so these mistakes get passed on to future generations. It has been conservatively estimated that each time we (human beings) reproduce, we pass on an additional 100 mistakes! For example, my parents had a number of mistakes in their DNA that they received from all the generations prior to them, and then they added another 100 and passed them along to me! My wife and I, in turn, took all of the mutations we received from our parents, added another 100, and passed them along to our son and daughter! And this process goes on and on. Natural selection is not capable of weeding-out these small, negative changes, and scientists are aware of this.
One evolutionary scientist actually asked why we (the human race) were not dead 100 times over because of the accumulation of mutations. He believes we have been evolving from an ape-like creature for 6-10 million years, so how is it that we can even still function? Scientists worry about “error catastrophe” which is the point at which the amount of mutations causes life to cease to exist. These same scientists believe that 99.9% of all species that have ever lived have gone extinct. Given that belief (which I don’t necessarily agree with), they should be very concerned about our own extinction.
On the other hand, if we have only been around for a number of thousands of years (as Scripture would indicate), then the amount of mutations we see makes perfect sense. Another evolutionary scientist said that we are basically degenerate Neanderthals! But wait, I thought we are evolving and getting better and better, but he’s saying we’re not even as good as the Neanderthals!
Far from improving over time and heading towards some futuristic highly improved version, mankind is on a path of destruction, both physically and morally. Our only hope is not technology or genetic engineering, but Jesus Christ, who is both Savior and Creator!
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