A couple of weeks ago a “Creation Museum” opened up containing artifacts that help prove several Creationist ideas, including (but certainly not limited to) the idea that man and dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time. And just so there is full disclosure here, I want to point out that I’m a Creationist, I believe that God created the world in seven days. However, I am not going to debate facts here today, instead I want to look at some issues that concern me.
The first is the issue of burden of proof. Scientists claim that there is no proof of Creation and without proof, it can’t possibly be scientifically proven. Yet at the same time, they have yet to prove evolution to be fact, hence the reason it is still referred to as the “theory of evolution” and not just “evolution.” Why are scientists so hard up for proof of creation when they themselves can not prove their own theory. Yet their theory is taught as “fact” in the public school system without fail. I understand that some aspects of Darwin’s theory have been proven over the years, and therefore find no issues with those being taught in science. My problem lies with the “humans evolved from monkeys” idea that gets taught. There is zero evidence for this, so why is it being taught to our children as fact? Creation can not be proven due to the fact that it is a faith based concept and we there for should not be teaching it. However, the argument can be made that to allow our children to be well rounded individuals, we should teach both as a theories and then let our children make their own decisions about what happened. This requires us to let our children actually think rather than telling them what to think, so I do not see this happening anytime soon.
My next issue is Christians who refuse to believe any aspect of Darwin’s theories. While I tend to find some of the theories Darwin discusses a little out there, some of them do make sense and have been actually proven. As a Christian, I believe that God created the world, but I do believe that He did have enough foresight to throw in some level of “survival of the fittest” into His created world. This allows him to some degree focus His energies elsewhere. I think the survival of the fittest theory leads Christian to believe that in order to accept this idea they have to accept the idea that God is not in control of everything. Though, you will have to ask them what their issue with that theory is.
I guess as long as I live there will be an argument between the two sides. I just want the folks on both sides to realize that neither side can be completely proven and as such, the ability to say that one side is completely correct is just not there. And while I honestly believe that scientists will never be able to prove that man evolved from apes, I also believe that Christians should stop overly fighting the issue because, honestly, we can not prove our side completely either.