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The Other Side of the COin: Truths About Creationism

January 20, 2010
By clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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Try to imagine that, millions of years ago, small particles hit together and collided, spinning out of control, till BANG- they created multiple solar systems, stars, and planets. Does that sound reasonable? I think not. What kind of person would believe that? There are many scientists who devote their lives to trying to prove this so-called “fact”, but, of course, have not been able to. Even though there is no real proof, the Big Bang Theory has been taught in schools for quite along with evolution, which also has no solid proof. However, they are only telling one side of the story. In many schools today, evolution and the Big Bang Theory are taught to students, while Creationism is left for "church only". That is not fair. Creationism should be taught in public schools as well.

To begin with, if evolution and the Big Bang Theory can be taught, why not creationism? First, consider evolution. Scientifically speaking, simple life-forms cannot evolve into “more complex life-forms” (Problems), therefore, man could not have possibly come from apes. Also, if man came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys? Some evolutionists answer this question by saying “Survival of the fittest”. However, that does not account for the weaker apes that are still living on earth. If they were to follow this “survival of the fittest” theory, then they should have died long ago, when man first appeared. In Mark 10:6, the Bible says, “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female,” thus proving without a doubt that God created man.

Then, of course, there is the Big Bang Theory. There is not a single scientific law or demonstration that can be preformed that supports the “something from nothing” theory. How could two small particles hit together to create the universe and all the life in it, when, technically speaking, those two particles had not even been created yet? “Design demands a designer” (Wood), and it is as simple as that. Take for example the position of the earth. If it was just a little closer to the sun, everything on it would burn up. If it was just a little farther away, we would all freeze (Wood). Also, Earth is the only planet with free oxygen and water in its liquid form (Wood). In other words, our planet is the only one in our solar system capable of sustaining life. How could that have happened by chance? In Genesis 1:1, the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” so, only God could have done so.

Also, creationism should be taught in public schools because, according to the Bible, God created the earth (Gen. 1:1). So, why would anyone teach anything else? Of course, there are those out there who question the fact that the Bible is God’s written word. They say that it is nothing but a book written by a bunch of different men. The Bible is made up of sixty six books- thirty nine in the Old Testament and twenty seven in the New- written over a time span of 2,000 years, on three different continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa), in three different languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), however, there are no contradictions. This could only be the work of an all-powerful being. And so it was. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…”. So, basically, God told the writers what to say. He inspired them.

What proof is there that the Bible was inspired by God? To begin with, in Leviticus 17:11a, Moses said that, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…”, yet this fact was unknown even in George Washington’s day (Thompson). People would use leeches to bleed out supposed ‘bad blood’ to help the sick get well. So, how did Moses know? Secondly, in Ecclesiastes 11:3a and Amos 9:6b, the writers both refer to rain falling from the clouds, but the water cycle was not completely accepted or understood until the 16th century. Pierre Perrault, Edme Marriot, and Edmund Halley all made discoveries on and added data to the idea of a complete water cycle. However, the Bible indicated a water cycle 2,000 years before their discoveries (Thompson). Next, in Job26:7, Job says that the Lord “hangs the earth on nothing.” Back in Job’s day, people had different beliefs on what kept the earth suspended in space, such as four elephants on a giant turtle, or the shoulders of an abnormally strong man. Job was way ahead of his time by suggesting that the earth “hung on nothing” (Thompson) (Job 26:7). How could he have known when everyone else was wrong? And finally, in I Corinthians 15:39, the apostle Paul says, “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.” Paul is right! All four of these fleshes have a different biochemical makeup (Thompson). But how did he know? All of these situations point to one solution: God told the men what to write. Therefore, there is no possible way that the Bible could be made up by men because of the advanced sciences used in it. Given the sufficient evidence, Creationism should be presented alongside other theories of creation.

There are those in this world who say that allowing creationism to be taught in schools is a breech on their First Amendment rights. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”, however, this does not mean that it is against the law to say “One nation, under God,” in the Pledge of Allegiance, print, “In God we trust,” on money, or teach creationism to students in school. It merely is saying that the Government will not make an established religion. One can believe in and worship anything or anyone they want. But, men can preach and teach about their religion to others. It is only fair.

In addition, the First Amendment was added by the founding fathers to keep the church from controlling the government, and they had good reason to be fearful of this. “Early settlers” in America wanted religious liberty; however, they refused to grant it to others (Gay). They set up the Anglican Church as the main religion (Gay). Others set up their own churches, but, they still had to pay taxes for the maintenance of the Anglican Church, even though they did not attend there (Gay). Laws demanded people to attend church (Gay), and if they did not, they could be fined, and even imprisoned. Other rules covered clothing, business conduct, education, and recreation (Gay). “Only members of the… established religion were allowed to vote (Gay)”. It is no wonder James Madison was careful about how much control the church would receive. All in all, separation of church and state was established to keep government control in the proper hands, not to forbid the teaching of creationism.

In conclusion, creationism should be taught in public schools because, even though some say it cannot be proven, it is the most reasonable solution to the creation of the world, and, if evolution and the Big Bang Theory can be taught, why not creationism? It has not been proved either. If schools are going to teach unproven theories, then why not add creationism to the list? One might as well tell both sides of the story if they are going to tell it at all. Besides, if Evolutionists are so sure that man came from monkeys, then what are they afraid of?



















Bibliography
“Evolution.” The American Colledge Dictionary. 1964.
Gay, Kathlyn. CHurch and State. Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 1992.
The History of Man. Sanford: Riebers.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1982.
Isaak, Mark. “Five major misconceptions about Evolution.” Talkorigins.org. 1 Oct. 2003. 18 Jan. 2009 <http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-misconceptions.html>.
McIntosh, Kenneth, and Marsha McIntosh. Issues of Church, State, and Religious Liberties. Broomal: Mason Crest Publishers, Inc., 2006.
“Problems for atheistic evolutionists.” Creationtips.com. 10 Nov. 2008. 18 Jan. 2009 <http://www.creationtips.com/evoluwrong.html>.
The Reality of God. Sanford: Riebers.
Roberts, Hill. The Second Law of Thermodynamics. 1986.
Suggs, Bill. “When did the U.S. Government pass a law dictating the separation of church and state? Where can this law be found?” Christiananswers.net. 18 Jan. 2009 <http://www.christiananswers.net/q-wall/wal-g004.html>.
Thompson, Bert. Scientific Evidences of the Bible’s Inspiration. Montgomery: Apologetics Press, Inc., 1981.
Wood, James. We Believe. 2005.





Works Cited
Gay, Kathlyn. CHurch and State. Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 1992.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1982.
“Problems for atheistic evolutionists.” Creationtips.com. 10 Nov. 2008. 18 Jan. 2009 <http://www.creationtips.com/evoluwrong.html>.
Thompson, Bert. Scientific Evidences of the Bible’s Inspiration. Montgomery: Apologetics Press, Inc., 1981.
Wood, James. We Believe. 2005.



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on Jun. 8 2011 at 11:35 am
DesertFox94 BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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I actually know what micro and macro evolution is. 

Viruses can evolve. 

http://www.college.ucla.edu/webproject/micro12/m12webnotes/viralevolution.htm

Like AnneOnnimous said, we didn't evole from apes. We evoled from a common ancestor. Its a misnomer to say that we evoled from apes. 

 

I have done some research. 

http://talkorigins.org/faqs/comdesc/section2.html#past_biogeography_ex3

Ironically, I found this piece on the same websites you have in your bibliography.

 

Creationism shouldn't be taught in school. It is not science. It can not be tried and tested. You say it is more reasonable, although it is not. More often than not, Creationism goes hand in hand with Religion. Also you mention that evolution and the Big Bang are unproven theories. Evolution is a fact. You are essential denying that gravity does not exist when you say that evolution is not possible. As for the Big Bang, it is true that we can not go back to study what happened at the very beginning of time. But we can use science to deteremine the possibilities  of the origins of our universe. Again, Creationism is not science. It is based in religious teachings on how the Earth and Humans originated. Therefore it is inherently biased to the religious group trying to institute it. Science, in itself, is not bias.

 


on Jun. 8 2011 at 10:53 am
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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"All daring starts from within." -Eudora Welty

first of all, there are two types of evolution: micro and macro. micro being the cause of dog breeds and such, macro being the unproved theory that man came from apes. 

and furthermore, viruses aren't even living things, so they couldn't undergo evolution even if they wanted to.

please do more research.


on Jun. 7 2011 at 10:14 pm
DesertFox94 BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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You can't disprove evolution. That's the reason you get flu shots, because organisms are constantly evolving and adatpting to the environment. 

on Jun. 7 2011 at 5:55 pm
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"All daring starts from within." -Eudora Welty

i did lots of research. that's why my paper is called a research paper. there is more research that disproves evolution and the big bang theory than research that "proves" it. perhaps you are the one who needs to do more research.

on Jun. 7 2011 at 4:54 pm
AnneOnnimous BRONZE, Peterborough Ontario, Other
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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."
— John Green

There is no evidence for the Big Bang theory? Nonsense. There are two major facts that can only be explained by it:

1. there is still background radiation from a massive explosion

2. the universe is still expanding

Man didn't come from monkeys; please do more research. We evolved from a common ancestor, as did apes and other primates. And you clearly do not understand survival of the fittest; it only explains how species evolve. The stronger survive in a species, that's all it is.


Lilly said...
on May. 18 2011 at 4:32 pm
You keep on giving evidence which is unreliable. What people say is their opinion, so their words cannot be taken to account as proof. Your missing the point yet aqgain. for all we know the bible is fake so you cant use anything that's init, or anything that people said about it as proof. is that so hard to understand

on May. 18 2011 at 4:29 pm
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
8 articles 1 photo 170 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All daring starts from within." -Eudora Welty

um yes, i did... i gave evidence to support the Bible. here it is, copied and pasted, for all you special people who cant read:

"Of course, there are those out there who question the fact that the Bible is God’s written word. They say that it is nothing but a book written by a bunch of different men. The Bible is made up of sixty six books- thirty nine in the Old Testament and twenty seven in the New- written over a time span of 2,000 years, on three different continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa), in three different languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), however, there are no contradictions. This could only be the work of an all-powerful being. And so it was. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (NKJV). So, basically, God told the writers what to say. He inspired them.

            What proof is there that the Bible was inspired by God? To begin with, in Leviticus 17:11a, Moses said that, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…”, yet this fact was unknown even in George Washington’s day (Thompson). People would use leeches to bleed out supposed ‘bad blood’ to help the sick get well. So, how did Moses know? Secondly, in Ecclesiastes 11:3a and Amos 9:6b, the writers both refer to rain falling from the clouds, but the water cycle was not completely accepted or understood until the 16th century. Pierre Perrault, Edme Marriot, and Edmund Halley all made discoveries on and added data to the idea of a complete water cycle. However, the Bible indicated a water cycle 2,000 years before their discoveries (Thompson). Next, in Job26:7, Job says that the Lord “hangs the earth on nothing.” Back in Job’s day, people had different beliefs on what kept the earth suspended in space, such as four elephants on a giant turtle, or the shoulders of an abnormally strong man. Job was way ahead of his time by suggesting that the earth “hung on nothing” (Thompson) (Job 26:7). How could he have known when everyone else was wrong? And finally, in I Corinthians 15:39, the apostle Paul says, “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.” Paul is right! All four of these fleshes have a different biochemical makeup (Thompson). But how did he know? All of these situations point to one solution: God told the men what to write. So, there is no possible way that the Bible could be made up by men because of the advanced sciences used in it. Given the sufficient evidence, Creationism should be presented alongside other theories of creation."


Lilly said...
on May. 18 2011 at 3:18 pm
no you gave quotes from the bible. but no one really knows if any informtion from the bible is true or not. Your evidence is only based on what the bible has to say but infact no one knows if the bible contains true information. so techincally there is no proof and the bible cant be held as support

on May. 17 2011 at 7:39 pm
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"All daring starts from within." -Eudora Welty

i did give evidence supporting the Bible. please read my article again if you overlooked this.

Lilly said...
on May. 16 2011 at 8:58 pm

clumsy_one123 : no sorry there is only one form of creationism. its hard to make more than one form of it since it's written down in this little thing we call the bible

 

 

if you say that, you are undermining other religions and their holy books or beliefs. There is more than 1 theory on creationism. You believe that the bible is only right, and that's inaccurate because another person can argue their reiligion is better. Your acting a little concieted by saying that but good article. People should be able to express their views, but not  be adamant and whether there are true, because as you said there is no proof on evolution, yet there is no proof that the bible is actually god's language or what not, the bible is not a thing you can use for reference because there is no proof that it is right. 


on May. 16 2011 at 2:44 pm
SemiVeggie SILVER, Bellevue, Washington
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You're a deist?

human6 GOLD said...
on May. 11 2011 at 8:14 pm
human6 GOLD, Fasd, New Jersey
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clumsy hindues have creation as do wiccans and Sikhs creation is in most faiths 

i don't believe in the biblical god i think most of the time it was the devil faking to be god like in egypt 

i think of a cosmic watch maker so i think of evolution with gods help based on the fact that morality goes against a kill or be killed system at first but could be useful after you get into packs and herds but would not evolve in a pack or herd naturally 


on May. 11 2011 at 4:12 pm
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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God made humanity. he can do whatever the heck he wants.

human6 GOLD said...
on May. 11 2011 at 6:16 am
human6 GOLD, Fasd, New Jersey
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If you cannot convince a fascist aquaint his head with the pavement-trotsky
The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world, here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute.“ durry

god commited multiple genocides and violent acts in the bible he should be tried for crimes against humanity 

on May. 1 2011 at 10:53 am
earlybird_8 BRONZE, Roberts Creek, Other
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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Uniformitarianism is a geological theory (opposed to catastrophism), it doesn't have anything to do with evolution. And yeah, of course the fossil record isn't complete. Fossils are incredibly difficult to make, and environmental conditions in any one place don't remain static for millenia. However, the fossil record is complete enough to show a rough outline of previous life on earth; enough to show approximately when different plants and animals existed.

on Apr. 26 2011 at 4:54 pm

That's okay. I too wish I had time to do a lot of things! But anyways, you really are a great writer.

God Bless


on Apr. 26 2011 at 3:36 pm
clumsy_one123 SILVER, Brentwood, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"All daring starts from within." -Eudora Welty

i'll look into it.

I really wish i had time to write another paper. i wrote this one for school so i had to make time.


on Apr. 26 2011 at 1:09 am
Another thing, there is this other site that I looked up the other day and it explains why random mutation doesn't work. Type in Darwinian Evolution Through Random Mutation. Its really interesting and perhaps you could explain some of it to some of evolutionists on this site or show them the site at least.

on Apr. 26 2011 at 1:02 am
Your welcome! Maybe you could write another article on the archaeology finds that support the Bible. You really are a good writer.

startrekfan said...
on Apr. 25 2011 at 4:29 pm
i read it like a year ago when i actually started posting comments