One of the most widely used arguments against creationism and Christianity in general is that we are often accused of drawing conclusions through irrational logic. For example, the argument that one can look around and see very clearly that the intricacies of the world could not have become such a wonder without a higher power at play can be dumbed down by evolutionists to the phrase, “they believe in God because nature.”
It’s a silly sounding phrase, one that is modernized to sound even sillier by excluding the word “of” before nature, but it works very nicely as a conversation-ender. In reality, the same can be applied to evolutionary theory. There are so many examples of things that simply do not make sense through an evolutionary worldview, but thanks to the ultimate generic solution, time, they’ve convinced themselves that anything is possible.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that certain things simply do not make sense without higher intelligence, even the intelligence of man. For example, there are certain dog breeds that have very specific traits. These traits would not have been possible to pop up naturally through evolution without the manipulation of man and breeding techniques over decades, even centuries.
A better example is the Belgian Blue, a breed of cattle that would most likely die out if it weren’t for the influence of humans. Because they have a gene mutation that is continued through breeding that give them “double muscles” even while still in the womb, Caesarean sections are very common. If it weren’t for the manipulation of humans, they would die out.
We can see clearly through science that animals can be guided to take on certain traits, particularly when genetic mutations occur that can be used to benefit humans if applied appropriately. That’s the key. These mutations often require a guiding force to make them work. The Blue Belgian would not exist without human manipulation.
An article earlier this month from Science News starts off with a familiar tone:
Orchid mantises have evolved into a fake flower that out-flowers the real thing. The insects don’t seem to be mimicking any real flower found so far, but have invented something even fancier.
Which is it? That’s the problem with evolution. It requires both to make things work. Is it possible that a genetic defect caused the insect to appear to be a fake flower? Yes. Is it possible that they could be “shown” (as compared to inventing the process, which is a ludicrous statement for a science publication to assert) to use this trait to improve their hunting and survival abilities? Yes.
Is it possible for an animal, let alone an insect, to notice a genetic flaw and turn it into a strength through their own invention? Absolutely not. No scientist would make that claim.
How, then, do evolutionists take God out of the equation to have a mantis that evolved into a flower-mimicking hunter? Time. It’s the equalizer. Given enough time, anything is possible in the world of science. It’s a convenient tool because it makes people suspend their disbelief by applying inconceivable amounts of time. In our lives of 120 years or less, it’s impossible for us to imagine what can happen to a species over thousands or millions of years, so we take the scientists’ word on it. For their part, the scientists have the ultimate non-observable phenomenon to cloud their own vision.
With the murky waters of time introduced to any equation, evolution becomes difficult to disprove. It’s not because of logic or observable science. It’s because of the inherent ability of vast amounts of time to displace common sense. If you think really hard about the orchid mantis, you’ll realize that there’s no common sense way that it could have turned pink and learned to mimic a flower in order to survive. Traits are genetic, so to think that one mantis figured it out is a stretch but arguably possible, but to say that this trait somehow manifested into an entire species is naive.
Then, to see that this type of trait “evolved” in a dozen different species across Asia and Africa makes the odds astronomical. However, people won’t question it. In fact, they’ll use it to embrace evolution even further because of lines like the lead in this article on This Is Colossal:
In an unparalleled feat of natural selection the Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) from Southeast Asia has evolved to look almost exactly like an orchid flower in order to lure unsuspecting prey. If looking like a plant isn’t impressive enough the clever insect also changes color from pink to brown according to its environment.
Watch the video below and ask yourself if the precision and very specific way in which this creature has “evolved” could have happened through a combination of natural selection, genetic mutation, evolutionary progress, smart insect technique training, and, of course, the equalizer – common-sense-blinding amounts of time:
(This article is part of the Compassion and Fear Series)