Are You Evolutionized?—Some Facts Behind the Questions

by David Wright on July 9, 2007

In the Answers magazine article Are YOU Evolutionized? you saw eight questions that tested whether or not your thinking has been influenced by evolutionary teachings.

Below are the same eight questions with some facts behind them. You’ll also find a few additional questions. First, you’ll get the evolutionary answer and then an answer in accordance with Scripture.

1. Are tribes in the South American rain forests more primitive humans than we are?

Evolution teaches that some people groups are less advanced (i.e. less evolved) than others because they live in “primitive” conditions. As a result, some of these people groups are labeled “primitive” because of their lifestyle or how they look.

The Bible teaches that all humans are descended from Noah and his sons and that after God confused their language at the Tower of Babel, they spread out all over the earth. Many people groups that came to North and South America carried with them a vast knowledge of mathematics and architecture, and this is evidenced by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Many have admitted that the ancients who lived in the Americas were technologically advanced. However, because of sin, much of that knowledge has been lost.

2. Did dinosaurs live before humans?

Evolution teaches that dinosaurs and humans never lived together and that the dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago.

The Bible shows conclusively that man and dinosaurs lived together before and after the Flood. Since dinosaurs were land animals, that means they were created on Day 6 (i.e. “beasts of the earth”; Genesis 1:24-25). Also, we see remarkable descriptions of an Apatosaurus and a fire-breathing dragon in Job 40:15-24 and Job 41, respectively. See the following articles for more information on this topic: Dragons: animals ... not apparitions and Were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? (Also, see our Get Answers section on Dinosaurs.)

3. Were the people who lived in caves and used simple tools not very intelligent?

Evolution teaches us that because certain people lived in caves and/or used tools made of stone that they were primitive and not as intelligent as we are.

The Bible gives us insight into who these people probably were. They were some of the people groups that left Babel. Because the most convenient place to live short-term while moving and establishing a civilization is caves, many remains of these early settlers are found in caves. Read the following article for more information: The amazing cave people of Malta.

4. Did Noah lack special tools or equipment to build the Ark?

Evolution teaches that Noah was probably a mythical person, and if he was real, his role in the ancient world has been greatly exaggerated. Many teach there was never a global flood and that Noah never built an Ark. Because it is assumed that Noah and the people of his time were more “primitive,” it is also assumed that Noah didn’t have any sort of advanced tools or other machinery that could help him build the Ark.

The Bible teaches that Noah was 600 years old when he entered the Ark. He probably started building the Ark when he was around 500 years old. Not only did God give him directions on how to build the Ark, but Noah had also lived for 500 years and already had a tremendous wealth of knowledge. Scripture indeed tells us that men already knew how to make all sorts of tools (Genesis 4:22 ). See the article Cranes and Lifting Machines for more information.

5. Are the stars older than the earth?

Evolution teaches that the big bang is true. It is also assumed that stars evolved before the earth did. Many believe that because most of the stars are millions and billions of light-years away that they have to be millions and billions of years old since we can see them.

The Bible teaches that the earth was created before the stars. The earth was created on Day 1 (Genesis 1:1-2) and the stars were created on the Day 4 (Genesis 1:14-19 ). See the article How can we see distant stars in a young universe?

6. Is there more than one race?

Evolution has taught in the past that there was more than one race of humans, some being less evolved than others. Though many today would admit there is only one race of humans, based on genetic evidence, some still believe that other people groups are less evolved than others.

The Bible teaches there is only one race: humans (Acts 17:26). But because of sin and the Tower of Babel we speak many different languages and have many different false religions today. Because of these differences many distinct people groups have come about. See the following resources for more information: The Human Kind and Are There Really Different Races?.

7. Does it take millions of years to form fossils, oil, coal, or diamonds?

Evolution teaches that it takes thousands or even millions of years to form fossils, coal, and oil. And that it takes billions of years to form diamonds. If this were true, then radiometric testing of diamonds and coal should show no traceable evidence of Carbon-14.

The Bible teaches us that the earth is only about 6,000 years old. And the recent R.A.T.E. (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) project results show that both coal and diamonds have been found to contain traces of Carbon-14, showing that these had to have formed thousands of years ago—and not millions or billions. It has also been observed that fossils can form in as little as a few weeks. Read the following article for more information: RATE research reveals remarkable results.

8. Did Adam have to learn to speak, read, and write after he was created?

Evolution teaches that humans, even just thousands of years ago, were less advanced than us, and so, they were not nearly as intelligent. It is also believed that language was still being developed and that writing had not been invented yet. Therefore, Adam must have been ignorant when he was first created.

The Bible teaches us that Adam had to have a knowledge base. God created him perfect so that he was able to speak and understand language, especially knowing what death was without experiencing it in some way. He also had to name all of the animals, and it is possible he was able to write as well. In addition, he had to be able to look at the stars to tell what time of the year it was. See the following article for more information: What was Adam like?

9. Is it true that dinosaur and human fossils have never been found in rock layers that are within 200–500 years of each other?

Evolution tells us that the many rock layers we see were slowly and individually formed over millions of years, and since we don’t find dinosaur and human fossils in the same rock layers, that that is proof they lived millions of years apart.

The Bible teaches us that there was a great Flood that killed all the animals and people on earth. And so, the majority of dinosaur fossils we find were created during the Flood. Many of the human fossils we find our probably from the Ice Age that lasted several hundred years after the Flood. So, we do indeed find human and dinosaur fossils within a couple hundred years of each other. Here are some helpful articles: Where are all the human fossils? and If Humans and Dinosaurs Lived Together, Why Don’t We Find Human Fossils with Dinosaur Fossils?

10. Natural Selection and molecules-to-man evolution are pretty much the same thing?

Evolution teaches that natural selection is the main driving force behind molecules-to-man evolution. And because we see natural selection happening today, that proves that molecules-to-man evolution happened in the past.

The Bible teaches that animals were created “according to their kinds.” This means that dogs will always be dogs and cats will always be cats. Recent scientific research has shown that animals, like dogs and wolves, all came from an original “ kind.” Natural selection only “chooses” from preexisting genetic information. And so, in total, there is a net loss of genetic information. There has never been an observed increase in new genetic information that produces an entirely new structure that was not previously present. See the following Get Answers section for more information: Created Kinds (Baraminology) and Natural Selection.

Now you can see why when we believe in God’s Word, we must answer “no” to all of these questions.


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