I wrote this in response to today’s WordPress prompt: Masks. Then, since the article naturally divides into two part, I’ve posted them separately for easier reading and commenting.
PART B: A Simple-Brained Creature Examines Evolution
As I said in Part A, it was thinking about the fantastic variations in the warbler world that lead me into all these musings about genetics, DNA, and evolution.
According to the theory of evolution, as we were taught it in school, the earth was sterile. The basic elements were present, but totally dead. Then one day a cell floating in the ocean came alive.
I can hardly comprehend that a tiny pebble, a drop of water, or any other basic element of earth, would suddenly come alive. And then, not just live but have the capability to reproduce? Did that first cell divide — or did it mate? Mind-boggling. Human cells divide all the time, according to the direction of the DNA. Any living cell —even a one-celled life form — must have DNA.
So where did the DNA come from on this sterile planet?
And then, could this new one-celled being contain in its DNA enough variation to produce a man, a dinosaur, a kangaroo, a mouse, a bird, a butterfly, a reptile, a tree, a flower, a watermelon? According to evolutionists, all these and more eventually evolved from that one cell. I turn this thought over in my mind and come up with another question:
If the DNA to produce such variety were present in this initial one-celled creature, why did it take millions of years (according to the theory) to show up? These days if you have in one couple the DNA for red-hair and black hair, you’ll see this variation in the offspring — and definitely in the grandchildren, where other DNA is mixed in to produce an amazing display.
However, if the DNA to produce all that variation didn’t exist in that first living cell, from where did it come? It must have been added to the mix as time went on — but how? Can DNA that wasn’t initially present in a cell — like the DNA for scales or feathers or fur — somehow come into it? More mind boggling.
Some talk about genetic mutations and we see this happening today. We see mutations such as produce dwarfs, albinos, people with a sixth toe, etc. A child may have a harelip just like great-great-grandpa, but we never see a baby born with a beak, red eyes, a mask, a forked tongue, or talons. The DNA just isn’t there to produce this kind of variation.
According to most religions there is a Creator — God if you will — who designed all the creatures of the earth and gave each the particular genetics of their species, with potential for some variation, as well as the ability to reproduce after their kind. And we see that He gave each species a DNA capable of some variation. And He gave them life.
Now this is easy for me to grasp. Nothing mind-boggling here — if we can accept that God always was, even before the earth was.
It seems like the whole theory of evolution is a mask for “We won’t believe in God.”
(Some folks claim the evolutionary theory’s originator, Charles Darwin, is said to have disclaimed it before he died. However, I don’t have actual proof of this. He classified himself as an agnostic.)