by James Merritt

Creation or Evolution: What Really Happened?
James Merritt
Genesis 2:4-7


1. Robert Ingersoll, the atheist, once visited the great preacher Henry Ward Beecher who took him into his study to show him some of his theological books.

2. In Beecher's study there was this magnificent globe of the world with all of the mountains and the valleys painted in. It was a beautiful work of art.

3. Ingersoll, who was a very bright man and very highly educated, looked at the globe and said, ''Dr. Beecher, that's one of the most beautiful pieces of work I have ever seen. Who made it for you?''

4. Beecher smiled and said, ''Oh, nobody made it, it just happened.''

5. Now Dr. Beecher's point is well taken. Because either this universe was created, or, it just happened. The entire creation-evolution debate which has been raging hotly for over a century, can be summarized by this question: Are the first two chapters of Genesis literally true or not? Were we created supernaturally by a sovereign act of God? Or, did we evolve by chance from a cosmic accident?

6. Now I want to define precisely and carefully what I mean by the term evolution. Evolution is the theory that all forms of life, as we know them today, came from one common ancestor. The evolutionist wants us to believe that out of non-life came life, whether it be by a cosmic explosion or a big bang, or by the transfer of an alien seed of life from another planet, and that somehow this initial cell evolved into a fish, and this fish evolved into an amphibian. This amphibian evolved into a reptile; this reptile evolved into a mammal; this mammal evolved into a bird; this bird evolved into an ape, and the ape evolved into a human being. In essence, the evolutionist wants us to believe that nothing, times nobody, equals everything.

7. The best way to summarize the evolutionary theory is with a little poem that I heard years ago:

Once I was a tadpole beginning to begin,
And then I was a fro ...

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