Evolution has been defined as a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler state to a higher, more complex one. The process of human evolution, then, is the theory that our origin comes from simpler, preexisting types of life forms, and that differences are due to modifications in successive generations, from simpler to more complex. While there are many who insist on this theory as the only view of human origins, more and more scientists are acknowledging its problems, and are advocating the possibility of intelligent design. Evolution can be guilty of circular reasoning, with arguments offered in favor of it assuming as true those tenets it seeks to authenticate. Many of its dating procedures, which are often expressed with great certainty, are also based on evolutionary models. This explains why so much of the dating of evolutionary discoveries is so ancient. "Give it enough time," it is reasoned, "and it will happen."

Does time solve all problems with evolution? If you have enough millions of years, will it happen? In biochemist Michael Behe's book, Darwin's Black Box, it is argued how many cellular systems are "irreducibly complex" at the molecular level, and as such could not have come about by the gradual step by step processes of evolution, by mutation and natural selection, by giving those systems more time. In order to evolve, multiple systems would have to arise simultaneously, and the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning. Evolution has no explanation for such irreducible complexity. Darwin himself said, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." Instead of existence by chance or accident, such systems argue for intelligent design.

Of course, evolution and Scripture can never be reconciled. When God created male and female, the Bible clearly states he didn't go to existing animal life to do so. "And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7, ASV). Humanity was created separate and apart from the animal world. We are created in the image of God, which gives sanctity to life, and purpose for our existence, something evolution can never do. Indeed, as Scripture, the inspired word of God declares, "For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalm 139:13-14).

Human theories will come and go, but only the word of God abides forever (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:24-25). May we never have our faith shaken by the fallible and incomplete knowledge of human reasoning, when we can stand secure and steadfast on the confirmed word of God. "Yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, 'That thou mightest be justified in thy words, and mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment'" (Romans 3:4).

Robert Johnson, Longview, TX