TITLE: A Symphony of Miracles Chapter 11 Beyond it all 4/1/14
By Richard McCaw
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Beyond it all
A middle-aged couple once held large family celebrations at their fine ten room residence on the Jamaican hills, where a well-cared for garden overlooked the valley that stretched to the southern coasts. But years later, with the inevitable deterioration of everything, its beauty soon fled and decay shouted from rotting carpets, while red ants infested the floors under a leaking roof. The couple by then had gone to their eternal home, and were hardly remembered, as the world marched on.
The evidence of degeneration spreads throughout all nature and nothing anywhere remains forever. My grandmother used to say, “Nothing lasts forever but the Word of God!” The idea that things evolve into a better state is fallacious, and without scientific evidence.
Sacred scripture recounts man’s rebellion and the terrible consequences for our race. “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Discern for yourself now if those words are true or not.
Certainly they do not indicate an evolving upward, but a devolving downward, which the science of plants confirms. Every seed first dies in the earth, then resurrects to produce after its kind. Molested by weeds and pests, cumbered by thorns and thistles, it grows old, and finally returns into the ground from which it came. If it does not bear fruit, it is chopped down, cast into the fire, disappears from earth and is forgotten.
Visit any auto shop. See rusting, patched up cars that eventually will be abandoned and sold to the junk yard. With battery still corroding, cushioned seats soiled and disintegrating, it will totter like an old man along the way.
Solomon has left for us God’s verdict for everything animate and inanimate in the universe: ALL IS VANITY. A preacher once told us as young people that the word ‘vanity’ could be translated “soap bubble.” He kept repeating the solemnity of the brevity of all things, “Soap bubble of soap bubbles; all is soap bubbles!” Like beautiful soap bubbles that glisten in the sun, whatever we can see with our natural eyes only lasts for a few thrilling moments, then goes poof’ and disappears. All material things are made of dust and are condemned by the Creator to degenerate
But is man, the highest of the animal kingdom (according to the evolutionist), exempt from this catastrophe? If you have not discovered it yet, man does not evolve, has not evolved, and will never evolve into something better. No amount of struggle will cause him to escape the fate of the curse of rusting out, corrosion of his body parts, and finally death. In fact, W.E. Lammerts, a geneticist and specialist in the breeding of ornamental plants, has written that “long continued study of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, indicates that most mutations are lethal.”
Theodisius Dobzhansky commented, “The classical mutants obtained in Drosophila usually show deterioration, breakdown, or disappearance of some organs. Mutants are known which diminish the quantity or destroy the pigment in the eyes, and in the body reduce the wings, eyes, bristles, and legs. Many mutants are, in fact, lethal to their possessors. Mutants which equal the normal fly in vigor are a minority, and mutants that make a major improvement of the normal organization in the normal environments are unknown.” Duane Gish, a member of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists in his book “Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!” has also asserted that “very often a mutation proves to be lethal, and they are almost universally harmful.”
The idea that anything in this universe evolves through struggle to survive, to be fitter than the last generation, is ludicrous to say the least. Man is always seeking new antidotes, antibiotics, and inventions to drive away disease and death. Besides, every new invention has side effects, and something within human biology resists the antidote, so that a new strain of bacteria emerges that screams at us, “You are doomed to die! We will conquer you, and if you find a new antibiotic, we will cause degeneration to continue.” Degeneration does not climb upwards but sinks to levels of destruction in the human frame.
As I studied history at school, I realized that men have not evolved into better human beings. The holocaust, the rise of communism and other repressive regimes, dictatorships and nations that destroy each other, the hatred that exists in human relationships, the breakdown of family life, the injustices enshrined in governmental constitutions to abuse people, reveal the remarkable propensity to decline socially in every part of the world. Economic decline in every nation only confirms biblical revelations of disintegration in the last days.
As you watch the news and hear of earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and nations devouring each other, it is hard to avoid the inescapable conclusion that all things do not become better but worse.
According to scientists, the universe is running downward, marching steadily on its way to an ultimate heat death. Our sun, they say, is burning off its own mass at a rate of four million tons per second.
As a child, I understood that all material things seemed to progress toward disintegration, and therefore must have had a beginning. Although I could not explain the sun, I knew its warmth and light were very real. I later understood that the universe was certainly not eternal, and would come to an end one day. I, therefore, concluded that it must have had a cause.
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