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My Personal Journey Through Darwinian Evolution

Sitting in public school science class in the fifth grade, I saw a classmate flip through an evolution picture book. The boy excitedly exclaimed that apes could turn into people over time.  I got a dramatic lesson in evolution in that teachable moment. I was converted to the religion of blind chance plus apes equals human beings. It was the year 1966 and I had recently made the transition from Catholic parochial school to public school. I went from being a devout Catholic to budding atheist within a few months.

 

Darwinism is the taproot of secularism. Darwinian evolution is the origins myth of atheism. Darwinism is taught in public schools at taxpayer expense and it destroys the faith of many. I was one of millions of young people who cast aside Christian faith and morals.

 

I was a very serious little boy. Before my embrace of atheism I was very religious and conscientious. I was the teacher’s pet. I observed things. I analyzed and pondered. For years I paid close attention in religion class in Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Katonah, New York. I remember a nun teaching me that Christ was raised from the dead. My parents took me to Saint Mary’s church every Sunday. I went to confession every few months and did acts of contrition as commanded to me by the priests.

 

Paradoxically, I also had a great interest in nature. I loved the outdoor world. I spent countless hours at nearby Todd’s Pond, catching turtles and frogs. I also had an interest in dinosaurs and fossils. My parents took me to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The full scale skeletons of dinosaurs were fascinating for adults, much more so to an impressionable child.

 

I learned about fossils and paleontology at an earlier age than most kids in the New York City suburbs. My inordinate interest in fossils set me up for the public school lessons on atheistic, blind chance, goo to you by way of the zoo, Darwinian evolution. I swallowed it hook line and sinker. The public school teachers seldom mentioned the gaps in the fossil record or the lack of transitional forms.

 

My devout Catholicism fell by the wayside. Atheism seemed so liberating. I didn’t have to obey religious laws, rules, precepts and commands. I could make my own rules and break any rules anytime. I could live for myself and live for pleasure. I began to live recklessly and got into trouble.

 

As a ten year old kid I didn’t do much in the way of grievous sin or varsity venality. As I got older, though, my troubles increased. As I got bigger, my sins got bigger. Foul language and schoolboy pranks grew into drugs, drunkenness and larceny. I was headed downhill fast by the time I arrived on college campus in the fall of ’74.

 

Getting back to my public school lessons on evolution, I found it easy to believe that the accumulation of beneficial mutations in DNA could change one animal into another. We studied genetics in biology class in the ninth grade. It all seemed so simple and so reasonable. Reasonable, that is, until you looked at it a little more closely. In my extensive studies in genetics since those early boyhood years, I’ve come to find out that beneficial genetic mutations are an extremely tiny percentage of the overall number of mutations. Mutations are overwhelmingly destructive to the DNA.

 

Any internet search of genetic diseases will show thousands of diseases and conditions caused by bad mutations. Thousands of diseases caused by genetic mutations are listed on websites all over the internet. There are only a few, perhaps a dozen, beneficial genetic mutations in the human genome being studied. Any geneticist will freely admit that beneficial mutations are extremely rare. Creationists and even many nonreligious scientists see this as a major flaw in the evolution hypothesis. I wish I knew that when I was ten or fifteen or eighteen years old!

 

Also consider that mutations don’t add new information to the DNA that would cause the addition of new biological structures. The mutagenic chemicals and radiation that causes mutations don’t bring new, additional nucleotide base pairs to the DNA. Nucleotide base pairs are like letters of words giving information in DNA. It would take thousands, if not millions of new base pairs added to the DNA to put wings on a lizard to make a bird or add a smart brain to an ape to make a human. Radiation does not add base pairs to DNA.

 

Now, many years after my primary school indoctrination into the church of Darwin, I look at nature in a different way. I see superbly engineered, fine tuned biological structures. I see the retractable poisonous fangs of a snake with its poison bladders and ducts. How could that gradually form, step by step, by accident? I read that it takes 30 muscles to flap the wings of an insect. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is an amazingly complex and inscrutable process in a “simple” lower form of life. These structures are irreducibly complex, meaning that a partially formed organ system such as the fangs of a snake would be very disadvantageous. The fang and poison bladder system of a snake would have to be formed all at once or not at all.

 

Mutations simply shuffle pre-existing base pairs in DNA, usually causing a loss of information. There is virtually never a net gain of any useful information in DNA caused by mutations. Even genetic duplication is just an extra copy of pre-existing base pairs in the DNA.

 

In public school I was not informed of the glaring flaws in the theory of evolution. The genetic evidence and even the fossil evidence that undermined Darwinism was seldom, if ever discussed. There are many skunks in the woodpile of Darwinism. I was not allowed to see them or smell them. Darwinism was taught in a biased way as the dogma of a new secular faith. It would be many years later that I would read scientific literature that exposed the major shortcomings of Darwinism.

 

However, as a young teenager, I began to hear of reports of Christian miracles. There were reliable reports of extraordinary miraculous healings that occurred in answer to prayer. My own father, Paul C. Nugent, told me of some accounts of miracles.

 

The nuns in Catholic school had taught me, back when I was in parochial school, that the prophets foretold the coming of Christ. Fulfillment of prophecy is also a type of miracle. I pondered these things. As a young atheist, hearing about miracles and reflecting on my boyhood Christian training, I began to doubt atheism.

 

I also came to find out that Christ died for our sins. Christ died in our place. The prophets foretold in Isaiah 53 and other Old Testament passages that Christ, in His suffering and death, would bear the penalty of our sins. I never understood that or had it clearly explained to me in my parochial school training in Catholicism. The nuns taught many things from the Bible and from the Catholic catechism but I don’t remember anything on substitutionary atonement.

 

I eventually learned that the Bible teaches that our good works can’t earn salvation. Good works are important but only the atoning death of Christ could pay the penalty of our sins and give us forgiveness of sins and right standing with God.

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (First Peter 3:18).

 

I turned away from my sins as a young man in college and made a commitment to Christ. I received Christ as Savior and I follow Him as Lord. I left evolution behind. I regard Darwinism as a flawed hypothesis. I continue to enjoy nature and I realize that even nature itself, by its very complexity, reveals the work of the Creator. I invite you to turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins.

 

Steps to salvation: Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.

2) Believe that Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you, to take upon Himself the penalty of your sins (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18).

3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins (Romans 10:13).

4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth (John 1:12, Acts 2:38).

5) Follow Jesus Christ as Lord (John 14:15).

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer: 

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask you to forgive me on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.” 

If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA

Christian book, Lawful or Legalistic by Bill Nugent available in paperback!  Info and ordering link available at his website: www.bnugent.org

(C) 2017 William P. Nugent, permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

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The Religion With the Best Miracles Wins

Imagine that you’re in charge of judging a miracle contest. All of the world’s religions are paraded before you and they must present the best evidences of their supernatural power. Which faith has the best miracles?
 
There are hundreds of faiths and philosophies competing for the hearts and minds of people. Which one holds the answers for eternity? The politically correct notion that all faiths are equally true is absurd because all faiths and philosophies contradict each other at their core. The laws of logic tell us that two contradictory statements cannot possibly both be true. Hence if all faiths contradict each other only one faith can be true.
 
How do we know which faith is true? The ultimate meaning of life has to do with being reconciled to God. God is the Creator and the act of creation is the biggest miracle that ever took place. If creation is a miracle and surely it is, then God is the greatest miracle worker of all. It is therefore reasonable to infer that the one true faith will be the faith that is proven by the greatest miracles. The faith with the greatest miracles wins!
 
One major type of miracle is predictive prophecy. The Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, contains thousands of predictive prophecies. I have often written that Jesus Christ came as the promised Messiah of Israel in fulfillment of over 300 predictive prophecies. These 300 prophecies include 62 major prophecies. No religious or political leader in all of world history besides Christ came make this claim. No holy book of any other faith can come anywhere near matching the Bible’s record of prophecy and fulfillment of prophecy.
 
The Koran makes no claim that Mohammed performed any miracles. The New Testament records dozens of miracles performed by Christ in front of eyewitnesses. Miracles still occur today in Christian churches. The miracles occur in answer to the prayers of Christians who pray to the God of the Bible.
 
I’ve written in several DTF articles about the testimonies of people who have stopped UFO abductions by calling out the name of Jesus. I’ve written about the evidence that points to the fact that UFOs are demonic manifestations. Since UFOs are demonic, the way to protect yourself from them is to resist them through the power of Christ. Demons must flee when we resist them in the name of Jesus Christ.
 
Getting back to the matter of predictive prophecies, I’m aware of what the critics say. The skeptics, atheists and other critics say that the predictive prophecies contained in the Bible are worded in a very general way and could infer or imply many things. As for the general nature of the prophecies I freely acknowledge that many of them (not all) are worded in allegorical and poetic terms. That’s why there are so many. When you put all of the prophecies together the portrait of Christ is clear!
 
By the way, not all of the prophecies of Christ are general or vague. Many of the prophecies are astoundingly specific. One example is the 53rd chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah the prophet. This chapter contains twelve references to the fact that Jesus would come to die for the sins of the people. Phrases like “He was wounded for our transgressions” occur over and over again in this passage. Jesus did indeed come and fulfill this passage. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament blood sacrificial system when He took upon Himself the punishment that was due to us for our sins. There are other specific predictions such as in Zechariah 11:12-13 which predicted that Jesus would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver and that the silver would later be rejected.
 
 In addition to the Messianic prophecies there are over 2,000 other Bible prophecies that have been fulfilled or are being fulfilled. These prophecies have to do with the restoration of Israel as a nation (which was fulfilled in 1948) and many other political and social events. Bible prophecies are being fulfilled in our own time!
 
In addition to the prophecies and miracles there are other types of evidence that confirm the divine inspiration of the Bible. Archaeological finds in Israel and other parts of the Middle East confirm the truth of the Bible’s historical narratives. For instance the Bible makes several references to the Hittite people. For decades skeptical archaeologists regarded the Hittites as a nonhistorical people because they saw no record of them in ancient secular documents. Then in the early twentieth century the Hittite empire’s remains were discovered by archaeologists. The Bible was vindicated.
 
The evidence just keeps piling up that proves the truth of the Bible. The prophecies, miracles and archaeological evidence confirms that the Bible is inspired by God. The Bible is the foundation of western civilization. The sanctity of life, freedom, dignity and human rights are derived from the Bible. Most important of all, Christianity gives the message of salvation by which we receive the forgiveness of sins and entrance into heaven. Christianity has the ring of truth and this is confirmed by the fact that it has the best miracles.

Steps to salvation:
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)
To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner and I repent and ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!