Parade of Nations Proves Bible, NOT Evolution
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
The 10,500 athletes from 204 different countries of the world paraded through the stadium in a display of cultural and ethnic diversity which has come to mark the celebration of youthful perfection and human achievement that is the Olympic Games. Their uniforms reflected that diversity – with sarongs, pantaloons, vests and hats festooned with the colors, styles and decorations of their respective nations.
The games are a celebration of “every tribe, every tongue, and every nation”, to use biblical phraseology. Except that this pageantry of celebration is a gathering in “the spirit of the world” – a triumphant declaration of “humanism”. There is no official acknowledging of the Creator responsible for beauty and variety in life. At this most recent Olympics, they didn't even allow a moment of silence in remembrance of the tragic slaying 40 years ago of Israeli athletes by Islamic terrorists at the Munich Olympics! As with other worldly concerns, truth gives way to the fear of offending certain sensibilities. What is allowed – and celebrated – is the glorification of the “flower” of humanity.
Yet, the truth is that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass: the grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25a). The truth is that we are merely creatures of God, the Creator. The truth is also that God made us in His image for relationship. And the truth is that death is the consequence of a morally corrupted and rebellious creation which exalts itself against our Maker.
Humanism is indeed a rebellious tendency of mankind – going all the way back to the confusion of languages and dispersion from the Tower of Babel. And official, modern-day Humanism appeals heavily to evolution for its support. For example, the first two tenets of the “Humanist Manifesto”, written in 1933, read like this:
“First: Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.
Second: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.”
But if evolution were true, human-like characteristics should have evolved multiple times in multiple forms, with clearly superior forms eclipsing others. This is what Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler believed and applied at the Berlin Olympics of 1936. Those of Jewish and Gypsy heritage were not allowed on the German national team. And the Nazis were sure the Germans would perform the best because of evolutionary superiority. (Note the subtitle of Darwin’s famous publication The Origin of Species: The Preservation of the Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.)
In fact, Germany won the Berlin Olympics, with notable and famous exceptions in many events – such as Jesse Owens. Yet, today we see many different ethnicities doing very well at the Olympics, and what has become clear through genetic science is that evolutionary theory has failed again in a primary prediction. Multiple “forms” of humanity have not evolved separately, but human beings are all people “of one blood”, with limited variation, talents and proclivities distributed over a wide range. The Bible is correct, while evolution is simply a vain pseudo-science. According to Luke, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…” (Acts 17:26a).
A recent genetic study (Nature, July 2012) has confirmed the peopling of the Americas from Asia. The study looked at the genetic data from 52 Native American and 17 Siberian groups collected over the past 30 years, screened against populations from elsewhere. They used a technique called “DNA sequencing”, analyzing 364,470 “single nucleotide polymorphisms” (SNPs) to verify that the Americas became populated when people arrived from Siberia over a land bridge to Alaska, spreading to the tip of South America in just a few thousand years.
The technique capitalizes on variations of SNPs common to one geographical or ethnic group while being much rarer in another. Such variations are exploited in “DNA fingerprinting” for forensic science and is becoming useful to detect genetic vulnerability to certain diseases.
When correctly applied and interpreted, science affirms biblical truth – in this case, the dispersion of people over the face of the earth versus independent instances of evolution. We just need to realize that so much pseudo-science exists as well, with evolution being a prime example. At Creation Moments, we work to proclaim this truth against the lies of the “spirit of the world”. And we depend on you to for your prayers and gifts in this great cause of our times.
Thank you and God bless you for standing with us!