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Why We Oppose Francis Collins as Head of the National Institutes of Health

Many Christians are rejoicing that President Obama has appointed Dr. Francis Collins as head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After all, Collins is both a respected, accomplished scientist - who achieved fame as head of the Human Genome Project - and he is an evangelical Christian. But here at Creation Moments, we're not overjoyed by the president's pick.

Why? As Chuck Colson pointed out in his "Breakpoint" commentary yesterday, Collins "is an evolutionary theist who believes in the common descent of all life. His book, The Language of God, tries to harmonize evolution and Christianity in a way that I simply cannot agree with.... He also is in favor of certain kinds of embryonic stem cell research. Again, I could not disagree with him more."

And neither could we. While we do not doubt Collins' sincerity and love for the Lord, we know the damage that can be done by someone who attempts to straddle the fence between two opposing worldviews. Just look at his stance on embryonic stem cell research. Our prayer is that Collins will eventually make a choice between the two worldviews and that he will end up as an evolution-rejecting, Bible-believing creationist. But until that time comes, Collins will only give added respectability to theistic evolution, a viewpoint that we feel is just as harmful as pure Darwinism itself.

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Dr. Collins is a complex character. He came to faith late in life, having been educated IAW the evolutionist paradigm, where evolution is considered "the unifying principle of all science." To move from this paradigm to the one in which biblical creation is the "unifying principle of all science," requires a "renewing of the mind," as St. Paul put it (Romans 12:2), the work of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for his Christian growth. It may be God has work for him!

While I do not want to seem unsympathetic to those swayed by evolutionary thought, it is not even possible that the Lord used evolution to form creation. The Bible clearly stipulates that all living beings and all living plants were created, each after its own kind. That pretty much puts the snuff on thinking that Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, put some sludge down here and waited millions of years for it to "evolve" into higher life forms. It also agrees with science, which shows that DNA is coded to replicate specific life forms, each after its own kind.

It's unsound thinking to limit God by making him rely on evolution. Peter clearly warned us to stay away from such ignorance: "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." (2 Pet. 3:5-6)

Peter points out that the earth was created by the word of the Lord, and that it is the Flood, not evolution, that we see documented in the fossil record.

As for the supposed millions of years of creation, Peter also stipulates that one day of the Lord is as a thousand of our years, so you can pretty much kiss millions of years good-bye unless you want to call Peter a liar.

I'm not going to do that, are you?

I'm glad that Dr. Collins did not give up his intellect when he became a man of faith. It is rather obvious to all who study the subject with an open mind that evolution is responsible for the development of life on earth. In becoming a Christian, Dr. Collins has chosen not to close his mind to the obvious. His only choice then is to reconcile the facts of evolution and the myths of the bible, This is what he has done.

There is no evidence of evolution. If evolution were true, DNA within a species would add genetic inheritable characteristics that are radically different from the existing species in an advantageous way. This does not happen. DNA codes to replicate a species, not to make it branch out and become multiple species over time.

Evolution claims that all things -- living and nonliving -- came from unidentified material with uncertain origins. Then this material spontaneously branched out into everything. That's not science. Science can be tested and proved. Science requires solid, consistent, identifiable evidence, not postulated maybes that happened sometime millions of years ago but which are not happening now.

The DNA code's function is to reproduce within kinds. This is happening now. This is testable, solid evidence that agrees with the word of God. Science backs up the Bible, not the theories of men.

It's evolutionists who are abandoning the facts of real, observable science, not creationists. It's evolutionists who leave their intellect behind, buried in the sediment of postulated millions of years, while they close their minds to the obvious facts of today.