Magic, Science, and Great Mysteries

The goal of a magician is to get the observer to eliminate the most obvious solution while performing a trick. For instance, the magician will display empty hands or an ordinary scarf before putting something back into his hand (which you assume is still empty) or switching to a trick scarf (which you assume is still ordinary). His skill as a magician depends upon getting the observer to disregard the correct answer so that the mystery remains. Evolutionists do the same thing by ignoring divine intervention when considering the origin of life.

Occasionally news magazines publish lists of life’s great mysteries. U.S. News and World Report gave its 8/18/97 issue to the analysis of 18 “Great Science Mysteries”. Yet these mysteries are not at all mysterious if you assume the Bible is true. They are only mysteries if the correct answer has been eliminated before starting the scientific investigation!

One of these “great mysteries” was titled, “Is there life on other planets?” Most biochemists know the answer to this question, but they have been trained not to consider the obvious. Life is far too complex to have developed by natural processes. The information inherent within any living cell requires direct intervention from an outside intelligence (God). Furthermore, even with billions of dollars and thousands of scientists attempting to produce life using purified chemicals and sophisticated laboratory equipment, not one scientist has ever come remotely close to producing a living organism from a mixture of chemicals.1 Yet we are supposed to believe that it is happening by random processes all over the universe!

Another “mystery” was – “How old is the universe”? Subsequent Search for the Truth articles will explain why no dating method is 100% reliable because all are based on unprovable assumptions. Furthermore, the vast majority of dating methods indicate that the earth is thousands, not billions, of years old. A straightforward reading of scripture would indicate that the earth has only been around for about 6000 years. A thorough understanding of dating methods, shows this to be a perfectly reasonable scientific position. Dr. Russell Humphreys, a highly regarded Ph.D. Physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, has even shown mathematically how Einstein’s relativity laws explain why the universe “looks” billions of years old, yet could have been created quite recently.2

Science cannot even explain why both males and females exist. This is because evolutionists assume that all life came from a sexless single celled organism. Evolution can not explain why (or how) this cell should ever have turned into two radically different types of creatures (male and female). Again the Biblical answer is obvious and straight forward. Sex was created by God and no creature other than a female can provide a suitable mate for a man. The obvious seems too simple for the atheistic mind for, as the Bible also notes, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”(Psalm 14:1).

Another scientific “mystery” (which the Bible answers) is, “what caused the ice ages”? Creationists have demonstrated for years that the worldwide flood was accompanied by massive volcanism and an increased ocean water temperature. This would cause both massive destruction of life (which we find as fossils all over the world) and greatly increased evaporation rates. The increased evaporation rate and volcanic cloud cover would have caused a build-up of snow in northern latitudes. The inevitable consequence of this, in any global climate model, is an ice age lasting for centuries.3

Almost all of the other “mysteries” also disappear when applying a straightforward Biblical world view. They are only mysteries when, like the magician preparing an audience for a magic trick, the correct answer has been eliminated from consideration before the investigation begins.

1. Michael Behe, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, Free Press, 1996.
2. Russell Humphreys, Starlight and Time, Master Books, 1994.
3. Michael Oard, The Evidence for Only One Ice Age – Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Creation, 1994.