Recently, Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. of Georgia used those very words in a talk he gave at the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, GA. While giving his personal testimony, he uttered the words that ignited a firestorm of controversy. “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell … lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” It would be good to keep in mind the context in which these words were given – a Baptist church, with a predominantly Christian audience; not a public venue or political event – yet that simple statement has offended those with opposing views.
Broun asserted that, “a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old; I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says” (emphasis YOM). This 40-second comment out of a 47-minute talk has drawn a barrage of fire from the “other” side.
CNN in their “belief BLOG” said, “Scientists say that the Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old and that the universe dates back 13.7 billion years.” The Science Guy, Bill Nye, also felt obliged to opine on the comment. In an email to the Huffington Post, Nye said, “Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun's views are not in the national interest … the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old … He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.” Unqualified? Really? Paul Broun has a B.S in chemistry from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. These schools are not exactly bastions of creationism! Furthermore, what Nye forgets (or is unwilling to recognize) is that science, space, and technology have advanced in spite of evolutionary thinking. In fact, many of the early scientists upon whose shoulders modern science stands were creationists!
On October 11, 2011, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN once again returned to the subject. This time, they invited two science experts for comment: Bill Nye and Jason Lisle of the Institute for Creation Research. As one might guess, more time was allotted to the evolutionist Bill Nye who, in commenting on creationism, said, “It’s very much like saying the earth is flat; it’s not flat. You can show that; you can prove that to yourself. The claim that it’s 9000 years is not off a million years; it’s off by a factor of a million. It is extraordinarily wrong.” The reporter, Lisa Sylvester, goes on to quote Nye as saying, “The earth is four and a half billion years old … we know that because of something called radiometric dating that determines the age of meteorites and asteroids. We can also look at fossils and the layering of the earth, and dinosaurs are believed to have roamed the earth 225 million years ago.” “Still many in the country brush aside the empirical evidence.” the reporter lamented. She cited a Gallop pole finding that 46% of Americans believe in creationism, 32% believe in “God-guided” evolution, and only 15% believe in atheistic evolution.
In his 35-second allotment of airtime, Jason Lisle offered a provocative question for the audience to ponder. “The idea that the universe is just sort of a big cosmic accident – well, if that’s the case, then why would it obey laws, like E=MC2? That’s kind of convenient, isn’t it? I mean, if it’s just a big cosmic accident, why would it obey nice, neat mathematical laws that the human mind can understand? It doesn’t make sense for it to be just a big explosion. It makes sense that it was created by the mind of God.” Dr. Lisle actually offered arguments against Nye’s views. On YOM's Facebook post, Lisle said, “They cut about 95% of what I said in the interview - including specific examples from science that confirm creation. I also refuted radiometric dating as an infallible method, pointing out that it gives wrong answers on rocks of known age. And I gave specific examples that confirm a young earth, c-14 in diamonds, etc. I gave concise, sound-bite answers, so they could have used many more,” but those comments were not aired. You can watch the entire news clip here.
Is evolution a lie?
David Hull says:
I am 72 years old and have disbelieved in evolution since 1957 when I attended a lecture from one of the then world renouned evolutionists say, "We know that evolution cannot possible be true, but have to believe it because we do not want to believe the only alternative." Since then I have been looking for confirmation of this man's statement. Thanks to ICR and Answers in Genesis I have found such evidence multiple times over.
Al Owens says:
Evolution is the biggest hoax ever pulled on the human race and the human intellect. One of the most dangerous forces in the world is an assumption stated as a fact. In zoology class in the Fall of 1963 I asked my teacher, who was teaching evolution and the Big Bang theory, some questions such as, "Where did all those gases that cooled come from? After they solidified what force caused them to explode? If the fragments of that explosion became planets, etc., what force put them in their orbits in such an organized manner? And what caused Earth not only to settle into its orbit around the sun but also to start rotating on its axis? The teacher could not answer these questions. The evolutionists, as far as I know, still can't offer satisfactory explanations for these phenomena.
Brendan Weiss says:
Where can I find this "Gallop pole" referred to in the article?
Elinor Rector says:
Interesting how Nye rhymes with Lie! It's all in a name, right?
Lyell, Darwin/lose...And yes, Evol/Devilution is a Lie from the
pit of Hell, and all who follow it will go there!
"But the cowardly and unbelieving...and all liars, shall have thier
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the
second death." Revel. 21:8. "For without are dogs, and sorcerers....
and whosoever loveth and maketh/desires a lie." Rev. 22:15.
Robert Byers says:
Amen from Canada to this Congressman. finally a politician who strikes back at the bad guys.
Evolution is false, anti-Christian and worthless in advancing mankind.
Creationism must at least be brought to equal treatment in public institutions.
Creationism is about Christian faith first.
Attacking it is attacking religious faith of the peoples.
everyone has to live with each other and right now evolutionism has been hiding its head in the sand.
I saw the newslink. I think that it was an unfair treatment of Jason Lisle and the creationist viewpoint. He obviously had more to say than what was shown. Also, it is ironic that a less educated person (Bill Nye) is calling the more educated person (The Congressman) "not qualified". That's like a high school football coach telling Troy Polamalu that he's not qualified to play football because he is trying to implement a weight free workout. Absolutely ridiculous!
Yes, evolution is a lie. Jesus Christ states in John 14:6 that he is the truth, and in John 17:17 He states that God's Word is truth. So anything that goes against the Word of God is a lie. And that would include evolution.
Evolution is nothing more than a belief about how things started, based on assumptions of man. Creation is a belief about how things started, but it is based on the eye-witness account of none other than the Creator Himself.
Neither can be observed or repeated in research; both have to be accepted by faith. Evolution is a religion, not science or a scientific fact.
I find it quite interesting that many have come to faith due to the cosmological argument for God.
Ben, concerning cosmology I see developments that could undermine and weaken the teaching of billions of years for the evolution of the universe and support the Congressman’s comments about evolution in general.
1. Variable Speed of Light Theory or VSL - Variable speed of light theory or VSL is still being pursued by Magueijo, J. as a solution to the horizon problem in the big bang model. NASA ADS Abstract, Bimetric varying speed of light theories and primordial fluctuations, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009PhRvD..79d3525M, Feb-09
2. Special Relativity may not be the speed limit claimed. "ScienceDaily (Oct. 10, 2012) — University of Adelaide applied mathematicians have extended Einstein's theory of special relativity to work beyond the speed of light." "Einstein's theory holds that nothing could move faster than the speed of light, but Professor Jim Hill and Dr Barry Cox in the University's School of Mathematical Sciences have developed new formulas that allow for travel beyond this limit.“ Extending Einstein's Theory Beyond Light Speed, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121010092742.htm.
My observation - This could have application for creationists like solving the distant starlight problem in a young universe. Perhaps Dr. Jason Lisle's ASC model could use. Perhaps during the Creation Week in Genesis 1, c was different or the same and Special Relativity speed restrictions on star formation and expansion rates of gas clouds and galaxy rotations did not apply. Thus spiral galaxies could form abruptly and not take millions of years to assemble as current big bang cosmology interprets.
YOM here is my answer to your question, Is evolution a lie?
Romans 1:18-20 (ESV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
In verse 18, “suppress” in the Greek is the present active participle of katecho, Strong’s G#2722. The present participle stresses continuous action and katecho means:
I. trans. to hold fast, Hes.
2. to hold back, withhold, Hom.:—to check, restrain, control, bridle, Hdt., Att.:—Pass. to be held down, to be bound, kept under, Hdt. - ref Liddell, H. (1996). A lexicon: Abridged from Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English lexicon (421). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
The doctrine of evolution fits the description of Paul’s teaching in Romans 1:18-20 as well as many other sinful acts and deeds. Evolution doctrine today is a continuous action at holding down or holding back the truth of God in Creation. It is willful and deliberate. Those who advocate and teach this doctrine are “without excuse” before God.
Piltdown Superman says:
The "reporter" was full of fallacies. She was saying how he disagrees with what science says (reification), and gave the impression that scientists are in agreement on evolutionism. Also, the lie about radiometric dating, it is NOT conclusive nor is it consistent. How about all those other dating methods that conflict with it? Plus, the voice was dripping with sarcasm. Another reason I don't watch the Communist Noose Network.