The theory of Evolution can be divided into two categories: Microevolution and Macroevolution. As with all of Satan’s deceptions, he has mixed truth and error together in order to deceive. Microevolution fits perfectly in the creation model, but Macroevolution is a gross misconception. It is what one generally thinks of when the term Evolution is heard.
Macroevolution is a major change over a long period of time, involving the origin of new types of organisms from previously existing, but different, ancestral types. An example of this theory is the belief that man evolved from apes, and that all life evolved from single-celled organisms over millions of years. This was Satan’s masterpiece to do away with God and His Word. This theory is
dangerous, as it places man on the same level with animals and does away with accountability to a creator God for our actions. Some Christians today have accepted this theory in an amalgamated form where they believe that God created the building blocks for life and then left them alone to evolve over millions of years to what it is now.
Microevolution means a small change within a species or group. Change happens, but the descendant is still clearly of the same type as the ancestor. This change might be better called variation or adaptation, but the changes are horizontal in effect, not vertical. In other words, the change does not result in a higher life form. Microevolutionary changes may be due to a number of processes, the most common of which is Natural Selection.
Natural Selection is a term coined by Charles Darwin that supposedly explains how change happens in his theory of Evolution. Because this term is linked with the theory of Evolution, it is often thought ill of by Creationists. In reality, Darwin stole the principle of Natural Selection from creationist writers of his day. It has never been proven to function in the false theory of Macroevolution. In the process of Natural Selection, a trait within the present variety is selected as the best for a given set of conditions. This trait usually gives the organism a survival advantage over others of its kind lacking this trait. In a short period of time, this trait becomes fixed in a local population, resulting in a new subspecies, morph, or race. When this kind of difference in a species occurs, science is quick to declare the result a separate species, even though they are really variations of the original species.
The Creator gave the ability for enormous variety within each created kind to allow for survival in the myriad of habitats and environments that are the result of sin and the flood. But He set natural limits to genetic change so that a population of organisms can vary only so much. "Science is ever discovering new wonders; but she brings from her research nothing that, rightly understood, conflicts with divine revelation." Education, 128. "The deepest students of science are constrained to recognize in nature the working of infinite power. But to man’s unaided reason, nature’s teaching cannot but be contradictory and disappointing. Only in the light of revelation can it be read aright. ‘Through faith we understand.’ Hebrews 11:3." Ibid., 134.
David Arbour writes from DeQueen, Arkansas.