Hello, dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today I want to clarify something that is essential to the debate on Creation verses Evolution. The difference between macro and micro evolution. I think we’ve probably touched on this in previous posts but I wanted to highlight the issue, and work through why the disctinction is so imperative. It’s actually the logical fallacy of equivocation that many in the secular world commit when they use the term evolution in both the macro and micro sense without differenciating between the two.
As believers we need to recognize this, as it takes what appears to be a solid conclusion on the unbelievers part, and shows where it no longer follows. We also need to be the loudest voice for reason, as Christians who follow the God who created a logical, orderly, universe, we ought to mantain a logical course of dialogue. This is relatively difficult when addressing the worldview thats largely given up logic, and reason, prefering post modernisms war against absolutes. However, this is all the more reason to cling to logic when reasoning with the lost, as we are a pecular people, set apart. We do not conform ourselves to this world, and should not give up reasonable argumentation simply because many do not like it.
Let’s define some terms, brothers and sisters. Let’s start with something that’s been wrongly labeled micro evolution. This is the small changes that take place within a species. In other words, it’s speciation, or natural selection if you’d like. Largely speaking, these changes cause species to become more specialized. What’s literally happening is information is being lost in the genome. This does not happen due to some magical process of the DNA molding itself through the environment outside. It happens because those who are not fit for the climate die out, those who are fit remain. Take dogs for example. A family of dogs find themselves in a very cold climate. The ones with long fur are going to survive, and mate, while the ones with shorter fur will die. As long furred dogs breed they pass on their dominant DNA coded fur, any puppies born with shorter fur won’t survive. After a few generations of long furred pups, only the dominate traits of long fur pass through the genome. This new breed of dog is now specialized, it no longer contains the coding for short or medium hair. If you remove it from cold weather and stick it in a humid, hot climate they will not survive. They have not evolved, they have lost information, thus they have devolved. While speciation is usually a plus for the winner of natural selection, secularists like to ignore the two predominant factors here: many short furred pups died, and information was lost not gained.
Not let’s define macro evolution, which is actually what the theory of evolution refers to. Some will say that speciation, or micro, leads to macro evolution after millions of years of selection. An obvious problem with this is that specialization of a species can not add new information. It will not create a female and male reproductive system, for example, so that a simple organism magically becomes complex enough to reproduce. Wouldn’t it be a shame if that poor simple organism evolved the female stuff but not the male stuff for another hundred thousand years? The female would die without passing on her genetically unique coding. The full meaning of macro evolution is that there was nothing, nothing exploded, and then chaos, where nothing organized itself by smashing into itself. Eventually nothing became the needed elements of life, which pooled together and evolved into a simple cell organism. That simple cell evolved and evolved until it became all the plants, and animals, on Earth. The short meaning of macro evolution is when one species evolved into a completely separate species, which has not and can not be observed scientifically.
If you ask a secularist how we all got here and they say evolution, they’re referring to macro. If you ask for evidence they’ll immediately switch to micro, or speciation, mentioned bird beaks and bacteria. It’s not the same thing, which is why micro has other terminology and macro does not. However, without any ability to gather evidence for evolution, secularists use speciation instead. Wait long enough on the comment stream here and someone will come along to tell me all about how these separate terms mean the same thing, or that one is evidence for the other. Logical, reasonable human beings can see the difference and recognize the issues it causes. Unfortunately, when someone is directly attacking the very thing you’ve bet your eternity on, you’ve only got two choices. Either you can defend your blind faith in macro evolution, or you can honestly admit there are wholes in your worldview. That is a difficult place to find yourself.
These distinctions are important, they change the nature of the debate. We can not, ever, forget though, that we’re not trying to win a debate, we’re trying to win the lost to Christ. You can, and I have, show the lost secularist worshiping at the alter of Darwin how flawed this worldview is. All the evidence in the world will not change their position. Only God can take a heart of stone and replace it with one of flesh. Pray for the lost you encounter, reason with them in love and compassion. Do not give up Scripture, logic, or kindness, when doing so. Hold fast to truth, refute falsehood, and do so recognizing that the lost doesn’t love their evolution, they love their sin. Evolution allows them to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. I hope this explanation was helpful to you, beloved friends, I added a few videos I thought would expound upon the topic throughout this article. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.