I was driving around town recently and saw this bumper sticker on the back of a car. It said, “We have the fossils. We win.”, with a fish symbol with legs and feet.
If we analyze this, what do you think this person was trying to say? It obviously has something to say about the creation-evolution debate, doesn’t it? It obviously implies that evolutionists think the fossils support their evolutionary position. It also implies that because evolutionists think the fossils support their position, they’ve won in some sort of contest, or duel, or battle; that fossils prove their side is correct. Do they own the fossils though? Or is it their interpretation of the fossils that the slogan is referring to?
So, what are fossils anyway, and what do they prove? Fossils are dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water scattered all over the earth. We’ve unearthed millions of them, from plants and flowers, to starfish, insects, and dinosaurs. We find them throughout the stratigraphic column. 95% of the fossils unearthed are marine invertebrates, <5% are plants, including trees and algae, with less than 1% vertebrates of all kinds. Is the claim that fossils document the evolutionary “descent from a common ancestor”, a “simple to complex” history, true?
It depends upon your worldview interpretation, doesn’t it? We’re finding and unearthing once living things, now dead, in rock layers all over the earth. How they died, and how they were buried in these rock layers are all a matter of interpretation dependent upon one’s worldview. If you start with no God and with unregenerate man’s grand assumption that he can reach out and reason his way to truth by himself, then fossils fit within that paradigm, and are used as proof of his creation-myth: evolution. But to leave God out of the picture at one’s starting point is absurd. We’ve seen that every man has a sense of deity within him that he is held accountable to (Rom. 1:19).
However, if one starts with God and His revelation of Himself and His created universe, ourselves and our fallen condition, in Scripture, we come across a very different scenario, don’t we? We discover a real-time historical Fall into sin and a global and universal judgment of God in the Flood of Noah. It is this global Flood that gives primary explanation of the fossils we find buried in rock layers all over the earth. It is God’s revelation of what He did and His reasons for doing it that we must consider:
Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth (Gen. 6:13).
And all flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died (Gen. 7:21-22).
Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the Ark (Gen. 7:23).
The fossils themselves don’t prove anything except that something once living is now dead. It’s how one interprets the fossils that is key. Even the supposed “transition fossils” that evolution requires are systematically missing. The overwhelming message of the fossil record is one of stasis, not evolutionary change, as well as a great deal of violence at the time of their death and burial. The fossils are better evidence for a catastrophic and destructive globe covering Flood as recorded in Scripture than the “We have the fossils-We win” bumper sticker and slogan would imply.
For further reading and interest please see: http://www.icr.org/fossil-record/.
Vaya con Dios mis hijas,
Dear ol’ Dad