Evolution Cruncher Chapter 5
PROBLEM OF TIME
long ages cannot produce evolutionary change
This chapter is based on
pp. 181-183 and 210 of Origin of the Universe (Volume One of our
three-volume Evolution Disproved Series). You will find additional
information in the 3 Volume Encyclopedia on this site.
In the next chapter, we
will discuss the inaccuracy of many current methods for dating ancient
materials and objects. Yet, although an understanding of dating
technology is important, we should keep in mind that the accuracy of
modern dating techniques really have no direct relation to whether
evolution has ever occurred or could occur.
Long ages are not
evolution; long ages cannot produce evolution!
can only occur by a sequence of production of matter from nothing
(chapter 2), generation of living organisms from non-living matter
(chapters 7-8), and evolution of living organisms into more advanced
life-forms by natural selection or mutations (chapters 9-10, 12-13).
—And, even given trillions of years in which to do it, evolution
cannot do any of that.
TIME—It is thought that
time can somehow produce evolution, if there is enough time in which to
do it! The evolutionist
tells us that, given enough time, all the insurmountable obstacles to
spontaneous generation will somehow vanish and life can suddenly appear,
grow, and flourish.
"The origin of life
can be viewed properly only in the perspective of an almost
inconceivable extent of time."— *Harold Blum, Time’s Arrow
and Evolution, p. 151.
In later chapters, we will
learn that even split-second, continuous, multiple chemical activity
(going on for ages) and using all time and all space in the universe to
carry on that activity could not accomplish what is needed. It could not
produce life out of nothing.
"It is no secret that
evolutionists worship at the shrine of time. There is little difference
between the evolutionist saying ‘time did it’ and the creationist
saying ‘God did it.’ Time and chance is a two-headed deity. Much
scientific effort has been expended in an attempt to show that eons of
time are available for evolution."—Randy Wysong, The
Creation-Evolution Controversy (1976), p. 137.
Just what is time? It is
not some magical substance. Time is merely a lot of past moments
just like the present moment. Imagine yourself staring at a dirt
pile or at some seawater, at a time when there was nothing alive in the
world but you. Continue carefully watching the pile or puddle for a
thousand years and more. Would life appear in that dirt or seawater? It
would not happen. Millions of years beyond that would be the same.
Nothing would be particularly different. Just piled sand or sloshing
seawater, and that is all there would be to it.
You and I know it would not
happen in a full year of watching; then why think it might happen in an
million years? Since a living creature would have to come into existence
all at once—suddenly, in all its parts—in order to survive, it
matters not how many ages we pile onto the watching; nothing is going to
To say that life originated
in that seawater in some yesteryear—"because the sand and
seawater was there long enough"—is just wishful thinking
and nothing more. It surely is not scientific to imagine that perhaps it
came true when no one was looking. There is no evidence that
self-originating life or evolving life is happening now, has ever
happened, or could ever happen.
TIME, THE LESS LIKELIHOOD—*G.
Wald, in "The Origin of Life," in the book, Physics
and Chemistry of Life, says "Does time perform miracles?"
He then explains something that you and I will want to remember: If
the probability of a certain event occurring is only 1/1000 (one chance
in a thousand), and we have sufficient time to repeat the attempts many
times, the probability that it could happen would continue to remain
only one in a thousand. This is because probabilities have no
But *Wald goes further. He
explains that if the event is attempted often enough,—the total
probability of obtaining it would keep reducing!
it is tried a thousand times and does not even occur once, and then it
is tried thousands of more times and never occurs,—then the chance of
it occurring keeps reducing. If it is tried a million times—and still
has not occurred,—then the possibility of it occurring has reduced to
less than one chance in a million! The point here is that time
never works in favor of an event that cannot happen!
Can time change rocks into
raccoons, seawater into turkeys, or sand into fish? Can time invent
human hormones, the telescopic eye of an eagle, or cause the moon to
orbit the earth? Can it increase complexity and invent organisms?
The truth is that the
longer the time, the greater the decay, and the less possibility that
evolution could occur.
*Bernal, of McGill
University, explains the evolutionists’ theory of how the origin and
evolution of life took place:
"Life can be thought
of as water kept at the right temperature in the right atmosphere in the
right light for a long period of time."—*J.O. Bernal, quoted
in *N.J. Bernal, You and the Universe (1958), p. 117.
In contrast, two of
England’s leading evolutionary scientists, *Hoyle and *Wickramasinghe,
working independently of each other, came to a different conclusion than
*Bernal’s: The chance of life appearing spontaneously from non-life in
the universe is effectively zero! (*Fred Hoyle and *C. Wickramasinghe,
Evolution from Space). One of these researchers is an agnostic and
the other a Buddhist, yet both decided from their analyses that the
origin of life demands the existence of God to have created it.
The London Daily Express
(August 14, 1981) put the conclusion of these two scientists into
headlines: "Two skeptical scientists put their heads together
and reached an amazing conclusion: There must be a God." *Hoyle
and *Wickramasinghe concluded in their book that the probability of
producing life, anywhere in the universe from evolutionary processes,
was as reasonable as getting a fully operational Boeing 747 jumbo jet
from a tornado going through a junkyard (*Fred Hoyle, Science,
November 12, 1981, p. 105). The co-discoverer of the DNA molecule said
"An honest man, armed
with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in
some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a
miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been
satisfied to get it going."—*Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its
Origin and Nature (1981), p. 88.
TIME VS. THEORY TIME—A
lot of this "millions of years" talk does not agree with the
facts. Evolutionary scientists tell us that the past stretches into over
a billion years of life on the earth. Man, we are informed, has been
here over a million years. That is the theory, yet the facts speak far
differently. When we look at those facts, as available from ancient
studies of all types, we find that recorded history goes back only
several thousand years. Before that time, we have absolutely no
verification for any supposed dating method of science (More
evidence on this will be found in chapters 4 and 13, Age of the Earth
and Ancient Man.)
If human beings have been
on this planet for over a million years, as theorized by evolutionists,
then we should have a large amount of structures and written records
extending back at least 500,000 years.
try to prove long ages of time by certain theoretical dating methods.
Yet as we analyze those dating methods, we find each of them to be
highly flawed and extremely unreliable.
Aside from the known
inherent weaknesses in assumption and methodology (which we shall begin
discussing shortly),—we cannot even verify those dates objectively.
Not even uranium dating can be confirmed.
Apart from recorded
history, which goes back no further than a few thousand years, we have
no way of verifying the supposed accuracy of theoretical dating methods.
In fact, not even the dating methods confirm the dating methods! They
all give different dates! With
but very rare exception, they always disagree with one another!
There are a number of very
definite problems in those dating methods. In the next chapter, we
are going to learn that there are so many sources of possible error or
misinterpretation in radiometric dating that most of the dates are
discarded and never used at all! Only those are used which bear some
similarity to one another—and, more important, to the 19th-century
Some people think that the
various dating methods (uranium, carbon 14, etc.) can be verified by
rock strata and fossils, or vice versa. But this is not true either. The
geologic column and approximate ages of all the fossil-bearing strata
were decided on long before anyone ever heard or thought about
radioactive dating. There is no
relation between the two theories or between the dates they produce.
More information on this will be given in chapter 12, Fossils and
NEEDED—For nearly two
centuries, evolutionists have known that, since there was no proof
that evolution had occurred in the past and there was no evidence of it
occurring today, they would need to postulate long ages as the means by
which it somehow happened!
*Weisz in his book, The
Science of Biology (p. 636), tells us, that by the beginning of the
eighteenth century, evolutionists "recognized that any concept of
evolution demanded an earth of sufficiently great age; and they set out
to estimate this age." The long ages were the result of
*Darwin himself recognized
"The belief that
species are immutable [unchangeable] productions was almost unavoidable
as long as the history of the world was thought to be of short
duration."—*Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species (conclusion
to second edition).
That is a meaningful
statement. *Darwin said it, because there is no evidence of evolution
occurring at any time in recorded history. Evolution could not occur in
the past unless the earth had been here for long ages. Yet there is
clear-cut evidence that our planet is not over 6000-10,000 years old
(see chapter 4, Age of the Earth). And when all the facts
are studied, the age of the earth leans more toward the 6000 mark than
the 10,000 mark.
evidence is needed to prove long ages. But no such evidence exists.
All the non-historical dating methods are unreliable.
That is what we will learn in the chapters on Inaccurate Dating
Methods and Fossils and Strata.
Darwinists claim that our
planet is 5 billion years old. Long ages of time are desperately needed
by evolutionary theorists; for, whenever confronted with the facts
disproving the possibility of evolutionary processes, they can reply, "Well,
given enough time, maybe it could occur." Ironically,
even if the earth were trillions upon trillions of years old, evolution
still could not have taken place. The chapters, DNA and Protein,
Mutations, and Laws of Nature will clearly show that life
origins and species evolution could not occur in a billion trillion
First, long ages of time cannot
evolution; and, second, long ages of time cannot PRODUCE evolution.
Evolutionary processes—across basic types of life-forms—is
impossible both in the short run and in the long run.
5 - STUDY AND REVIEW QUESTIONS
THE PROBLEM OF TIME
GRADES 5 TO 12 ON A
1 - Evolutionists
consider time to have miraculous qualities. Can long ages of time
produce an event which cannot happen? This is a good topic for class
2 - Hoyle said that
evolution of life is as probable as a tornado in a junkyard producing a
fully operational Boeing 747. Estimate the number of ages of time it
would require for a continual succession of tornadoes to put that plane
together into working condition.
3 - What does *Wald
mean, when he says that the more time, the less likely that evolution
could take place?
4 - If an impossible
event (like dirty water changing into an animal, or a fish crawling out
of water and changing into a frog) cannot happen in a year, why should
we expect it to be able to happen at some time in the past million
years? Would not such an event still have to happen in the lifetime of a
single creature? During that creature’s lifetime, could he make all
his organs, find a mate like himself, and produce offspring?
5 - In your opinion, is evolutionary
theory based on scientific facts or on a fairy tale?
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PROBLEM OF TIME
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