I’m sure many of you have had the experience of seeing an advertised item at a great sale price. You hurry to the store to take advantage of this fantastic sale only to find that they are already sold out of the item. However, they will gladly sell you a more expensive item in place of the one on sale. This is known as ‘bait-and-switch’ and in some locations it is an illegal sales practice.
Most everyone worldwide is familiar with the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz. One of the most popular scenarios in the Peanuts series is when Lucy promises to hold the football so Charley Brown can kick it. She has baited him with the promise and then at the last second she switches, pulling the football away so Charley Brown misses the kick and winds up flat on his back.
In much the same way, evolution uses a bait-and-switch method. If they can convince you that any change or adaptation is evolution, it’s a simple switch to convince you to believe in biological evolution and million of years. They bait you with microevolution and then switch to macroevolution.
Growing up as an avid outdoorsman and having a degree in wildlife biology, I love to watch nature programs on TV. Unfortunately I can’t remember the last time a watched a good nature program that didn’t have any mention of evolution.
I especially like programs that deal with snakes and the American Southwest. I’ve had non-venomous snakes as pets and have volunteered in a venomous animal lab milking scorpions, rattlesnakes, several species of cobras, fer-de-lance and black mamba. From childhood, I have had a fascination with snakes, much to my mother’s disapproval.
This past Saturday, I was watching the program, Ultimate Viper, aired on the National Geographic Wild Channel. On this particular program they were discussing a behavioral change taking place in areas where there is extensive rattlesnake hunting. Typically, but not always, a rattlesnake will rattle if a person approaches, to warn them of the snake’s presence. It seems that the rattlesnakes in these heavily hunted areas are less likely to rattle a warning than those in non-hunted areas. The narrator explained it by saying:
Excessive hunting may be putting extraordinary evolutionary pressure on the rattler, and inadvertently helping nature to select for a deadly new trait by creating a breed of rattlesnakes that doesn’t rattle. Most scientists feel a major behavioral change like this could only evolve in thousands or millions of years, not just a few decades. Cory believes that humans have sped up the process.
This is the typical bait used by the evolutionary community to trick people into believing that evolution is real. They substitute the word ‘evolve’ for ‘change’ or ‘adapt’. Many evolutionists these days believe that any change in genetics allele frequency), behavior or appearance is defined as evolution. For example, my eyes are brown, my beautiful wife’s eyes are green, one of our daughters has blue eyes and the other has grey eyes. According to the definition of evolution above, many would define the color of my daughter’s eyes as proof of evolution or more technical as microevolution because they are different than mine.
If you hear it often enough you will begin to believe it. If you have ever lived near a railroad track or some other noisy enterprise, the sound was deafening and disturbing at first, wasn’t it? After a few weeks to a month, you hardly noticed the noise. Another and perhaps more appropriate analogy is the frog and a pot of water. If you set a frog in a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out. However, if you placed the frog in a pot of water at room temp it will sit there nice and peaceful. If you turn the stove on and slowly heat up the water the frog will remain in the pot until it eventually dies in the boiling water.
The water at room temperature could equate to microevolution – one small change at a time. The boiling water is macroevolution. Macroevolution is the theory that more popularly known as molecules-to-man evolution. It is the belief that we all started out as a bunch of molecules in a puddle of primordial ooze that got struck by lightning and started forming organic molecules such as amino acids. Over time, all of the right molecules gathered together to form the first cell. From the first cell it evolved into multicellular organism, to worms to fish to amphibians to reptiles to mammals and finally to man.
The changes we see in organisms is nothing more than adaptation to changes in their environment or a change in allele frequency as a result of sexual reproduction (my daughter’s eye colors) or from mutation. These are NOT evolution and there is no proof for molecules-to-man macroevolution.
Much to the demise of Charley Brown and the frog, bait-and-switch tactics can have very harmful and even deadly consequences. By baiting people with the idea that any change is evolution and then switching macroevolution for microevolution can also have dangerous and deadly consequences, the worst of which is the damnation of one’s eternal soul when it causes them to turn from God and embrace evolution. To learn more about evolution’s bait-and-switch tactics, I highly recommend Dr. Jonathan Sarfati’s book The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution.
Now consider the promise made by Jesus to those who lead children astray and into sin in Matthew 18:6
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Thousands of public school teachers are in classrooms everyday forcing students to accept the lies of macroevolution. A vast majority of these students become so brainwashed to believe in macroevolution that by the time they graduate high school they not only leave home for college but they also leave the church and turn away from God. In light of what Christ warned, I would hate to be these teachers when it comes to judgment day.
The Apostle Peter warned about the lie of evolution when he wrote:
1This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly 2 Peter 3:1-7
If you don’t want to end up spiritually flat on your back like Charley Brown or spiritually dead like the frog in the pot of boiling water, don’t allow yourself to fall for evolution’s bait-and-switch tactics. Be like the Bereans who regularly turned to the Scriptures to determine what was true and what was not true. They faithfully relied on the infallible and inerrant Word of God as their foundation upon which to interpret the world around them. I implore you to be bold like a Berean and help fight against the insidious bait-and-switch tactic used by secular evolutionists.
Ultimate Viper National Geographic Wild Channel, April 9, 2011.
by Jonathan Sarfati
Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, author of the world’s best-selling creation book, takes outspoken atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins on head to head in the book The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. Dawkins’ most recent book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution has provided yet another opportunity for Sarfati to show that biblical Christianity best explains the natural biological world, not atheistic evolutionism. Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments and methods, highlighting tactics which he deems are unreasonable and illogical—such as Dawkins frequently resorting to straw-man arguments.
Sarfati—a scientist, chessmaster, logician and Christian apologist—knows well the creation vs. evolution controversy. Before publishing The Greatest Hoax on Earth?, he authored the bestselling book, Refuting Evolution, which now has over 500,000 copies in print. His confident and rigorous approach always makes for interesting and thrilling reading, as he tackles his opponents head-on. Sarfati also tackles the ethical and biblical issues that accompany the creation vs. evolution issue.
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution provides a penetrating examination of Dawkins’ anti-creationist magnum opus. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of biology, geology, fossils, radiometric dating and more, Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments. Thousands of years ago, King Solomon wrote, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.” Sarfati maintains that arguments for evolution and against creation sound convincing only when they are unexamined.
Richard Dawkins is known for his strident atheism, for which he needs evolution. Jonathan Sarfati is known for declaring that the biblical account of origins has abundant evidential support and has withstood the test of time. And unlike some writers, he is able to make the science accessible to the lay reader, making it an informative and educational read that is also an intellectual feast for the scientifically trained. The Greatest Hoax on Earth? pulls together the most up-to-date arguments against evolution and in defense of the biblical account of origins and may very well prove to be Sarfati’s second bestseller.
“In my opinion Sarfati’s book beats Dawkins’ book, point by point, on all issues.” —Dr. John Sanford (Professor, Cornell University and inventor of the gene gun)
“The Greatest Hoax on Earth? is an excellent rebuttal to the best evolution has to offer. The reader should walk away with the understanding that evolutionary theory is a house of cards and its chief spokesmen are promoting poor, illogical, and false arguments against the only viable alternative: biblical creation.” —Dr. Robert Carter (Ph.D., Marine Biology and Genetics, University of Miami)