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Fossil Tumors Are Problems for Theistic Evolution

Genesis 1:25: And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

There are many Christians, who choose to believe that God created the world as it is today by guiding a natural process of evolution. Such Christians accept all the teaching of evolutionary biologists, but part company where such evolutionists deny the existence of God. I have often been told “God could have produced this world by evolution, if He wanted to.” What God could have done, however, is not the most important issue. The most important issue is what God Himself said about how He created things.

A recent research article has been published, as a study of an extinct species called gorgonopsians. One fossilized specimen – alleged by evolutionists to be 255 million years old – featured a tumor on the jawbone. This animal had been suffering from cancer.

Theistic evolutionists want to believe that the creation week is simply symbolic in some way of the millions of years of evolution. Yet God saw everything that He had made, and said that it was good. How could this poor extinct gorgonopsian have been said to have a good life, prior to Adam’s sin, if it was suffering from cancer? In a creationist worldview, we see that fossils were produced later – around the time of the Flood, and therefore the reason for such a painful disease being in the world – Adam’s sin – is so much more understandable.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that when You created this world, You created it perfect in every way, with no death or sin. Amen.

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