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December 25, 2004 

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Q: Do some people really believe we’re nothing more than atoms and molecules?

A: Sadly, they do. This can be seen in the following true-life dialog between a teacher and a 14-year-old girl as we recorded in our Creation magazine.

Quotable quote:

“It is no more heretical to say the Universe displays purpose, as Hoyle has done, than to say that it is pointless, as Steven Weinberg has done. Both statements are metaphysical and outside science. Yet it seems that scientists are permitted by their own colleagues to say metaphysical things about lack of purpose and not the reverse. This suggests to me that science, in allowing this metaphysical notion, sees itself as religion and presumably as an atheistic religion (if you can have such a thing).”

– Shallis, M., In the eye of a storm, New Scientist, January 19, 1984, pp. 42–43.

“Yes, that’s all we are,” said the girl during a science lesson. “Just atoms and molecules that are recycled through nature and reused, time and time again. Some of what I’m made of may once have been part of an Egyptian pharaoh. And when I die I will rot or burn and some of me may find its way into a cow or a tree, or even another human being.”

“But what about your spirit?” asked the teacher. “There’s more to you than your body.”

“No,” replied the girl, “there’s nothing more.”

When you think about it, this student is actually being consistent with what millions of young people are being taught through most of the education system—that they’re just the products of matter, time and chance. This student came to the conclusion that there really is no personal soul—we’re just a collection of chemical reactions—which is what evolution teaches.

But God’s Word tells us that we’re special. We’re made in God’s image, with a soul that’s immortal.

Recommended resources:

Chemicals to Living Cell: Fantasy or Science
Chemicals to Living Cell: Fantasy or Science
Dynamic Life: Changes in Living Things
Dynamic Life: Changes in Living Things
In the Beginning Was Information
In the Beginning Was Information
Refuting Evolution
Refuting Evolution

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org …

December 18: Swift swallow selection
December 20: The Times they are not a-changin’
December 21: “Holy Grail” or another evolutionary tale?
December 22: Sizing the day
December 23: In Six Days Testimony 1: Jeremy L. Walter, mechanical engineering
December 24: Bomb-building vs. the biblical foundation for morality/Believing in Genesis 1 caused a turnaround in thinking

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