And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
In 1996, Michael Keaton starred in the movie “Multiplicity” where he plays the part of a man who never seems to have enough time to gets things done. To resolve this problem, he is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated, i.e., cloned. The initial “copy” is pretty good except that he displays some character flaws that the “original” can normally keep under control. Keaton assigns all the tasks he cannot manage to the copy, and soon the copy becomes overwhelmed and decides to have himself duplicated as well. The second copy is a little more degraded than the first copy. The second copy also has himself duplicated, then the third and then the fourth, and so on. Each subsequent copy is more degraded than the previous until the final copy is a complete drooling imbecile. The concept makes for a hilarious movie, but it is not that far from the truth.
Brian Thomas, science writer for the Institute for Creation Research, recently cited a study published in Science that compared detailed sequences of 202 genes in 14,002 people. What they discovered was that many people have rare, individual differences in their gene sequences that were probably caused by mutations that arose over the last few thousand years. What this implies is that these gene variants developed recently. Mr. Thomas asks, “Why has all this population growth and mutational build up only just occurred, if humans have been on the planet for ‘at least 2.4 million years’?”
There are 60-200 new mutations (which are either neutral or detrimental, but rarely beneficial) added every generation. If evolution were true, with the cumulative effects of 60-200 mutations per generation over 100,000 years (supposedly when modern man evolved), we should all end up like the final copy in Michael Keaton’s movie! This is what J. S. Sanford, Ph.D. terms as “backwards evolution” (Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome). But that is not what we see. Instead, what we do see is that there is degeneration in the general gene pool. Thomas adds, “Since there is no natural process that repairs these kinds of mutations faster than they accumulate, they continuously amass until organisms eventually can no longer tolerate the high level of genetic error” – and mankind would become extinct. These findings present a problem for evolutionists, but they are not a problem for the biblical record which presents creation as young (about 6000 years old).
One of the questions that frequently comes up in a discussion of Genesis is “Where did Cain get his wife?” The answer is simple, really; he married one of his sisters. While the idea is repugnant to us, it really makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. It was not until the time of Moses that God instituted laws against incest. This was to minimize the degeneration process of passing on mutated genes. When Adam and Eve were created, their DNA was perfect, so they passed on perfect DNA to their offspring. In the process of time, mutations started creeping in, and the best way to minimize the negative effects of mutations was not to propagate them within a family. Thomas says that, “The non-beneficial mutations always far outpace the beneficial, adding up relentlessly generation after generation and eventually leading to a catastrophic population collapse.” But here we are! The theory of evolution says that we should be improving, but that is not what the real evidence shows.
Will the human race eventually end up like the final clone in the Keaton movie? Not hardly. To those who belong to Him, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). Furthermore, those who belong to Him will receive flawless bodies like His. “[Jesus] shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). Those who are not His will suffer an awful fate. Jesus said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6). “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). There will be no bad copies in heaven. Will you be there?