Posted by MikeT23 on 2/8/2013 8:07:00 AM (view original):
Posted by Jtpsops on 2/7/2013 11:52:00 PM (view original):OK, I disagree but, since neither of us knows what could happen over millions/billions of years, let's try another route.
Posted by MikeT23 on 2/7/2013 8:55:00 PM (view original):There's a difference. If you want to try and develop a freakishly strong animal, sure, you find the biggest, strongest parents. But that's not creating a new species.
Do you think animals are bred for size? Like breed a big bull with a big cow in hopes of a big calf?
If you say "Yes", do you think it's possible to breed for intelligence?
If you say "Yes", do you think a smart monkey would be a better provider thus making him more attractive to the smart females?
Do you see where I'm heading?
I already said I think each species can adapt certain physical characteristics based on their surroundings (or in this case, heritage) - but that's still not the creation of a new species. If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Seems to me if there was need for them to evolve, then all monkeys would have evolved or died. Or better yet, in response to your question - can a human impregnate a monkey? If we came from monkeys, why can we not cross breed with them?
Breeding two big cows to get a big calf is not the same as something evolving into an entirely different species.
God is all powerful, right? If he wanted to dissipate earth, he could, right? Or, maybe just remove humans from here, right?
Do you think God could have created earth, populated it with lesser species and let things move at their own pace? Do you think He could have watched the smarter monkeys mate and become "better"? Do you think He could have said "Man, that first run of monkeys was pretty sloppy. I'm gonna create a better monkey!" And, as it were, he eventually created a species that resembles us today?
Sure, it's possible. But not likely. If God is all powerful, you think he's going to create something sloppy? Do you think God is caught off guard or surprised by things? "Gee, I really thought I got the monkey right that time....*sigh*, back to the drawing board".
Let's put it this way - let's say you want to plant a tree in your backyard to provide more shade for your house. What do you do? You plant a sapling and let it grow over time. Now, if you have the power to create a full grown tree in your yard instantly, are you a) going to plant a sapling and watch it grow, b) create a piece of crap tree that you have to recreate, or c) plant a full grown, developed, healthy tree to give you what you need?
People think it's foolish to suggest that God could create something at an advanced stage (the "old rocks" theory as bad_luck likes to call it), even though that makes a lot more sense than him deciding to let things evolve from over billions of years. If you have the power to speed up the process of something, you do it.