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Discovery Magazine 6/1/2013

Vestigial Organs: No Proof of Evolution

One important truth about evolution that you have seen in this issue of Discovery is that so-called “vestigial” organs are not the useless organs that many evolutionists (and science textbooks) have made them out to be. Scientists and doctors may not be fully aware of all of the functions of a particular organ, but these organs are in no way proof of evolution.

That said, what if scientists really did discover that the human body had one or more organs in it that had a reduced function—or no function at all? What if the organ functioned perfectly in the past, but not so much today? Would this really be evidence of evolution as many science textbooks teach? Not at all.

The human body is a marvelous thing to study and shows amazing, complex, functional design. It certainly testifies that a grand Designer (God) exists! However, since Adam and Eve left the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, and since Noah and his family stepped off the ark into a flood-ravished world, much degeneration has taken place. [For example, the lifespan of human beings has decreased drastically through the centuries—from people living over 900 years (such as Adam and Methuselah) to now far less than 1% of people living to reach just 100 years old.] It might also be that in “the world that then was” (the world before the Flood—2 Peter 3:6) certain organs were simply more necessary than they are today.

In addition, many diseases and mutations have been introduced into the human gene pool. Is it possible that there could be a loss of a gene for an organ which causes the organ not to function as well as it once did—or perhaps lose function altogether one day? If so, then even if it were ever proven that a “vestigial organ” exists, such an organ would not prove evolution to be true.

Human beings do not have body parts that are leftovers from some alleged ape-like creature that lived millions of years ago. We are the descendants of Adam and Eve—and of Noah and his wife. They may have had better functioning organs than we do, but that certainly is not proof of evolution. In fact, the very opposite is the case!

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