Metamorphosis and Monarch Butterflies Demonstrate the Glory of God

Metamorphosis demonstrates the Glory of God’s design. The life cycle of the monarch butterfly adds further detail.

Many aspects of our lives on Earth show the splendor and glory of God’s creation. The Bible tells us, in Psalm 19:1-4, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

So how, exactly, do they “speak”? The environment that we and all other living things inhabit on Earth is a perfect result of an incredible amount of systematic preparation, a process that created the hills, valleys, rivers, oceans, and atmosphere that support life perfectly, but that we all take for granted. Furthermore, every living thing, be it human, Aspirations Conceptanimal, or plant, has, at the molecular level, a massive array of data contained within each living cell. This data directs the progression of the organism throughout its life, whether from embryo to aging adult, or from tiny seed to towering tree, and also into the next generation.

Everywhere we look we find this intricate beauty, and yet the human race is doing its best to convince everyone that all of this just happened as a result of blind chance. In America, Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection,” which teaches that all forms of life developed by chance, over a huge period of time, and came from a common ancestor, is presented as fact in all of our public schools. It is nota fact. It hasnotbeen demonstrated and proven. But it has been so eagerly accepted that now, even in higher education, any professor who speaks out against naturalism, the belief that everything came from natural sources, will find his or her career choices severely limited.

And yet, as the Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Two of the Psalms, 14 and 53, begin with these words. In each case, the words that follow are similar, “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.” In each case here, the word “Fool” does not mean ignorant or stupid, it means sinful.[1]

The butterfly, with its beauty and its amazing life cycle, speaks out against this theory. Darwin stated, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find no such case.”[2]

Darwin’s theory depended on two things:
1) Variation: Random variations in the traits of individual organisms occur naturally and are passed on to their offspring.
2) Struggle for existence: “Survival of the fittest” ensures that advantageous traits are preserved and disadvantageous traits are eliminated from following generations.

The butterfly’s life cycle goes through the following stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. There is no reproduction until the final butterfly stage, so how could the intermediate stages have evolved, on a “numerous, successive, slight modification followed by survival of the fittest” basis, when there is no reproduction in the earlier stages to establish the continuation of any random “improvement?”

The Monarch butterfly takes this puzzle even further, in that it has four successive generations that each live for 3-4 weeks, before a “Methuselah” generation, that lives for about 8 months, is born. This generation has the ability to complete a thousand-mile journey from Canada to Mexico to find their ancestors’ original breeding grounds.[3] How do they know the way? What makes this special generation so much different from the others? All of the information to support this multi-generational life cycle must have been present in each egg originally laid by their ancestral Monarch butterflies in Mexico one year earlier.

The inescapable conclusion here is that the original butterfly egg must have been “designed” for its purpose, instead of having “evolved” over time by natural, random variations, as Darwin’s theory demands. Metamorphosis was first written about in the early twentieth century, about 60 years after Darwin published his theory, and yet, over one hundred years later, mankind in general still believes in evolution. It seems that we have amongst us a preponderance of “fools” who have said in their heart, “There is no God.”

[1]GotQuestions.org, What does the Bible mean when it says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’”? https://www.gotquestions.org/fool-heart-no-God.html, accessed 3rdJuly 2019.

[2]Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, 24thNovember 1859.

[3]The Monarch Super Generation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 16thAugust 2017, http://www.fws.gov, https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/MonarchMigrationFall17.html, accessed 2ndJuly 2019.

 

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