The original question was: Why would God create a prostate gland that causes so much trouble in older men? Surely evolution is a better explanation than creation.
Answer by John Mackay
Let’s begin by asking a few simple questions:
Firstly, do all men have prostate problems? Secondly, can we explain prostate problems? And lastly, how do we explain men who don’t have prostate problems?
The answers are as follows:
No, not all men have prostate troubles.
How do we explain such problems?
The answer is simple: infection, mutation, hormone imbalance or degeneration. There is no argument on this. Explaining why some prostates don’t work is easy.
The real issue is the third question: do all men have prostate troubles? And the answer is no. Some men sail through life without any hint of prostate problems. Overall, less than one third of men aged over 50 have serious problems due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (non-cancerous overgrowth), although the incidence increases with age. Prostate cancer rates vary enormously throughout the world. The highest rates are in North America, Australia, and northern and central Europe, where one in six men aged over 50 have it. Again, the incidence increases with age, indicating it is a process of degeneration. It is very rare in men aged less than 40. Prostate cancer tends to be slow growing, and many affected men die with it, rather than from it.
So how do we explain men who don’t have prostate problems? It is very easy to explain the failure of a good system by mutation, chemical collapse, infection, etc. but none of these mechanisms work to explain how men originally got a prostate that functions, and why in most men it functions for the term of their natural life. Degenerative loss of information is a part of evolutionary theory, and this explains why some prostates crash, but no evolutionary mechanism explains how the prostate appeared in the first place.
Here is where conflict between evolution and creation reaches a knockout blow. The Biblical record in Genesis tells us God created everything “very good”. Therefore, man was made with all his bits, and they all functioned perfectly. Yet some men currently have problems with their bits so does the Biblical record tell us how this came about as well? Why doesn’t the human body function perfectly now? The unpopular Biblical answer is that when Adam was created, he was warned by his Creator that if he did disobey his maker’s rules – the wages of his sin would be death. Dying from prostate cancer or from complications resulting from a degenerate prostate are just more examples of what happened to the human body when it began to go downhill after Adam sinned.
So, Genesis not only explains why some men have prostate troubles, it also explains why we have a prostate that works, as well as where it came from in the first place! Score Creation 3, Evolution 1, which brings us to the real issue behind the loud attitude used by the medical Dr Atheist who threw this question at the speaker in a 2013 public meeting.
Those who claim they can’t believe God created man because men have prostate troubles are really exposing their own hypocrisy. All such complaints about badly designed parts or diseased organs ‘proving’ God can’t exist or didn’t create have one fatal flaw. Instead of focusing on explaining why something won’t work, which is easy to do, sceptics such as Dawkins and Attenborough, etc. need to explain why the organs actually work at all, why they work well, and how we got them in the first place. Evolution fails completely to achieve this.
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