As I speak out about creation, evolution and science, I sometimes have fellow Christians ask why it really matters what we believe about origins. For the record, let me just say that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God has raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). But that does not mean that our beliefs about creation have no impact on salvation. [Read more…]
Richard Dawkins defines faith as an excuse for not thinking and evaluating evidence. On the contrary, I have noticed that creation scientists typically point to scientific evidence that supports their claims. It is those who believe in evolution (and particularly atheists) who often hold to their beliefs based on what amounts to nothing more that blind faith.
After promoting the denial of God for much of his life, Dawkins was asked what his excuse would be to God if he ended up being wrong about his beliefs. He responded by saying that he would ask God why He took such pains to hide Himself. But would such an excuse satisfy the judge of the universe? According to Romans 1:18-20, what can be known of God is shown to all men, but they supress it due to their unrighteousness. It goes on to say that God’s power and invisible attributes are clearly seen in what He created, so they are without excuse.
Even if Dawkins were to argue that the existence of the Creator was not evident from the creation, how could he accuse God of hiding himself when there are so many organizations that exist for the sole purpose of showing the evidence for the Creator God? This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but I will highlight a few popular creation ministries here. [Read more…]
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time teaching geology and paleontology to grade 7/8 science students, as a supplement to their unit on the earth’s crust. Before we got into those topics, we laid some groundwork by exposing what I call ‘the big lie’, that evolution is related to science and creation is related to religion. To better understand the debate, we started by defining our terms:
- Creation is the process by which God supernaturally created the universe, including the sun, moon, stars, earth, seas, plants, birds, fish, animals, as well as man in His own image, about 6,000 years ago in six days of about 24 hours each, as described in the Biblical account in Genesis.
- Evolution is a theory suggesting that the entire universe is the result of random, undirected processes, beginning with the big bang billions of years ago and that all life is the result of small undirected natural processes that have randomly occurred over billions of years.
- The word science is from the Latin word scientia which means to know.
We then discussed two types of science:
- Observational science is used by both creation and secular scientists to advance technology, medicine, quality of life, etc.
- Historical science is the study of how the universe and life began. None of us were around to observe the past, so historical science must be interpreted based on our religious beliefs.
We noted that religion is simply a belief system held with conviction that forms a starting point for the way we interpret facts and evidence in the world around us. Creation is part of a religion that views the world according to the authority of God and His Word, the Bible. Evolution is a religion that views the world according to the authority of man and natural processes without God. Many people who don’t believe in God or got to church, are very religious about their views of naturalism.
We followed up on ‘the big lie’ with 7 important truths about creation and evolution: [Read more…]
If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Over the years, that question has been used to challenge Christians to add action to our faith. The Hollywood movie now playing in theatres called “Do You Believe?” puts it this way: ‘if you believe in the cross of Christ, what are you going to do about it’?
When we created the write-up for the My Ready Defense life group, we set the target age as 16 to adult, knowing that there would be a lot of scientific info that may lose the interest of younger participants. Abby, a 13 year old young lady told me that she was quite interested in creation science and asked if she could attend, so I agreed to make an exception. Rather than lose interest, she soaked up all the information and was an active participant in our discussions.
When the group was over, I encouraged everyone to stay connected so that we could work together to defend our faith. Abby’s response left no doubt that there would be enough evidence to convict her of being a Christian. With Abby’s permission, I’m posting her comments below, so that you can be as encouraged as I was when I read them. [Read more…]
When Tory MPP Monte McNaughton asked the Minister of Education if local school counsels would be allowed to opt out of the controversial new sex-ed curriculum, Liz Sandals shot back with, “I assume if he was Premier you could opt out of teaching about evolution too.” At this point, Tory MPP Rick Nicholls chimed in with, “that’s not a bad idea”.
Watch this video of Mr. Nicholls as he responds to media questions about teaching evolution in schools. I appreciate his willingness to express his disbelief in evolution, yet he seemed very reluctant to do so, quickly point out that he does not speak for everyone in his caucus. When asked directly whether schools should be allowed to opt out of teaching evolution, he said that he would leave that decision up to the Minister of Education. I find his indifference troubling, especially since it is coming from the party whose official job is to oppose and challenge the position of the government.
The apologetic nature of his comments not only resulted in criticism from the Liberal party, but also in members of his own party distancing themselves from him. This illustrates the importance of understanding the creation/evolution debate and how to properly answer the skeptics. After this story broke, a friend asked me how we stand up for what we believe without alienating ourselves, so I thought I would give you my answer to the question of whether or not we should teach evolution in schools.
Last weekend I had the privilege of attending my first Creation Ministries International (CMI) conference. Those of you who attended Lifegroup Week 9: No Compromise will recognize Richard and Calvin from the video we watched, ‘Things to Think About as a Theistic Evolutionist’. That video was an episode of Creation Magazine Live, that the two host on a regular basis. I encourage you to check out the many other great episodes at www.creation.com/creation-tv.
Calvin kicked off the conference Friday night with a session called, ‘Genesis; The Missing Piece of the Puzzle’. The session gave a great overview of the impact that evolutionary teaching has had on the church and our society, and the importance of getting back to the authority of the Word of God. The talk was quite entertaining at times, but there was certainly no mistaking Calvin’s passion for what he showed is a very serious issue for the church today. Diving deeper on Saturday, Calvin talked about the amazing and complex information system embedded into every living organism and showed how it would be virtually impossible for these systems to develop on their own by chance. [Read more…]
When I took physics in university, I didn’t do so well. On the mid-term exam, I got what I affectionately refer to as the monkey score. Although it took a considerable amount of rough work to calculate the answers, we were only given five multiple choice options to choose from for each question. Now I’m more of a math geek, but it doesn’t take a university degree to know that if you had a monkey choosing the answers, the odds are that he would get one right answer for every five questions on average. That works out to 20% and… you guessed it, that was my mark on the midterm.
I managed to pass the course, but needless to say, physics was not my strongest subject. I know there are those, however, who just love physics and this post is dedicated to you. In this video, Chuck Missler discusses zero point energy (ZPE) as it relates to quantum and plasma physics. He notes that the speed of light is not a constant as most scientists believe and as a result, the atomic clock used to tick much faster than it does today. This is significant, because the atomic clock is used to measure the age of rocks, fossils and the universe. Since the atomic clock used to tick much faster, [Read more…]
Ever since I was in university, I had an interest in creation, evolution and science, but I developed a whole new passion for this topic after visiting the creation museum in February. After countless hours of studying the current developments, I was able to begin presenting what I was learning in a 10 week study group with about 30 people. It was a lot of work to get up to speed on science, creation and evolution, but preparing the curriculum was overwhelming at times. Not just for me, but for the whole family as we worked together to edit videos, create presentations, prepare handouts and pick up the slack at home as needed.
Now that the study group has been done for a few weeks, I can look back and see what a blessing this adventure has been. I am blessed to have a love for God, a passion for truth, the ability to study and the outlet to share. Most of all though, I’ve been blessed by those who have shared what a blessing the study group was for them! I was really touched by an anonymous gift card that we received recently, thanking us for our commitment to serving and the blessing we have been.
We are blessed to be a blessing to others, but it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive. So, we are blessed to be a blessing, to be blessed to be a blessing, and on it goes. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a great Christmas and a 2015 full of being blessed and being a blessing to others.
A number of years ago, I went downtown to talk to some people about God and I remember one young man saying, “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science”. I found it interesting that he felt the two were mutually exclusive, as I have always believed in science and certainly believe in God. In fact, I don’t think of science as something to believe in, but as facts that are observable, testable, repeatable, provable, etc. For example, it is a fact that the earth is round and we can prove that by going into space and observing the earth. Whether or not you believe in God is not going to change that fact.
What this guy probably should have [Read more…]