Amazed to discover evidence for creation
Published: 30 July 2013 (GMT+10)
|David Spannenberg grew up in the Newcastle area of New South Wales, Australia. He enjoyed science and avidly followed scientific documentaries. He was also involved in a local church for much of that time but did not learn that there was evidence for biblical creation until he was in his late twenties. He told his story recently at a public meeting when introducing the scheduled CMI speaker.|
I attended public (i.e. government) school education and first heard about people evolving from ape-like creatures during science class in High School. I was also told that the embryos of various animals looked similar because they were all related by evolution, and that layers of rocks formed slowly over millions of years. I liked watching nature documentaries by David Attenborough on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and heard more about the evolution of people and animals from there. I just believed evolution was true because that is all I had ever heard.
It wasn’t until I was about 28 years old that I first heard any mention that there was evidence to back up creation and a young earth. It hadn’t occurred to me that there was a problem with believing in millions and billions of years of evolution.
But then I heard the testimony of a man from the church I was involved in. He was brought up in the church, went to Newcastle Uni to do a science degree, lost his faith in God and the Bible as a result of evolutionary teaching, and majored in evolutionary studies himself. But then someone challenged him with evidence of biblical creation to the point where he became a Christian. He now incorporates ‘creation science’ into his class instruction as a science teacher in a Christian school in Australia.
From him I found out about Creation magazine and started to receive my own copies. Initially I was really ticked off [annoyed] with what I was reading. Not because it was bad but because it was good. Why hadn’t I been taught anything about this evidence for creation over the last 30 years of church attendance?
I got to the point of developing a passion for the topic and was really concerned about the future direction of the Christian church as a whole. I fasted and prayed for the church as a whole not to compromise on the topic of evolution versus creation.
At that time I read a book called The Young Earth by John D Morris which was really good at showing how geology and the Bible go together. As I read this material during those years the information gave me confidence in evangelising people as a tradesman at work from the solid Bible teaching at church, and creation resources.
Today, I receive emailed Infobytes [CMI’s free Email News] and regularly visit the Creation.com website which is full of interesting topics that continue to help build my faith in God and the Bible.
I have a passion for promoting Creation Ministries speakers in my home town because I love the church, the Word of God, and my fellow Christians. I desire my fellow Christians to be equipped with knowledge to maintain a position of truth in the face of the increasing pressure in our community these days to compromise, with all the moral implications that go with it.
I thank God that I had not only a church that took the Bible seriously right from the first word, but also sponsored scientists who supported that view with correct interpretations of the evidence - and a father who was a very keen supporter of CSF from the very earliest days and the Ex Nihilo/Creation magazine.
I am also very glad that my current church does not compromise on this issue.
It greatly saddens me that so many churches and Christians do.
Praise God for CMI!!
(And thanks to David for sharing this fantastic testimony.)
I believe the simple, literal interpretation of Genesis. And I look at the evidence in the world around me with those glasses on and it is a relatively simple matter for me to reconcile the two - i.e. what I see with what Genesis says. However, there are many Jesus-loving people at our church who do not wear those glasses and refuse to put them on. I try to persuade them to look at the physical evidence around them and interpret them with both glasses on (7-day glasses and billions-of-years glasses) and then compare the interpretations to see which one is simpler (and therefore has a higher degree of probability of being the truth). But they simply refuse to do so - and do not see how incongruous this is. Although I was once similarly blind myself, it still shakes me how strongly people insist upon remaining blind to truth by avoiding the testing of any alternative hypothesis.
I subscribe to Creation Mag and it's great - keep it up. The truth WILL set people free and it certainly encourages the likes of me!
I was also fed exculusively evolution, even though I would consider myself a theist (believed existence of God). But I never really thought about it...
Not until I accepted Christ as my savior after a big struggle, and then I understood that evolution cannot be true. God directed to me to evidence (like CMI gives) and taught me to THINK. As a software programmer, I can verify that code never ever gets better by typos in code, just worse. The chance is just too small. Thus very complex and compact DNA code absolutely cannot evolve and come to existence by itself, since even us humans are having tough times to understand it.
It's remarkable, how our school system makes us dumb and does not teach us to think. And of course it denies the obvious; all information must have intelligent origin, especially if information is more complex than we can really understand!
I too grew up in public school and churches that never mentioned Creation. I was also in my mid 20s the first time I saw evidence of man walking with dinosaurs or "dragons" which fueled my passion for the Creation Ministry and God. Now I love it! And I'm so anxious to teach my daughter (she's only 1 now).
Good on you, David, for telling your story. Mine is similar!
The only sermon about this ever in my church was just promoting theistic evolution and actually attacking [a creation organisation], the preacher called them rubbish. This is in the UK, there is a lack of this teaching over here and it saddens me.
Sounds to me like the problems in the UK are worse than in the US. I worry that the US will get to be like the UK in this regard. We need to pray for the UK and the US. I consider the creation mission one of the most important of our times. The lie of evolution is an evil cancerous form of idolatry that must be defeated.
There are so many of us with similar experiences, why is it in Western 'Christian' societies we don't talk about our beliefs?
Good article. I totally agree with CMI's policy of educating THE CHURCH to know the absolute truth of the Bible. Our kids are seeing teachers tear their hair out when confronted by pupils who know all the anomalies about evolutionary teaching for which they – the teachers – have no answers. The effect on classmates is remarkable. Keep the good stuff coming, CMI.
At school and medical school I was taught evolution, but even before I was a Christian I didn't buy it. The odds against it happening by chance were impossible ones (no matter how many times, over how many billions of years, you throw a mess of metal in the air, it will not come down as a Rolex). And everything was too intricately ordered to be random.
However I believed in an old earth and when I became a Christian it became an unanswerable puzzle for me. It was only when Gary Bates came to our church and I saw that a young earth was not only scientifically feasible, but made more sense than an old one that the veil was lifted. thanks, so much, Gary and the rest of the team for a great ministry.
At least this isn't some anonymous person...a picture too :)
thanks for your testimony, similar to mine.
It is a matter of great grief and much prayer that so many IN THE CHURCH just don't see the need to understand this issue. May our Lord give you wisdom and perseverance as you keep inviting your brothers and sisters to take a fresh look at God's word from the beginning. It's so encouraging to read about other believers having the same struggles as me - and pressing on in faith anyway. Keep up your great work.
And of course, thanks to CMI and all God's people there, who've provided this solid foundation for us all to find, so we can believe the truth from the beginning!
I also want to thank creationontheweb for all that they do.
I wonder though... Why isn't anyone addressing the evidence of God through concept? God, Creator of all reality, sustains life, and sustains all concept.
According to naturalism.... Nowadays, it is understood that concepts don't actually exist... Only objects exist. (A scientist studying atoms is actually, atoms studying atoms... Rather, object interaction.)
Therefore, life, morality, science, reality(all entirely conceptual), etc. don't exist. Who can accept that? Allow me to inquire my realities existence... Who or what is conceptualizing existence without existing?
Not only that... We arrive at the conclusion that only objects exist... conceptually. Therefore, do objects even exist?
One must conclude that concepts exist in order to believe and trust in their own reality(conceptual). There must be a Creator of all reality... a Sustainer of life and concept in order to understand an amazing universe that is full of life and concept.
Are there any cmi articles addressing this?
Again, Thank you.