Anchoring their faith
‘Real time’ evidence that one can make a difference
Originally published in Prayer News, June 2012.
Creation Ministries receives hundreds of testimonies detailing the positive impact that our speaking events and resources have had over the years. Stories collected of people’s faith being rescued after having their confidence in the Bible shipwrecked by evolutionary indoctrination in schools etc. are an energizing reminder to us of why we do what we do.
Often we do not get to see the impact immediately, but we confidently expect that God is working in the minds and hearts of the people we reach. It is encouraging when we get to experience such happenings in ‘real time’. So to help relate how important our supporters’ efforts are in helping advance God’s Kingdom, we thought we would share the following account.
Recently, Calvin Smith from our Canadian office was speaking at a church in a rural community in Ontario, Canada. His morning sermon illustrated the tremendous damage evolutionary teaching can have on young people from Christian homes, and how atheists are capitalizing on such teaching to turn young people away from the faith. Afterwards he was approached by a frantic mom who described her son as “One of those kids you talked about!”
Her son was 16, and had announced about a month earlier that he considered himself an atheist after reading one of Richard Dawkins’ books. She said she couldn’t answer any of his questions and wanted to know if the speaker would consider going out to lunch with her son so he could get some answers. The speaker quickly changed his lunch plans and of course agreed to meet at a local restaurant.
Countering the broadside
Despite the young man’s seeming initial confidence, after asking three or four questions and receiving some solid refutations of the evolutionary explanations he was citing he seemed quite taken aback. He said that this was the first time he had ever heard a Christian give answers refuting evolution other than a glossing over it by saying “… life is too complicated …” etc. He had come to believe in the evolutionary argument that given enough time ‘anything was possible’.
Unsurprisingly, all of the questions were what CMI speakers refer to internally as ‘Creation Answers Book’ questions (meaning they are all questions that are covered in our most popular book that answers the top sixty questions asked about the creation/evolution debate and the book of Genesis) and so were quite easy to answer.
Having let the young man fire his initial broadside, so to speak, Calvin began to probe with questions of his own. “How could atheists account for morality? How could matter give rise to language systems? If atheism is more ‘scientific’ how come atheists believe that the scientific law of biogenesis was broken in the past (wouldn’t that mean it isn’t a scientific law) without any verifiable evidence?”
Fortunately, in this case, the young man began to respond against evolution by the end of the conversation, acknowledging that there seemed to be good arguments against materialism and that the Bible was indeed supported by science. Although unable to attend the evening service, because he was working, his parents attended and were beaming all night long, excited that their son had finally received support for his crumbling faith where he needed it most! The pastor emailed to say:
“Please forward our deepest thanks to Calvin for his ministry here this past Sunday. Both of his talks were so welcomed and helpful to us. I’ve heard fantastic feedback from people. Calvin even went out for lunch with a young man really on the edge of abandoning his faith because of unanswered questions. I’ve heard that lunch went really well. So thank Calvin for his ‘above and beyond’ ministry! God bless you guys at CMI!”
CMI is here to help
Many Christian parents are in the same boat and could avoid the heartache of watching their young ones flounder in a sea of doubt by just having a copy of the Creation Answers Book and/or a subscription to Creation magazine! By simply reading, learning and teaching it to their children they would have answers for probably ninety percent of the skeptical questions they would ever hear that attempt to refute the Bible. It would also help them be much more effective in their witnessing efforts as well. We’ve seen this time and again, too—Christians are more motivated to share the faith when they are confident about what they believe.
Creation Ministries is a vital ministry to support if we want to maintain the ongoing health of the Church. Please consider donating to our ministry or purchasing some resources that you can pass along to others. Who knows, despite the turmoil in this wind-swept and storm-tossed life, perhaps the Lord will use it as the anchor of someone’s faith, and ultimately their soul. Just like the young man whose story we’ve just shared.
I can testify (and I know you have other such testimonies on file - I've read them) that CMI is not only helpful to those whose faith is floundering but to those who never had any to begin with as well. Having grown-up in a largely secular environment and essentially been a deist all of my life, I had simply taken it for granted that there was no logically sound case for Christianity, and that the naturalistic historical stories pushed so fervently by most of the mainstream media (as well of course as attacks on the absolute accuracy of the other historical canonical books) were basically uncontroversial fact. When, in my hour of need, the Holy Spirit led me to CMI, I found-out in a matter of weeks how wrong I had been.
I know beyond doubt that there are many more people in my former position out there and I intend to devote the rest of this leg of my life to reaching them with the sort of well-reasoned case which CMI so excels in. Jesus told His disciples in their day that the time was ripe for the harvest (John 4:35-38), the ensuing centuries of course bore Him out, and I firmly believe that the same is true for us at the current time. Others have sown all the seeds, and it is now our time to reap. Praise God!
Thank God Calvin was able to help this lady's son keep and strengthen his faith. I read the link by David on another young man's slide into darkness after trying to force the Bible to accept the myth of evolution. It is so sad that people like that throw the Liferaft- the Bible-back at their rescuer-Jesus- and keep on floundering-when Jesus can free them from their sins, doubts and problems. I'm not sure if the chap David was referring to is still around- I did a quick Google search but came up with a few but not sure if he was one. Those who descend to such depths of despair can suicide, sadly. We should never compromise God's Word- it is fully trustworthy. Evolutionary myths are a dangerous cancer and need to be exposed at every opportunity. We can be sure the Holy Spirit will use our witness, he used Moses and many others who lacked confidence- in fact if we are weak in Him we are strong.
Can one believe in the evolution creator god and remain a Christian? that is, still be saved by faith in Christ the Creator? Not for long, it seems. CMI cites testimony after testimony of Christians who lost their faith after being brainwashed into believing they were created by evolution. Fortunate for us that our Creator goes looking for the lost sheep, those who have lost their way. Paraphrasing Jesus: You cannot have faith in two creators. It is called cognitive dissonance.
Just a quick point.
There really is no such thing as The Law of Biogenesis. Pasteur made the observation that in the commonplace situations where life might appear to come from nothing (such as maggots appearing on dead animals) it in fact came from other life. However neither Pasteur nor anyone ever demonstrated that it is fundamentally impossible for life to appear from nothing, and thus this is in not a law in the sense of, say, Newton's Law of Gravity.Even if there were a Law of Biogenesis it wouldn't be particularly horrifying to discover that it was sometimes broken. This might demonstrate simply that the law was wrong or, as is the case with Newton, that it had limited applicability.
Even evolutionists agree that all life had to come from life at some time (they make an exception for the origin of life or the first primordial cell, of course). In a sterile, sealed environment is has been unequivocally demonstrated that life does not spontaneously arise by itself. So, to say that "Pasteur nor anyone ever demonstrated that it is fundamentally impossible for life to appear from nothing" is simply incorrect using known science. Just another point too. It's technically called the 'theory of gravity'- although it has much solid scientific support.
Thank you for the article and the huge effort put in by the staff and representatives of CMI to help bringing the truth to this fallen world. I was fortunate to attend a Creation Vs Evolution conference in Richards Bay last year, and what an eye-opener. Even as a devout Christian, due to the evolutionary "facts" that we are force fed with, I adopted a subconscious stance of 'though we don't understand all these things now, one day all will be revealed', as I believe many other Christians do. Fortunately, due to the information presented during the conference, I came to realize that, contrary to my understanding, Evolution was no "fact" but was completely foundation less and that nothing that we perceive today of the created world is contrary to the Biblical description of creation. Since the conference I have become an ardent follower of your website. Thank you again and keep up the good work.