How will you respond?
Published: 20 August 2013 (GMT+10)
Some Christians I meet are surprised to learn of the Scripture that tells believers to always be ready “to give an answer”:
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess;—1 Peter 3:15
Others, however, take seriously the call to give an answer, but wonder how they might respond to the near-constant attacks on the Christian faith vis-a-vis the origins frontline. (And yes, it is appropriate to use such ‘war’ imagery and language as ‘frontline’ and ‘attacks’, in line with the many exhortations in the Scriptures of a similar vein, e.g. Ephesians 6:11–18, Philippians 2:25, 2 Timothy 2:3.)
Australian correspondent Mattea T. was commendably one of those who realized her upcoming university study would ‘test her mettle’ as a Christian, in relation to knowing how to respond to overtly evolutionary curriculum. She recently wrote to us:
I appreciate all the work and research done by Creation Ministries International. As I have recently started uni doing an Environment/Conservation major I found myself facing the evolutionary teaching and have wondered how I will respond according to my beliefs about Creation and a Creator.
“… have wondered how I will respond …”—and, having found that creation.com helped her with that, Mattea very kindly went on to send us a donation, to further our work. (Mattea, if you’re reading this, thanks once again!)
We trust that others, too, will benefit from the information freely provided on this website. It’s especially the young Christians that, like Mattea, are finding themselves “facing the evolutionary teaching” dished out at high schools, colleges, and universities. When they go to uni, they really are in ‘enemy territory’!
If readers are wondering what are the sorts of things that ‘education’ is serving up to young people that so potently can erode their faith, the wonderfully-frontline DVD Evolution vs. God, produced by Ray Comfort, provides some great examples. (Readers who missed our recent review of that DVD can read it here.) On that DVD, young people proffered the following ‘evidences’, taught to them by evolution-believing lecturers, as to why they had become, or at any rate now self-identified as, atheists. Note (in brackets, below) that all of these are thoroughly answered in articles on this website:
- Millions and billions of years (To respond to this, see: Age of the earth—101 evidences for a young age of the earth and the universe)
- Lenski’s experiments with bacteria (To respond to this, see: Bacteria ‘evolving in the lab’?)
- Stickleback fish (To respond to this, see: The stickleback—evidence of evolution?)
- Vestigial organs (To respond to this, see: Vestigial organs: What do they prove?)
- The appendix (To respond to this, see: Appendix shrieks ‘Creation’ (at least 18 times!))
- The coccyx bone (To respond to this, see: Human tails and fairy tales)
- Galápagos finches (To respond to this, see: The birds of the Galápagos)
- Changes in finch beaks (To respond, perhaps you could show1 the videoclip below from the DVD The Voyage that shook the World—Galápagos finches (Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds)):
Being aware that there are answers to atheistic and other challenges to the authority of God’s Word is a good first step towards being able to respond to these challenges yourself. Then it’s all about being a step ahead of the likely objections you’ll face in living out an effective Christian witness in today’s evolution-dominant world. Or, as correspondent Bryton F. recently put it, “a step above”:
I have loved your ministry for years now, and it’s equipped me very well in my Christian walk. Going through high school, it let me be one step above the evolution game that was always taught as fact (Christian school too). Thank you all so much, and know you’re making a difference in people’s lives.
“Making a difference in people’s lives.” Which is just what you too, dear reader, can do once thus equipped to “give an answer” in the crucial topic of origins. Current students could surely benefit by reading the sage advice given in the articles listed under ‘Related articles’ below. And if you’re looking for information on a specific topic, you can search our site by using the search window (top right, which appears on every article page of our website). Also you can see our full suite of Q&A pages here: Creation answers (frequently asked questions).
When the world sees you can respond, what a difference that can make.
- You could show other people this clip either by forwarding them the URL to this article (creation.com/how-will-you-respond), or, if it was more strategically advantageous to do so, the YouTube link to this particular ‘Creation Clip’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be0RNlxC-qY. Return to text.
I wholeheartedly agree with Mattea T. I am also a Christian attending university doing similar studies as Mattea. The evolutionary world-view is taught so frequently as 'undeniable fact', and I would like to also extend my gratitude and all of God's blessings on the Creation Ministries Int'l organization for providing such a wide array of scientific proofs of the Bible. Keep it up and God bless.
May I add my voice to others here. CMI is a wonderful web site for resources on defending the faith. CMI's resources have helped me have an effective discussion with a family member who is majoring in physics. It would not have been possible without these creationist resources available via web articles, books, & publications. If CMI would permit me to say this, I would strongly encourage readers to financially support what I consider one of the most important frontline ministries of our time. Even a modest amount from many, can have an enormous impact. God Bless CMI.
I, too, thank you for your work. I have answers to questions that dogged me most of my life. I have been reading your site daily for about a year now, I think. It has occurred to me that Satan does seem to attack the least prepared most often, at least in my case. Of course, not having expecting this, I can only say that it seems to me that I was confronted by nonbelievers quite frequently using evolution and natural selection and science as proof on their claims. Now, that I am better armed and busting a gut to witness using my new knowledge, the opportunities seem to be so much less frequent. I can't state that as fact, but I do feel that I am ready now if it does happen. Thank you.
These are excellent tips. It saddens me that Christian schools teach evolution as fact and do not see the problems with teaching it. I just wish Christians schools would be like CMI and actually teach the evidence against it and prepare their students to give answers against it, rather than pretty much helping the atheists.