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Redressing the imbalance

Correct information (truth) shines a ‘light’ in this dark world

By Gary Bates

Published: 25 October 2011 (GMT+10)

Unbalanced scale

(First appeared in a CMI newsletter)

Every day at Creation Ministries International we are sent a plethora of web and newspaper articles by evolutionary philosophers, keen to parade out the best ‘evidences’ for evolution and cajole readers into thinking that anyone who believes in creation must be some sort of fool.

The pro-evolution lobby has been more active since the Intelligent Design (ID) controversy has become a political ‘hot potato’. We have used design arguments for many years to point people to the Creator God of the Bible. However, the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM) does not specify who the creator is, leaving the door open for the god of any religion, some New Age force or even benevolent aliens to be the designer(s).

Let’s face it—the average person in the street doesn’t really know much about the details of evolution.

Nonetheless, the humanists are quick to disparage ID by linking it with biblical creation (i.e. ‘it’s religion not science’) and thus avoid scientific scrutiny of evolution theory. To discredit ID, and hopefully creation, they are churning out old evolutionary arguments about so-called bad design. For example, they claim that nature, and in particularly human beings, possess many bad design features such as a backward–wired retina in our eye and a poorly designed back. Also, that there are many vestigial organs (leftovers from our evolutionary past) such as the appendix and the thymus gland. They even claim that most of our DNA is leftover ‘junk’. And this is only the beginning. Due to the inroads gained by biblical creationists, the humanists now know they are in a battle.

They’ve been answered—but who gets to hear it?

Sadly, much of this is misinformation that has been disproven time and again. Yet such articles are willingly circulated by the media because they think scientists only deal in objective truth—not understanding how presuppositional biases play a part in the interpretations. This results in the effective brainwashing of the reader and creates a stumbling block to believing the Bible. Let’s face it—the average person in the street doesn’t really know much about the details of evolution.

Creationists have answered these design criticisms time and time again. We have often featured such responses in Creation magazine and on our website. Were you aware, for example, that we have a Feedback archive of responses that goes back over 10 years?

If we cannot rely upon the secular media to do the right thing, then it is up to us, as individual Christians, to get the information out there. CMI is an information ministry, and through the support of donors we are able to produce information in high quality resources so that you can share the truth. One doesn’t have to be personally engaged in long debates. Sometimes all it takes is to share a magazine, book or DVD in a non-threatening way with someone. How can they make a reasonable decision unless they’ve heard both sides of the argument? It is a proven fact that biblical creation arguments are powerfully effective. For example, Glenn D. wrote:

“Thanks for … your … Creation magazine. … It is great to know that I am getting the truth, as there is just so much information out there today, and it is sometimes difficult to know what is right and what is not. When I read your material I know that I am getting the facts, and when you have the facts then you can pretty much win any argument and change peoples’ thinking, which is so important as so [their] thinking today has been clouded. Again thanks for all your great work—keep it up!”

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We will continue to conduct hundreds of speaking events around the globe and continue produce the life changing resources that we do—with your help. We were touched at reading this email from Ken K.

“In December, I suggested to my children that instead of buying gifts for each other, it might be a good idea to give the money we would have spent to ministries we believe in. My children agreed, and thus each child allocated 25% of their annual allowance to your ministry and others. I added 10 times my children’s contributions to their total.”

One fantastic resource to share with others is Dr Jonathan Sarfati’s book By Design. Out of Jonathan’s widely acclaimed body of work in refuting evolution, he states that this book was his favourite to write. Mainly because he could spend time investigating the handiwork of God the master designer and give Him credit where due. I recommend it to you.

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