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Creation 42(3):6, July 2020

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The coherent creation worldview

Editorial

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People often think of creation vs evolution in terms of the evidence for or against each position. But really it’s much more foundational than that. Creation and evolution are two entirely different ways of looking at the world, each with their own origin story, morality, anthropology, and even eschatology.

A creationist worldview begins with our Creator. When one views the world as the handiwork of a good God, and humans as beings who have worth because they are made in His image, that has implications for literally every area of life. The evolutionary worldview, however, is so bleak that evolutionists must continually borrow from the creationist worldview. Otherwise humans are worth no more than beetles because evolution says we’re descended from a common ancestor. Alternately, one could argue from evolution that some humans are better than others, and we can see the horrors of 20th century eugenics as an example of where that leads.

We often use the analogy of creation and evolution as sets of glasses through which we look at the world. And when informed by what the Bible tells us about God and His creation of the world, we can see how everything from mathematics (p. 17) to the almost-comically poisonous manchineel (p. 12) testify to His glory. We are also equipped to help people who are struggling (p. 24) by pointing them to biblical truth.

Christians are often criticized for being anti-science, despite the many scientists whose creationist worldview is at the heart of their scientific thinking (p. 48). But in reality, classic evolutionist ‘evidences’ like the peppered moth (p. 18) have fallen apart when scrutinized, and archaeology increasingly confirms the Bible’s historicity (p. 14), showing that it is a trustworthy record.

Most importantly, biblical creation helps us explain death and suffering in the world. When natural disasters, pandemics, or personal tragedies impact us, we are naturally left wondering ‘why’? Naturalism offers only a cold, uncaring universe that pushes all of us through the meat grinder of evolution, without so much as the hope of an afterlife to console us. Biblical creation explains that God created a good universe into which our first ancestor, Adam, introduced sin and thus death. The Bible’s entire narrative therefore is about how God works in creation to redeem us from sin and restore His creation, culminating in the return of Jesus.

It is easy to see why Christians are encouraged by biblical creation. When we see the Bible’s ‘big story’ of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation, it helps us to be motivated to witness to others because we become more confident in our own faith.

Who in your life could be encouraged by this information? Think of using Creation magazine as a ‘paper evangelist’ and pass it on to them, after you have finished with it of course!

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Readers’ comments

Piet A.
Again an excellent article Lita thank you very much ! But what is the title of the off the book you are referring to ?

Piet Akkerman ,Netherlands
Lita Cosner
I am referring to articles in the upcoming issue of Creation magazine. This is the editorial for that issue.
Chuck R.
What we are witnessing firsthand is what happens when people turn away from the First (and most important) Commandment.
Once we turn our backs on Him, it opens the doors for paganism, humanism, and many other false doctrines, those who "exchanged the truth of God for the lie" Rom. 1:25
Todd G.
Good day my name is todd. First let me say I want to thank you for all you do, and for your many resources, D.V.D’s , books and articles. For years I worked in a school as a custodian. I am a bus driver for the school now. the Bible says 1. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. [if we don’t teach our children to follow Christ the world will teach them not to] Jesus warned the disciples concerning the final days in Matthew 24:10–12: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” These are the characteristics of the great apostasy of the end times. [the barna study confirms this is happening] During the years from Moses till Jesus came in the incarnation there was a continuous straying from the faith . due in large part to not teaching the children as God had commanded in Deuteronomy] Deuteronomy 6:6-7 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. [this is todd again as I said earlier]I work in a school. For years as a custodian. And now as well as a bus driver. The classrooms are filled with homework assignments that mock belief in Jesus. they teach evolution from preschool, they teach preschoolers about gender fluidit and homosexuality. it is not just that since it has become legal to have homosexual marriage that they allow it, they encourage it.
Todd G.
rather than allowing them to make up their own minds They have books on how to practice witchcraft in the school library. religion is not supposed to be in school and they will fire you if you teach Christianity, but there are shrines in some classroom to the worship of buddha. And they have classes for kindergarten teachers to learn how to open there ‘hindu’ chakras which is a theory and practice religious course. A statistic from barna says; It has been said by barna study and other creation ministries, like yours that kids check out by middle school or high school, I am there and see that many are checked out in grade school. What you are doing is especially important. I wish and I pray that besides home school bible teachers, many will create an after care school program that is attached to summer camps. These programs should have apologetics teachings along with activities for the kids. the programs should teach the kids and train them up to know these things not just in an occasionally fashion but regular. I have been building an idea for a few years now and want to go to school for apologetics and find others who will help me make this a reality .. there are places like the Y.M.C.A that have after care and summer school. the Y.M.C.A. was originally a Christian organization. [ it is no longer that sadly] but I pray that there will spring up some like this again. a summer camp with fun and exercises and games but also with apologetics equipping the kids. ..
Todd G.
To have a program that Christian kid’s who attend Christian private school can go to, & parents who have kids in public school can send their kids to the after care. Many cannot afford private Christian school. nor can they & stay home school their kids. I compare the issue to a courtroom, as do you in your video series the genesis academy. Kids in public school are only hearing from the prosecuting attorney, they need to be able to hear from the attorney for the defense 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I am not saying Christian should push to have creation taught in public school, the after care should be a separate location like a y.m.c.a aftercare and summer program where they hear from the attorney from the defense by their own choice or their parents not a mandatory thing. a aftercare that is biblically accurate, blameless [not just according to word of God] but legally. in an actual courtroom it would be completely unjust for a person to be convicted of a crime if the jury only got to hear from the prosecuting attorney, and never from the defense. Kids should be allowed to hear from the defense. This is my idea and my prayer I am trying to go to school for apologetics and want this to happen. I pray it will happen in many places. I tell every Christian who will listen about this idea. even if I do not succeed perhaps others will. I wish to thank you for all you do
[p.s. my background prior to being born again was a master’s degree in Chinese medicine . but I haven’t studied English since high school, forgive my English is not good ,
Terry D P.
Re: “Creation and evolution are two entirely different ways of looking at the world, each with their own origin story, morality, anthropology, and even eschatology.”
Atheists often accuse Christians/Jews of “fabricating or making up the Bible” to explain the inexplicable. But we have documented evidence that Darwin fabricated the “non-existent god/creator of evolution” to contradict what the Bible has always said. A case of “the pot calling the kettle black” methinks.
David G.
It is not just that the world is "the handiwork of a good God" (and I guess that means 'good' as judged by humans...hardly a Christian usage), it is the place created as the domain of our fellowship with God, of us in his image looking after his creation and God in the creation (as he sets out in Genesis) showing that he acts in real terms in the place where the infinite one communes with the finite ones he made to enjoy him for ever.

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