Evangelizing from a creation foundation
As I come ‘on board’ the editorial team for Creation magazine, it is humbling when I think of how instrumental CMI’s materials were in my own conversion and growth in my Christian faith. At 16, having been raised in the church but with no real foundation for true faith, I declared myself an ‘agnostic’, but I was determined to find the truth. My biology class happened to be studying evolution at that particular point, so I decided that would be the issue—if creation was true, I’d be a Christian; if evolution was true, I’d be an atheist.
Over the months that followed, God used creation materials from CMI to open my mind and heart to the Gospel message. Finding out that there was evidence for the Bible’s truthfulness in historical matters made me consider that what it claimed about Jesus might also be true (as Jesus said in John 3:12, “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”) Because of this, I’ve always been absolutely convinced of the importance of origins not only for a coherent Christian faith, but for a strong evangelistic witness. So it is now a huge privilege to edit one of the world’s foremost creation evangelistic tools. It also in a way feels like ‘the end of an era’, with the recent retirement of Creation magazine founder, Dr Carl Wieland, but we are excited as we look towards the future.
Often, Christians feel the need to ‘apologize’ for the Bible’s passages that come under attack in today’s culture. For some, it is tempting to find naturalistic ways to explain away Noah’s Flood, or fit billions of years into Scripture. However, it is completely unnecessary. When we stand firmly on the Bible’s authority, we find that this gives us a coherent worldview from which we can answer skeptical attacks on Scripture.
This issue of Creation magazine shows how the Bible has been vindicated at various points. For instance, skeptics used to claim that the book of Daniel erred when it called Belshazzar the last King of Babylon, but archaeology has proved the Bible was right (p. 12). And scientists have found that crude oil can be created in minutes, not millions of years, under the right conditions (p. 55). Big bang fudge factors are unnecessary if we assume the sort of universe the Bible describes (p. 48). And from beautiful flowers like the Tibetan Snow Lotus, to the lowly cockroach (p. 22), nature bears witness to its Designer.
There are many scientists, including ‘rocket scientist’ Henry Richter (p. 37), who recognize that the Bible’s creation account makes the best sense of what we see in the world around us today. So, especially in light of the way evolution contradicts Genesis (p. 52), it is totally unnecessary to try to compromise by adopting a theistic evolutionary view (p. 44).
It is my hope that you will be encouraged by this issue of Creation magazine. And then, when your family is done reading it, pass it on to someone else! You never know how God might use the magazine in another person’s life.
Thanks so much for your dedication in continuing with this very important ministry. It has been a great blessing of encouragement to me.
I was taught evolution in a Catholic grade school although my English was too poor to pay attention. It did not affect my life, so I thought, until it did. But, it wasn't the evolutionary hypothesis of origin, but my poor understanding of God, where I labeled myself spiritual not religious. After searching for the truth, Hovind was the first to truly open my eyes. Recently I found CMI where more information helped me understand not only God, but the God behind science. I now own 4 bible's, one a replica of the 1611 KJV, original size. The complaint I have with this new knowledge is that now I trust no claimed documentaries that invoke evolution, my selection of movies has been greatly reduced due to the content. I see that YEC's are in the minority but I do take serious offense against anyone of high education who dares to misinterpret Genesis. I guess in essence this does create a division within the faith. God did not have to state 1st, 2nd, 3rd ... day, and include evening and morning, and state His action on the 7th day. He could have just claimed creation without a timeline. I understand the core message is about Jesus and so forth, but how can one claim to be a follower, have read Genesis and even the rest of the bible and still claim evolution? That is saying Jesus lied when He said we were created in the beginning.
Welcome aboard! I've read with interest many of your articles over the years, and it seems to me you will make a fine editor. Keep up the good work!
Thank you CMI. You are my brothers and sisters in Christ and what you do as the body of Christ touches lives and souls in unison with what I do in the body of Christ.
On school camp last weekend a number of students ask questions, while others probed and a few seriously challenged their own beliefs through me as disciple of Christ and scientist. Every one of the students received some kind of goodness the Lord had planned for them through the foundational faith expressed in biblical scripture. Thank you CMI, your work encourages and confirms my faith which witnesses to students and attests Lita's testimony. Thank you for sharing part of your testimony through biblical faith and know that many other students are sharing your personal journey to Christ through the work and faith in biblical foundations.