Evolutionary ‘programming’ and the stumbling block of thousands of years

Unwitting ‘indoctrination’ creates stumbling blocks

Published: 21 March 2015 (GMT+10)
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by and , CMI–US

Originally appeared in a CMI newsletter, September 2014

Even more than our opposition to evolution, many people find it unbelievable that we believe God created the universe in six 24-hour days, some 6,000 years ago, as the Bible plainly teaches.1 There is almost a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to the idea that the earth’s history encompasses only thousands, not billions of years. This can be confusing and frustrating for people who are trying to witness.

What we have to remember when we’re teaching on this subject is that people are ‘programmed’ with the billions-of-years story, little by little nearly every day. This starts in childhood, as they see documentaries that claim to reconstruct the ‘lost world’ of the dinosaurs, or how an ape-like ancestor gradually changed over millions of years into the species we are today. Places like the Grand Canyon show evidence of vast geological processes, which mainstream geologists argue only take place gradually over millions of years.

A person’s foundational worldview will cause them to interpret all reality through that lens. When you consider the impact of this day-after-day programming without any dissenting voices, it is unsurprising that by adulthood many see billions of years of history as an unassailable truth. And so they react to the arguments for a young earth with incredulity and even anger. It’s the fruit of a type of indoctrination that we’ve allowed the world to shape us with, to condition us into believing a particular worldview.

There is such incredulity that we regularly receive messages we could not print in our family-friendly publications; accusing us of lying and spreading propaganda for financial gain (of course, our supporters know that this could not be further from the truth). People rarely respond to the actual information, but with emotional outbursts that show a huge dedication to the worldview that they have unwittingly built up over the years.

Part of what CMI does is help to dismantle these false views with sound creation information. But the heart of our ministry is to help children before these anti-biblical ideas become the foundation for a secular worldview, as is increasingly happening today. After all, isn’t it better to form the proper foundation and structure of a child’s worldview instead of working to undo an entire fully-fledged false worldview?

And, so what is the best way to reach the children? It might surprise you to hear that the best conduit is to first reach the parents. This is in line with God’s design for the family—and when a parent consistently presents creation information from a young age to help counter the evolutionary messages from schools and the media, that child has a much better chance of staying in the faith, because they will be able to ‘give an answer’ for the hope they have.

Don’t wait until it is too late

CMI has no position on where parents should educate their children. There are numerous factors that parents have to consider when making educational decisions for their family. But what CMI does is to encourage parents and help them instill the proper biblical worldview in their children. As part of this it is essential that we also teach children what to expect—that is—the opposing worldview they will encounter in the media and public education. This is because the reality is that regardless of where our young ones are educated they will be exposed to the aforementioned mantra of millions of years and evolution. We provide numerous resources that will help immunize young ones, such as books and DVDs and even a dedicated Parent’s Corner section of our website. Parents only need to take a little time each week with their children to educate them in this crucial battleground of origins. In a book called The Harsh Truth about Public Schools, Christian educator Bruce Shortt wrote:

“Contrary to what many Christians have been led to believe, there is no such thing as a ‘neutral’ education. All education is religious and conveys a worldview, and there is no more important decision that we make as parents than how we educate our children … The overwhelming majority of children from evangelical families leave the church within two years after they graduate from high school … ”2

The reality of changed lives

Sometimes we receive messages from parents who have not been equipped, whose children are now doubting the faith in which they were brought up. Sadly, our speakers hear this all the time. The good news is that it’s never too late to become equipped with answers and become engaged in this area. For example, Kevin B. told us:

“Thank you so much for this ministry. I am a biology student that will soon be graduating. Like most, I was brought up in public schools that taught the evolutionary worldview. There seemed to be no room for Genesis in it and so I began to doubt the Word of God. There were no answers to be found in my church and the Christians I knew just wanted to ignore my questions. Or they would tell me to just have faith. It didn’t make sense to me. If it was all true then reality should reflect that. So I fell away from God … Then I discovered CMI and suddenly I had resources that confirmed my suspicions that atheistic naturalism could not be true. If only I had the answers when I first began to ask! God bless this ministry. I use a lot of the information to show people in my sphere of influence that, not only is trust in God’s Word reasonable, but it is essential!”

Your support of CMI is essential to help us keep the life-changing information coming in its various forms via books, DVDs and our comprehensive website. Why not consider subscribing a child, grandchild or friend to our Creation magazine? You can now add a digital version and share it with family and friends on up to 5 separate devices.

Also, if you wanted to start teaching more at home our Parent’s Corner has some helps.

References and notes

  1. Cosner, L., How does the Bible teach 6,000 years? Creation 35(1):54–55, January 2013 Return to text.
  2. Author shares harsh campus realities, wnd.com/2005/02/28769, 7 February 2005. Return to text.

Helpful Resources

Evolution's Achilles' Heels
by Nine Ph.D. scientists
US $10.00
Exploring Geology with Mr Hibb
by Michael Oard, Tara Wolfe, Chris Turbuck
US $15.00

Reader’s comments

Joe S.
I always wondered why it was so much easier to believe Darwinism over creation. I used to think it was because creation required faith and Darwinism didn't, but thanks to Christian apologetics I now know that not only does Darwinism require faith, but more faith than creation! The real reason why it's easier to believe Darwinism is because from day 1 that's all we've heard. I saw a comment on an article here on Creation.com and that man made a very astute observation. He noted that it's not a difference between two kinds of science, but between two completely separate disciplines - science and history. The two may overlap but they are still separate disciplines. In a court case, the prosecution interprets the facts and constructs a narrative to explain how the crime was committed. In the same way scientists look at facts, interpret them, and construct a narrative to explain how things happened in the past. Darwinism is nothing more than a historical narrative. Science is used in constructing the narrative, but the narrative itself is not science. Creation is the same way.

When you're brought up your entire life with only one viewpoint but never equipped with anything to defend that view, you'll abandon it as soon as you hear an alternative. Unfortunately this is the case with so many people who were brought up Christian. On the other hand, if you're brought up only ever knowing one viewpoint but equipped with an arsenal to defend that view, you will cling to that view despite any evidence against it. This is the reason Darwinism has overrun our culture. Unless we recognize who we're facing and start using the same tactics they've been using for the past 100 years or so, we'll only continue to see people fall from the faith. Much thanks to CMI.
Richard L.
During my engineering experience and in the many years since then, I have found that when we engage people in hard-science topics, they can properly respond calmly and carefully. When we ask for proof, they don't get upset. In fact, they love 'trotting out the evidence'. All that changes when we discuss remnant-inference (RI) science (i.e., historical / forensic / origins science). In making conclusions here, everyone has to do so through an interpretive presuppositional (IP) grid. But most people aren't aware that their conclusions / convictions about RI science are an expression of an IP-based faith system. And they don't want to find out. They know about this weakness at the subconscious level but are blind to it at the conscious level. They don't want this subconscious-knowledge-emergence to occur. It scares them. It would shock them, that what they have assumed to be reliable suddenly isn't. They feel threatened. As so, when we engage them about RI science, I think that they start sensing this 'threat' danger, and a negative reaction easily occurs. People who had been talking constructively and calmly about hard-science issues suddenly 'erupt'. Sometimes in nasty language.

And the people most vulnerable are pastors and theologians. If they have received the indoctrination that the authors have described, they not only are brainwashed into wrongly informing their consciences about the location of intellectual honesty / integrity, and they not only feel this "emergence" threat, but they also think that we young-earthers are unnecessarily stumbling people away from saving faith. Sadly, some of the worst language that creation-ministry staffers have heard is from pastors and not Jerry Coyne. Please pray for these staffers, for their godly responses.

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