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Winning against suppression

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©iStockphoto.com/jcgwakefield Winning against suppression

Romans 1:18 states:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

It should be evident to most that there are indeed powerful forces at work in the world today acting to “suppress the truth”.1,2

This often starts very young, especially in government schools, and even church schools.3,4,5 In line with this, we received this letter from a grandmother some years ago:

Grandson Jacob’s teacher gave the ‘party line’ on origins yesterday. “Two massive clouds of cosmic gasses collided and as a result our sun emerged … ”

Jacob raised his hand and interrupted, “I don’t believe that!”

“I beg your pardon, Jacob? Why not?” she asked.

“Because there was nothing but GOD and He just spoke and that’s where our sun came from” was the simple faith of this 8-year-old.

The teacher responded: “You know, Jacob, you are right. I don’t believe it [evolution] either. It happened just like you said but I’m not allowed to say it [creation] as a teacher. Thank you for saying it for me.”

This is no isolated case. On hearing the story, another Australian teacher said:

“Yes! That’s exactly how it is at my school, too. The principal read the ‘riot act’ out to us in the staff room: no mentioning creation in class, unless one of the kids … [raises] the issue.”

Thankfully, students are raising these issues, like Jacob above. Another example was after Creation magazine’s children’s pages told of dating tests on rock formed in 1949, 1954 and 1975 from lava flows at New Zealand’s Mt Ngauruhoe. The lab results ‘dated’ these rocks at up to 3.5 million years old!6

Feedback showed that the kids certainly understood the take-home message: If radiometric ‘dating’ is wrong on rocks of known age, why should we presume it’s right on rocks of unknown age? An excited mother told us,

“Johnny’s teacher telephoned me to ask, ‘Where did your son get this information?’ I replied, ‘From Creation magazine’!”

So, relaying the information in this magazine to young people is a proven way of fighting the suppression of teaching on creation imposed by education authorities.

Fighting suppression: same battle, new tools

With Creation magazine now in its 35th year, the dramatic and rapid cultural changes in an increasingly ‘online’ world present new challenges—but also opportunities. Hence why, with an increasingly tech-savvy younger generation, Creation magazine is now also available in digital format. (See p. 49.)

Thus parents and grandparents, at little extra cost, can keep the ‘hard copy’ for themselves while giving five of their children/grandchildren simultaneous digital access to the latest Creation magazine.7 (Which means no longer competing/queuing for reading access, as we’re told often happens.) Students so equipped can show Creation magazine content to their teachers the instant an issue arises. So there’s no need to surrender to those who would ‘suppress the truth’, e.g. regarding the earth’s special place in the universe (p. 38), the legacy of Noah’s Flood (p. 44), or the fact that archaeology supports the Bible’s account of history (p.48).

Fight ‘truth suppression’. Spread the word!

References

  1. Catchpoole, D. and Sarfati, J., Origins questions : evolutionists puzzled, creationists muzzled, creation.com/muzzled, 20 October 2006. Return to text.
  2. Woodmorappe, J., The frightful level of thought control in American academia, Journal of Creation 25(3):18–20, 2011, creation.com/crocker. Return to text.
  3. Statham, D., Evidence for creation now banned from UK religious education classes, creation.com/uk-schools-ban, 19 July 2012. Return to text.
  4. Cosner, L., Erring on the side of censorship: US schools are becoming Christ-free zones, creation.com/christfree, 21 July 2006. Return to text.
  5. Australian Christian schools in creationism row: Many are calling this the thin end of the wedge for Christians everywhere …, creation.com/australia-schools-ban, 9 March 2010. Return to text.
  6. Leitha, D. And Byers, S., Dating methods, Creation 24(3):34–37, 2002; creation.com/creation-for-kids-dating-methods. Return to text.
  7. Actually, we’ve already received unexpected delighted feedback from older people (even up to age 90!) saying they prefer the digital version, as they can enlarge the print size on their screen view.) Return to text.

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