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Question Evolution Day

and the proper approach to apologetics

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Charles Darwin

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Published: 13 February 2020 (GMT+10)

Every year, religious groups around the world participate in a celebration of evolution in early February. It was originally called Darwin Sunday, and was held on the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12), but political correctness and a desire to influence faiths other than mainline Christianity required that it be renamed Darwin Weekend.

Thus, February 12 would be good as a Question Evolution Day, an annual event in which almost anyone can participate. Regular readers know that a proper understanding of origins is important to the gospel message and biblical authority. Indeed, our Creator commands us to love God with “ … all your mind” (Matthew 22:37), so biblical creationists use logic, theology, and science. Some people think there is a message of hope in evolution, which is the opposite of the truth. As biblical creationists, we want to spread the truth — but there are some things to keep in mind.

Evolutionists are also Created in God’s Image

Many people reject the truth that all people are created in the image of God outright, but their opinions do not change reality. Unfortunately, some of these people appeal to ‘science’ to support this rejection. Many scientists (as well as much of the general population) believe in evolution because they are unaware that creation science even exists. The secular science textbooks give them a naturalistic view of origins and presuppose an evolutionary process in science, so when we present creation science, people may respond with dismissal or disdain. It is simply a foreign concept to them.

Most people operate as if God, or at least biblical creation, does not even exist. Those who tend to put burrs under our saddles1 are those who treat evolutionism more like a religion, sometimes even acting like they are on a secularist crusade to silence creationists. We see this in the form of intimidation or legislation, especially in schools, and it has been going on for a long time. We may respond with ‘righteous indignation’ and a desire to defend both the truth and our rights, but we must remember to respond in a God-honoring way because our opponents are also created in God’s image. True, some situations call for a less-than-gentle answer, and we see examples of this in the lives of Jesus and Paul, but the admonition from 1 Peter 3:15 should make us carefully consider out attitude:

“ … but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

There are times when an enthusiastic creation activist gleefully shares links in areas that atheists, evolutionists, apostates, and so forth will frequent. They are trying to stir up debate. I once saw a meme of a youngster wearing a shirt that read, “I am an atheist. Debate me”. Some Christians operate with a similar attitude. They ‘get on the prod’2 and want to provoke those who disbelieve creation. Brethren, this kind of thing ought not to be!

One goal of Question Evolution Day is to provide information to secular people who may have never considered creation science. It’s mighty difficult if we come at them with a smug attitude. After all, our ultimate goal is to spread the truth and reach people for Christ, not to score points and win arguments.

Harsh and sarcastic facts shouted in someone’s face do not generally point them to the kingdom of God. After all, the purpose of promoting creation is not to debunk evolution so much as it is to remove a stumbling block that is causing many people to reject the God of the Bible. So don’t be another stumbling block!

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The Proper Approach to Apologetics

The “go-to” verse for many apologists is 1 Peter 3:15. Many people emphasize the middle section, “ … always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you … ”, to encourage Christians in their defense of Scripture. For biblical creationists, this does not mean that everyone must be an expert in all fields of science and theology. Instead, it is important to have a good working knowledge of the material and to utilize available resources—such as the one you’re reading right now that has thousands of articles on various subjects.

The last part of the verse is not emphasized as often, “ … yet do it with gentleness and respect … ”, which applies to what was discussed above about how we interact with people. However, what seems to be neglected the most is the first part, “ … in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy … ”. English versions have different renderings, including “set Christ apart”, “honor”, “sanctify”, and similar words. The Greek word is ἁγιάζω (hagiazō), which means to sanctify. Christians need to first be grounded in the word of God. Indeed, Paul exhorts us in Colossians 3:16 to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly … ”. This will help us keep a right perspective in our apologetics methods.

The issue of origins is not strictly about scientific evidence. Otherwise, Darwinism would have been dropped on the dusty ‘trail of time’ long ago and people would believe that God is the Creator. Instead, the god of this world has blinded unbelievers to the deeper truths of Scripture (see 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 5:10). That is why we are exhorted by Peter to “be ready”. Further, we dismantle arguments against true knowledge (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Remember Your History

When reading some of the testimonies of creationists, we find that some became creationists before they became Christians, but others were opposed to creation until they became Christians (Psalm 119:130, Ephesians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 2:14). This is supported by the fact that many scientists of the past and present had proper thinking regarding the Bible and science. (See also the important overview article Faith and facts).

Christians need to remember how they felt and thought when they were unbelievers. Admittedly, many Christians have never been atheists, but we did not have the knowledge, wisdom, and epistemology that we (hopefully) have now; the Christian life is a growth process. Be patient because not everyone is as ‘enlightened’ as we are.

Applications for Question Evolution Day

The basics of Question Evolution Day are simple. People can share biblical creation science material in a myriad of ways. There are many opportunities to share material on social media, and a #questionevolutionday hashtag helps make a statement. In person, we can have conversations, provide tracts, give away a back issue of Creation magazine, and so on. It is not difficult.

We must sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, be prepared to respond with wisdom and resources that are available, and keep in mind that those who do not know the truth of creation are also created by God.

References and notes

  1. A source of irritation. A burr under the saddle of a horse might cause it to buck. Return to text.
  2. Cowboy slang for being irritable or looking for a fight. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Michael B.
One of the biggest take away I’ve had from CMI in recent years is to ask the question, “what evidence do you find most compelling about evolution/millions of years/big bang etc.”
While reading this article our Lord’s words come to mind
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
Your Brother in Christ,
Michael
Stephen K.
Thank you creation.com. You are the best magazine/internet site in regard to Christianity, the Bible, creation, Jesus Christ and relating Bible facts to history of life on earth especially Genesis. I’m a Christian Evangelist myself for years now and by accepting Jesus as my saviour he has given me a purpose, has freed me and my story has turned out to be so immense now through him!

Genesis is actually my favourite section of the Bible. … There are three trillion trees on planet earth alone, on one planet in the Milky Way galaxy alone which is more than the stars or planets of the galaxy either way. Consider the leaves on one tree and there are three trillion trees and as your magazine described the supercapacitor design came from the leaves, now especially consider ‘infinity’. … On my Genesis infinite road trips, I came across a multitude of animals from kangaroos to rabbits to white flying insects to an alpaca, a white stallion and birds. Evolution cannot be the explaining key because it would take an infinite amount of genetic mutations either way linking the animals and with/without a designing hand. We can also go into the law of cause and effect, the greatest scientific law that we came up with irreducible complexity—the brain; and God created us in his image.
Don V.
I like “Question Evolution Day” so much that I do it 365 days a year!
Because I believe that the Creation is “clearly seen” (Romans 1:20), I like a sign on the back of my car for many hundreds of individuals to see. The sticker states “Believe in Evolution? Watch Your Car Get Better With Time Like The Big Bang”. We all know that raw energy (salt and stones to other cars) working on matter (our cars) do not evolve better cars over time.
It gets all kinds of responses from nice to nasty. Some stop texting long enough to take a picture of it. It provokes thought and generates conversations.
There are companies that will make stickers for you on the internet.
Try it you will like it.
Don
Ron H.
Great article! I wish you had featured it last week, or even last month, so that we could be better prepared to gear up some events and campaigns to challenge evolution. But thanks for this good article. We’ll just have to save it for next year. — pastor Ron.
Cowboy Bob S.
Howdy Pastor Ron H. and others who may be interested,

First of all, the editors who have not credited themselves improved the article that I originally submitted, for which I am grateful. Second, you may want to share the link to this article and use it next year, and even after that. Note that the 10th annual Question Evolution Day falls on a Friday, so we can have Question Evolution Weekend! Churches and other groups can have events (one church had a food event, I think they had primordial soup and something to represent geological layers) and use their imagination.
Jennifer P.
Thanks for this great article. 10 years ago, I wrote to CMI a letter that was used as the weekend feedback article. It was entitled “St Valentine’s Surprise”. My experience of going to my mum’s church and hearing the preacher extol the joys of evolution Sunday! Remembering and honoring Charles Darwin for his wonderful theory of Evolution. The memory of it has to this day sent chills down my spine every St Valentine’s Day!
John P.
Primordial soup does not sound very appetising! However, maybe the ‘preacher’ at Jennifer P's mum’s church would like some! Sadly there are these wolves in sheep’s clothing in churches, undermining peoples’ faith and leading their church into apostasy. Peter prophesied this as did Paul, we are in the last days before Jesus returns for the millennial kingdom. Evolution is the atheists’ creation myth. For them to disbelieve their mythology brings God too close for comfort for them. They ignore the fact Louis Pasteur disproved abiogenesis in the 19th century as well as the fact most scientists back then were Bible-believing creationists. To believe in the foibles of evolution results in science either stalling or going backwards.

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