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Creation 42(1):6, January 2020

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Radicalizing young people

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The mass protests of school students about ‘climate change’ have caused many of us to wonder how it has come to this. Even supposed adults are falling over themselves to genuflect to a 16-year-old kid. We are scratching our heads wondering what the world is coming to.

I believe that we can largely trace this radicalizing to the loss of faith in God, particularly in young people. Since the 1960s, once-Christian countries have increasingly indoctrinated all young people in an evolutionary way of thinking—there was a ‘big bang’, where nothing exploded with no cause billions of years ago, and we are the product of purely natural processes (‘evolution’) since then. In other words, we are ‘star dust’, as one famous commentator put it. We are ultimately a chance product of atoms randomly banging around over billions of years.

Such a view has no room for the Bible’s message of God creating us with a purpose; our fall into sin, sickness, and death in Adam; and salvation in Jesus Christ. This brings a life of purpose lived now and a wonderful hope for eternity, including that we will be free of sickness and death.

Because of the evolutionary brainwashing, the indoctrinated now have no purpose to their lives and no eternal hope or perspective. Consequently, young students are looking for some sort of self-authentication, and a crusade to save the planet fits the bill. Hence the fervour, and we are awash with ‘virtue signalling’!

But not many get to consider that if we were all nothing but stardust from a big bang, and it will all end forever when the universe runs out of useable energy, there would be little point to ‘saving the planet’ anyway. How does one get a moral imperative—what we ought to do—from atoms banging around?

Creation magazine provides a powerful counter to the cultural demise around us, for young and old. This issue presents powerful evidence that God did indeed create everything, just like the Bible says. Our ears (pp. 14–17) reveal incredible design! The wonderful world of bats (pp. 28–31), with their amazing echolocation and flight, speaks of divine invention. In the children’s section, the size of the universe (pp. 32–35) highlights God’s all-powerful nature.

This issue also counters the fake history that has taken popular thinking captive. We have articles correcting the notion that Neandertals were primitive sub-humans (pp. 12–13) and that scholars of the past could not reason logically and scientifically (pp. 26–27). Other articles cover the origin of languages, which backs up the Bible’s real history (pp. 52–55); Egypt’s pyramids and where they fit in (pp. 18–20); how Earth’s inner core should not be as it is if Earth were billions of years old (p. 21); how proteins in fossils refute their claimed age of millions of years, as researched by Brian Thomas, our Ph.D. scientist interviewee for this issue (pp. 38–41); and how the Ice Age needs a catastrophic cause like Noah’s Flood to explain it (pp. 48–51).

But how can we share this vital information? Ian and Heather Hartley show how it can be done at public gatherings (pp. 22–25). (One of their secrets: they give away Creation magazines!) I trust that this encourages others to get active too.

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