Creation evangelism with ‘Dinosaurs of Eden’
Ron Neller interviews Pastor Steve Müller
Steve became interested in exploring the Christian faith around 1990 when he met a pastor/street evangelist in Cairns (Far North Queensland) who invited him to his church. While Steve was not interested in attending, he nonetheless asked for a Bible so that he could explore the Christian faith for himself. The pastor gave him an NIV New Testament which Steve studied over the next year and a half. One evening, after reading 1 Corinthians 15, he became acutely aware that he was a sinner before a holy God, and that night he trusted in Jesus and committed his life to Him.
Receiving Christ prompted Steve to purchase a complete Bible and start from the beginning. He was immediately impacted by Genesis 1:31—it was clear to him that God is good and that His creation was originally “very good”. Steve notes that “history may be divided into two parts—before Adam sinned, and after Adam sinned.” This was an integral part of Steve’s witnessing as a new Christian.
Like most others who give their lives to Christ as adults, Steve had been educated on evolutionary principles, and hence he pondered the idea of man only appearing after billions of years. He found Scripture taught otherwise:
People were there “from the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6, 13:19). Prophets have been killed “from the foundation of the world” (Luke 11:50). Man has been accountable “since the creation of the world” (Romans 1:20).
Such passages, along with the genealogical records of Genesis 5 and Luke 3, “convinced me of the truth of young earth creation”. Creation is thus foundational to Steve’s evangelistic activity in Gladstone, where he lives. For example, his church sets up a stall at the local monthly markets held at the city’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. Featuring Steve’s dinosaur sketches on the theme ‘Dinosaurs of Eden’, as well as images of dinosaur soft tissue finds and ancient depictions of dinosaur-like creatures, the stall attracts considerable attention from the public.
Steve and the team use these illustrations to show that science, history and the Bible all align with a young Earth. This in turn lays a foundation for sharing that:
It was the sin of the first man, Adam, that resulted in death and suffering and the broken world we live in today, and our only hope is in the last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45). He not only died for our sins on the Cross but also conquered death through His physical resurrection, and one day He will return to bring in a New Heaven and a New Earth, restored to Edenic perfection.
Dinosaurs of Eden
What delighted me when I first met Steve Müller was seeing his sketches of dinosaurs in the most fascinating of situations. Unlike most other dinosaur artists, he draws dinosaurs with people, mammals, and modern birds. For example, I have a print of his of a T. rex (his favourite dinosaur) chasing a chicken—a humorous dig at the evolutionary belief that dinosaurs evolved into birds.
Steve expressed that he sketches dinosaurs in these situations so as to challenge popular evolutionary assumptions. He says his sketches provoke questions and provide many talking points and witnessing opportunities. Some of his dinosaur art has been enlarged and printed on big signs for the market stall, with carefully worded statements of fact designed to arouse curiosity. People can read these signs while standing outside the stall, and if they’re interested they can come in and find out more. Steve’s dinosaur art is a real drawcard for young and old alike.
To promote broader discussion Steve has also created a Facebook page called Dinosaurs of Eden.1 There he posts his pictures with brief explanations and links to related articles on creation.com.
Love people, build rapport, build relationships
While he was for many years a Christian teacher and a school principal, Steve often touched on creation in weekly chapel messages. He endeavoured to instil a biblical worldview in staff, students, and parents, showing them how the Bible applies to every area of life in the real world—it is not merely ‘a book of good morals’. Furthermore, the Bible was not ‘added’ to the curriculum; the curriculum, for the most part, was built on the foundation of the Bible.
As for any advice he might give to Christian teachers, Steve shared:
Make sure your teaching is grounded in a biblical worldview. If your Christian school does not hold to a biblical view of creation, pray about how God may use you to bring about change. Consider a Creation magazine gift subscription for the school library. Pray for your principal and co-workers that there may be unity in truth and clarity of mission. Pray for your students. Pray that the Christian ones may prepare themselves to stand firm in their faith and influence the culture of the school (Proverbs 12:26, 13:20); pray that they may have an impact upon non-Christian students and those who are wavering in their faith.
Above all, love people, build rapport, build relationships. Listen to people. The most effective evangelism often takes place with the people you know, and with people who know that you care. You never know what doors of opportunity the Lord may open.
Begin with the Bible
Because Steve Müller is a pastor, I asked him what advice he might give to other pastors who have not yet fully accepted creation or the truth of Genesis. He replied:
I would ask them whether they have considered the implications for:
- The moral character of God. Is creation over millions of years of death and suffering consistent with a God who is good?
- The authority of Scripture. If Moses (John 5:46–47) and Jesus (Matthew 19:3–6) were mistaken about creation, how can anything else in God’s Word be trusted?
- The Gospel. The physical death and resurrection of Jesus is tied to the historicity of sin and death entering the world through the first man, Adam (Romans 5:12–19; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22, 45–49). If death and suffering were normal for ‘millions of years’ before man, the very foundation of the Gospel would be undermined.
In other words, I would encourage such pastors to begin with the Bible and build all of their thinking on Scripture, rather than begin with the ideas of men and impose these ideas on the Bible.
It is a delight that Steve Müller is now a speaker for Creation Ministries International. With professional experience as a teacher, a principal, and a pastor who is engaged in creation evangelism, he provides a wealth of experience in proclaiming the creation message.