Winning the war
The Bible makes it very clear that followers of Jesus can expect opposition (e.g. Matthew 5:10, 13:21, John 3:19, 15:18–20, 1 Corinthians 4:13, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 5:8–9, 1 John 3:13, 5:19).
If any Christians doubt whether that still applies today, they have only to look at the perennially recurring and vociferous nature of the creation-evolution debate. When it comes to the fundamentals of Christianity, the forces arrayed against believers are furious and strident. Long-time observer of this battle, Creation magazine’s Managing Director Dr Carl Wieland, recently wrote:
“The ferocity of opinion against creation has to be seen to be believed. Alan Gill, then religion writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, once came to interview me at a major national [creation/science] conference we had in Sydney. He was curious to know why it was that whenever they published a letter from some highly obnoxious opinion base, whether KKK, or neoNazi, or whatever, the letter always got plenty of flak. But there was only one opinion that generated attacks on the paper itself for having published it, and that was anything pro-biblical-creation. And it would invariably happen.”
There is a war on! And it seems the opposition isn’t so much interested in debating what Christianity teaches about origins, but rather in suppressing it—just as you’d expect from Romans 1:18. They want to silence the Christian voice (proclaiming creation), and replace it with their own (promoting long ages and evolution).
This phenomenon preceded the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, as shown in our article about James Hutton (‘the man who warped time’ thus paving the way for Darwin—p. 20). But it seems to have become many magnitudes worse since. Such is the evolutionary prejudice today that some creation-believing Ph.D. scientists feel compelled to seek alternative careers (e.g. see our interview with Dr Yusdi Santoso, p. 16, who relates how Oxford University required him to read Richard Dawkins’ Creator-denying diatribe The Blind Watchmaker as background for his biological research).
However, the ‘war’ is by no means going all the evolutionists’ way. Now in its 36th year, withstanding the many forces seeking to suppress it, Creation magazine is still soldiering on. Its readership continues to grow globally, reaching over 100 countries, as it fulfills its charter to equip readers as ‘soldiers for Christ’ (2 Timothy 2:13) to demolish evolutionary ‘arguments’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
In this issue, we show that discoveries of extrasolar planets provide no comfort to the evolutionary paradigm (p. 42). We point to examples of the unmistakable handiwork of the Master Designer (God) in creatures of the dry land (p. 28), the water (p. 36), and the air (pp. 19, 56).
With 1 Peter 3:15 in mind, we help readers to be equipped to answer questions and objections asked by seekers and skeptics alike, e.g. how could the dinosaurs have fitted on the Ark (p. 12), and false claims about ‘ape-men’ (p. 38).
And we also provide readers with the information to show the ‘burden of proof’ lies with evolutionists to try to explain the Ice Age (p. 52) and the origin of reproduction (they can’t—p. 48). And we show that creationists are not only equipped to win the ‘war’ but actually to lead the way in science, as per the stellar record in medicine of Dr Bernard Brandstater (p. 32).
Way to go, soldiers! Way to go.
<2 Corinthians 4:4> They have their eyes but cannot see, they have their ears but cannot hear, "The god of this age blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
I want to say thank you for all the work it takes to have this information available! You have helped me and countless others to arm ourselves with weapons of fact & truth. Your ministry is invaluable! We as Christians need to understand how serious this issue is. The consequences are dire! Rev. 3:2 'Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die'.
It looks to me like you are only dealing with the symptom and not the cause because you fail to mention the part that Satan plays in all this. Many think that everybody knows about Satan and take it for granted that he is there in the shadows. But think again, if he could get a third of the Angels in heaven to side with him, what does that tell you? It tells me to 'Watch out'!
It tells me to take your Bible seriously when it says this:
Genesis 3:15 (TLB) "From now on you and the woman will be enemies, as will your offspring and hers. You will strike his heel, but he will crush your head."
Revelation 12:12 (TLB) "Rejoice, O heavens! You citizens of heaven, rejoice! Be glad! But woe to you people of the world, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time."
The 'war' between those who believe in the Creation and those who don't, doesn't take an Einstein to figure out who's coaching the teams.
What takes some 'smarts' is discovering the "wolves" in sheep's clothing and their message that will separate you from your God. That's when a person needs to have a good connection with the Creator God through the Holy Spirit. Otherwise a person will not wind up living in Heaven or on the New Earth.
They will wind up being on Satan's side and sharing in his reward.
The real 'War' is in your head, and you trying to determine what the 'Truth' is, and you making the decision to follow it wholeheartedly. That's where the 'real' war is.
Because of organizations/websites like Creation Ministries, I have been motivated to start my own apologetics ministry here in our city. With God's grace, I had my first seminar on Young Earth in our church here in our city just last week. God-willing, I plan to bring the message to other places in our country to enlighten those who have been misled to believe false theories about our origins. I actually mentioned during my seminar that there is a spiritual war that rages on. I told those who attended the seminar not to relent and be bold in their faith, for we are not only fighting a good fight; we are the fighting the BEST fight.
We are indeed in a war- spiritual warfare. Jesus has already won the victory on the cross but these skirmishes go on as the enemy fights desperately for peoples' souls. Thank God for ministries such as CMI's which go to the heart of the matter and attack the enemy where it hurts. As we use the whole armour of God in our fight to break down the enemy's strongholds we can already claim the victory through Jesus. We will probably only find out in eternity just how many people have been snatched from the jaws of hell through our ministry and the Holy Spirit getting His Foot in the door of their hearts. God bless