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.