Originally published in Creation 15, no 2 (March 1993): 28-30.
At a recent major creation seminar, a woman who was obviously excited at what she had heard was rather distressed by a conversation she had had with her husband earlier in the day.
She had attempted to encourage her husband to attend this seminar that she thought would be so vital. He refused to come, saying ‘I have the Bible, what more do I need? I don’t need these evidences for creation when I have the Bible. Why do I have to know what is wrong with evolution? The Bible is God’s Word, and that is all I need.’
‘I’ve learnt a tremendous amount today,’ the woman stated. ‘This seminar has really helped my faith. Please tell me, how do I answer these objections from Bill, my husband?’
I thought for a moment, and then asked her, ‘Do you and Bill have any children?’
‘Why yes, we have three children, eight years old up to 13,’ she replied.
I told her, ‘If your husband was in front of me right now, I think I would say something like this to him.
‘Bill, I applaud your faith in God’s Word. That is very commendable. In fact, the only way we can know truth is because we have a revelation from the One who is truth. From the perspective of understanding what Christianity is all about, you are quite right, the Bible is all we need.
‘However, as you are aware, people will challenge you and your children in regard to this faith in the Bible. In fact, through the media and the education system, children and adults are bombarded with evolutionary ideas. They are being told there is no God. and that all life can be accounted for by chance random processes.
‘If we are honest, there is no way we can shelter our children from hearing such attacks on the Bible. They may hear it from their teachers at school, friends in the neighborhood, a television program, the local newspaper, a magazine they pick up somewhere, a museum, college, or, sadly, even in some churches! No matter how much you try to isolate your children from evolution, they will hear this teaching now or later.
‘Bill, what are you going to say to your children (whether young, or grown up), when they come and ask such questions as:
“‘Dad, I’ve heard that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, and this disagrees with the Bible, is this correct?”
“‘Dad, the majority of scientists say they can prove man evolved from some ape-like creature, and that the story of Adam and Eve is not truedo you have an answer for this?”
“‘Dad, the majority of people say you can’t trust the Bible because it is just a religious book, but real science has proved that God did not create the world the way it says in the Bible. Why shouldn’t I believe the scientists, after all they did put man on the moon, and have made wonderful inventions like computers?”
“‘Dad, where did the fossils come from? Do they fit with the Bible? If Genesis is not true, why should I believe the rest of the Bible, particularly when Jesus Christ quoted from Genesis? Is it true that there was never a world flood like the Bible states in Genesis? Every museum I’ve seen states clearly that all the scientific evidence proves evolution so why should I accept your faith in the Bible?”
‘Bill, the problem is that while the Bible is, in a sense, all we need in regard to understanding salvation, the Bible also tells us the following:
“‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” [I Peter 3:15].
“‘Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good” [I Thessalonians 5:21].
Christianity is not a blind faith, it is an objective faith—a rational logical faith based on facts.
‘In other words, Bill, Christianity is not a blind faith, it is an objective faith—a rational logical faith based on facts. It is not like the blind, subjective faith of the evolutionist. Although we can’t scientifically prove our faith, because we can’t scientifically PROVE anything in relation to the past, none the less, we can logically defend our faith.
‘When men teach things that are contrary to Scripture, and endeavor to destroy people’s faith in God’s Word, then we are commanded to oppose this.
‘“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”( II Corinthians 10:5).
‘For instance, the Bible declares that an event in the days of a man called Noah occurred, in which the whole world was inundated with waterthere was a world-wide cataclysmic flood in the past. If this event really did occur, we would expect it to leave some evidence on the face of the earth. We would expect to find evidence of layers of water-deposited material, with perhaps millions of animals and plants buried in those layers all over the earth. This is exactly what we find.
‘Of course, Bill, the evolutionists argue that these layers and dead things (fossils), are great evidence for evolution. These people have written and said much to ridicule the Bible’s account of the Flood. They vehemently oppose those Christians who accept God’s Word on this matter.
‘However, good scientific research has shown that this evidence is not supportive of slow evolutionary processes over millions of years, but catastrophic, rapid processes. This of course supports (though it does not prove in the scientific sense) what the Bible states concerning the flood of Noah’s day. Thus, by looking outside the Bible, but starting with the Bible, we can give logical reasons to defend our faith, and thus support the validity of the claim that the Bible is revealed truth.
‘Bill, when we understand the admonition to train our children (Proverbs 22:6), and the fact that children are easily ‘tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive.’ (Ephesians 4:14), we certainly need to be ready with answers when our children ask us about creation/evolution. Really, we should have already given our children these answers, knowing that this is where the attacks from the evil one are certainly occurring.
‘Sadly, many children have rebelled against Christianity, because their parents legalistically imposed Christianity on them, without giving them ‘a reason for the hope that is in you. These children have heard “reasons” from the evolutionists as to why they should believe in evolution, and thus they are led to believe that the Bible is not true after all.’
Those questions above, hypothetically put to Bill by his children, are typical questions that we in the creation ministry receive all the time. The point is: there are easy-to-understand answers to these to enable Christians ‘to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.’
Over and over, Scripture not only teaches truth, but commands us to take action based on that truth.
In Genesis 1:28, we are told, ‘And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the face of the earth.’
Man was told to fill the earth, and to conquer and rule it. This ‘cultural mandate’— as it is called, is a basis for human activity in studying the earth, and using the knowledge gained for the benefit of the humans and animals that inhabit it. This knowledge has led to technology in such fields as engineering, agriculture, medicine, etc.
History is replete with examples of Christians starting schools, hospitals, and developing technological advancements. It was God’s Word that was foundational in their thinking, that enabled them to carry out these enterprises. These people did not just say, ‘I have the Bible, that is all I need. I don’t need anything else.’ Where would we be today if all Christians took that attitude?
James 2:20 tells us that ‘… faith without works is dead’. It is one thing to accept God’s Word by faith, but it is another thing to act on that faith and show forth its practical outworking. Part of this is to ensure that we do not portray the Christian faith to our children as just a blind faith. This is a major reason why so many children from Christian homes today are turning their backs on Christianity.
There is no greater lie from Satan than that there is no God and that the Bible is not truth. Today, this is the message, disguised as so-called ‘science’, with which the world is being indoctrinated. We need to have (and there are) very good scientific objections to this teaching. There is much evidence available to counteract evolutionary ideas, and to support what the Bible states concerning our origins. No Christian should bury his or her head in the sand on this issue—to do so could result in our children accepting another faith, the real blind faith, the faith of evolutionism and its logical consequence, humanism (‘man sets the rules’).
The creation ministry is a vital ministry in the world today. The seminars, books and videos provide invaluable resource material to enable all Christians to do exactly what God through the words of Peter commanded:
‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.’
Bill, if you’re reading this, you would be wise not to miss the next creation seminar. But in the meantime, there are a lot of useful creation books for you to read, important videos to watch, and a fantastic family creation magazine—actually, it’s the one you’re reading—to subscribe to so that your children, friends and neighbors will see a real, logical and unbending faith. A faith that not only makes sense of the world, but gives real, true meaning and that sure hope of eternity with the Creator—the Christian faith.