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 Vol. 5, No. 3 

March 2003

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Man -- No Longer
Endowed by a Creator?

By Brad Harrub

"In the beginning was matter, which begat the amoeba, which begat the worm, which begat the fish, which begat the amphibian, which begat the reptile, which begat the lower mammal, which begat the lemur, which begat the monkey, which begat man, who imagined God." This, according to atheist Charles Smith, is the genealogy of man. Sadly, he is far from being alone in his views of man's origin. In fact, a vast majority of modern-day scientists cling vehemently to this Darwinist view of origins as "gospel" on the matter. It has become the light under which all new data is examined. It has become their religion -- one for which they will fight in order to secure its place in academia. And it appears that they are winning.

While you may find the concept of men evolving from some primordial slime repulsive or sickening, the reality of the current political climate is far worse. For in our country, the only theory about man's origins allowed in the classroom is this fallacious concept of organic evolution: amoeba to man. And although our country declared its independence with these words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" (emp. added), we now live in a land where we can no longer discuss that Creator in the classroom. When Thomas Jefferson penned those famous words, he illustrated that from the very beginning, America recognized human rights as a gift of God, not something created by government.

Yet, science and "political correctness" have accelerated the complete renunciation of God from public affairs. Displays of the Ten Commandments [which we are no longer under] have been banned from public schools, courthouses and other public property. Religious clubs have been denied equal access to public school grounds. Valedictorians risk losing their position if they make reference to God in speeches, or offer voluntary prayers at graduation ceremonies. And recently, a court in California found the words "One nation, under God" in our nation's pledge of allegiance unconstitutional. 

Individuals who support these court decisions claim to be acting in defense of "the freedom of religion." Yet, they are systematically tearing away the very foundation of that freedom -- and abolishing any reference to an Almighty Creator. God has become a "bacteria" in our culture that must be expunged and eradicated at all costs. At some point however, we must ask our politically correct society, without a Creator, what can "endowed by their Creator" possibly mean?

This war to erase God has taken place in every form of media. If this movement had a Special Forces unit -- such as the Navy Seals or Army Rangers -- it would most surely be called evolution or neo-Darwinism. The belief of a special creation has been discounted in magazines, on the television, and has now fallen under attack within the church. The atheists and agnostics of the world have been effective at casting doubt on the very first verse of the Bible, where it clearly states: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth" (Genesis 1:1). These words are no longer viewed as the words of Almighty God, but rather as a nice introduction to a fable or myth. Day-after-day our children sit at the feet of professors who, using fancy words and scientific theories, teach that man's origins are the result of some Big Bang or Punctuated Equilibrium. And thus we find ourselves in a nation that has outlawed God from the classroom, and who now believes their own origin can be explained by some cosmological accident.

But that is not the most heartrending part. The truly tragic part is that Christians are now clinging to this fictitious theory of how man arrived on the earth. People who have confessed the name of Christ are suddenly giving more credence to a CNN news report, than to the inspired, God-breathed, Holy Bible. They, too, are willing to toss aside those powerful words -- "In the beginning God created…" -- in favor of man's latest scientific theory. Sadly, in the process of discounting the first few chapters of Genesis, these Christians are undermining the very foundation of their own religion. If they question the way the Bible explains how man arrived on this earth, then what makes them think they can believe what it says regarding salvation and the afterlife? If God did not do it the way he said he did, then why should we believe he sent his only Son to die for our sins? Have Christians not realized the embodiment of all that they are compromising when they buy into evolution and the idea of a six-billion-year-old earth?

The Miracle Before All Other Miracles!

"If we cannot measure it with our five senses, then it must not be real." This is the central dogma of science. The scientific method is concerned only with those things that can be measured, tested and observed (which is extremely ironic given that evolution itself has never been measured or observed and cannot be tested). Anything that falls outside of this scientific method is called into question. Thus, our society has been trained to discount and discredit ideas or theories that cannot be measured, tested and observed. This mantra is repeated over and over by evolutionists who claim special creation is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. After all, it relies on supernatural miracles -- something that scientists are quick to point out are unscientific in nature. And sadly, many Christians find themselves trying to defend their faith by excising miracles out of the Bible. They do not want to appear unlearned, so they stick to verses that are far-removed from miraculous events.

This, however, is not what God intended when he said: "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" (1 Peter 3:15). We should not be scared to discuss miracles -- for their main purpose was to point back to our Almighty Creator. Throughout past human history, God has performed many wonderful miracles for man. He caused the burning bush not to be consumed in speaking to Moses (Exodus 3). He parted the Red Sea so Moses and the Israelites could escape from Egypt's army (Exodus 14). He caused Balaam's mule to speak (Numbers 22), and brought the walls of Jericho crumbling down without anyone ever laying a hand on them (Joshua 6). He caused the Sun to stand still so the Israelites could win a battle against their enemies (Joshua 10). He even raised his Son, Jesus, from the dead three days after he was crucified (Acts 10:40).

But none of these miracles would have been possible had it not been for a significant miracle that occurred many years before. When Moses wrote in Genesis 1:1 that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," he summarized in a single sentence one of the most important miracles of all -- the miracle of creation. In a period of six literal days, God brought into existence a universe full of galaxies, solar systems, planets, stars and the first inhabitants of the earth. The writer of Hebrews said: "We understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (11:3). When God created, he did not use matter and energy that already were in existence. Rather, he spoke them into existence "by the word of his power" (Hebrews 1:3). The psalmist wrote: "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:8-9). This is the Bible's way of letting us know that God did not use natural processes to bring the universe, the earth, plants, animals and humans into existence. Instead, he used a great miracle -- the miracle of creation! One that we should neither neglect nor be afraid to defend.

Christ is given credit for healing the lame, walking on water and feeding the five thousand. To Christians, those miracles are demonstrations of the power of God. We readily accept and believe them along with the resurrection of Jesus following his crucifixion. Yet we question God's ability to create the universe and the earth on which we live. Scientists have inundated society with their scientific method and the belief that it would be impossible. "Six literal days? It would break all the known laws of science. It would be a Herculean task just to create one animal, much less all of them in just 48-hours. After all, with all of our knowledge and wisdom, we still cannot produce life from non-life." And yet that is the whole point -- it was miraculous! It was Herculean! God was able not only to break the laws of science, but he also then shaped those laws and put them into place. Have we forgotten that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient? If we are to believe and protect the rest of the Bible, then we must be ready to believe and defend that God did it the way he said he did in six literal days.Image

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