TRUTH ONE: God is the Creator, as revealed to us throughout the living Word, which is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). The following are a few of the many proclamations about our Creator in the Word of God: "This is what the LORD says, your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth… " (Isaiah 44:24); "He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man... The LORD God Almighty is his name" (Amos 4:13); and "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible... all things were created by him and for him" (Colossians 1:15-16).
It is the Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth (John 16:13), so those who are guided by the Spirit will accept God's truth that he is the Creator. Without the Spirit, no one will come to a saving knowledge of the Lord of the universe. Recognizing the truth through the Spirit and the Word, the bride of Jesus (true Christians) must remain faithful to the Word, refusing to embrace or have union with any theory that stands in opposition to that Word.
TRUTH TWO: Regardless of the specific process or time frame, God created the universe as recorded in his Word; believers in the Word need only trust in the infinite, eternal, all-powerful God and Creator. The debate continues amongst believers as to 1) whether "day" in the creation account refers to a literal day, represents an age, or is strictly symbolic of completeness; 2) if processes during creation were so rapid that creation is "as if" billions of years old; 3) if God created the earth, sun, stars, etc. as mid/late-life in order to accommodate his plans and our needs; 4) the accuracy of dating methods, and how greatly disasters distort the "aging" of the earth; 5) how long humans have existed - how long Adam and Eve were in Eden, how complete were biblical genealogies; 6) how much did God reveal concerning creation, people groups, spiritual beings and their reproduction with people; 7) how greatly the details of the creation account are affected by the use of men (those carried along by the Spirit saw and described things beyond their knowledge, such as planes before their invention, yet still had to describe them in a limited human manner); 8) how much deception is at play in the presentation and withholding of "evidences" by biased, zealous scientists and reporters who are overly motivated in one direction; and so on.
The matters of debate should not be stated definitively without divine revelation, as this may put unnecessary or even inaccurate stumbling blocks in the way of belief, thereby causing more harm than good. Despite differing viewpoints in areas of common debate, Christians can stand unified in the essential truth of the Word.
TRUTH THREE: Changes and variations based on the environment are undisputed facts that do NOT contradict the Word of God, but reveal an awesome Creator who designed creation to change and adapt for obvious reasons - we MUST change and adapt in order to survive!
To what extent God used the process of change in his initial creation is unclear. It is written in Genesis 1:24 that God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds”. Here we see that at the command of God, the "land produced" the various animals (a biblical truth that sounds similar to some of the scientific findings and theorizing of our day). Nonetheless, the animals' production from the land (from perhaps simple organisms and so on) occurred into their distinct kinds, which God then declared good (Genesis 1:25). Creatures mate with other creatures, resulting in a new related/combined creature, as in the case of the donkey, and we will continue to see new species occurring within kinds (as in a new species of dogs). However, these changes may be viewed as secondary to the initial creation, as creation was described as “completed” (Genesis 2:1). Contrary to popular theories, while creation will continue to change, it will not “evolve" (at least from the point of completion) in the grand manner of the theories. All creatures, declared "good" by God, have their own wonderfully designed strengths for their own purposes here on earth. Thus the "lowly" butterfly, nothing but an insect, has its own superior navigation skills to other creatures so that it can migrate thousands of miles to unknown places. Creatures designed to fly, swim or climb, all do so magnificently.
Whether the production of the animals from the land occurred in a miraculously "sped up" manner within a literal day (which might mean having the "appearance" of happening over a large amount of time), or whether it occurred over billions of years in a "day" that represents an age as we understand it (still miraculous in its end result), the essential truth is that God was able to create all things in whatever manner he did because he is infinitely powerful.
TRUTH FOUR: God created man, both male and female, in his image (Genesis 1:27), and God specifically "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7). He used the "dust of the ground" to form the man, so that there exist elemental and constructive similarities between the man formed from the dust and the animals who were "produced by the land" by their common Creator. However, in the case of God's prized creation, God specifically breathed life into that which was not yet alive, and made the man to reflect God. The truth within the Spirit-inspired Word that by God's breath the "man became a living being" does not appear consistent with any popular theorizing that "infers" from similarities in ape and human traits and DNA that both evolved from a previous ape-like ancestor, as the man would then already have been a living being.
Within evolution theory, it is acknowledged that the INFERENCE is being made (from similarities in traits and DNA) that everything, including humans, evolved from a common ancestor (Evolution. WIKEPEDIA – The Free Encyclopedia. (2014). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution ). From a biblical perspective, we expect similarities in traits and DNA, as we share a COMMON Creator, and as similarities are to our benefit, whether for medical purposes or the companionship of a beloved pet. It is also noteworthy that researchers have recently been demonstrating the inaccuracy of the claim that the DNA of humans and apes is 98% similar, and have suggested it is as low as 98% of 2%! (Smith, W.J. (2008) Humans are not 98% genetically identical to chimpanzees. Lifesitenews.com. Retrieved from: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/aug/08081308 ).
Inferences are nothing but speculation, and speculation is not the substance of good science. In their own efforts, scientists seek knowledge, and in so doing hit upon some truths, but also come to some fantastical conclusions. God has warned, “Stop trusting in man who has but a breath in his nostrils? Of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22). To find true wisdom we are advised, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Humans, no doubt, have changed over time, as they have adapted to their changing environment, and this was the plan of God. Nonetheless, Christians are cautioned against embracing the speculative inference that humans evolved from an ape-like creature, regardless of what other truths they may find within evolution theory. In whatever manner the findings of bones and skulls may be CONSTRUED or lined for pictures, and whatever drawings may be created to make us "see" theorized transitions, we remember that our human authorities are yet humans who are either making their best but limited human effort, or in some cases are so overzealous in one direction that they are committing outright fraud, as in the case of the infamous "Piltdown Man", which was found to have "consisted of two human skulls, an orangutan jaw, an elephant molar, a hippopotamus tooth, and a canine tooth from a chimpanzee" (Y.E.C. Headquarters (2014). Evolution's Hall of Shame. Retrieved from: http://yecheadquarters.org/shame.4.html).
TRUTH FIVE: The magnificence and complexity of the universe, earth, human body/mind, womb, instincts, unseen forces of love, faith, creativity, etc. ALL give powerful testimony of the Creator! To claim ANY of the billions of wonderful creations and unseen forces is the result of godless processes is to expect belief in the absurd and impossible; to take these countless brilliant masterpieces and to claim they ALL resulted from meaningless, un-designed processes is to demand we throw out any sense or logical impulse within us and believe what is infinitely beyond belief or sensibility!
Suppose someone showed you a room full of toys and said, "No one created these, but over time this doll, wagon, train, ball, and so on came to be without any creator. They then revealed "evidences" of the claim - the toys did in fact change with the elements so that they could melt, mold, fade, etc., and the toys it was found were similar in material so that they were theorized as originating from similar material long ago. Ridiculous as this is, it is far less ridiculous than popular ideas regarding the origin and evolution of the infinitely greater universe without our Creator.
A single cell, once thought to be simple, is so complex it performs much like a large city, while DNA can be compared to a very complex computer program (X-Evolutionist.com (2014). The Origin of Life Did Not Happen by Chance. Retrieved from http://x-evolutionist.com/the-origin-of-life-how-did-life-begin-dna-could-not-have-happened-by-chance/ ). Who would believe the computer program or the city came into existence without a creator? How is it that people who recognize the impossibility of spontaneous beginnings and the absence of design for the things PEOPLE CREATED, still willfully believe that we who are so complex we create things too complex to occur without design, can ourselves by un-designed processes come into existence with not just one incredibly complex cell, but an entire body and soul of mind-blowing complexity too great for present understanding? No matter the defenses and explanations contrived for it, the proposal of processes without any intelligent design and without any purpose or meaning that nonetheless just as successfully and brilliantly leads to all that is within us and within our world, is not only undeniably absurd and impossible, it is downright hostile to the God-designed logical mind!
TRUTH SIX: Through theories that deny our Creator and his intimate, loving design of all creation, the deceiver has been attempting to silence the testimony of creation about the Creator, to destroy belief in the Word and to ultimately destroy faith in the true God, replacing him with nonsensical happenings that have no meaning, no need for good rather than evil, and no incentive to seek truth and the true One. God has placed within people everywhere rudimentary knowledge of himself and his goodness, so that across nations people have established right from wrong, and they have sought and worshiped that which is beyond themselves. God has likewise given us all of creation as a powerful witness of his very existence and nature. As it is written: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands… There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard" (Psalm 19:1-4), and "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made" (Romans 1:20).
Now the deceiver has been successfully silencing the testimony of creation for more and more people. Christians too often underestimate the evil and intended harm bound in the godless theories of our day, and too often compromise if not their own faith, then that of their children and youth. Children, taught godless theories by seemingly knowledgeable authorities, will believe what taught, as people tend to believe the popular lies of any day. Those who attend secular college will be taught more of the deceiver's false wisdom and subject to greater mind control by those who demand unquestioning adherence to their theories. Anyone who dares to profess faith in the Creator or who challenges the popular theories will be ridiculed and manipulatively labeled as gullible or stupid.
The popularity of godless theories should not come as a surprise to the believer, as it was foretold, "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Loyal followers defend and fight for their godless theories with as much zeal as anyone fighting for their demon god.
TRUTH SEVEN: God's people from every tribe and nation, who have the truth through the Word and the Spirit, must take a united stand, boldly declaring the everlasting truth that the living God is the Creator of the universe, and that we have been created according to his Word! Jesus is the Word in the flesh (John 1:14), and it therefore may follow that anyone who denies the Word, denies Jesus!
Every day we fight this spiritual battle, but OCTOBER 18 HAS SPECIFICALLY BEEN DESIGNATED AS CREATION DAY - a day for honoring and celebrating our Creator, for enjoying God's beautiful creation, and for together declaring the truth that God is our Creator. For some Christians, Creation Day celebrations may even replace worldly October activities celebrating death, decay and wickedness associated with Halloween. Suggested activities for Creation Day include watching a sunrise/sunset; taking a nature walk; visiting the beach, mountains, pumpkin patch, or a garden; hiking with a Christian group; having a bonfire and singing praises to our Creator; stargazing; distributing creation literature; having a feast of natural foods; having a party in which celebrators dress up as a lion, a ladybug, a planet or any favorite thing out of creation; having a church festival or parade of floats with animals, sea creatures, foods, flowers, the galaxy, etc.; having a Creation Day march to demonstrate our belief in our Creator and our stand against the teaching of godless theories in our schools and universities and mainstream media.
October 18, 2013 marked the first celebration of Creation Day to honor our awesome Creator, and God in return honored our celebration with a full moon, rings around the moon, and an unexpected eclipse! Compelled by love for the truth, for our young people, and for all those being misled, every Christian is encouraged to join us in this pressing spiritual battle of our day, casting down the imaginations within the present day theories and proclaiming the eternal truth that God is the Creator of all things and we have been created according to his Word and in his very image!
"We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them" (Acts 14:15).
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