Comment: Calvin Smith, author of "The Enemy Revealed" has done an excellent job of showing the incompatibility between special creation by a living, transcendant Creator and evolution. The moral of the story can be stated thusly: Ideas have consequences. What this means is that whereas special creation is grounded on a set of unique ideas, so too is evolution, and never can the two mix without warping and eventually destroying one set or the other. Think of it like this: if in Glass A was clear water representing one set of unique ideas (special creation) and in Glass B was root beer representing another set of unique ideas (evolution), the pouring of Glass B's contents in Glass A's would not accomplish anything good. It would merely pollute and overwhelm the clear water, which means that Glass A is now nothing more than a paler shade of Glass B.
If it makes sense that the unique ideas that give shape, form, and meaning to basketball cannot nor should ever be mixed with the unique ideas that give shape, form, and meaning to bass fishing, then we ought to be able to understand the maxim that 'ideas have consequences,' and by extension, understand that special creation and evolution are 'either or' propositions that like water and oil, cannot be mixed....Linda
by Calvin Smith
Published: 24 September 2009(GMT+10)
We are losing our children! Research indicates that 70% of teens who are involved in a church youth group will stop attending church â€¦ 1
Similar statements from Christian leaders arenâ€™t new, but many still canâ€™t seem to identify the root cause of the problem. However, most front-line evangelists in the Western world have reached a consensus. The following quote is from a person who shares his faith more times in a month than most Christians ever will in their lives.
â€œI am an evangelist. I go around and talk with people. One-on-one conversations. My time on college campuses and talking to high schoolers, the number one answer that I get for there not being a God, so then I donâ€™t have to believe in [God/the gospel], is evolution. â€2 Thatâ€™s a Christian evangelistâ€™s take (based on experience); how about an atheistâ€™s opinion?
â€œThe most devastating thing though that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of â€¦ evolution. Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed.
If there never was an Adam and Eve there never was an original sin. If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a saviour. And I submit that puts Jesus, historical or otherwise, into the ranks of the unemployed.â€3
So despite many compromising Christians saying there is no conflict between faith in the biblical God and evolutionary theory, intelligent people around the world see the inconsistency clearly.
What â€not to doâ€! Proverbs 26:4 (bold added) says â€œDo not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.â€ Who is the â€œfoolâ€? Psalm 14:1 says â€œThe fool says in his heart, â€˜There is no Godâ€™â€ (I.e. an atheist). So Christians should not answer atheists according to their way of thinking or else they will appear foolish themselves.
Christians that accept evolution as Godâ€™s way of â€œcreatingâ€ are not winning the battle in debate situations. Take the following discourse between theistic evolutionist Francis Collins and atheist Richard Dawkins;
COLLINS: By being outside of nature, God is also outside of space and time. Hence, at the moment of the creation of the universe, God could also have activated evolution, with full knowledge of how it would turn out â€¦ DAWKINS: I think thatâ€™s a tremendous cop-out. If God wanted to create life and create humans, it would be slightly odd that he should choose the extraordinarily roundabout way of waiting for 10 billion years before life got started and then waiting for another 4 billion years until you got human beings capable of worshipping and sinning and all the other things religious people are interested in.4
Point to Dawkins. Actually, several points. Collins says God â€œ â€¦ could have activated evolution â€¦ â€ But the Bible isnâ€™t about what God â€œcouldâ€ have done. Itâ€™s about what He did. And how would Collins answer the number one question skeptics ask about Christianity (â€œIf there is a loving God why is there so much death and suffering?â€)? He canâ€™t. Peter Bowler, a renowned Darwin historian known for his antipathy to biblical creationists, understands the implications;
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