BELIEF IN CREATION in contrast to the theory of evolution is a foundation Biblical doctrine. It is an essential part of the Bible’s teaching about the origin of the human race, how sin came into the world and God's plan of redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You may be among those who think that the arguments for creation or evolution are not central issues but are subjects for scientists to argue about and that for the average believer they have no effect on our ultimate salvation.
Many people even think it is acceptable to believe in evolution and still be a follower of Jesus Christ. This is in conflict with the teaching of Jesus himself who said: ‘from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female’ [Mark 10.6]. In addition, opinion polls show that the reason people reject Christianity is because they think that modern science has demonstrated that the Bible is unreliable, especially the book of Genesis which in its opening chapters explains the origin of life.
The theory of evolution has become the weapon of atheistic humanism that leaves God out of human affairs. As this has gained acceptance, it has led to a general dwindling in attendance at religious services and a corresponding downturn in moral codes of behaviour with the resulting evils that we see in all walks of life. The propounding of the theory of evolution in schools, colleges and the media has been so successful that most people do not realise that it is not proven by observable scientific facts.
Indeed many scientists find the idea of evolution scientifically unsound. For example, a group of biologists who worked at the British Museum of Natural History had a letter published in a scientific journal (Nature: 12 March 1981 page 82) that concluded ‘we have no absolute proof of the theory of evolution…and the theory of evolution would be abandoned tomorrow if a better theory appeared’. This led the editor of ‘Nature’ to ask: ‘Is Darwin’s theory of evolution a fact, a pack of lies, or something in between?’
In this special edition of ‘Light on a New World,’ the writer, Peter Southgate, gives many lines of evidence to support the argument that all living things are the work of the great Creator of the universe. Our conviction is that God made the world by His wisdom and power and that we human beings, as the crowning act of this specific Creation, owe reverence and obedience to Him.
We appeal to our readers to consider carefully the evidence presented for Creation in the following pages. This is an essential part of the message of the Bible and it requires us to demonstrate our faith in God our Creator:
‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command…And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’ [Hebrews 11.6 NIV].
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