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Monday, July 5, 2010

Cracked and Condemned

"Please, come inside and pull up a chair," said the man. However, as you walk through the door you see the floor is cracked and crumbling everywhere. It is so bad in fact that the walls are even showing signs of collapsing. Then you look up and see a very nice roof.

"Why," you ask, "is the roof so nice and clean and in good repair but your floor is all cracked?"

"Oh," he says, "pay no attention to that. I didn't think it was necessary to have a good floor. After all it isn't as important as having a roof over your head. You see, now if it rains or storms, I'm covered." He then goes about as if there was never any problem at all. Just then you see a corner of the house shake a bit and the roof sag. In no time you are out the door. Weeks later you drive by and see much of the roof has fallen in and the man just can't figure out why.

What does this story mean? Well it's like this. I(Nate) have been doing a lot of study over the last four months or so into a creationist worldview. Through my studies i have come to see a few things. One is just the very large holes in an evolutionary worldview, but two is just how much bigger those holes seem to appear when the person holding this worldview is a believer in Jesus Christ, the very Creator of the world.

The other day as I was driving with Lia and telling her about my most recent reading I had finished I came up with this picture of a christian witnessing to a non christian. He is telling him of Jesus and how Christ is the savior and how He died and rose again to save him from his sin. But then when the man asks the christian about some views on evolution the christian says that it isn't really important what you hold to and that he himself holds to an old earth that God just used evolution. The man from that point on didn't understand how the christian could talk about a kind God who would use death to come to a "good" creation, or why would Jesus need to save us from death if death was natural, etc, etc, etc.

Now, people can come to know Christ through the message of his death and resurrection, but what is the foundation. In the new testament we see the combination of Christ's death with his creative acts in Genesis, Revelation 14:6-7, Colossians 1:15-20. There are more but the point is this, if the new testament writers felt it necessary to combine the two in order to show who Jesus is then why do we think we can take the very word of God and believe in the inaccurate worldviews of man, and still hope to give a non-believer a solid foundation. If evolutionists don't compromise their beliefs why do we think we as Christians can. Paul spoke to the Athenians by way of declaring to them a Creator God in Acts 17. He used it as a foundation for the message of Christ's death and resurrection.

What is our choice. Literal creation at the hands of our Creator, or misinterpretation at the hands of man?