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Today's guest blogger is Richard Rothermel, a long-time friend of Creation Moments and an avid creationist who teaches biblical creation to the members of his church through a column in the church's newsletter.
Some faithful Christians greet the biblical creation message with puzzled silence. Why do we have to talk about that? Of COURSE God created everything! Doesn’t everyone know that? Don’t we confess in the Apostle’s Creed every Sunday, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? Well, we’re not so sure about the six day stuff. And maybe Adam and Eve weren’t real people; and a talking snake?! Well, you know, it’s symbolic. And Noah’s Flood? Well, maybe that was just a local flood; that’s what the scientists say. It’s not important anyway. Shouldn’t we be focused on spreading the Gospel; on taking care of the sick and the needy?
Perhaps we need to be reminded more often that biblical creation is foundational to all other ministries, including those which minister to the needy and afflicted in Christ’s name, and those which spread the Gospel. We need to be reminded that once we leave the Sanctuary, we and our families are confronted on all sides with opposition (or indifference) to God’s Word. Our opponents are powerful, and they are well-placed – in education, media, entertainment, and popular culture – to undermine our faith in God’s Word.
In place of God’s truth, they offer “science,” and the false religion of evolution. We must ask ourselves, are we ready to give a reason for the hope that we have, as the Apostle Peter urged? What will we say when people – our children! – tell us, “Science has proved the Bible isn’t true”? If we “sound an uncertain trumpet,” who will listen? Christ and the Apostles often went back to Genesis. Should we not be prepared to do the same, with full confidence in the truth of God’s Word?