Thanks Be to the One Eternal Creator!
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
The year was 1637, and pastor Martin Rinkart was busy with 40-50 funerals a day! Eilenberg, Germany had become a besieged and overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area during the Thirty Years War. People were dying of starvation and disease. Of the four original ministers in the city, one had escaped for healthier duties and two others had succumbed to the pestilence, leaving Pastor Rinkart on his own to care for the people. His wife died in May, and in the midst of these circumstances, Pastor Rinkart amazingly wrote this for his children...
Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
So often we find it hard to thank the Lord – even in much less trying times than those of Pastor Rinkart. Evils do befall us all, including all the little frustrations of life that make it difficult to be thankful.
Yet, thanksgiving is a wonderful thing, and as we approach the holiday season this year, our prayer for you – our special partner in ministry – is that it be an especially blessed time of grateful remembrance in the Lord! Note, for example, how Psalm 100 points out that we enter into God’s presence “with thanksgiving”...
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise:
Be thankful unto him and bless his name. – Psalm 100:4
I believe that the Lord has richly blessed America for our Christian heritage. One example of that heritage is that we have uniquely kept a national holiday of Thanksgiving. And He has used the United States to accomplish so much good in the world. For example, America has been far and away the greatest worldwide force for Christian missions and outreach, including Creation apologetics, for many years.
We continue to have so very much to be thankful for – in spite of an increasingly post-Christian culture. No matter what may be happening to us individually and corporately, we still have so much to be thankful for!
I find it interesting that in the same short Psalm 100, which extols the virtues of “thanksgiving”, which exhorts us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”, and to “serve the Lord with gladness”, we can find the great and fundamental conflict between creation and evolution. In the third verse we read, “Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves”.
Either mankind is created and sustained by a holy and just God who defines for us what is right and just, or we have arrived at where we are, independent of God, being our own ruler, able to define right and wrong and decide what is right. Creation depends on and teaches the first view. Evolution depends on and teaches the second.
Both views are fundamentally religious, for they are assumptions about God. Yet one assumption is claimed to be scientific while the other is not. And so today in classrooms and other official media we have essentially religious propaganda clothed in the garb of “science” and presented as if it were “gospel”. You can question many things, but don’t question the dogma of evolution! Much of the scientific enterprise today is driven by an ideology – such is the spiritual resistance to God which the Bible warns us of.
At Creation Moments we are thankful for the truth of God in His Word! We truly have so much to be thankful for! The creation – along with all the evil we endure because of sin, corporately or individually – will one day expire with time. Our eternal Creator and those of us who have responded to His grace in Christ Jesus will continue on in glory. As Pastor Rinkart closed-out his great thanksgiving hymn...
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore,
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
What the evolutionists don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that God is the only infinite thing we know of. Philosophically, the creation cannot be infinite, nor can anything within it be, because within the four dimensions of our existence – the world of time and space – every effect we can observe and measure has a cause! There must, therefore, be a First Cause who, by definition, would have to exist outside of time and space! This is our eternal Creator God, the God of the Bible – “…from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”, Psalm 90:2b.
At Creation Moments, we are thankful to God for many things, especially for you, our partner in ministry. Through your support, we are privileged to be part of the worldwide outreach bringing God’s truth to all corners of the globe.