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A Wondrous but Terrifying Creation

Mark Cadwallader

Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman

Phil and Louie gazed upon the stillness of sea and sky around them. The water looked like glass – hard and able to sustain a man’s weight – except for when a fish broke through with an audible splash and ripple that could be noticed even thousands of feet away.

This was the view all the way to the horizon in every direction from their tiny inflated raft as they floated in the middle of the doldrums far out on the Pacific Ocean. The quiet, the expanse, the bright beauty of it all was breathtaking, and they were able to forget for a day that they were slowly dying of thirst and starvation in enemy territory after their World War II bomber and crew went down in the Pacific.

Louie Zamperini – who’d been a juvenile delinquent in his youth and then a track star who went to the Louie ZamperiniBerlin Olympics – was later to recall how that experience of God’s creation as well as a vision of angelic singing he had while on the raft left its imprint on his memory. He told his biographer that the beauty reminded him of thoughts he’d had before when viewing the creation – it was all just too perfect to have come about by mere chance.

An American hero whose life was recently popularized by a best-selling nonfiction book of the year (Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand) and recent film directed by Angelina Jolie, Zamperini eventually honored a prayer he made on that raft. But he first had to suffer further at the hands of cruel captors at several Japanese POW camps, experiencing tremendous hardship, horrific beatings, and other degradations for two years before the war ended. Though capable of tremendous psychological and physical endurance, the experience left him bitter and full of vengeance, and his life spiraled down into alcoholism, self-destruction, and the brink of divorce following the war.

He couldn’t shake the flashbacks, the nightmares or the demonic oppression until his wife talked him into going to a Billy Graham Crusade. There he remembered the spiritual significance of life on the raft and the mercy of God in preserving them through sharks, storms, and the strafing bullets of enemy aircraft. He went forward, giving his life to Christ, experienced the miracle of forgiveness, threw out his alcohol, and was able to forgive his captors. He also never had another flashback. He spent the rest of his long life helping juvenile delinquents and inspiring many people with his story.

C.S. Lewis writes about how our experience with the creation awakens within us a sense that there is more – something other, something beyond the natural world. He writes in Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Lewis also observes in his book Miracles that we can only savor this world for the wonder that it really is when we appreciate it as the creation of a supernatural God. “Only Super-naturalists really see Nature…. To treat Nature as God, or as Everything, is to lose the whole pith and pleasure of her. Come out, look back and then you will see … this astonishing cataract of bears, babies, and bananas; this immoderate deluge of atoms, orchids, oranges, cancers, canaries, fleas, gases, tornadoes, and toads. How could you have ever thought this was ultimate reality? ... The “vanity” (futility) to which she was subjected was her disease not her essence.”

Like all of us, Nature – though wondrous and awesome – is in need of redemption. The “essence” of Nature points us to her Awesome Maker. And the “disease” within her – the futility, corruption, and harsh cruelty – instructs us to anxiously long for our full redemption. As the Bible puts it, “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature (the anxious longing of the creation) waits for the manifestation of the sons of God…. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:18-19, 22)

In his journey to Christ, Zamperini felt both the essence of Almighty God in creation, as well as the corruption within it that requires redemption. And though living an incredibly unusual life of great extremes, his coming to know who God is and that he himself needed redemption is characteristic of all who come to Christ. God, our great Creator, has reconciled a corrupted creation to Himself!

Creation truth is foundational for all of us in our journey to the Savior. As Zamperini came to realize, “It was all too perfect to have come about by mere chance.” Yet, the world promotes evolution – that we are chance products of “Nature” itself. This has become a grand deception, a tapestry of lies, said to be essential to all of science in our day.

Here again is why we have to proclaim the truth of biblical creation – to thoroughly rebut the lie of evolutionism! The Bible is true, and there is no reason to fall prey to the false philosophy or paganism of our time.

When Louie Zamperini was engaged in World War II, he was fighting against enemies of our nation. But today, you and I are engaged in an even bigger war being waged against us by the enemy of our souls. Without doubt, evolution is the single most powerful weapon in his arsenal because it gives people support for their unbelief. But thanks to you, our ministry – your ministry – is demolishing strongholds. Thank you and God bless you for joining us in this battle!