"You Have Never Talked to a Mere Mortal"
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”- C.S. Lewis
Human life is the crown of God’s creation. We have been fashioned in His image and have been given the honor of eternal life! As C.S. Lewis continues in his wonderful essay, The Weight of Glory, “Nations, cultures, arts, civilization – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
The Bible says we are special – and that we will endure beyond our mortal flesh. We talk about “the sanctity of human life” for, indeed, human life is sacred. God loves each of us enough to want to take up residence within us. Think about it! – the Glorifier and the glorified, together. “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)No wonder that the greatest commandment of all includes “love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s God’s love that motivates us to do whatever we can to help people move onto the narrow path that leads to eternal life! Teens, of course, need special attention because they’re being bombarded with evolutionary lies at school and from their culture. To help them stand strong against this pernicious lie, Creation Moments recently started producing a series of Youth Bulletins that teens will find especially appealing. Keep on reading to find out how to get a complete set free of charge.
As Lewis says, “It is a serious thing… to remember that the dullest, most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.”
The third Sunday in January is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Many churches – perhaps even your own – are involved in this celebration of life. This has become important because, thanks in large part to evolutionism, we live in a culture which has devalued human life – what is often called a “culture of death”.
Evolution says we are merely animals, bags of enzymes and other bio-chemicals – materials which, if you distilled them at life’s end, would be worth approximately $4.95. Evolution says that human life is nothing special – simply materials coming together by chance. Evolution is given the presumption of scientific truth; therefore, its conclusions are considered intellectual and correct. This has led to all kinds of human tragedy as we have brought to your attention many times in these letters.
But God, our great Creator, has given mankind stewardship of His creation and has bestowed on him honor and respect by way of liberty. The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America summarizes these great gifts of our creator in its famous passage, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This expresses the great biblical principle that mankind has been created special by God – in life and liberty!
In 1859, just 83 years after the Declaration, Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species. He held that all species of life are the result of natural processes of evolution from common ancestors of more simple biology rather than creative acts of God. God no longer had a function and could be ignored or eliminated. Darwin’s publication tapped into and advanced a cultural shift from the Reformation and the Enlightenment into the modern period. Man was declared to be just another animal with no uniqueness.
Naturalism, atheism’s expression in science, removes the whole idea of God – and most significantly that man is a special creation of God. We are just animals and there is no God. There is, therefore, no meaning and purpose to man’s existence – no satisfying answers to such questions as: “Who are we?” and “What really matters and why?” A crisis of meaning and identity has taken hold that persists to this day.
Someday we shall enter into and mingle with the splendors that we can now only see and feel in part. “Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ..., for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
C.S. Lewis was right. “You have never talked to a mere mortal.” People are special in the sight of their Creator. The divine spark can be fanned into a hot fire spreading warmth and light all around, or it can be smothered into a cold, dark ember.
Evolution works to smother the spark, promoting the cold and darkness of this world. At Creation Moments, our purpose is to spread the good news that the biblical Creator is real and involved personally with His creation, bringing truth, purpose and salvation to a lost and dying world.
Please help us in this crucial mission of our day! We depend on your prayers and gifts, and we thank you so much for your participation in this essential ministry. Please prayerfully consider what the Lord may prompt you to give at this time. Thank you and God bless you immensely as we begin 2011 together!