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Today's Creation Moment

The Talking Ear
James 1:22
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
Can your ear talk to you? New research seems to show that your ear actually generates sound that echoes whatever you hear. Startled scientists are making new discoveries that appear to show that we...

A Disastrous Evolutionary Explanation

Psalm 119:9
"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word."

We hear it often: Christian values are to blame for most of the problems in society. Marriage is ridiculed as "just a piece of paper". Strongly held convictions of right and wrong are said to be to blame for arguments, fights and wars. And by all means, we must free ourselves from old fashioned attitudes about sex and marriage.

Disastrous Evolutionary ExplanationScientific support for these "liberated" values goes back to 1928 when Margaret Mead spent nine months in Samoa, then wrote a book. In it she said that Samoans live a happy, carefree life. Not only is crime virtually unheard of but even young people pass through their teen years without becoming rebellious. Mead, writing as an anthropologist, said this was because Samoans practice complete sexual freedom and avoid having strong convictions about religious and philosophical matters. For more than 50 years, Mead's writings have been cited as scientific support for anti Christian values.

But now an anthropologist who has spent many years in Samoa has come forward with a book that says things in Samoa are almost exactly the opposite of what Mead reported. The Samoans themselves asked him to correct the record because almost nothing Mead wrote about their values was accurate. Samoans are very puritanical about sex, and parents are strict with their children and competitive with each other.

How foolish humans are to think they can invent better moral values that produce more happiness than those values their Creator gave them. And what a shame that so many have based their lives on a lie because they wanted to believe that "nature" made them.

Heavenly Father, I know that You have taught us what is right and what is wrong because the wrong is self-destructive. You made us, and You know what will work and what won't. Help me to not trust my own morality for my justification, but to trust only in the atonement of Jesus Christ for my sins. In His Name. Amen.
Rensberger, Boyce. 1983. Margaret Mead. Science 83, April. p. 28.