By Editorial Staff
Published December 22, 2007
During the famous Scopes Trial of 1925, Clarence Darrow, the lawyer defending evolutionist John T. Scopes, stated that “it is bigotry for public schools to teach only one theory of Origins … Let the children have their minds kept open, close no doors to their knowledge … shut no door to them, let them have both creation and evolution … The truth will win out in the end.”
Over 60 years later, the teaching of two origins still creates a controversy, but today it is over whether we should allow any presentation of the creation position. Many organizations, such as the ACLU and the Humanist Association, are waging a war against the teaching of creationism. Their concern is not just over the impact of creationism in scientific inquiry, but with its deeper religious implications.
Part of the controversy surrounding the teaching of creation is that it naturally demands accountability to God. God, as the Creator, holds the right of ownership over His creation and thus has absolute authority. Since He is the Creator and owner of our lives, He expects us to be proper stewards and to live according to the rules which He has established to preserve His property.
Consider, for example, a work of sculpture. The sculpture first belongs to the artist because he created it. The sculpture is his property, and if he loans it to someone for display, then that person must be a responsible steward over the sculptor’s property or be held accountable for any damages. The artist also may wish to sell the sculpture and the deed of ownership is then transferred to the one who pays the desired price.
Likewise, as a creation of God, we are His property and consequently are accountable for the way we live. We are His property not only because He created us, but because He paid the price for our lives. He paid the greatest price for mankind through His only Son, Jesus, who purchased us with His own blood. As we are reminded in I Corinthians 6:19-20, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: Therefore, glorify God in your body.”
God created us with a free will to make decisions, and with that free will He gave us the responsibility as stewards over our lives. Every person will stand before God at His judgment seat and render an account for every thought, word and deed (Matthew 12:36-37). Creation thus implies accountability:
Creation = Property = Stewardship = ACCOUNTABILITY
God gave us guidelines in the Bible so that we might be faithful stewards over the life He entrusted to us. God established laws to preserve our liberty, and for our best interests … not to put us under bondage. As the Creator of the universe, He is the supreme authority and knows what is right and wrong as outlined in His commandments. We are indebted to God, and our obedience is justly due Him, not a favor we perform.
Charles Montesqieu, a 16th century political philosopher, writer and jurist, wrote in his Spirit of Laws, “God is related to the universe, as Creator and Preserver; the laws by which He created all things are those by which He preserves them. He acts according to these rules because He knows them. He knows them because He made them; and He made them, because they are in relation to His wisdom and power …”
All laws are subject to the authority of God. As Sir William Blackstone, the eminent English jurist, once summarized in his Commentaries(which were once required reading for every student of law): “Man … must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator. This will of His maker is called the law of nature. This law of nature … is of course superior to any other. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force from this original.”
It was the supremacy of God’s law that was the basis for justice and law as written in the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution was upheld as supreme law because its authors recognized the Creator as the supreme Law Giver, and thus based it upon biblical principles. During this century, we have seen the erosion of the Constitution as supreme law and the emergence of case law. Case law is evolutionary in nature; the primary basis for verdicts is precedent, rather than moral absolutes. As a result, we have seen the legalization of sociological trends of America.
The reason for the popularity of this evolutionary approach to law is that man now can determine what is right and wrong and can justify his own actions. Without absolute standards, as those established by the Creator, any means for survival and existence can be justified depending upon society’s beliefs. The Nazi holocaust was executed in the name of social policy. Men embrace evolution because it implies that they are no longer accountable to abide by absolute moral standards.
The more evolution erodes the foundation of law and morality, the more people will resist authority and begin to set their own rules for living. In the days when there was no king in Israel, “Every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). When the creationist view of origins is presented, a return to absolute standards of law and morality is the obvious conclusion of the argument. This is precisely why many refuse to accept creation: they must accept the fact that they are accountable to God for the way they live.
Men are without excuse in denying God’s rulership, “because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made …” (Romans 1:19-20).
Our obedience to God is demanded to ensure proper stewardship over our lives, and not just a request to follow the “Ten Suggestions.” If we choose to disobey the laws of the Creator, then there are consequences to pay. The final price for disobedience of God’s laws is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
The Book of Romans is an outline of the results of not acknowledging God as Creator and ultimate authority. Because people exchange the truth about God (as Creator) for a lie (evolution) and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator, God gives them over to be totally controlled by their lusts and passions. “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct …” (Romans 1:28).
Our society is faced with many of the immoral conditions described in the first chapter of Romans. It is of little surprise that we are beginning to see the widespread effect of not acknowledging and worshiping God as the Creator. The teaching of evolution has been the first step in bringing these cultural judgments upon our society.
Acknowledging God as the Creator is essential for obeying His laws and following the teachings of Jesus. Jesus knew the correlation between creation and obedience; “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46-47). We have already been given the testimony of Jesus through creation.
As creation is presented, the call for accountability is sounded as well. Since many wish to ignore the fact that they must stand before their Creator and give an account for the way they have lived, they try to silence the case for creation. They deliberately ignore the scientific facts and labor with all their effort to prevent the evidence for creation from being presented in the classroom. Nevertheless, even as Clarence Darrow admitted, we can be sure that “the truth will win out in the end” and it is the truth of the Creator that will set men free.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Science
Your comments are welcome!
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Download the free Study Guide!
Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?
This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our beleaguered society.
Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target – the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God, but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?
As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. The Abortion Matrix reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).
Speakers include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Porter and many more.
Ten parts, over three hours of instruction!
Running Time: 195 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
$12.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)