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This child was born to die for our sins. He is our only hope of eternal life. Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that they searched the Scriptures diligently, thinking that in them they had eternal life, but they refused to come to Him for that life. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:11-12

For this month we continue with part 3 of “The Tentacles of Evolution” by Bruce Wood.

 

 

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The Tentacles of Evolution, Part 3 of 4 parts

By Bruce Wood, MA
Edited by Anita Millen, MD, MPH, MA

[Mr. Wood was formerly on staff at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), and conducted over 3,000 tours at ICR’s Museum of Creation and Earth History. He earned a Master’s degree in theological studies at Northwest Baptist Seminary and received further education at ICR.]

7. TOO LAZY TO STUDY/INVESTIGATE evolution is a problem with pastors, parents/guardians, and other lay Christians. “Just preach the gospel,” is their refrain. However, tragic theological consequences have been documented when people allow the tentacles of evolution to invade their mind and influence their world view.

ICR CEO, Dr. Henry Morris III, conveys profound insights in his article, “Darwin’s Dangerous Doctrine.”[1] In it, he takes aim at many evangelicals—especially in leadership, who celebrate Darwin’s Day every February 12th.

“Aberrant hybrids of the biblical creation account, such as progressive creation, the day-age theory, and theistic evolution, are growing in popularity across church denominations and even among evangelicals, who “subscribe” to the inerrancy of the Scriptures.”

“‘Oh, we absolutely do not believe in evolution,’ these believers will tell ICR speakers at our seminars across the country. ‘We are committed to inspiration, but we don’t like to stir up dissension among our folks. A lot of our members hold to long ages, and we don’t think it’s necessary to choose between the ‘young earth’ and the ‘old earth’ positions. The Gospel is what’s important today, and we want to emphasize evangelism and godly living rather than controversial issues like origins.’”

Worse, evolution’s pseudoscientific blight drastically weakens a Christian’s ability to proclaim the gospel. Evolution destroys the very need for Christ’s death. According to evolution, death existed long before Adam’s sin. God declared that the penalty for sin was death. Think about the theological ramifications. HINT: How could God bless death and call it “good” on the seventh day?

One of the three prominent points that the Apostle Paul gave in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 has not been taught in detail from the pulpit or in the home: “For I delivered to you, first of all, that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

It is of paramount importance that Christians KNOW the gospel according to the Scriptures. Cults, liberal churches, and religious organizations that mimic Christian principles too often attract poorly informed souls—including Christians, who are ignorant of the how and when of God’s creation. Errant teachers often use the false science of evolution to pry their victims away from Christian-based roots.

ICR founder, Dr. Henry Morris wrote in his article, Creation is the Foundation,

“Without the creation, a supposed gospel would have no foundation; without the promised consummation, it offers no hope; without the cross and empty tomb, it has no saving power. But when we preach the true Gospel, with the complete Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ as they really are, we build on a “sure foundation,” can promise a “blessed hope,” and have available “all power in heaven and earth” through Christ who, in all His fullness, is “with us, even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20).”[2]

 

8. INTIMIDATION AND PEER PRESSURE are two tentacles that have been effective in preventing many from transitioning to a firm stand on a literal creation. Those weak in scientific creation apologetics are hammered with mantras such as, “All scientists accept evolution,” “There are many scientific evidences that support evolution,” and “Evolution is a fact.”

Open persecution of Christians is increasingly evident in television, movies, liberal news, and education, in addition to myriads of books, “scientific” journals, magazines, and other literature. They reflect the sentiments of staunch evolutionist, Richard Dawkins, who declared, “It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”[3]

Any who try to defend the biblical account of a literal creation are often called ignorant, Bible thumpers, hayseed church-goers, scientific illiterates, and other terms that imply lack of scientific literacy.

Astonishingly, thousands of creation scientists with PhDs in major scientific disciplines are not accepted as credible by the evolution-promoting scientific community. One needs only to insert, “creation scientists with earned PhDs” into an online search engine to find sites listing scientists with earned doctorates in many scientific disciplines.[4]

It is inspiring to hear of teenagers who stand up for their faith, have biblical and scientific knowledge, and believe a literal Genesis creation. In one evangelistic outreach I organized, fifty teams canvassed a new Naval housing development in San Diego for several hours. As I was retrieving the teams, two high school students asked me to let them off the bus I was driving. The two young men had seen a cultic team walking up a block and wanted to witness to them.

I picked them up about twenty minutes later and received an update: the cult members could not withstand the biblical knowledge they presented regarding the deity of Jesus Christ. The chagrined cultists begged off further discussion, saying they were late for an appointment. Now that’s Christian apologetics in action!

9. PERSECUTION is a strong reason for not speaking out against evolution—even if one is biblically literate. Recall, if you will, that in John 3, Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night,” unwilling to approach Him in the day, for fear of the Jews. Likewise, persecution is feared in John 12:42, “Nevertheless, even among the rulers many believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.”

As an ICR staff member for over nine years, I often heard of Christians who had lost their jobs because they disclosed their belief in a literal creation. In pro-evolution schools, media, and science facilities, many Christians who openly advocate a young-earth in their jobs would be (or have been) given pink slips.

If not pink slips, they are demoted and denied honor. Such was the case with Dr. Raymond Damadian, “father of the MRI” (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).[5] Dr. Damadian was honored in many ways for his research behind this device, but for this monumental achievement, he was denied a Nobel Prize.

“Dr. Damadian’s small company has received only a small part of the proceeds from MRI scanner sales. Most of the profits have gone to overseas corporations that unlawfully ignored his patent. And Damadian’s colleagues were awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for inventing the MRI, but Damadian was left out! Philosopher of evolutionary biology Michael Ruse [a prominent evolution advocate] wrote in 2004, ‘I cringe at the thought that Raymond Damadian was refused his just honor because of his religious beliefs.’”[6]

One documentary that exposes the virulent persecution of even Intelligent Design (ID) is Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008), starring Ben Stein. In her article, ICR writer, Christine Dao, writes,

“Many scientists’ identities had to be shielded in the film for fear of persecution and/or retribution. Guillermo Gonzalez, an eminent astronomer who was denied tenure at Iowa State University, said that scientists will use intelligent design to do their research, but will not publicly talk about or admit it.”[7]

Dr. Aaron Benjamin, the chief surgeon in charge of saving President Reagan, was nationally recognized. However, newspapers, magazines, and TV media failed to mention that Dr. Benjamin was a Christian and strong supporter of a young earth creation.[8] Sadly, with rare exceptions, secular text books almost always omit that world-renowned scientists in history were young earth Christians. Samuel Morse, Johannes Kepler, Louis Pasteur, Isaac Newton, and Matthew Maury are among numerous Christian creationists.[9]

[Conclusion next time.]

The Unresolved Conflict of Polonium Halos

By Jon Covey, BA, CLS(ASCP), Ret.
Edited by Anita Millen, MD, MPH, MA, Ret.

Here is a good example of what Bruce Wood meant by “the virulent persecution” of creationists and Intelligent Design advocates (IDers).

Creation’s Tiny Mystery (1986, 2004), by Robert V. Gentry (D. Sc., Hon), explores the evidence that polonium halos give for the instantaneous creation of Earth. The entire book may now be read here with the latest updates. Gentry was a guest scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and was pursuing a doctorate in physics at Georgia Institute of Technology until the institute establishment realized that his work on polonium halos in primordial granite had become an embarrassment to the institute and they terminated his doctoral studies.

A tiny minority of creationists still accept Gentry’s thesis that granite rock is one of the original created rocks. Although there are places where a case could be made for subsequent formation of granite by natural means, Gentry has challenged scientists to make a hand-sized piece of granite. If granite can form by natural processes, he would accept its manufacture as a complete refutation of his thesis.

When granite is melted and allowed to cool and solidify, it always forms rhyolite—a small-grained rock. To date, no one has been able to make a chunk of granite. There have been some attempts, but no success. Most geologists, including creationist geologists, assume, and this is a big assumption, that certain outcrops of granite are the result of magma cooling.

Granite is made up of three basic minerals: biotite (mica), feldspar, and quartz. Here’s what Gentry says about it:

“It was interesting to learn that the origin of the Precambrian granites (hereafter referred to as simply granites) had been a controversial topic in geology for many decades. One school of geologists speculated that granites, especially the massive formations known as plutons, had crystallized at great depths from slow-cooling magma. The opposite school held that the granites had resulted from recrystallization of pre-existing, deeply buried sedimentary rocks. Eventually both views had become accepted as possible explanations for different types of granites. Yet there was no experimental “standard” by which to judge the relative merits of the two views. There was no direct proof of either hypothesis because massive granitic plutons had never been observed to form. Neither had sedimentary rocks such as limestones or sandstones been observed to transform into a granite. So, in practice there was no compelling experimental evidence that proved either view was correct.”

This remains true today. No one has observed granite forming, nor has anyone made a hand-sized piece of granite. The presence of orphaned polonium halos in granite’s mica is a major “tiny” mystery that continues to defy explanation. While a case can be made for the movement of radon gas or water transport of polonium in mica’s fissures, the presence of halos far from fissures is inexplicable. So much more can be said about this that we’ll have to present the details in a future issue of Creation in the Crossfire.

[1] Morris III, H. M. 2009. “Darwin’s Dangerous Doctrine”. Acts & Facts. 38 (2): 6.

[2] Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. 1983. “Creation is the Foundation. Acts & Facts. 12 (12).

http://www.icr.org/article/creation-foundation.

[3] Dawkins, R. April 9, 1989. Book Review of Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey’s Blueprint. The New York Times. Section 7, 34. (From the ICR article: 2008. Evolution’s Evangelists. Acts & Facts. 37 (5): 10.

[4] A related reference is found at Answers in Genesis in its article, “Creation Scientists,” found at https://answersingenesis.org/creation-scientists/.

[5] Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. 2015. Raymond Damadian, Inventor of the MRI. Acts & Facts. 44 (5).

[6] Thomas, B. 2009. Creation Scientist’s Invention Continues to Improve Lives. http://www.icr.org/article/creation-scientists-invention-continues

[7] Dao, C. 2008. Intelligence Expelled. Acts & Facts. 37 (4): 9.

[8] Pekkanen, J. 2011. “The Saving of the President.” Washingtonian News.

[9] Morris, H. M. 1982. “Bible-Believing Scientists of the Past.” Acts & Facts. 11 (1).

About the Author
Jon Covey and is wife Anita have been long-time members of the South Bay Creation Science Association. Jon and Anita write the monthly Creation in the Crossfire newsletter and have been invaluable in adding great research and insight into the creation articles we send out.