God is Our Creator

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven,
and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth
truth for ever:” (Psalm 146: 5-6)

Several years ago, I was facing a difficult situation and I needed to trust the Lord.

In spite of the fact that God has always faithfully taken care of me, it was amazingly difficult for me to really trust Him. I said the right things and prayed the right prayers, but deep down inside, I was afraid. It is always easier to trust the Lord from a point of safety, but my difficulty went deeper than that. So for months I asked God to help me trust Him and to deal with whatever was hindering that trust.

Gradually, the Lord showed me that His sovereignty wasn’t real to me–I knew about it in my head, but it hadn’t connected at a gut level. So for months I asked God to reveal His sovereignty to me and to deal with anything that was hindering my ability to really believe in His sovereignty. Then, one day, someone unexpectedly gave me a catalog of books and videos produced by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). [Note 1]

Out of curiosity, I ordered a video on Mount Saint Helen’s. On watching that video, I saw with my own eyes a wall of sediment six hundred feet high which had been laid down by the volcano since 1980. Rather than being laid down gradually, it was laid down in spurts by lava flows, mud slides, etc. For example, in one day, 25 feet of finely stratified layers were laid down. Some of those layers were less than a centimeter thick, and were laid down in seconds. I had always been taught that layered rock like that takes millions of years to form.

I saw with my own eyes a 100-foot-deep canyon system that was carved out in one day by a hurricane-speed mud slide which cut through solid rock. The canyon system looked like a miniature Grand Canyon. It even had a stream running through the bottom of it. I had always been taught that canyon systems are formed over millions of years as a river gradually cuts its way down into the rock.

The video was interesting, but I had no idea how important it was until the next time I read the Bible. The Bible seemed more real, more believable. I felt the Bible’s authority in a way that I had never felt it before.

I had always believed things that I was personally familiar with. I believed that Jesus healed people because God sovereignly healed my mother’s back. I believed that Jericho’s walls fell down, and many other events in biblical history, because they have been verified by archaeologists. I believed biblical prophecy because it has been verified by history. [Note 2] However, it was difficult for me to believe unfamiliar things such as Creation and Noah’s flood. I was always looking for other evidence to support what Scripture said because the Bible’s authority wasn’t enough for me.

All my life, I’ve been interested in science. As a result, I was thoroughly steeped in evolution, both in school and through reading, TV, and movies. In college, the religion department taught me that the Genesis account of Creation isn’t true because science has proved evolution, and therefore Genesis can’t be taken to mean what it says. Starting with that assumption, they tore the entire Bible to pieces. Seeing the video on Mount Saint Helen’s broke the power of what I had been taught in college. Evolution no longer seemed like a rock-hard, unquestionable fact. For the first time, I was free to seriously question evolution. For the first time, I was free to consider trusting the Book of Genesis. The result was that I found myself trusting the authority of the Bible in a new way.

I ordered more videos and some books. As I studied them, I saw a change take place in the way I shared the Gospel with people. Before, I had never been able to tell people why it was necessary for Jesus to shed His blood. I had heard and read the standard explanations many times, but they never really made sense to me. Intellectually, I knew that “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) I could quote it, but it didn’t really make sense to me. However, once I became familiar with the creation books and videos, that statement came alive for me. For the first time in my Christian life, I became comfortable talking about the sin of Adam and the need for the shed blood of Jesus.

Before those creation materials set me free, I had been double minded. With part of my mind, I believed the Bible, and with part of my mind, I believed in evolution.

Evolution says that animals suffered and died for millions of years and gradually changed into people. In other words, death and suffering were in the world millions of years before Adam existed. The Bible says that there was no death or suffering before Adam’s sin. Therefore, evolution denies that death and suffering are the result of sin, thereby denying the reason that Jesus died. The following quotations from the “American Atheist” and “The Humanist” show the importance of this issue.

“When the theory of evolution was advanced, that was the date that the Judeo-Christian religion began the decline in which it now finds itself in the West.” [Note 3]

“Destroy Adam and Eve and original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of God.” [Note 4]

“Darwin’s discovery of the principle of evolution sounded the death knell of religious and moral values. It removed the ground from under the feet of traditional religion.” [Note 5]

These quotations also show the importance of creation in evangelizing. It is difficult for people who believe in evolution to believe the Bible, which means that they usually aren’t open to being led to Jesus through Scripture. Once people learn that creation is scientifically and logically reasonable, then a major hindrance to faith is removed and they become more open to the Gospel.

The controversy between creationism and evolution is not a disagreement between science and religion. Rather, it is a dispute between advocates of opposing religions: scientists who believe the Bible versus scientists who believe in humanism. (Humanists define themselves as a religion in the “Humanist Manifesto”. Evolution is one of their basic articles of faith. Humanism and atheism are both tax-exempt religions.) [Note 6]

“The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in “hard” science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.” [Note 7]

“[The theory of evolution is] universally accepted not because it has been observed to occur or can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative–special creation–is clearly incredible.” [Note 8]

Many scientists who were formerly evolutionists have become creationists as a result of the scientific evidence. They have found that the scientific model of creation followed by a world-wide flood explains the evidence better than the scientific model of evolution. [Note 9]

There are many problems with the theory of evolution. Gradual improvements are supposed to be caused by mutations. However, geneticists say that mutations never cause beneficial changes–mutational changes are always harmful or neutral. Chemicals are supposed to have formed simple life forms, but microbiologists have discovered that there is no such thing as a simple life form–even the most primitive one-celled creatures are incredibly complex. Scientists specializing in probability theory say: “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.” [Note 10]

If evolution occurred, then the fossil record should be full of missing links. However, only a few have been found, and every single one of them is disputed by experts. For example, archeopteryx used to be considered a missing link between reptiles and birds. However, fossils of modern birds have been found which are older than archeopteryx. (It can’t have been a missing link–something that was slowly evolving into a bird–if birds already existed.) Also, the eohippus-to-horse transition has turned out to be a fallacy.

Every single ape man has turned out to be a regular human, a regular ape, or a fraud. Even the celebrated Lucy is considered by many experts to be a regular chimpanzee–the only bone in Lucy which makes her seem human is the knee joint, which was found a mile and a half away from the rest of the skeleton and 200 feet lower down in the rock. Skeletons of modern humans have been found which are older than any of the ape men. (Ape men can’t have been slowly evolving into modern humans if modern humans already existed.) [Note 11]

Evolutionists are so anxious to have evidence that ape men existed that they continue to teach them in textbooks and museum exhibits long after they have been proved to be mistakes or frauds. For example, Peking Man consisted of ape skulls, human implements, and the assumption that the owners of the skulls used the implements. However, six complete human skeletons were later found at the same site. Obviously, the humans were the creatures that used the human implements. In spite of that, Peking man continues to appear in textbooks and museum exhibits. Furthermore, a furnace was later found at the same site, along with a pile of ashes over two stories high. No primitive ape man could have built a furnace like that.

Java Man was a fraud, but it is still treated as an ape man. Eugene DuBois found an ape skull and a human leg bone, and he said that they belonged to the same creature–an ape man. Before his death, DuBois confessed that he had found two fully human skulls and four other human leg bones at the same site. Therefore, Java Man (also called Homo Erectus) was just a normal human. However, it is still presented as an ape man in textbooks and museum exhibits. (Paleontologists don’t get research grant money for finding apes or men; they only get it for finding ape men. Therefore, they are tempted to suppress evidence and claim that a find is an ape man when they know that it really isn’t.)

Another example is Piltdown Man, which was a deliberate fraud–a human skull cap and an ape’s jaw with teeth that were filed down to look like human teeth. It had been chemically stained to look old. Piltdown Man was exhibited at the British Museum of Natural History in 1912. In 1916, a dental anatomist examined it and wrote a report showing that it was a fake. However, the museum suppressed his report. [Note 12] They exhibited a copy of the fossil, locked the original skull in a safe, and refused to allow scientists to examine it. Piltdown Man remained on exhibit until 1953. By then, the man who discovered the skull was no longer around. Personnel and policies at the museum had changed, and some scientists were allowed to date the skull; in the process, they discovered that it was a fraud. [Note 13]

In other words, leading scientists of a world-renowned museum suppressed the information that Piltdown Man was a fraud. They exhibited Piltdown Man as an ape man–knowing that it was a fake–for 41 years. Furthermore, they deliberately concealed the evidence by locking the fossil in a safe and refusing to let other scientists examine it. This shows a desperate need to convince people that ape men exist, whether or not there is any real evidence.

Suppression of evidence also takes the form of automatically discrediting any evidence which is contrary to evolutionary theory. I was always taught in science class that if the facts don’t fit your theory, you are supposed to change your theory–not throw out the facts. However, in practice, the opposite is often true. Motives include job security, fear of causing a controversy, professional reputation, and the philosophical implications of evolution.

One example is the “Calavaras skull” which was found 130 feet below ground by a California gold miner. The skull was almost completely mineralized. It was authenticated by a physician as a modern type of skull. J.D. Whitney, chief of the California Geological Survey, authenticated that it was found in the Pliocene rock, which is supposed to be over two million years old. The problem is that according to the evolutionary timetable, human beings weren’t around then. So it was assumed that the skull had been planted there–in spite of the fact that the rock was also full of stone mortars, bowls, and other signs of human workmanship. (How could anybody plant a skull in solid rock?) To this day, the skull is ignored or explained away, while Whitney’s report lies buried in the museum archives. [Note 14]

Another example is two half skeletons that were discovered in Utah in 1975. They were completely encased in rock. The bones were taken to the University of Utah for official testing and confirmation. However, nothing was done; no report was issued. The experts refused to follow up on this discovery. The man who discovered them had to come back to pick them up. Why were the experts afraid to follow up on it? Because the bones came out of a rock layer that was supposed to be a hundred million years old. [Note 15]

Fortunately, there are also evolutionists who are scientists of integrity, men and women who genuinely seek the truth and aren’t threatened by ideas that are different from what they were taught. Real truth-seekers aren’t threatened by facts. They don’t try to suppress evidence that is contrary to their position, and they don’t try to exaggerate evidence that favors it. Such scientists are often aware of how shaky the evidence for evolution is in their own area of science, but, having been taught evolution by teachers they trust, they assume that other scientific disciplines must have the solid evidence for it. Once they study the evidence in other areas of science, and realize how weak it is, some of them become creationists.

Stephen Jay Gould, a prominent evolutionist from Harvard University, tried to explain the lack of fossil evidence by developing the theory of “punctuated equilibrium” which pictures evolutionary history as long periods when nothing happens, punctuated by sudden evolutionary spurts which occur so quickly that no record is left in the fossils. Other evolutionists have tried to explain the lack of solid evidence for evolution by saying that it occurred somewhere else in the universe and the resulting plants and animals were transported to Earth (the theory of “directed panspermia”).

Many animals and plants show a precision of efficient engineering design that can’t have occurred by chance. Some evolutionists recognize this but are unwilling to acknowledge that God is the designer. Therefore, they attribute plan and purpose to evolution itself, or to the earth, or to mystical New Age forces. In other words, they personify evolution (or the earth) and make a god out of it.

Michael Denton, an Australian microbiologist, believes in evolution and openly mocks the Genesis account of creation in his book “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis”. [Note 16] Yet his book shows that biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, embryology, paleon-tology, and probability theory all fail to support the theory of evolution. His book contains so much information showing that the evidence of science is contrary to evolution that ICR scientists re-read it every time they are scheduled to have a public debate with evolutionists.

There is also the problem of how transitional forms could have survived. For example, according to the theory of evolution, reptiles gradually changed into birds, which means that their front legs gradually changed into wings over millions of years. But wings and legs function in completely different ways. How did those transitional animals survive without the use of their front legs during the millions of years before those legs became functional wings? (If you want to understand this in practical terms, then get down on the floor and crawl on all fours. While you are still crawling, suddenly pick up your arms and hold them out sideways like wings.) It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in creation.

The problems of gradual evolution have led some scientists to postulate the “hopeful monster” theory, which says that one day a reptile laid an egg and a bird hatched from it. But a baby bird cannot survive without a mother bird to feed it, take care of it, and teach it to fly. No mother reptile could do that for a bird, even if she wanted to. (Reptiles lay their eggs and leave; they don’t take care of their babies.) Also, how could such a bird reproduce with no other birds around? In spite of this, “hopeful monsters” are considered serious science, and articles about them are published in scientific journals. The American Association for the Advancement of Science even endorses a children’s book which promotes the idea.

One of the world’s greatest experts on fossils is Dr. Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History. His museum contains over seven million fossils, which is the largest collection in the world. After more than 20 years of studying fossils, writing books on evolution, and teaching and speaking on evolution, he gave the following statement during his Keynote Address to prominent evolutionists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, on November 5, 1981. He said that, after studying evolution for 20 years, he realized that:

“…there was not one thing I knew about it. That’s quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long.” [Note 17]

The introduction to the 1971 edition of Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” states that evolution has not been scientifically proved, and therefore belief in evolution could be considered faith rather than science. It says that evolution is the foundation of biology and, as a result,

“…biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory–is it then a science or a faith?” [Note 18]

Harvard’s Nobel prize winning biologist George Wald said, in “Frontiers of Modern Biology on Theories of Origin of Life”:

“I do not want to believe in God. Therefore I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation leading to evolution.” [Note 19]

Evolution requires immense amounts of time to be at all plausible. (If a princess kisses a frog and it turns into a prince, that’s a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over millions of years, that’s evolution.) According to radiometric dating, the earth is over four billion years old. However, there are a number of problems with radiometric dating. It requires making several assumptions. Each one of these assumptions cannot be verified, and many scientists consider them to be unrealistic. Furthermore, as explained below, there is a problem caused by water. [Note 20]

Radiometric dating depends on precise measurements of radioactive materials such as uranium, thorium, strontium, rubidium, and radioactive potassium. All of them occur as salts, which dissolve in water. If a rock containing them is left under water, the radioactive salts will leach out of the rock, and radiometric dating will show the rock to be far older than it really is. The presence of fossil fish on mountain tops indicates that the earth has known extensive flooding.

There are at least 68 other “natural clocks” which can be used to date the earth. These include: the rate at which land is washed into the ocean, the rate at which salt collects in the ocean, the amount of cosmic dust on the moon, the decay of short-period comets, the rate at which oil leaks out of oil deposits, and the earth’s shrinking magnetic field. Most of these “clocks” give a maximum age of thousands of years. [Note 21]

The inaccuracy of radiometric dating is shown by studies of underwater rocks which were formed less than 200 years ago by lava from two Hawaiian volcanoes (an active volcano named Kilauea and a volcano near Hualalei). The rocks were dated using radiometric dating. The ages obtained from Kilauea’s rocks ranged up to 22 million years. [Note 22] The ages obtained from rocks formed by the volcano near Hualalei ranged from 160 million years to 3 billion years. [Note 23] Both sets of rocks are known to be less than 200 years old, because their formation by the volcanoes is a matter of historical record.

Evolutionist William Stansfield recognizes the serious problems with radiometric dating. In his textbook on evolution, he says:

“Age estimates on a given geological stratum using different methods are often quite different (sometimes by hundreds of millions of years).” [Note 24]

This is of great practical importance because, during Noah’s flood, the entire earth was under water for over a year. The rain only lasted for 40 days, but it remained 20 feet higher than the highest mountains for 150 days. After that, it took a year and ten days for the earth to dry out enough for Noah to come out of the ark. (See Genesis 7:17-8:16) [Note 25]

Many discoveries indicate that processes which we were taught take thousands or millions of years, actually occur quite quickly. For example, the volcano at Mount Saint Helen’s laid down 25 feet of finely stratified layers in one day; many of them were less than a centimeter thick and were laid down in seconds. A 100-foot-deep canyon system was carved out at Mount Saint Helens in one day by a hurricane-speed mud slide which cut through solid rock. If you want to see these for yourself, get the video “Mount Saint Helen’s” from ICR.

Other examples are coal and oil, which can be formed quite rapidly in a laboratory. They don’t require millions of years–all they require is the right conditions. Given the right conditions, wood can be petrified quickly and fossils can form quickly. Many fossils of modern items have been found, including a fossilized 20th century hat.

Many fossils have been found which indicate rapid burial under catastrophic conditions. For example, a fossil of an 80-foot whale was found standing on its tail, buried in diatomaceous earth. [Note 26] (Diatomaomaceous earth, or diatomite, is formed by microscopic organisms with hard exterior skeletons or shells.) That whale had to be buried so quickly that it couldn’t rot or fall over. One witty letter to the editor in “Chemical & Engineering News” remarked:

“The baleen whale simply stood on its tail for 100,000 years, its skeleton undecomposing, while the diatomaceous snow covered its frame millimeter by millimeter.” [Note 27]

Another basic problem with the theory of evolution is that it goes directly against several important laws of physical science. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as the Law of Entropy, states that everything wears out, has less and less energy available for use, and becomes less and less ordered. You can see it all around you: your body is wearing out, your car gets more and more run down, you have fight to maintain your house in decent shape. But evolution goes completely contrary to all that by saying that, on their own, things will become more and more complex, more ordered, that they will go upwards instead of running down. Evolution also goes contrary to the First Law of Thermodynamics (conservation of energy and matter). In addition, it goes against the Law of Cause and Effect and the Laws of Probability.

Why is evolution taught so dogmatically as an absolute, unquestionable fact even though many scientists recognize that there are serious difficulties with the theory? Because John Dewey (the “father of progressive education”) almost singlehandedly revolutionized education in the United States. He was a staunch humanist and a signer of the original “Humanist Manifesto.” He was determined to make the American school system conform to humanist ideals. An important part of that goal was indoctrinating students in evolution. [Note 28]

The Bible says that one of the signs of the last days will be that people will choose to ignore three facts: (1) God created everything; (2) Noah’s flood was a world-wide judgment sent by God; and (3) there will be a coming judgment by fire. The refusal to acknowledge these things will be associated with moral corruption.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:3-7)

There is a definite connection between moral corruption and not wanting to acknowledge God as our Creator. If God created us, then He makes the rules. If we evolved from animals, then we make the rules. Therefore, anybody who doesn’t want to abide by God’s rules has a vested interest in promoting evolution. Sir Julian Huxley, a famous atheist and one of the leading evolutionists of the 20th century, said during an interview on a talk show:

“I suppose the reason we leaped at “The Origins of Species” was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores.” [Note 29]

Widespread belief in evolution has had a devastating effect on the morals of our society. Even Will Durant, a humanist philosopher who doesn’t believe that he personally needs God, can recognize it.

“By offering evolution in place of God as a cause of history, Darwin removed the theological basis of the moral code of Christendom.” [Note 30]

The principles of biological evolution have been extended to social, economic and national affairs, with tragic consequences. These are extensively documented by Henry M. Morris (“The Long War Against God”) and Ian Taylor (“In the Minds of Men”). [Note 31]

The notorious capitalists in our nation–who amassed great fortunes by crushing small businesses and treating workers ruthlessly–used evolution to justify their actions. They considered themselves to be carrying out the principles of evolution by eliminating the weak.

Hitler, Mussolini and Marx considered themselves to be applying the evolutionary principle of “survival of the fittest” to national affairs. Hitler believed that Jews were an inferior (less evolved) race. He decided to speed up the evolutionary process by exterminating them, as part of his plan for producing a “super race” in Germany.

Slavery and racism were justified by saying that negroes had not evolved as far as whites. Evolutionary scientists publicly justified racism until Hitler’s massacre of the Jews made it unpopular.

Another result of evolutionism was the murder of Australian Aborigines to provide specimens for study and museum exhibits. It has been estimated that 10,000 dead bodies of Australia’s Aborigines were shipped to British museums in an attempt to prove the widespread belief that they were the “missing link.” Edward Ramsay, curator of the Australian Museum in Sydney in 1894, published a museum booklet which included Aborigines under the designation of “Australian Animals.” It gave instructions on how to rob graves and how to plug up bullet wounds in freshly killed “specimens.” “Collectors” working under Ramsay were paid bounties for Aborigine skulls, brains, skeletons, bodies, and skins for mounting.

Amalie Dietrich, a German evolutionist, was known as the “black angel of death” because she had so many Aborigines shot for specimens. U.S. evolutionists also collected specimens of “subhumans.” The Smithsonian Institution in Washington holds the remains of 15,000 individuals of various races. Even in quite modern times, aboriginal bones have been sought by major institutions. Aboriginal leaders and others are asking to have such remains be returned and given a decent burial. [Note 32]

Evolution contributes to suicide, especially among teenagers. Physician Michael Girouard has, in the course of his medical practice, seen a marked increase in suicidal thoughts when teenagers in science classes accept what evolution says about them–that they are just animals who exist because of blind chance, with no reason for being. [Note 33] A friend of mine vividly recalls the day in twelfth-grade science class when he suddenly saw the implications of evolution and concluded, “I’m just a piece of meat!”

Our nation was shocked by the brutal beating of Rodney King at the hands of the Los Angeles police. People were horrified by the events that followed: rioting, looting, burning, beatings, and killings. But should we really be surprised? What else would you expect from senseless animals? What we saw in Rodney King’s beating and in the riots that followed is people who were living out the evolutionist philosophy that they were taught in school.

School children are taught that they are just animals who have evolved from apes. Many people say that our schools today are a zoo. But what else should we expect from children who were taught that they are animals? Our teachers have been telling them that they are animals without thinking through what the practical consequences will be when they grow up.

Everybody knows that you can’t have a watch without a watchmaker and you can’t have an airplane without an engineer. But our school children are being taught that incredibly complex things such as the eye and the human brain developed by blind chance. In other words, we have been teaching them to think illogically and to discount everything they have learned through personal experience about how things are made in the observable world around them. We have taught them to think the opposite of what logic, reason, and common sense teach them. Then should we be shocked to see them grow up to be people who do things that are illogical, unreasonable, and senseless?

Belief in evolution has had a devastating effect on our society. It has paved the way for widespread immorality, secular humanism, atheism, and New Age religions. [Note 34]

The bad fruits of evolution are obvious, and Jesus said that we would be able to recognize what things really are by their fruits. (Matthew 7:17-20) The scientific case for creation is very strong. This is very encouraging. However, we must never depend on science to prove the Bible. Rather, we should let the Bible show us whether science is valid. For example, many psychologists tell us that it is “healthy” for people to be sexually involved outside of marriage. The Bible tells us that those ideas are absolutely wrong. As a result, we need to be cautious about accepting other statements that psychologists make, and we should never seek counsel from any psychologist who doesn’t believe in the Bible.

All human beings–including scientists–have limited knowledge, limited understanding, and questionable motives. They make mistakes, they deceive themselves, and sometimes they tell deliberate lies. We need to put our confidence in God, rather than in weak, fallible, sinful human beings. God knows everything, there is no limit to His understanding, and He is absolutely truthful. This world will pass away, but “the word of our God shall stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

In the past, humanist Bible scholars told us that archaeology had disproved the Bible, but God raised up archaeologists to show that the Bible was right after all. Humanists have told us that evolution is an undisputable scientific fact which disproves the Bible, but God has raised up scientists to show that creation explains the scientific evidence better than evolution does. Humanism will continue to raise up “experts” in many fields who will try to disprove the Bible, and we will have to stand our ground and keep on trusting the Bible, whether or not those false claims are disproved in our lifetime.

Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) The word “abide” can also be translated as “stand,” and “endure.” It is not a passive word; it has the military connotation of holding your ground against enemy attack. As Jesus said in the parable of the sower, the devil is always trying to snatch the Word of God out of our hearts. We need to stand our ground and refuse to let God’s Word be stolen from us.

The Bible speaks of God as Creator from Genesis to Revelation. Creation is woven into the very fabric of Scripture. When Jesus was questioned about divorce, He used the creation account in Genesis as the basis for his response. (Matthew 19:3-6) When the angel in the Book of Revelation flew in midair, proclaiming the “eternal gospel” to all mankind, he cried: “[W]orship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Revelation 14:6-7)  


The Bible speaks of God as our Creator from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. I have written a separate paper entitled “Creation in Scripture” which quotes some of these Scripture references.

Noah’s Flood is also Scriptural. The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has many books and videos dealing with it. In addition, you can find information about it on their web site. Information about ICR is given in the section of this paper entitled “Sources of Information”. I will just deal briefly with one aspect of the Flood.

Ethnology is the science of studying the writings of ancient ethnic groups of people. Historical records are available for thirty-three of these groups. These ethnic groups were located in widely separated areas, so they probably had little if any influence on one another. If a world-wide, catastrophic flood occurred, then we would expect many of these people groups to have some kind of record of it.

Examination of the writings of these thirty-three ethnic groups gives the following information. Every one of them mentions some type of flood. Ninety-four percent describe the flood as being totally destructive. Ninety-seven percent say that mankind was miraculously rescued from the flood. Eighty-five percent say that a boat was used to rescue mankind. Ninety-one percent say that animals were also saved. Seventy-six percent say that the boat landed on a mountain after the waters receded. Eighty-eight percent say that birds were sent forth from the boat to find out whether or not the flood waters had receded. Ninety-one percent mention divine favor being shown towards the survivors, and refer to a “bow” of colors in the sky. Ninety-four percent say that after the destructive flood, the people who were saved offered public worship to a god. [Note 35]


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You can find good scientific information about creation versus evolution at the following websites. The first one has a search engine which will give you information from an extensive library of scientific publications and some less technical, more easy to read publications. The first two websites are by scientists. The third one is by professionals and engineers (they don’t do scientific research, but they write clearly in less technical terms).

Institute for Creation Research

Answers in Genesis

Creation Science


Moody Institute of Science, 820 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60610 (phone 312-329-2190).

Films for Christ, 2628 West Birchwood Circle, Mesa, AZ 85202 (phone 800-FFC-2261). It is affilisted with Eden Communications, P.O. Box 41644, Mesa, AZ 85274 (phone 800-332-2261).

Institute for Creation Research (ICR), P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021 (phone 619-448-0900). ICR has books and videos at all levels from children’s books to a technical journal. Most of their material is strictly scientific. Some of their scientific works also include a Christian perspective. ICR also publishes some devotional and theological books for Christians. They carry many of the books and videos cited in this paper.

Jeremiah Films, P.O. Box 1710, Hemet, CA 92546 (phone 800-828-2290). Most of their videos deal with pagan and occult influences in our country. They have some videos on evolution because they believe that it has opened the door to paganism and new age religions.

Creation Resource Foundation, P.O. Box 16100, South Lake Tahoe, CA 95706 (phone 916-542-509) 


“What Is Creation Science?” by Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker (published in 1987 by Master Books, El Cajon, California). This is a good, general book on the creation/evolution controversy from a purely scientific perspective. Although it deals with a lot of technical material, it is readable and easy to understand. It is Available through Christian bookstores and directly from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), whose address and phone number are given under “Sources of Information” above.

“In the Minds of Men” by Ian T. Taylor (third edition, published in 1991 by TFE Publishing, Toronto, Canada). This comprehensive book deals with the philosophy of evolution and the practical consequences of its influence on our society. It also presents important evidence against evolution which has been concealed from the general public.

“Darwin on Trial” by Phillip E. Johnson (published in 1991 by Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois). Phillip Johnson is a law professor who analyzes the case for evolution in terms of his legal specialty–logic and evidence. He exposes false reasoning, invalid evidence, and unscientific approaches, and he makes a strong case for evolution being a philosophy rather than a real science.

“The Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict” by Donald E. Chittick (published in 1984 by Multnomah Press, Portland, Oregon). This book deals with the world-view confrontation between the two belief systems of creation and evolution.

“Evolution: A Theory in Crisis” by Michael Denton (published in 1985 by Adler & Adler, Publishers, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland). Michael Denton is an Australian microbiologist who believes in evolution and openly mocks the Genesis account of creation in his book. Yet his book shows that biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, embryology, paleon-tology, and probability theory all fail to support the theory of evolution.

“Not By Chance!” by Lee Spetner (published in 1998 by Judaica Press Inc., 123 Ditmas Ave., Brooklyn NY 11218, 800-972-6201). Dr. Spetner is a recognized expert on the genetic code. He demonstrates conclusively that chance mutations will never result in evolutionary change. While not a Christian creationist, this Jewish scholar shows that all useful genetic information must have been present at the start.

“Darwin’s Black Box” by Michael Behe (published in 1996 by Simon & Schuster, Old Tappon, New Jersey). Behe is a professor of biochemistry with expertise at the molecular level (cell level). He shows that Darwinism falls on its face at the molecular level. Nobody has even tried to deal with the irreducible complexity at the cellular level.

“The Answers Book” by Ken Ham, Andrew Snelling, and Carl Wieland (published in 1991 by Master Books, El Cajon, California). This book scientifically addresses twelve of the most-asked questions on Genesis and the creation/evolution issue. (Available from ICR.) 


MOODY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE — These videos show the wonder of God’s creation. Rather than discussing creation versus evolution, they demonstrate that creation is an incredibly complex masterpiece of engineering. I personally believe that the quality of these videos is better than that of National Geographic films. They can be ordered through Christian bookstores or directly from Moody Institute of Science (see their address and phone number under “Sources of Information” above).

“The Wonders of God’s Creation”. This 3-video set deals with the earth, animals, and mankind.

“Journeys to the Edge of Creation.” This 2-video set deals with astronomy.

“The Awesome Forces of God’s Creation.” This 3-video set deals with the power of God as observed through floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.


ORIGINS – This 6-video series features Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith, an international speaker with three earned doctorates from prestigious universities. These videos are beautiful, gracious and persuasive. Although very scientific, they are not dry. The six videos are: “The Origin of the Universe,” “The Earth, A Young Planet?” “The Origin of Life,” “The Origin of Species,” “The Origin of Mankind,” and “The Fossil Record.” They are available individually or as a set from Films for Christ and Eden Communications.

“The World That Perished”. This video gives persuasive evidence for Noah’s flood. It ends with a salvation message. (Available from Films for Christ and Eden Commuications.)

“The Case for Creation.” This video features Rev. D. James Kennedy. It is an exposé of how the evolutionary establishment controls public education and most research grants. Valid scientific information is being withheld from our students and the general public. (Available from Films for Christ and Eden Communications.)

“Evolution Conspiracy.” This video shows how secular humanists have used political strategy and power tactics to indoctrinate the public with evolutionism. (Available from Jeremiah Films.)

“Mount Saint Helen’s.” This video has dramatic photographs and film footage but the verbal presentation sounds like a college professor giving a lecture. Some people will find it fascinating and exciting, but others may find it somewhat dry. (Available from the Institute for Creation Research.)


These presentations are academic in style, similar to workshops or college classes. They are valuable and informative but lack dramatic visual impact. People hungry for information will find them fascinating and informative. People who are less hungry may find them somewhat dry.

“Understanding Genesis.” This is a 10-video series with a study guide. (Available from the Institute for Creation Research.)

Individual ICR Videos.

  • “Evolution: Fact or Belief?”
  • “Ape Men: Monkey Business Falsely Called Science”
  • “Genesis and the Decay of the Nation”
  • “Genesis 1-11” (Answers the 12 questions which are asked most often.)
  • “Creation and the Last Days”


1. Institute for Creation Research. P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021. Phone 619-448-0900; fax 619-448-3469). Web Site: http://www.icr.org. ICR produces books and videos on the creation/evolu-tion controversy and on Noah’s flood. They have children’s books, home schooling materials, books and videos for laymen, “Creation Magazine,” technical monographs, and a technical journal. They also have speakers available for presentations, debates, and Christian media

2. See Josh McDowell, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” Vol. I (1979) and Vol. II (1990) (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life). Fulfilled prophecy is discussed in pages 267-324 of Volume I. Archeological discoveries relating to biblical history are discussed in pages 17-24 of Volume II.

3. O. Hambling, “Genesis and Evolution,” in “American Atheist” 30 (January 1988), pg. 7. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, “The Long War Against God” (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989), p. 119; (available from ICR).

4. G. Richard Bozardh, “The Meaning of Evolution,” in “American Atheist” 20 (February 1978), pg. 30. Quoted in “The Long War Against God,” pg. 119.

5. S. S. Chawla, “A Philosophical Journey to the West,” in “The Humanist” Vol. 24 (San Francisco, CA: September/October, 1964), pg. 151. Cited in Ian T. Taylor, “In the Minds of Men,” 3rd edition (Toronto, Canada: 1991), pg. 422.

6. Ian T. Taylor, “In the Minds of Men,” 3rd edition (Toronto, Canada: TFE Publishing, 1991), pp. 394-395 and 420-422.

7. Biologist Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, as quoted by Huston Smith, “Beyond the Post-Modern Mind” (New York: Crossroads, 1982), p. 173. Quoted in “The Illustrated Origins Answer Book” (P.O. Box 41644, Mesa, AZ: Eden Productions, 1991), pg. 114.

8. D. M. S. Watson, “Adaptation,”in “Nature,” Vol. 123 (1929), p. 233. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, “Scientific Creationism” (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 2nd edition, 1985), p. 8.

9. Luther D. Sunderland, “Darwin’s Enigma: Fossils and Other Problems,” 4th edition (Santee, CA: Master Books, 1988), pp. 7-8.

10. Sir Fred Hoyle, “Hoyle on Evolution,” in “Nature,” Vol. 294 (12 November 1981), p. 105. Quoted in “The Revised Quote Book” (Sunnybank, Brisbane, Australia: Creation Science Foundation Ltd., 1990), pg. 21.

11. See “In the Minds of Men” by Ian Taylor. Point by point, it exposes the fuzzy reasoning behind textbook presentations of evolution. It also presents counter-evidence that has long been concealed from the general public.

12. Peking Man, Java Man, Piltdown Man, and all of the other “ape men” turned out to be normal men, normal apes, or frauds. Revealing evidence about them is shown in the video “Ape Men: Monkey Business Falsely Called Science, which is available from ICR.

13. Phillip E. Johnson, “Darwin on Trial” (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1991), pg. 187. This outstanding book was written by a law professor who specializes in logic and evidence.

14. Ian T. Taylor, “In the Minds of Men,” pp. 217-218.

15. Dennis R. Petersen, “Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation” (El Dorado, CA: Creation Resource Foundation, 1988) pg. 131.

16. Michael Denton, “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis” (Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, Publishers, Inc., 1985).

17. This speech was tape recorded and transcribed with the permission of Dr. Patterson. Quoted in “The Revised Quote Book,” pg. 4.

18. L. Harrison Matthews, FRS, Introduction to Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” (London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Ltd., 1971) p. xi. Quoted in “The Revised Quote Book,” pg. 2.

19. George Wald, “Frontiers of Modern Biology on Theories of Origin of Life” (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1972) p. 187. Quoted in Rex Russell, M.D., “What the Bible Says About Healthy Living” (Ventura, CA: Regal Books) pp. 273-274.

20. See Henry M. Morris, editor, “Scientific Creationism,” 2nd edition (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1985) pp. 131-170. Also see Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker, “What Is Creation Science?” (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1987) pp. 253-293. Also see the video “Evolution: Fact or Belief?” These are all available from ICR.

21. Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker, “What Is Creation Science?,” pp. 284-293.

22. C.S. Noble and J.J. Naughton, “Deep-Ocean Basalts: Inert Gas Content and Uncertainties in Age Dating,” in “Science,” Vol. 162 (October 11, 1968), pg. 265. Cited in “Scientific Creationism,” pp 146-147.

23. J.G. Funkhouser and J.J. Naughton, “Journal of Geophysical Research,” Vol. 73 (July 15, 1968) pg. 4606. Cited in “Scientific Creationism,” pg. 147.

24. William D. Stansfield, “The Science of Evolution” (New York: MacMillan, 1977) pg. 84. (See pp. 80-84) Quoted in “What Is Creation Science?” pg. 285.

25. The flood began on the 17th day of the second month of the year. (Genesis 7:11) On the 7th month, the ark landed on Mount Ararat (the highest mountain). (Genesis 8:3-4) On the 10th month, the water had gone down enough for the tops of other mountains to become visible. (Genesis 8:5) On the 27th day of the second month of the following year (one year and ten days after the flood started), God told Noah to come out of the ark. (Genesis 8:13-15)

26. Kenneth M. Reese, “Newscripts,” “Chemical & Engineering News,” October 11, 1976, page 40. Cited in Donald E. Chittick, “The Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict” (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1984), pages 218-219.

27. Harvey O. Olney III, “Letters,” “Chemical & Engineering News,” January 24, 1977, page 5. Cited in Donald E. Chittick, “The Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict,” (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1984), pages 219-220.

28. Ian T. Taylor, “In the Minds of Men,” pg. 425.

29. Quoted by Henry M. Morris, “The Troubled Waters of Evolution” (San Diego: Creation-Life Publishers, 1974), pg. 58. Available from ICR.

30. Will Durant, “Are We in the Last Stage of a Pagan Period?” Chicago “Tribune,” April 1980. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, “The Long War Against God,” p. 149.

31. Henry M. Morris, “The Long War Against God” (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989). Ian T. Taylor, “In The Minds of Men,” 3rd edition (Ontario, Canada: TFE Publishing, 1991).

32. Carl Wieland, “Darwin’s Bodysnatchers,” “Creation Ex Nihilo,” Vol. 14, No. 2 (March-May 1992). For further information, contact Creation Magazine (P.O. Box 710039, Santee, CA 92072) or Carl Wieland (Director, Creation Science Foundation, Brisbane, Australia). Creation Magazine and the Institute for Creation Research should both have Carl Wieland’s address.

33. Dr. Michael Girouard discusses the relationship between evolution and teenage suicide in the video “Ape Men: Monkey Business Falsely Called Science,” which is available through ICR.

34. Kenneth Ham and Gary Parker, “Understanding Genesis Study Guide,” (El Cajon, CA: Creation Life Publishers, Inc., 1988), pg. 4. This book and the video series that it accompanies are available through ICR.

35. Dick Eastman, “University of the World” (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1983), pp. 26-27. 


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