“When I’m witnessing to someone, I always point out that
the difference in our beliefs about life’s origins stems from our
different starting worldviews.”
“It’s important for students not to confuse science with
evolution. Both theists and atheists (naturalists) use science
to explore and understand the universe; so science is neutral.
However, their interpretation of the scientific data often differs
drastically because they begin with different presuppositions.”
In their current ministry roles, they often explain how
they became skeptical of evolution, even though they were
indoctrinated in naturalism for more than 20 years. Then, after
believing in God, they found that biochemistry, genetics, and
molecular biology began to make more sense to them.
Now, Michael and Shouchin incorporate creation teaching
in their discipleship training in order to instil a biblical worldview. This necessarily includes teaching Creation, the Fall,
and Redemption; without a biblical foundation in creation,
these other essential doctrines will not make any sense.
They insist on teaching Genesis to seekers and newcomers
in their church. Often, they do this by spending two hours
just addressing worldviews and questions related to belief in
evolution, before finally delving into the text.
For Michael and Shouchin, Sola Scriptura (Scripture
alone) is the foundation for both the church and for Christian
ministry. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, and the Bible is His
testimony. As Shouchin says:
“If one can’t believe the first three chapters of the Bible,
which speak about Creation and the Fall, why believe the rest
of the Bible?”
As scientists they see design and purpose in the universe.
Examples of design are all around us—the markings of design
in a living cell, the cosmos, and the DNA code. They believe
that the evidence better supports biblical creation.
But they also think that the evolutionary explanation is
inadequate and self-defeating when it comes to social, moral,
and worldview issues, e.g. altruism, purpose, and morality.
The logical consequences of holding to a consistent naturalistic ideology, such as Nazism (and communism, under which
the Mans have lived) has resulted in the bloodiest century (the
20th) the world has ever seen.
With Shouchin in strong agreement, Michael says:
“A strong Gospel-centred foundation for faith is only
possible by first interpreting Genesis as plainly written. And
we’re grateful for the literature published by CMI, which we’ve
found especially helpful in our teaching from Genesis.”
Michael and Shouchin Man standing on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem (L), and (R) visiting the western wall of
Herod’s temple, destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, also called the Wailing Wall.
JOEL TAY, Dip. Biotech, B.Sc., M.Div., Th.M.
With qualifications in genetics and evolutionary biology as well as
theology and philosophy, Joel’s previous roles in youth ministry and street
evangelism have greatly reinforced his conviction on the vital importance of
creation apologetics. Originally from Singapore, Joel is currently a speaker,
researcher, and writer with Creation Ministries International (US). For more:
CREATION.com 22 Creation 39( 3) 2017