CREATION MAGAZINE is about to enter its 40th year. There’s been nothing quite like it in terms of presenting the fact of biblical creation and showing the falsity of long agesand evolution. With
subscribers in over 110 countries, we’re taking back ground
that much of the church had conceded to uniformitarian
geology and evolutionary biology in the last two centuries.
Indeed, this true history in Genesis is the only one that
makes sense of both the good and the evil in the world; of its
beauty as well as its ugliness. We have a perfect Creator who
made everything “very good” (Genesis 1: 31). But the universal
human ancestor, “the first man, Adam” (1 Corinthians 15: 45),
committed a real sin, and was punished with real death
(Genesis 3). As God gave humans dominion over creation
(Genesis 1: 26–28), when they fell, everything else was cursed
by Him (Romans 8: 19–23). But He provided the remedy: Jesus,
“the last Adam”, came to take the penalty of death on our behalf,
and then conquer it by rising from the dead (1 Corinthians 15).
This indeed is the “good news” or Gospel—but this
makes sense only with the true biblical history of the world.
Conversely, denial of this history has proven a big stumbling
block against people considering the Gospel’s claims.
Of course, the church held this view of history before the
19th century—because it is what the biblical text teaches! This
issue interviews a Hebrew/Old Testament scholar to explain
this in more detail, and why it matters (p. 38). And a New
Testament specialist explains how the Apostle Paul used creation teaching to refute the religion/superstition of the leading
philosophers in Athens, and point them to the Gospel (p. 17).
Likewise, we try to use the most up-to-date information in
a number of areas of knowledge to show how the Bible makes
the most sense of it. A fascinating area concerns the elaborate
designs in living creatures. This issue includes the literally
cool light of bioluminescence, in contrast to incandescent
bulbs that waste most energy as heat (p. 20), and lizards that
‘walk (run) on water’ (p. 45). Indeed, walking in general is very
complex, as engineers are learning when they try to program
robots to do it (p. 56).
Another important function of Creation over the decades
has been clearing up misconceptions. A major one is that
natural selection is proof of evolution. Actually, as we often
stress, natural selection explains survival of the fittest, but not
arrival of the fittest, because it’s a culling force, not a creative
force. This issue shows how this works with poison resistance
in fish (p. 12) and antibiotic resistance in bacteria (p. 46).
Another important topic we regularly cover is the global
Flood of Noah’s time. Once this is understood, there is no
need to postulate millions of years of slow-and-gradual rock
formation, because such a cataclysm would do lots of geolog-
ical work in a very short time. Conversely, the whole idea of
millions of years arose by an a priori denial of the Flood in the
decades around 1800. But the Flood best explains why we have
‘snap-frozen’ and even opalized fossils (p. 52). And the runoff
as the Flood abated explains the continental margins (p. 41).
Our regular Ph.D. scientist interview this time features a
Slovakian geophysicist, who reminds us how one’s interpretive
framework for world history depends greatly on the starting
assumptions (p. 24).
An important feature for a family magazine is a dedicated
children’s section (p. 34). We trust that this helps parents train
their children from a young age that the Bible is real history—
and how to defend this.
This information is too good to keep to yourself—please
pass on after reading!
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