DAVID CHRISTIE, B.Com., M.Admin., Ph.D., FAICD, FIMC.
spent 10 years in the Royal Marines Commandos, 9
years as a patrol officer in Papua New Guinea, and
23 years as a certified management consultant and
businessman. Now retired, he is a member of Friends
of CMI and Chairman of CMI Australia.For more:
RUSSELL GRIGG, M.Sc. (Hons)
was an industrial chemist before serving 20 years
with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (now OMF
International). He is a staff member of Creation
Ministries International in Australia. For more:
References and notes
1. Adamthwaite, M., Languages of the post-Diluvian World, J. Creation
30(1) 112–121; creation.com/how-language-develops.
2. “Of all the objections to the evolutionary kinship of man to animal,
the most readily observed and easily perceived difference is that of
language.” Smith, S., Human consciousness and the image of God,
Creation Research Society Quarterly 39( 2): 40–45, June 2002.
3. Sign language in a deaf community is included, as it has all the features
of full-blown grammatical language, merely using visual rather than
audible sequences of symbols.
4. Barring pathological damage to the relevant parts of the nervous system,
5. Cosner, L, Why did God give us a book? Creation 37( 4): 16–17 2015,
6. The complex computations that must take place within the nervous
system of certain species, e.g. the archer fish’s ability to aim at where
the insect is rather than where it looks to be, are hardwired and not
related to the way humans use mathematics. See Sarfati, J., Archer fish
use advanced hydrodynamics, Creation 36( 3): 36–37 July 2014; creation.
7. Hong, S.W. et al., Safety investigation of Noah’s Ark in a seaway,
J. Creation 8(1): 26–36, 1994; creation.com/ark-safety.
8. Howlett, R., Flipper’s Secret, New Scientist 154(2088): 34–39, 28 June
9. Sarfati, J., Refuting Evolution, Creation Book Publishers, USA, 2012, p.
10. See How can we see distant stars in a young universe?, Ch. 5, Creation
Answers Book, Creation Book Pub., USA, 2017, creation.com/cab5.
11. For examples, see creation.com/biomimetics.
12. Gurney, R., The carnivorous nature and suffering of animals,
J. Creation 18( 3):70–75, 2004; creation.com/carniv.
13. Wieland, C., Fouling the Nest: Christianity and the environment,
Creation 24(1): 10–17, 2001; creation.com/fouling-the-nest.
Our dominion includes control over bacteria and viruses. These were part of God’s original creation (Genesis 1: 31), but
after the Fall, information-losing mutations caused some of them to become disease-causing. 12 God has also entrusted us
with dominion over our environment (Psalm 8: 6–8) and we are accountable to Him for how we manage it. 13
God gave Adam dominion over every tree in the Garden of Eden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
(Genesis 2: 15-17) and the tree of life (Genesis 3: 22–24). When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they lost their
innocence, and became experientally aware of evil, suffering, and death. These came into God’s perfect world because
our first parents chose to rebel.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR US
God, who is “holy” (1 Peter 1: 15–16), “true” (Jeremiah 10: 10), “good” (Psalm 145: 9), and has beauty (Psalm 27: 4), created
man for His glory (Isaiah 43: 7). Thus, created not evolved, we can reflect holiness, truth, goodness and beauty in our
language, literature, music, mathematics, creativity and dominion, and so fulfil the purpose for which God brought us into
being. Or we can rebel. It is true that we have all rebelled, but we can become new creatures in Christ ( 2 Corinthians 5: 17;
Ephesians 4: 24) through repentance and faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on our behalf.