Just what we need
OFTEN WHEN speaking at a church, where you would expect people to know the Bible, I will ask for a show
of hands: “What came first, the sun or
the land plants?” Almost always people
will vote for the sun.
I respond, “Yes, that is what secular
scientists say, but remember they did not
see it happen.”
Then, I’ll show pictures of the
six days of creation from Genesis
chapter 1 and ask when the Bible says
the sun first appeared.
“Day four”, they will say.
“Correct. And the land plants?”
“Day 3”, they respond.
“Yes! So the land plants were first.
It’s the opposite of what we see on TV
and learn at school.”
It is not surprising that people auto-
matically look at the world through the
lens of evolution over millions of years.
It’s the way everything is presented in
our culture. To suggest that the Bible’s
account of creation is true can raise so
many questions that seem unanswerable.
‘What about apemen?’ ‘Don’t the fossils
prove evolution?’ ‘Hasn’t carbon dating
shown the earth is millions of years old?’
‘Don’t dinosaurs disprove the Bible?’
When people encounter the crea-
tion issue they can feel overwhelmed,
if they don’t have scientific training.
What is needed is something geared for
ordinary people. It needs to be attractive,
easy to read, and reliable. And the information needs to be in bite-size pieces so
they can get on top of the issue without
it taking over their lives.
That is exactly where Creation
magazine comes in. It provides attractive, easy-to-understand information on
all the key issues.
So, is there any evidence for creation? Yes, indeed. There is design in
living things, such as the feathers of the
silent owl (p. 56). Its feathers are being
studied and copied by engineers to
improve the performance of machinery.
And the human appendix, contrary to
long-held evolutionary ideas, provides
compelling evidence that our digestive
system is robustly designed (p. 17).
Creation magazine also clears
up many wrong ideas people assume
are evidence for evolution. One such
misunderstanding is that natural selection proves evolution. But the article on
liligers (p. 12) shows that natural selection goes the wrong way. That is, it does
not add anything new, but subtracts
from what already exists. It is a process
that works on the original created kinds,
allowing them to adapt to different
environments. This clears up another
misconception. Biblical creationists do
NOT believe in ‘fixity of species’, but
in variation within a kind.
Surprisingly, perhaps, Creation
magazine has stimulated an interest in
geology in many people. And geological
excursions (p. 20), as well as being fun,
have totally changed the way many
people look at the world.
One amazing development in
modern times relates to the growing
databases of human DNA information.
When genetic scientists refer to ‘Adam’
(or more commonly ‘Eve’) this is generally only intended to be metaphorical
(and sometimes whimsical as well). But
it is actually appropriate, because the
patterns discovered indeed make sense
when explained using biblical history,
beginning with the first woman (p. 44).
So we’re pleased to have this latest
issue of Creation magazine come into
your life—colourful, informative,
engrossing, and life-changing. If you are
a busy person, leave it where you usually
relax. You can read an article or two and,
before you know it, creation will make
sense and the world will look different.
And when you’re finished you can
pass Creation on to a friend.