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I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Athiests Get It - The Church Does Not

Here is a email I recieved from my friend Aaron Siver in Mankato. I think it is a great insight for all of us to remember. The evolution/creation debate really is vital to Christianity.
I don't know if like it or dislike it when an atheist has a clear and accurate grasp on the central theme of Christianity from creation to kingdom-come, more so than many Christians. I guess at least that means that somehow we got the message out accurately.

Below is a very consise and true explanation of why our faith stands or falls on how we respond to the creation/evolution debate. This is a fact that has not been grasped by a variety of Christian college professors in the science department that I have endured who compromised out of fear of their Darwinian coworkers and turned caustically anti-creationist over time.

For some of you I know that this is a no-brainer, but pay attention to what this atheist has to say:

"Christianity is - must be! - totally committed to the special creation as described in Genesis, and Christianity must fight with its full might against the theory of evolution. And here is why.

In Romans we read that 'sin entered the world through one man, and through sin - death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.' ( 5:12 )

...the whole justification of Jesus' life and death is predicated on the existence of Adam and the forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without the original sin, who needs to be redeemed? Without Adam's fall into a life of constant sin terminated by death, what purpose is there to Christianity? None.

Even a high school student knows enough about evolution to know that nowhere in the evolutionary description of our origins does there appear an Adam or an Eve or an Eden or a forbidden fruit. Evolution means a development from one form to the next to meet the ever-changing challenges from an ever-changing nature. There is no fall from a previous state of sublime

Without Adam, without the original sin, Jesus Christ is reduced to a man with a mission on a wrong planet!"

"The Meaning of Evolution?", "American Atheist", September 1979, p. 30.


Blogger Ed Darrell said...

That high school student should listen to the late Pope John Paul II, who noted that evolution does not say -- cannot say! -- there was no Adam or no Eve.

Evolution doesn't deny God in any way.

Why try to pick a fight, especially a fight against the science that most carries on the ministry of Jesus?

11:36 PM, September 04, 2005  

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