We spent today at the Creation Museum. What an amazing place! This was a spectacular day, and we can both recommend the Museum unconditionally. Everything is so well done, and so carefully plotted out that you can’t help but be stirred. I understand that many hard-core evolutionists are very upset by the whole thing, afraid that it is so well done that it will “indoctrinate” children in the idea that there is a God who created everything, and that the Bible is true. The Christians that go are thoroughly confirmed in their beliefs, not just from a theological, but from a totally scientific basis.
We first attended two different planetarium shows, one on how big the universe is, and the other on what our whole solar system is like. Amazing photography, amazing science – just amazing. The planetarium is small, but while you are watching the show all sense of scale disappears and you just get lost in the wonder of the universe that God created for us to inhabit.
After that we attended two lectures: one on Is Genesis Relevant in Today’s World, by Ken Ham’s son-in-law, Bodie Hodge. He made a powerful point that not only is Genesis relevant for our world, but that our world is lost without it. He also made the point, also made in many of the Answers in Genesis materials, that one of the reason why we lose our kids is that we don’t know what to do with Genesis, specifically the first 11 chapters. The kids aren’t fooled a bit – the public schools are telling them over and over again that the Bible is unreliable; that you go to school to learn about science and history and astronomy and anthropology. The church’s answer for decades has been, tragically, that you don’t have to take the first part of the Bible literally – it’s not really essential to salvation that you believe in 6 literal days for creation, or in a literal global flood. Besides, “science has proven” that the earth is billions of years old, which proves the first part of the Bible false. (By the way, science has not proven anything of the kind!) So we tell the kids that Abraham (Genesis 12) is the first real, historical person in the Old Testament history. That verifies for the kids that the Bible really isn’t true, but that what they are telling them in the school about history and astronomy and anthropology is true (the Big Bang, godless evolution of the universe and life on earth, that people are no better than animals, that there is no need for God to explain the universe, so he probably doesn’t exist anyway, and that we can decide for ourselves what is right and wrong, true and false). So, even before they get out of Middle School, 7 out of 10 kids in conservative churches have already made the decision that, as soon as they can get away with it, they are out of the church. A tragic number of these kids go on to shipwreck their lives in ungodly living. But even those that put together a pretty good life still end up immunized against the claims of the gospel. They become not only unchristian, but anti-christian – actively against what the Church teaches and stands for. A small percentage of these kids come back after they have kids of their own, but even then their commitment is often half-hearted, and so they raise kids who have a half-hearted faith, and the cycle goes on.
As Christians, we need to understand that the Bible is God’s Word in everything it says. If the first 11 chapters of the Bible aren’t a true history of the origins of the universe and of people and of geology, then the question can be rightly asked, “When does God start telling the truth?” If we don’t believe the WHOLE Bible, then what makes us think that we can believe any of it? But the amazing thing is, science and archaeology both are constantly validating the Biblical view not only of history, but of origins. We have a Word that we can confidently stand on from the very first verse, all the way to the AMEN on the very last page.
The Walk through History is amazing. It traces the history of the earth through 7 C’s: Creation, Corruption (Adam and Eve’s sin), Catastrophe (the global flood), Confusion (the Tower of Babel), Christ (the coming of Jesus), Cross (His sacrifice to undo the corruption caused by Adam and Eve’s sin), and Consummation (the return of Jesus and the restoration of all things). Lifelike scenarios help to illustrate the historical events that moved history forward in the track that it has gone.
We also got to sit in on a seminar by Dr. David Menton on how bones are grown. I realize that this doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it was amazing. Our bodies are so chock-full of amazing mechanisms that I don’t really see how someone can know about it and not see the hand of a designing, creating God behind it all. After the seminar, Sharla and I got to visit with Dr. Menton for nearly an hour.
Tomorrow is the start of the Answers for Pastors Seminar. Sharla and I are both really excited, and I will have exciting stuff to share with y’all both on the blog (just hints) and when we get back!
Good night and God bless!