According to today's guest, more than half of students will reject their faith by the time they're finished with college. That is exactly why the origins debate is so vitally important for Christians.
Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Pat Roy. Pat is the creator of the original Jonathan Park Series and speaker for the Creation & Earth History Museum in San Diego. Formerly, Pat served at the Institute for Creation Research for 12 years and saw the devastating effects of an evolutionary worldview on the families of our society. Pat is scheduled to be the featured speaker at VCY's Trail Ridge Teen Camp July 24th through the 29th.
This Crosstalk began with discussion concerning the Creation and Earth History Museum in the San Diego area. This museum was started over 30 years ago by the Institute for Creation Research. Then ICR moved to Dallas. Some were concerned the museum would close down but instead, another company bought it and have expanded it.
The museum is dedicated to the biblical account of science and history. Others would tell us you can't be a follower of Christ and accept true science at the same time. Are these concepts foreign to one another? Pat believes they can't be because if God created the earth as Genesis shows us, that means he created/wrote the Word and is the one who's been sovereign through all of history. He went on to note how our faith is not blind but is based upon facts. This means that as we explore we can see that history, archeology, science and the Bible are all in harmony and when there's apparent conflict, it's man's misunderstanding.
Pat noted how some Christians try to combine evolution with the Bible. When you do that you're undermining the authority of God's Word. Evolution is not mentioned in the Bible. Instead, the Bible says that God created after his kind and the animals after their kind. Evolution also creates the problem of death occurring before sin entered the world. This goes against Romans 5:12.
For Pat, the Bible is more than just a collection of stories. The Bible is an actual account of true things that took place. So then what is making young Christians reject the faith of their youth? As Pat has questioned young people, he's heard that evolution made a lot of sense for them in biology class. Evolution becomes the justification for the rejection of their faith but in their hearts they don't want to be accountable to God.
As this Crosstalk moved along, Pat talked about some creationists and their contributions to science; some interesting aspects of the Creation and Earth History Museum including their life-size tabernacle display and age of the earth cave, and much more.
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