Creation education. It’s important and something we want our children to know, but in a world full of violence, poverty, and the loss of absolute truth, many argue that there are more important ways to spend your time, focus, and money. In the midst of all of these struggles, some have argued that creation vs. evolution, young earth vs. old earth, literal vs. metaphorical interpretations– is all just semantics. “Can’t we all just get along?” they ask. But what happens when you take away the basis of what our faith is built upon ? What happens to our faith and what are the repercussions for our youth, the church, and the world? Here at AFSC, we would argue that the importance of creation education is not only a vital part of being able to defend God’s truth in the classroom and the world, but that it is a vital part of how we live out and view our faith.
Before we address the importance of having well educated, scientifically literate children, let us first address the importance of the creation argument among the world’s many other troubles. Some argue “don’t people just need to become Christians? Why does any of the rest matter?”. Yes, of course salvation is of the utmost importance–but that’s just the problem. If the creation story is false, how can the Bible speak with authority on anything else, including the Gospel message? Can we ask people to put their faith in a religion that would admit that its entire foundation is little more than a metaphor? To do so would be to ask people to put their faith in something that is often presented with only a little more merit than the story of Santa Claus- one based on a real man and real events, but which is ultimately fictional and has become heavily interwoven with myths and fables over time. Additionally, without Adam’s original sin, there is no need for a savior. When we begin to question one part of the Bible, it undermines everything else. Yes, bringing people to salvation is of vital importance, which is why it is equally vital that we take a stand for Biblical creation.
If we then agree that the truth of creation is of the utmost importance in our faith and outreach, then let us move on to why it is important to thoroughly educate ourselves and our children in science, archaeology, and history which is rooted firmly on Biblical truth. Unfortunately, many feel that simply believing the truth of creation is enough, both for themselves as well as for those they are trying to reach. Some proclaim that we have faith and the “the Bible says it’s so, so it’s so”but when it comes down to it, it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough for non-believers, and it isn’t enough for our children.
Answers In Genesis reports in its outreach video that “61% of youths are leaving the church in their early 20’s”. While there are many reasons that contribute to people leaving the church, the fact that students are being presented with science that seems to refute everything they’ve been taught is certainly a factor. Students find themselves feeling as if they are standing on shaky ground when they are faced with what seems to be damning evidence against their faith. A great deal of real science is interwoven with false truth and under the overwhelming weight, many admit defeat. In reality, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific proof in favor of Biblical creation–the problem lies in the lack of education.
Finally, in addition to being able defend the faith to ourselves, we must present an informed, scientifically rooted front to the world as well. We cannot be expected to be taken seriously in the scientific community if we are not informed and ready to give well informed, scientifically rooted answers to those who may ask. We are being inundated with science presented from an evolutionary standpoint in school, on TV, online, and more often then not, the average school age Christian child can tell you more about the mechanisms and dates of evolution then they can about the science which supports creationism.
We must be able to send people out equipped with answers and the confidence that the subject matter they are presenting is scientifically sound. As is too often the case, people are so ill equipped with knowledge that supports their own beliefs, that they are ashamed to speak of or defend them. But it doesn’t need to be this way! The science, the archaeology, the history, they are solid.
Creation science does not suffer from a lack of evidence, but from a lack of education and information. That is why we are so passionate about creation education at Akron Fossils & Science Center. The truth of creation is paramount to our faith, our defense of our faith, and to the Gospel message itself. Georgina Purdom put it best when she said “if you lose Adam, you lose Christ”.