“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
So begins the Bible in Genesis Chapter 1 (KJV). In that simple sentence, we gain great insight into the foundations of the universe and beyond.
God spoke. And worlds we cannot even imagine appeared.
This is foundational truth for Christians who believe the vast universe, including our world, was created by God in six literal days.
We believe that there can be no design without a Designer.
However, a key problem in the creationism/evolution debate through the years has been that Christians have not been trained how to deal with challenges to their beliefs.
That has now changed.
The multi-million dollar Creation Museum, a product of Answers in Genesis, is now open in Hebron, Ky. (just outside of Cincinnati). This museum, designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, takes visitors on an amazing walk through biblical history.
Included in this state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot structure are computer-generated visual effects, more than 50 exotic animals, life-sized dinosaur animatronics and a special-effects theater designed to thrill (and educate) the entire family.
I believe the Creation Museum is a godsend.
Our public schools almost exclusively teach from an evolutionary perspective. And the mainstream media approach evolution as fact. Meanwhile, those who hold creationism views are often depicted as narrow-minded Jesus freaks.
The fact is a recent Gallup poll found that almost half of Americans believe humans did not evolve, and believe God created humans within the last 10,000 years. This is an amazing occurrence considering the evolution indoctrination that is taking place in our nation.
Through the Creation Museum, people can learn how to defend their beliefs.
The Creation Museum uses what they term the “Seven C’s of History” to teach about biblical creationism. Those C’s are:
CREATION: God created galaxies, solar systems and planets in six days.
CORRUPTION: The entrance of sin into the world brought about sickness and death in our once perfect world.
CATASTROPHE: Sin was the natural progression of man in his fallen state, and the global flood destroyed all, except for Noah, his family and the animals on the ark.
CONFUSION: Following the flood, man again disobeyed God. People began to spread across the earth, speaking their own languages.
CHRIST & THE CROSS: Because sin brings about death, God sent His Son Jesus to die in our place and rise again to defeat death. Jesus’ crucifixion was His act of paying the sin debt for all.
CONSUMMATION: God promises in Scripture to do away with the corruption of man by creating a new heaven and a new earth where death and suffering no longer exist for those who have followed Jesus Christ.
Further, the Creation Museum is steeped in scientific evidence.
“Creation researchers and evolutionists study the same sets of evidence, including fossils, animals, stars, etc., before making an interpretation,” Creation Museum officials say. “Visitors will learn that the natural sciences verify scriptural authority when one objectively studies the data.”
I encourage readers to make plans to visit the Creation Museum. On its opening day, more than 4,000 people were on hand. It’s a perfect place for a family visit, a school field trip or a church study program.
The museum is open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the museum’s website for more info and lots of great sources of news and instruction.
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Jonathan Falwell is the executive pastor of the historic Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., and the son of the church’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell.