Based on current research, at least 70% of teenagers raised in church claim they will walk away as soon as possible. Why? Why are we losing so many of our youth? I believe the answer lies in our society teaching evolution as scientific fact. From the time our children are very young, they hear this theory being pushed through animal documentaries, movies, and even cartoons. Our media has utterly engulfed our culture in this worldly teaching. That’s why we, as teachers of the truth, must give them the necessary ammunition to counter this philosophy, not only so they can witness it to their friends, but so they can stand firm in their own faith.
How does the world try to indoctrinate our youth? It teaches them that evolution is science not religion, that it has been proven by scientific finds such as fossils and dating methods, and that only “ignorant and unlearned” people still believe in a God who created. At the same time, our youth have studied in Genesis 1 that God spoke the entire universe into existence in merely six days. Students are taught that one is science, but the other must be accepted by faith alone.
Have you ever heard someone say, “But we’re Bible believing Christians, why should we study a theory that counters the Scriptures?” If we are to prepare our youth for that charismatic, atheist professor who thrives on ripping all faith away, we must study this theory. What commander ever goes to war without having studied his opponent? And don’t kid yourself; creation and evolution are at war. G. Richard Bozarth, in the American Atheist (Feb. 1978, pp. 19, 30) wrote, “Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god…If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!” Even an atheist can understand that if Adam and Eve were the product of millions of years of death, disease and violence (evolution at its finest), then they were not the founders of death due to their sin as the Bible teaches. You can’t have it both ways!
We are indeed at war! And like the commander of an army, we need to know our enemy. Paul stated in 2 Timothy 2:15 that we should always be able to give an account for what we believe. Time and time again, I’ve heard the sad stories of individuals who were raised to believe in God, yet because the adult Christians around them were unable to answer simple questions in defense of the Christian faith, they were swayed to believe the teachings of evolutionists and eventually slipped out the back doors of the church a proclaimed atheist.
But is evolution true science? Before answering that we must understand that there are two types of science; operational and historical. Operational science must be observable with one or more of our five senses or experimentally repeatable so that it can be tested and potentially falsifiable. Historical science is very different. It involves interpreting evidence from the past, and when you recognize that everyone has presupposed philosophical ideas that bias their interpretations, it helps you to understand that historical science is not on the same playing field as operational science. In other words, neither creation nor evolution fit into the observable science category; therefore they are both historical science and include speculation, personal bias, assumptions, and evidence collected.
Our youth also need to be aware of the fact that operational science actually defies Darwin’s theory in a multitude of ways. For example, the law of biogenesis states that life always comes from life, or in reverse wording, life never comes from nonlife. The second part of this law is mutation to transmutation. This means that any time there is a mutation in nature, it is always due to a loss of genetic information, never an addition. Since evolution’s very foundation depends on life emerging from nonlife, and billions of years of natural mutations caused by unbelievable amounts of added genetic information, it is contrary to true science.
Now let’s return to my original question, “Why are we losing so many of our youth?” Evolutionists ignore these laws and definitions of science and deceptively teach our youth that evolution is true science and the creation story merely religion, and by doing so they successfully entangle Satan’s lies with the scientific truth. It is no wonder that so many of our youth, who are certainly intelligent enough to realize the biblical creation story and evolution don’t mix, end up leaving the church forever. After all, if the very first five words of the Bible, “In the beginning God created . . .” aren’t true, why should they trust its message of salvation?
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