Further Reflections on a Day Among Atheists at the Creation Museum
Standing in line for our tickets, I noticed him right away. At first all I really noticed were the words “heaven” and “NOT,” and at that glance figured is was a slam against the idea of an afterlife and pearly gates in the sky somewhere over the rainbow. Then I became quite surprised: this particular atheist sported excellent Christian theology! Later when I saw him inside the museum noticed what was written on the back:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this NOT from yourselves, it is the gift of God— NOT by works, so that no one can boast.
The irony was amazing! Here I was, a Christian passing as an atheist, and I end up running into an atheist who decided to wear perfect Christian theology on his shirt.
As I have talked to atheists over the last several years, I have found that there are so many who have such a strong understanding of theology. This theology is not the kind of regurgitated blind faith that is so prevalent in our churches, but it is a knowledge of the Christian faith that has come from diligent and fervent study of Scripture. I follow several blogs that are written by atheists and agnostics who maintain a passion for studying the Word of God.
Enter Creation Museum Security
Oh, wait… it gets better! Toward the end of our visit we happened upon this young man again. As we were approaching one another in the garden outside the museum I called out to him to ask where he had bought his t-shirt. But something was different: he had turned it inside out!
“What happened?” I asked.
“Security asked me to turn it inside out,” he replied.
“Uh, you are going to have to explain that one!”
“They told me that my shirt was offensive. So I just shrugged my shoulders, said ‘okay’ and went to the bathroom and changed it.”
The Creation Museum is all about how what the Bible says is true. Dr. Jason Lisle explained in his lecture that the Bible is the basis for all truth and that it is fully relevant and reliable. Here is someone who is on the same premises, wearing a shirt with a perfectly simple explanation of basic Christian theology, who is told that this message is offensive!
We spent some time talking, enjoying conversation, and discussing the absolute irony of the whole day.
Left Scratching My Head
How is this possible? What we have here is a multi-million dollar “ministry” which claims to be build brick-by-brick on fundamental Christian principles by way of fully embracing the infallible truth from the Bible. This facility takes every word of the Bible as completely and literally true as evidenced by scene after scene, elaborate artwork, and robotic dinosaurs. Yet a $15 t-shirt with a basic Christian theological truth is dismissed as offensive. If the practioners of the Creation Museum do not accept Christian theology, then are they really Christians in the first place?
Another question to ponder: Would the request have been made in the first place if the young man bearing the “good news” was not wearing an SSA name tag?