From an Incognito Christian Among 300 Atheists at the Creation Museum
Scenes with animatronic dinos, wax sculptures of Adam and Eve, audio commentaries, and life-sized murals all testify to the same thing. But the real subject may not be so obvious. Hidden among the branches of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil along with the dragon-like serpent hides perhaps a more ravenous evil.
It has been a week since my trip to the Creation Museum where I, a Christian, wore the badge of the atheist. I have been exposed to the evidence that young earthcreationists champion as proof of the literal validity of the first chapters of Genesis, so I had certain expectations. Among them was an expectation that such a facility would be intellectually stimulating, challenging, and solidly grounded.
Instead I was thoroughly embarrassed, and this time I am not talking about jeers and stares.
“The Ultimate Proof of _________”
The exhibits were not the only amminity of the facility. “Men in White” was a multi-media event (the seats shook and sprayed water) and there were lectures, all included in the admission price. One such lecture was titled “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” conducted by Dr. Jason Lisle who studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
From the very title of the lecture there were issues. It proved not to be a talk about creation at all, but rather “proof” that anything but a firm belief in the Bible as the infallible last and first word on everything was completely erroneous. According to Dr. Lisle the only possibility for truth was the Bible and that not only do secular scientists have nothing to stand on, they also have no basis or reason to be moral people.
As a justification, he claims to have had open dialogue with atheistic evolutionist friends. It would seem that Dr. Lisle does not know what “open dialogue” means, because with his extremely narrow bias, his talk showed that he was not willing or able to see a different perspective on the issue. He has obviously not considered the fact that if we are not moral people then we would have a completely barbaric state that would not be able to be contained. He was saying these things in the presence of an audience which was mostly SSA members with only a few quiet snickers. If these people had no morals would they have not brought bags of tomatoes?
The Hate Argument
The conclusion: if your argument is based on the defamation of the character of another group of people, how valid can the argument be? If the argument for the validity of the Bible is that the Bible says that it is true, then the argument has a serious flaw.
Remember this post is being written by a Bible-believing Christian!
The ravenous evil here is that the lecture, from start to finish, sacrifices the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to save the story of creation. Ironically the whole intention for Ken Ham and his crew is that they believe that if the first chapters of Genesis cannot be proved to be literally true then it invalidates the story of Christ.
Creationism Not Christ
How can I remain a Christian when these reports are the norm? Because I believe that a person can still follow in the footsteps of Christ by reaching out to people with love and discarding judgment. I believe that God has made a way that does not necessarily include jumping on the bus.
I know that there are others who have shed these corrupt shackles and have put on the yoke of Christ, which is easy and light. I am thankful to have met many kind and loving Christian people who are indeed open to dialogue. Some of these godly Christian people were present in the Creation Museum that day (especially check out the third video)! Indeed we have a firm believe in an historical person who died in our place for the dastardly things that we have done, even things that are worse than the tresspasses of those I have critiqued in this post. We believe that that sacrifice makes relationship with God possible. Yet the mystery remains, yet to me the evidence does not tell me that there is no god.
Put it this way: I was not incognito when I was at the Creation Museum.
I am an atheist to their god.
I believe in the God who does not need such hateful defense. I believe in the God who is incomprehensible and who reminds me that I am foolish to try to understand. I believe in the God of Jesus; the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Issac.