by Stan Hudson who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
Many of you have received an NPUC gift in the last week or so: a DVD set of lectures by, uh, me! “In the Beginning” is a series of programs we recorded at this cool, old 1920s-era Elsinore Theater in downtown Salem, Oregon.
Gallup Polls taken in recent years show that Americans are slipping in their knowledge of creationism. That is, fewer people know what the Biblical account is and, more importantly, what it means. And with the call to worship the Creator being central to Revelation 14’s First Angel’s Message, it’s time we use that “loud voice.”
Some people who lean towards theistic evolution (that God created lifeforms via evolution and millions of years) do so because they haven’t seen the objective science that supports design and refutes evolution. For instance, when has PBS or National Geographic quoted Dr. Denis Noble, of Oxford University, as stating that “all of the assumptions of Neo-Darwinism (mutations or copying-errors drive evolution) have been disproved.” Noble was hoping some of his colleagues could discover a better explanation than the currently accepted one of how evolution must work. This is because all that could be tested of Neo-Darwinism was not being supported in the laboratory.
The truth is that we are not mutants! We are not animated pond scum, like John Lennon sang, “oozing up slowly.” But if our young people only hear this pseudo-science theory over and over again, how can suicide rates among them ever get lower? If we are all biological accidents what is the point to life?
I once gave a lecture to secular folks on this and got a written comment by one. They said, “Doesn’t it give you a wonderful feeling to know that your DNA would live on?” In other words, the evolutionist’s idea of eternal life (or at least a LONG life) is when we make kids and they make kids and our DNA lives on! Does that message give you a warm hope? Not me, thanks! I’d like my DNA to live on by carrying it personally in me, thanks—
So, what message of hope would you like to share with your congregation on October 27th, the official “Creation Sabbath” so designated by the General Conference? It could be a fulfillment of Revelation 14. How about this: that God knew us while we were in our mothers’ wombs…and loved us even then?