Some time ago I read an article entitled, “Maybe an Asteroid Didn’t Kill the Dinosaurs” by Jeffrey Kluger. Here is a little excerpt:
“When a scientific principle is common knowledge even in grammar school, you know it has long since crossed the line from theory to established fact. That’s the case with dinosaur extinction. Some 65 million years ago — as we’ve all come to know — an asteroid struck the earth, sending up a cloud that blocked the sun and cooled the planet. That, in turn, wiped out the dinosaurs and made way for the rise of mammals…Now, however, a study in the Journal of the Geological Society throws all that into question…Not a single species went extinct as a result of the Chicxulub [the name of the meteor] impact…Instead, the animals seemed to escape unharmed” (Time).
Isn’t it interesting that before this point they were claiming the asteroid that supposedly killed the dinosaurs was an “established fact.” And now, this “establish fact” seems to have been false (cue the surprising gasp)! As I read this article, I thought to myself, “Well DUH!” It has taken scientists this long to figure out something Christians have known for a long time. Of course an asteroid did not kill the dinosaurs! Are there any other obvious conclusions our world would like to finally figure out?
Why is it that people are so afraid to speak against other so-called “establish facts” in our culture? You know, stuff like, “Maybe we didn’t come from the Big Bang.” “Maybe we didn’t evolve from animals.” “Maybe evolution is a huge hoax.” Perhaps it’s because evolution is presented dishonestly and people are afraid to speak out against it. To be honest, there are good reasons why people are afraid of the evolutionist agenda. Here are just a few of many examples:
- An Iowa University professor said, “Creationism should be discriminated against. No advocate of such propaganda should be trusted to teach science classes or administer science programs anywhere or under any circumstances. Moreover, if any are now doing so, they should be dismissed” (Journal of the National Center for Science Education, Fall, 1984, p. 19).
- Another Iowa University professor said the following, “Any professor should have the right to fail any student in his class no matter what the grade record indicates if that professor discovers the student is a creationist” (K. Frazier, Skeptical Inquirer, 8, Fall, 1983, p. 2-5).
- During an interview, Stephen Weinburg said, “I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive to religious belief, and I’m all for that.”
If there is anything to learn from the asteroid article, it is that just because something is called true in schools does not make it an “established fact.” The real fact of the matter is that evolution is presented dishonestly. Yes, there is a level of faith that comes with believing in God, but there is plenty of physical evidence as well. However, it takes much more faith to believe in evolution.
Sadly, it’s unlikely things are going to change anytime soon. So, all we can do is “…continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not move away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard…” (Colossians 1:23). Whether it happens while we are living or after, eventually “every knee will bow” to the Lord (Philippians 2:10). Both the righteous and the unrighteous. Both the Creationists and the Evolutionists. Let’s continue to spread the truth, but do it in love (Ephesians 4:15).