The   Evolution of a  Creationist

by Dr. Jobe Martin

A LAYMEN'S GUIDE

to the conflict between

THE BIBLE AND EVOLUTIONARY THEORY

Biblical Discipleship Publishers   Rockwall, Texas

  NOTICE: The goal of this book is to provide the reader with easily accessible information on the creation versus evolution controversy. Any part of this book may be reproduced for personal or classroom use as long as it is not sold for profit. Please note that there are quotations in this book from copyrighted materials which may reserve all of their legal rights.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power: For thou hast created all things, and For thy pleasure they are and were created  (Revelation 4:11).

This book is dedicated to my Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus ChristTo God alone be the glory.

  Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But unto Thy name give glory, For Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake  (Psalm 115:1).

  All who gave of their time and talents in producing this book did so by God's grace and for His eternal glory, for our sufficiency comes from God (2 Corinthians 3:5),

and without Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5b).

PREFACE

This book is a condensation and simplification of more than twenty years of studies that moved me from unquestioning belief in Darwinian evolution to undoubting trust in the special six-day creation by God as presented in the Biblical account. It is my conviction that a simple discussion of the major questions in the creation/evolution controversy is needed for those men and women who have little or no background in science. Thus, I have attempted to address pertinent issues as simply as possible—fully recognizing that those who have studied intensively in specialized areas of science may accuse this book of being too simplistic.

  The book touches on the evolution of a creationist (me) but emphasizes the inherent conflicts between evolutionary theory and the Bible. This work is a compilation of thoughts and writings that God used to change my belief system.

It is my conviction that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are God's inspired, infallible, inerrant Word. The Bible is to be interpreted in the normal, historical, grammatical, literal fashion. Yes, the Bible uses figures of speech, but they are evident when used. The King James Version of the Bible is quoted throughout because of its universal acceptance.

When I use the term “evolution” I am referring to the idea that after the earth was formed it took millions of years to produce organic molecules and then many more millions of years of evolutionary processes and “survival of the fittest” to produce people (the molecules-to-man theory).

For those of you who read with extreme concentration, never missing a word or a thought, please overlook the repetitions. Some of us need repetition so that we can better understand a concept.

Finally, when speaking about origins (Where did I come from?), we are dealing with a system of faith. It may be faith in eternal God or faith in eternal matter and energy. This book will attempt to help the reader discern which system of thought about our beginnings he or she believes. Is it the impersonal, plus chance, plus billions of years? Or is there an infinite Creator/Designer capable of creating the universe and all it contains in six 24 hour days?

I would encourage parents and young people to start building a personal library of good creationist literature. Helpful creationist books and organizations have been included here for your reference. Many high school and college students are writing reports from a creationist perspective and Professors can appreciate their excellently documented scholarship even when they disagree with the creationist's position.

My  personal thanks to all of the courageous authors who have influenced me and suffered for the sake of righteousness in their endeavors to glorify our Lord through their writings. The first book that I read on this subject (in 1971) impacted me greatly. It was The Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb. The second book was written by Dr. Bolton Davidheizer and is entitled Evolution and the Christian Faith. These two books played a significant role in my evolution out of evolutionary thinking.

I know that apart from God's Spirit working within people's hearts to convict them of truth, mere human efforts to make an apologetic and change people's minds are futile. I also believe that the "Battle is the Lord's" (II Chronicles 20:15) and yet He somehow delights to use His saints in the battles—for His ultimate eternal glory. I humbly bow before my Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and am trusting Him to use His Word to speak to your heart. He is faithful (II Tim. 2:13) and His Word is true (John 17:17) and living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). His truth will ultimately prevail—eternally! 

THE MARVELS OF GOD'S CREATION

At the end of each chapter a “Marvel of God's Creation” will be inserted to display the uniqueness of certain creatures in God's creation. Evolutionary belief is based on the premise that plants and animals don't evolve something new until it is needed. For example, textbooks talk about fossil turtles and fossil cockroaches being several hundred million years old. These fossil creatures look exactly like living turtles and cockroaches look today. So why have they not changed over millions of years? “They were perfectly suited for their niche in nature and did not need to change.”

Evolution simply cannot explain the origin of the unique animals discussed in this book. There is no way their existence could have happened apart from special creation. They would have “died in process” trying to evolve the necessary equipment and functions to maintain life. Brilliant men have spent lifetimes attempting to prove creatures evolved. That job has yet to be accomplished! 

AN ADMONITION

  If you have time to read this book today, but have not taken the time to read your Bible, then you do not have time to read this book!   

Table of Contents

PREFACE  and  MARVELS OF GOD'S CREATION

CHAPTER 1 - The Evolution Of A Creationist

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #1  The Bombardier Beetle

CHAPTER 2 - ...And Then Came Assumptions

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #2  The Incubator Bird

CHAPTER 3 - Has God Been Toppled?

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #3  The Black And Yellow Garden Spider

CHAPTER 4 - "Missing Links" Are Missing

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #4  The Gecko Lizard And The Human Ear

CHAPTER 5 - Orangutans, Monkeys and Man

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #5  The Giraffe

CHAPTER 6 - The Ten Commandments And The Days Of The Creation Week

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #6  The Angler Fish

CHAPTER 7 - Earth's Pre-Flood Water Canopy

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #7  The Beaver

CHAPTER 8 - The Collapse Of The Water Canopy

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #8  The Chicken Egg

CHAPTER 9 - Do Mutations Produce New Life Forms?

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #9  The Chuckwalla Lizard

CHAPTER 10 - Earth: Young Or Old - Give Me Facts, Not Assumptions

MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION #10  The Woodpecker

PRAYER and CONCLUSION

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