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Creation evangelism

 

I hadn’t heard the term creation evangelism until I heard a discussion of it recently on local Christian radio. But I’ve been doing it for years.

My dad raised me to love the outdoors and nature. As a kid, I had a hard time sharing my father’s wonder at majestic scenery. That came later for me. But I always appreciated birds and wildlife and enjoyed observing them and learning about them from my dad.

Since early in our marriage, my wife, Peggy, and I have enjoyed bird-watching together. But shortly after we started doing this, I began calling myself a “creation watcher” because I love observing and learning about all of God’s creation.

Creation evangelism builds on this concept. Christians share their wonder at God’s beautiful creation. An appreciation for the wonders of nature can indeed lead people to a belief in God (see Romans 1), and it can be a nonthreatening way to begin talking to people about the Lord.

It’s been said, “If you can’t believe Genesis 1:1, how can you believe John 3:16?”

Evolution is a serious stumbling block to many nonbelievers. It is not science, never has been and never will be. It’s a theory about what some fancy might have happened and might happen in the future. Science is based on what can be observed and proven today.

The Bible has terminology for the theory of evolution: “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20, KJV).

When one enjoys God’s creation, and shares it, it can open doors. As Romans 1:20 indicates, observing creation can lead to belief in God.

After a nonbeliever takes that step, it should be easier for him or her to believe the plan of salvation.

Ken Horn

E-mail your comments to tpe@ag.org.

TPExtra: Visit Ken’s blog, khorn.agblogger.org, to view some of his photography of God’s creation.

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