AiG tries to make itself sound more important than it is

5 03 2007

Sometimes I wonder about “creation apologetic ministries” like AiG and CMI; with all the pain, suffering, and problems in the world, why spend so much time and effort combating evolution? Indeed, someone recently asked AiG why they saw it fit to spend $27,000,000 on a creation museum rather than funneling that money into ministries that will actually help people in need, and here’s what the brain trust over there had to say in reply;

And you think their salvation from this sin-cursed world through Jesus Christ is not a worthy need? This is what the Creation Museum is all about. We are not here to merely teach that God’s Word is true about creation, but to see people saved. It appears that priorities need to be sorted out:

Mark 8:36 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?“

This is precisely the problem I have with so much evangelical and missionary work; being “saved” is more important than actually getting the help you need, and if you just believe in God, then everything will be ok (and if you don’t you may or may not get help). How many of the poor or needy are ever going to step foot in the creation museum? What about the majority of the world population who will never even step foot in America, much less take time to see Ken Ham’s fantasy-world realized? Even if I agreed that salvation is more important than caring for people who need help (I don’t), there are better ways to do it than lying to people about the age of the earth, dinosaurs, evolution, etc.

As if this weren’t enough, AiG blames all the world’s ills on “secular museums” and evolution;

But first let’s think about why there are so many of those less fortunate. Secular museums spend millions of dollars indoctrinating people to think that there is no God and accordingly that we are not accountable for our actions (since they claim we are just animals). Because the Bible’s foundation has been taken away, generation after generation has strayed further from the truth of God’s Word. And if someone doesn’t believe God’s Word about creation, salvation, etc., then why would they have any reason to believe it when it says to take care of those who are less fortunate?

Incidentally, it is inconsistent with the teachings of molecules-to-man evolution to help those in need. After all, evolution progresses as the weak die off and the “fittest“ survive with less competition. But imagine a museum that calls people back to the Word of God and lets them know that the Bible is trustworthy and authoritative. We want the museum to teach that the Bible’s history is true—and because its account of history is true, so is its message of salvation. We want thousands of people to come to know the Lord and receive Christ as Lord. Then imagine all these people truly believing God’s Word and then truly believing Jesus’ teachings about taking care of the poor instead of viewing them as being “no different than a fruit fly.“

Yeah… right. Poverty and apathy are completely new things that Charles Darwin, antichrist, brought into the world when he published On the Origin of Species. It’s not like we have a record of these things in the Bible or anything, right? In case the my sarcasm has failed to make its point, here’s a passage from the book itself that should clarify things;

Luke 10:25-37

25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”

26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”

27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”

30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

33-35 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’

36 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”

37 “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

Yes, indeed what Jesus didn’t say (I’m sure it’s in the Judas Gospel of Acts of Philip somewhere) is that the priest passed the poor man by because that priest believed in evolution, even though Darwin wouldn’t even be born until many centuries later. No sir, the Bible doesn’t mention murder, slavery, war, rape, adultery, theft, or cannibalism; all those things are the direct result of evolution being taught to our children. Surely, no one who believed in God would do such terrible things, it must be those horrid atheists I keep hearing so much about.


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6 03 2007
6 03 2007
crazyharp81602

Looks like it will not be a bother to even ask them for help in buying me a harp let along ask them for help in paying off all my brother Gary’s bills.

6 03 2007
laelaps

Yeah, I don’t think AiG is going to help anyone but themselves with this museum; they recently had a fight with CMI in Australia over money/administrative issues, so it seems unlikely that they’re going to be kind to thier fellow Christians, much less skeptics like you and I. You could ask Oprah for a new harp, but she’d probably make you read “The Secret” first, hah.

8 03 2007
tom

It’s sad when you see churches, like governments, spending money on ridiculous things like this…Lead by example, do good things and good things happen…spend 27 million on a museum to save people…read about a saint named Gail..right after the dirty Joke on my blog

9 03 2007
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