that will be very careful to speak against Bible accounts of the universe's origin as the country is known to be "the only Christian nation in Asia (mainly because the majority of the population is Catholic)", you'll be disappointed.
Right from the get-go, in their planetarium show where actor Tom Hanks himself was the narrator, it was clear that there will be no mention of God as the Creator of the vast universe that we have. Instead, it gave credit to a section of the universe where stars are formed for the supposed "building blocks" for the life we have. But for a Christian watching a planetarium show about how enormous
I am not against science. In fact, I love science so much. Why? Because it gives us a tiny glimpse of the genius of God. Science is God's workings explained. Obviously this was how great scientists of the past felt whenever they arrived to new discoveries. Several of them have even voiced their awe of the Creator because of their in-depth study of science. But it's sad that today, many scientists have totally discredited God for everything that we discover through science. They have become the people the apostle Paul talked about in Romans 1:21-22 that "although they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
Just this morning, as part of my duty (or you can say, a perk) as a private school principal, my wife, me and our kids got to visit a science museum in the more high-end part of Manila. The museum has only been in operation for about two years, and since it opened, I wanted to see how Bible-friendly it is, especially on the topic of origins. If what you're looking for is something visually stimulating with a lot of high-tech gadgets to view, the walk-in fee of about Php650.00 (I think) is all worth it. Exhibits for physics, chemistry, botany and anatomy were really good and anyone going there for these portion of the museum will get a lot of learning from them. But if you're expecting a Philippine science museum
the universe is compared to man, the only thing that came out of my mind was, "What am I, Lord, that You are mindful of me?" For most inside the planetarium with me, all you could here was amazement of how, supposedly, all of the universe came about naturally.
Then we moved to another section where fossils were in display. Every fossil had labels of how old they were, usually in the "millions of years" category. I wanted to engage someone from the museum in a conversation about how sure they are that these fossils were that old when the Bible clearly shows us that the world is just over 6,000 years old, for me to have a platform to share the Gospel later. But the museum had no guided tours. Everyone just went to exhibits that they liked to view. Good thing I had tracts to give out.
This section also had a 3D show of the "History of the Universe" which included how dinosaurs supposedly later evolved to birds and apes to man. By this point, I was already getting so disappointed by what was being shown to me. Until I got to another section that showcased a very simple biblical truth that had scientific proof on it posted on a wall. It talked about the Human Genome Project conclusion that there are no "races", but that everyone came from one race. And we know very well that our race is from Adam and Eve that continued to Noah after the flood and moved from the Plain of Shinar after the Tower of Babel event. My heart leaped for joy!
How I wish the Creation Museum of Answers in Genesis have branches all around the world so that, at least, both views could be presented to people. I truly believe that if only people will be unbiased in looking at Christians' evidence for believing that God was the Creator of everything in the universe which He made in just six days some 6,000 years ago, the Bible's claims on origin will make sense. But the problem is, we are not given the same amount of chance to prove our point. Why can't science museums like the one I went to today likewise present the Christian belief and then let each person decide for himself what he will believe in? Here in the Philippines, the suppression of the Christian worldview is already on high-gear, not only in science museums. Science textbooks from grade school to college are so atheistically one-sided. I speak as someone with first-hand knowledge as I work in the school setting, doing evaluations of textbooks as part of my job.
This is the reason why I agree with Answers in Genesis' plea that pastors in churches must talk more about the topic of origins more, and be sure that what we teach comes directly from the Bible and have no outside influence. Christian schools and parents must also be more active in teaching the Christian worldview to young minds or else, we may one day find out that we've already lost our kids to the enemy.
Vigilance. That's what we need to have more in guarding against what is being fed to our kids' minds. The devil is working double time. We must also work harder now.
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