‘Why Creation not Evolution? The Bible and Science’ was the theme of the 2018 Autumn Conference of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Stockton-on-Tees on 27 October 2018.
Addressing the interdenominational gathering of 80 people, Pastor Roger Fay spoke from Psalm 19 and Genesis, saying that God’s revelation of Himself in creation impacts everyone everywhere. Though non-verbal, the revelation concerning the Creator’s eternal power, goodness and Godhead is absolutely clear, universal, and eloquent.
Genesis 1 reminds us that the creation was a work of the Triune God: Father, Son and Spirit. The account is not metaphor or myth but historical prose — miraculous, ex nihilo creation preceded by speech, and followed by fulfilment and verdict.
There were days like our own and all proceeded according to God’s plan with man at the centre. In creating man, God did not choose two hominids but created man from the dust. We have a soul, consist of two genders and are uniquely made in the ‘image of God’.
To Genesis 1 we must add John 1 because the Saviour is needed in our age when so many deny creation. Only God can create newness of life and creation must be seen in the light of redemption.
We were left with the question: Is the God of creation our God? This was addressed by Paul Garner from Biblical Creation Trust who spoke on, ‘Why I’m a creationist,’ exploring defects in the evidence for the supposed impersonal evolutionary process.
These included: contradictions in the supposed evolutionary trees, limited correlations in the fossil record, and inconsistencies in supposed intermediate forms. By reference to research in the Grand Canyon it was shown that creationism helps good science.
Evidence found included cross-bedding not formed in a desert but under water. It was also explained that creationism is good theology. Death is not as old as life itself and we are urged to seek God’s answer in Christ as stated in John 3:16.
Mr Garner’s second paper, ‘Claws, jaws and dinosaurs’, dealt with these land-dwelling upright reptiles, which have no common ancestor, were contemporary with man, highly specialised, and already diverse at their first appearance.
No connecting fossils have been found, but fossils have been found evidencing rapid burial, such as when fighting or sitting on eggs! Some interesting 3D analysis followed of dinosaur graveyards that points to formation catastrophically in sediment flows.
Our speaker concluded that the dinosaur fossils witness to a designer-Creator and sudden catastrophic extinction.