Origin of Species Giveaway- an Apologetic
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be m known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
There has been a firestorm on the internet talking about a new type of outreach for the Gospel. Ray Comfort published the original Origin of Species (which is public domain) and added a short introduction rebutting Darwin’s findings with recent science, as well as presenting the Gospel. Many Atheist groups, even some christian groups, have decried this method. What I found was that 99% of the people I gave this free book to viewed it as a gift (of 2000, only two people ripped out Ray’s introduction, only one returned the book)
Why did we choose to hand out the Origin of Species with an introduction including a rebuttal? Because of Romans 1, displayed above. The theory of evolution (actually the hypothesis of evolution) is held up as fact by science professors in public schools all the way up to public universities. There is no tolerance for an alternate point of view, least of all a literal view of creation. Thousands of students every year are brainwashed to believe this and the ‘green’ agenda that is being pushed. The result has social implications that are far reaching. If humans are but blobs of tissue, there is no ultimate morality, no ultimate truth. Abortion can be justified, as can euthinasia. We can buy and sell organs like spare parts. We can justify the destruction of others that we see as inferior to us. God has been replaced with mother nature, and this suppression of obvious truth has produced a generation of mind-numbed and blinded students who are under the wrath of God. It is important to present the truth of the Gospel in the way that they can understand it so they can make a life and death decision.
If we know the end of this philosophy, as Christians, are we loving to stand back and watch the destruction? Certainly not. We must preach the truth of the Gospel, crafting any creative methods that we can to meet people where they are at. If we sit back, and do not at least present them with an alternative view, we do not love God and we certainly do not love our neighbor as ourselves. This method was kind in two ways; the students got a book that is required in many of their classes, and they have a Gospel tract in their hand at the same time. Nobody is forcing them to read it, it is obviously their choice. But if they read the truth, and God by His grace chooses to save them, we have had the privilege of joining with God in the harvest field.
To the Christians who criticize Ray comfort and this effort: Shame on you! What have you done this week, indeed this year to further the awareness of the Gospel on this scale? 50 campuses, 2000 books each, (and that is not all, just what we know about). I echo Charles Spurgeon; DO SOMETHING! On my campus, 70% that participated had never even handed out a Gospel tract, yet each participant handed out and average of 100 books with Gospel tracts in them. Many more were involved behind the scenes, praying, giving, loving others through this effort. Instead of shooting your own with unfriendly fire, joining with the atheists, why not love your brothers and sisters on the front line, trying to plant seeds? If you are critical of this method, do something else to proclaim the message. I am not talking about being ‘fully human’; I am speaking about opening your mouth and sharing your faith.