The Gospel in the Rocks
1 Peter 3:20
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
I have some sympathy if fellow Christians say that the most important task that we have is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, though by no means not always, such a comment is made to suggest a science-based ministry like ours is not really fulfilling the Great Commission.
We recognize that there is always a danger, in everything that we do, that we can forget the mandate that we have to share the Gospel. But I would argue that a creation ministry is uniquely placed to share the Gospel. Before his ministry built the Ark Encounter, Ken Ham rightly said that, after the Cross, the Ark is probably the Bible’s most vivid symbol of salvation. I agree. So when we tell people about the Flood, we should not just be relating the scientific mechanisms that could have developed the rocks, minerals, and fossils that we see. These things were formed by the Flood – but the Flood is a record of the Gospel. Mankind sinned against God. We broke His commandments. God sent the Flood as a judgment and caused Noah to build the Ark as a means of salvation.
So, when I show people the volcanic activity of Mount St. Helens, we let people know that vulcanism was caused by the Flood. So we can share the Gospel. When we show people a fossil, probably formed during the Flood, we remind people of God’s wrath and His mercy. So we can share the Gospel.
Creation Geology is good science. It is also the discovery of Gospel tracts written in stone.
Ref: Taylor, P.F., Itching Ears, (Castle Rock, WA: J6D Publications, 4th Edition), p. 159. Image: Sanjay Archarya, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International.
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