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Question of the Week: When should we speak up about origins?

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Q: When should we speak up about origins?

A: First of all, it is important to remember this biblical principle:
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7)
Matthew Henry commented that there is "a time when it becomes us, and is our wisdom and duty, to keep silence, when it is an evil time (Amos 5:13), when our speaking would be the casting of pearl before swine, or when we are in danger of speaking amiss (Psalm 39:2); but there is also a time to speak for the glory of God and the edification of others, when silence would be the betraying of a righteous cause, and when with the mouth confession is to be made to salvation; and it is a great part of Christian prudence to know when to speak and when to hold our peace."
Scripture clearly states that at certain times silence is a virtue. Yet at other times remaining silent is wrong, cowardly, and traitorous. The question for many creationists is: how can we know when to "keep silence" and when to speak? While the Bible doesn't offer a specific answer for each particular situation, it does give principles that can help you evaluate each situation you face.

Continue reading to learn some guidelines that will help you wisely assess not only when, but also how to speak up about the topic of creation vs. evolution.

News to Note Quick Look

The social contract: In a world where evolutionary scientists presuppose everything resulted from the random interaction of elemental parts, many puzzle not over whether social behavior evolved but how. Thus evolutionary anthropologists led by Oxford's Susanne Shultz have challenged conventional evolutionary thinking with a novel proposal. Read more.

Sickle-cell mystery: Back in 1954, British geneticist Anthony Allison reported people carrying sickle-cell trait were better able to survive malaria. No one knew why. But sickle-causing hemoglobin results from a mutation, so this "beneficial mutation" has been touted as proof of Darwinian evolution. Evolutionists claim enough good mutations can evolve a new kind of organism. Read more.


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