The folks over at Creation Science Evangelism are hosting "Question Darwin Day" on February 12th. Their founder, Kent Hovind, has put out an amazing series of videos that are well worth a listen to. I often listen to his seminars and debates while I do my artwork and he's not the type to beat around the bush. He's a former science teacher, he does all his research, and he cites everything within his seminar brilliantly. I've followed the rabbit trail and sought out seminars and debates by the professors that he mentions, even if I don't personally agree with them, and it's amazing how much is being suppressed for not conforming to the current school of thought. PHG's from every field are being discredited for holding another opinion. I find it a crying shame that we're only celebrating one side of a very open debate. The bottom line is in the matter of origins, nothing can be absolutely proven. When broken down, both sides have to appeal to faith. Either you believe that there was a creator, or you don't. I had to sit and listen to their side of the debate through my entire High School and College years and yet when I express my disagreement, I'm told that I "Just don't understand". To me, that translates as, "Well, if you don't believe in it then clearly you're ignorant." Among others, I'm told that I believe in "magic". In short, my answer normally consists of the reply, "Perhaps, but at least I believe the magic came from a magician. You believe the magic casts itself."
I personally have heard enough of their side. It never made sense to me, but perhaps that's because I went into the debate already sitting on the fence. In science, we never touched on the matter of origins through my younger upbringing. The first time I heard of evolutionism was in high school and even from that point, it didn't sound very solid to me. I wanted to give it a chance because my teachers all believed in it, it was even in my math and English books stated as a proven fact. I struggled with my faith through High School and I didn't know how to properly defend my beliefs in college so I actively sought out people from both sides to hear "expert" opinions. In the end, I found that Creationism made more sense scientifically, logically, and spiritually. Since then, it's become a hobby of mine to go to conferences when I can or seek out videos of conferences I've not been able to attend. Granted, I'm hardly a scientist and if you put me in a chemistry lab I'm more likely to light things on fire than I am to successfully prep anything, but I have a fascination with Creation Science, Biblical Archaeology, and even the growing field of Biblical Astronomy. I get irritated when someone tells me that the people giving these seminars "aren't real scientists". Their PHG's say differently, as do many of their credentials. Most were highly regarded until they changed their worldview. The approval of a community doesn't make someone more or less qualified to talk about their observations, nor does it instantly chance what they have to say into the mad ramblings of a crackpot. These men and women are brilliant and there's a lot of very good information that will never see the light of day because it goes against what the world wants to believe.
I'm not going to turn this into a debate, I refuse to. The net is going to be flooded with pictures of feathered dinos, monkey-men, and finch beaks in a little over a week to celebrate Darwin's birthday. People are going to rage all over each other and spend a lot of time insulting their fellow human beings, ripping them down and making them feel like they're worth no more than a guinea pig in a local pet store. I decided to take the opportunity to celebrate the other side of the fence and post a few videos of brilliant minds discussing their observations from another perspective. If you disagree- great. Disagree. If you're my friend, you aren't any less my friend for believing a different way. I don't see you as any less intelligent for holding to what you believe and I kindly ask that myself and fellow Creationists are given the same regard. No two people will ever look at any work of art and agree on it completely- and that's what this boils down to. All of us are staring at the masterpiece that is the universe. It's infinitely large as it is small, more complicated than our two pound brains will ever be able to comprehend in any amount of our lifetimes combined. Some of us see a work of art that came by through a series of accidents with no known source, others see it as a precise work of art and craftsmanship that came directly from the hand of the greatest artist of all.
Personally, I don't need stacks of evidence to believe. God also doesn't need me defending him. I listen to the evidence because I am amazed at the handiwork of God, the author of science. I listen because as a Christian, I am commanded to have an answer when my faith is called into question. I am called to defend why I believe, not to defend the source of my faith. He can take care of himself just fine. I love my non-believer friends as much as I love my believer friends. And in the end, I have found strength and peace through God. He uses the weak, the broken, the timid, and the awkward because his strength shines all the brighter through them. I find strength when I'm on my knees, I find my voice when I'm being shouted down, and I find my courage when I'm faced with adversity. When I'm shoved aside by the ones I love, I know that there's always someone there that will never leave me. I'm not an intelligent person, but I managed to find my voice and witness to my entire college biology class on a field trip bus. I was terrified but somehow I found the courage to speak to a bus full of strangers, to include my professor. I know that the strength I have isn't mine. Without that, I'd be empty. I'd be angry. I'd be an animal.
I'm not an animal, and I don't believe that any human being is either. We're created in the image of God. We're all deserving of respect and dignity. We're worth more than the stars that we can't even begin to count to the one that knows them all by name. That, in my opinion, is worth celebrating.Creation Celebration Videos:
→ Mark H Armitage - Report Of Soft Tissues In A Triceratops Horn
→ Dr.Kent Hovind
: Creation Series
→ Dr. Frank Turek
- "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist"
→ Dr. John Lennox
- Science and the God Question
→ CS Lewis
- "Man or Rabbit?"Quotes:
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us."
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."
"What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it."
Commissions & Trades I'm waiting on:
Some of these are pretty recent but there are a few that are slowly gathering dust. I'm leaving them up as a reminder to myself (and hopefully the other artists involved).
At this point...these sit here as "Buyer Bewares":
Two character full body lineart from
- My end of the trade is complete as of September 14, 2009
Five Chibis from
- Paid on December 29,2012 | 1/5 received |
Legacy of Para group on DA!
and myself decided it's about time we start up a group for ParaChiMar: The Legacy of Para. For those interested this group is pretty much just a good place to dump all of our LoP artwork, trades, commissions, and fanart into. I've also made a small stamp collection to celebrate. Check us out. :3