If you don’t matter to God, you don’t matter to anyone.

That large caption appears on a two page ad with a large picture of a young adolescent boy holding a pistol right up against the lens of the picture. As we look down the edge of the barrell, we can feel the menace behind the message:

If you don’t matter to God, you don’t matter to anyone. As a society, we reap the consequences of the unquestioned acceptance of the belief in evolution every day. It dimishes our worth and reduces human beings from being ‘made in the image of God’ to being mere players in the game of survival of the fittest. Find hope. Find truth. Find answers today. http://www.answersingenesis.org –Answers in Genesis: Upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.

Thank you, Christianity Yesterday November 2006 issue for offering an advertisement with such an inspiring ultimatum. Oh, it’s Christianity Today? My mistake, I guess.

So, what have we learned today? If evolution is true, there is no God. And if evolution is true, then the Bible has no authority.

Let’s talk about the destructive impact of false dilemma apologetics, shall we? Some evangelicals think it’s a good idea to tell brilliant and sophisticated people that they can’t believe in God and evolution at the same time.

If we make faith harder than it’s has to be, we shouldn’t be surprised if smart skeptics decide they can’t believe.

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