Is CMI only focused on one thing?
Yep, and it’s Jesus Christ!
Published: November 30, 2017
Previously published in a CMI newsletter, February 2017
Sometimes people are surprised when we don’t take a stance on various issues, and even press us to make an exception for topics they feel especially concerned about. But at CMI, part of our effectiveness is in our focused emphasis on the creation foundation as a basis for understanding the Gospel—exactly as the Bible does. Is it any wonder creation is one of the most-attacked biblical teachings today? By defending this foundational doctrine, we are promoting the Gospel because Jesus Christ is our Creator and Savior! So even though we are a specialist ministry that deals with creation science I suppose we really are focusing on one thing—namely Jesus.
Then, the science!
I first became ‘switched on’ to the importance of creation at a CMI event when I realized that the book of Genesis was a real, historical and trustworthy explanation of the origin of the universe. Coupled with CMI resources, I devoured the pages of Genesis 1–11. It was a revelation to me as I felt I finally knew the truth! True science opened up and there were now so many areas to investigate such as biology, the fossil record, and dinosaurs. My focus rapidly pinpointed on the overwhelming scientific evidence for Creation that undermined the lie of evolution I had been taught. In my excitement I started to ‘beat people over the head’ with creation ‘evidences’ so they would see the truth and be saved! Tactically, I went about it the wrong way.
A focus on Jesus
With little success in my evangelistic efforts I felt defeated and frustrated. But as I continued to study I realized I needed to shift focus. I turned to the beginning of the Gospel of John. As I started to read, it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. The book of John is all about Creation!1 John tells us that Jesus “was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:2–3). For example, in chapter 2 Jesus turns water into wine. Chapter 4 reveals the healing of the official’s son displaying Jesus’ restorative power over sickness. In chapter 6 He walks on water and makes the wind and waves obey him.
Science can’t raise people from the grave!
But the kicker for me was the raising of Lazarus who was dead in his tomb for four days (John 11). In previous readings this never struck me as all that special, but that was prior to having a proper understanding of biblical creation. Previously I toyed with the ideas that Jesus was some sort of miracle worker; after all, many religions claim similar guru-types. Or maybe Lazarus wasn’t really dead. But I now understood how my thought patterns were corrupted by naturalistic science.
In the beginning of John 11 we are told that Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother was ill. But Jesus stayed where he was for two days before making the journey to Bethany. Jesus’ delay was deliberate. Jews in Jesus’ day commonly believed that the soul of a person hovered over the body for three days before departing. During this time people would watch over the body to pray and sing psalms for comfort. The religious leaders did not recognize Jesus as the Creator (similar to my own unregenerate thoughts) so they could have looked for some way to explain Lazarus’ resurrection away. But the Scriptures point out that after four days the body started to ‘stink’ and by waiting all this time, Jesus demonstrated to everyone (even me) that He alone holds the power over death because He truly is the Creator God. Only the Creator has the power to save us and raise our decaying bodies back to life in the future resurrection. Have you ever heard of a science experiment or medical procedure that could raise a person from the dead after four days in the grave? Jesus’s power is undisputed and it is a defining event in the Gospels! In fact, at the end of the Gospels He demonstrated this first-hand. The Apostle Paul wrote regarding the resurrection of Christ:
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me … Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians. 15:3–8, 12–22).
There we have it. I like to call these fantastic and encouraging passages ‘The Gospel Passages’ because they all hang upon the fact that the Creator came, died for our sins and rose again in order that we may live again with Him. Only the One and same ‘Genesis’ Creator has the power to raise the dead, because He is the author of life!
Creation and the Gospel
In my mind a nail had been struck! Just as Jesus had called Lazarus out of his dark tomb of death to light and life, He did the same thing for us as Christians, calling us out of the darkness of sin, giving us a new start and a promise of life everlasting. If CMI is about one issue, then it is showing people that life is all about Jesus the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Showing the evidence for Creation no doubt helps to remove the stumbling blocks in people’s minds, but unless this is coupled with the Gospel it is pointless. We know that our supporters utilize the articles, books, DVDs and even our team of creation speakers to show people in their communities that it is Jesus who has the power over death and all Creation. So if being focused on Jesus is being focused on one thing, then we’ll happily wear that hat because it is bringing people to faith in Him. Em M. wrote:
“Hi! I’d just like to thank CMI for all your articles, on astronomy, evolution, history and the validity of the Bible. One of my strongest arguments against God’s existence was secular science, and I thought it without flaw. I held such arrogance toward creationists and Christians in general (especially Christian scientists), but all your articles helped me in my journey to find the truth regarding God and the formation (creation!) of the universe. I would never have come to Christ if it were not for the work of the scientists at CMI, for you lay down the evidence and prove that the Bible predicts, confirms, and is confirmed by nature and the true evidence that has been collected- not the hypothetical, ad-hoc nature of secular science. You've been a huge part of my journey to Jesus, and I'd like to thank you for that!”
And Kim H. emailed to say: “Glad to have come across your [Creation] magazine. I have accepted the gift of Salvation through the Gospel of Christ Jesus. How simple it is to be saved and be guaranteed eternal blessings in Heaven!”
Partners for Truth
We wouldn’t be able to produce the hundreds of life-changing articles, or the many books and DVDs, or even have the ability to send our speakers to hundreds of churches each year without charging a set fee, if it wasn’t for your help. As you support us, my prayer is that it would be comforting to know that our only focus is using the wonders of Creation to point people in the direction of our Savior Jesus Christ and in doing so, give Him all the glory due His name! Supporter James V. affirmed this when he wrote:
“May God continue to bless your ministry as you glorify Jehovah-Jesus, our Creator and Saviour, and His absolutely impeccable and authoritative Word, and minister to the saints and preach the Gospel unto the salvation of countless lost souls.”
References and notes
- See The incarnate Word and Cosner, L., Jesus the Creator in the Gospel of John, J. Creation 29(3):56–61, 2015. Return to text.
Don V., United States, 30 November 2017
I also find Creation at the core of all that I believe. I discovered that God has revealed himself in his creation so "clearly" as Romans 1 states that one that rejects a literal creation may have a "Jesus" but does not "Glorify God as God" and seems to not be a true believer at all but is "without excuse" as Romans 1 declares. I do not think we should excuse what God's word doesn't excuse.
Recently we had a "cold case detective" speak at our church. He had written an article titled "Why I Don't Obsess over Genesis", that implied that literal creation didn't real matter. As I said if Romans 1 means what it says, how can a person not believe in literal creation and yet have the true understanding of who God is and what sin is and who we are.
Thank you for your great ministry.
Michael B., United States, 30 November 2017
This letter from Erin was very encouraging and I'd like to offer additional encouragement to Erin with my own favorite passages showing Jesus as Creator that I've never heard anyone tie together but it is only in light of Genesis that the event in John makes any sense.
In Genesis 2:7 God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him.
In John 9 we see a man born without eyes (blind) healed when Jesus knelt down and formed clay from the dust of the earth and His own spittle. Later the comment is made that never in all of history has anyone been given sight who was born blind.
I wonder sometimes if Jesus thought back on His original making of man as He made eyes for this one?
One additional note, it was the miracle of Jesus turning water to wine at the wedding that tore down my last stronghold of "old earth" theology. Just how long would it take me to make wine, given that I had a grape vine to begin with? And how long did it take the Creator of the universe to make it? Later I realized the same for ready to eat fish and bread...
Thank you all for this important ministry and presenting the whole truth of the One Who IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Bill D., United States, 30 November 2017
Great article. So relevant!! We refer all of our visitors to our on line evangelical Christian magazine to your material and web site. Bill D
Dan M., United States, 30 November 2017
We must remember the creation account in Genesis and the miraculous ministry of Christ, (our creator) transcends the everyday reality of the natural world. In other words, the processes we see happening now, (post creation) don’t compare to the events we would have seen if we were there at the beginning when Jesus created it all or when he walked the earth performing miracle’s. We have no frame of reference, no experience, (observation) to compare it to and that’s why they are called miracles. They don’t happen all the time and transcend our experiences! The apostles on the other hand observed the miracles during Jesus’s ministry and were amazed, therefore driven to faith as many of their contemporaries were! They were commanded to record these events so you and I could read about them and be convinced unto salvation thru the Spirit of God. The Bible is recorded true history where the hypothesis of evolution is not. Darwinian evolution is an idea, an imagination to explain away God almighty because atheists are in rebellion as we were before our salvation. ISA 29:16
The Bible and our salvation is God’s gift to us who would believe!
Joshua B., United States, 30 November 2017
In response to Don V., I would note that belief in the literal six day creation about six thousand years ago is not a salvation issue. The new testament never says you have to believe this to be saved. It says in the letter to the Romans, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." That is the core. The literal six day creation about six thousand years ago is not a salvation issue, but an issue of knowing why you need salvation, of the veracity of Christ, and of the authority of scripture. It is important, but it will not get someone saved on its own, as the author of the article already told us.
Billh H., United States, 30 November 2017
Another excellent article by CMI ...
I for one am glad that CMI doesn't take a stance on various issues as mentioned in the article ...
May the Lord Jesus Christ richly bless all there ...
Richard F., United Kingdom, 1 December 2017
I am SO glad you are consciously avoiding theological topics that do not relate to creationism - was Jesus' death a propitiation for God's wrath, an expiation for man's sin, a victory over Death etc; or why did God allow the Fall, or the genocide of various OT tribes.
Others can do these things better, but nobody can do the creationism stuff better
It also means that when we all refer non-Christians to this site, we can have confidence they will get good creationist arguments, and not theological ones where we might seriously disagree with you.