Today is both Question Evolution Day and Creation Sunday, a convergence that will not happen again until 2023. This causes excitement for some people, while others are annoyed. Interestingly, the postmodernism that permeates Western society is self-contradictory: people who hate such events need them. I'll 'splain later.
There was a time when movies and television had, for the most part, distinct good and evil characters. (In old Western movies, the stereotype portrayed good guys in white hats, bad guys in black hats.) Later, characters were introduced that were more believable because they were flawed — the anti-hero. One Western character was played by Clint Eastwood, referred to as The Man With No Name. He was not "good" by any stretch of the imagination, but he was our focus as someone to favor. Lines between good and evil were blurred, and audiences were occasionally bemused when the bad guy had more relative goodness than the good guy. These flawed characters seemed more relatable to viewers.
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The 1983 movie Scarface (a remake of a 1932 movie of the same name, and another remake is in the works). In the 1983 version, drunken cocaine dealer Tony Montana tells off restaurant patrons. Since the iconic scene from the iconic movie with the iconic character has iconic profanity, I had to do some edits:
You're all [jerks]. You know why? 'Cause none of you got the guts to be what you want to be. You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say, "Hey, there's the bad guy!" So what does that make you? Good guys? Don't kid yourselves. You're no better'n me. You just know how to hide — and how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. I always tell the truth — even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy... You're never gonna see a bad guy like me again.That's from the script, but the movie clip had a couple of f-words (218 of those were in the regular version, and 226 in the "platinum" DVD version). It held the record for a while, but has since been surpassed. Why not? Truth and morality are relative in this culture.
Tony is pointing out that his fellow restaurant patrons are judging him from their standard, whatever it is (and implying that many of them use cocaine as well as doing various immoral acts while maintaining a veneer of community respectability). They can look down on him and build themselves up, they're not as bad as him, right? Never killed someone, doing discreet adultery, alcoholism is not out of control. Goodness is relative, as is truth. When Job was on the prod, God asked him, "Would you condemn me to justify yourself?" (Job 40:8 NIV)
Let's ride a side trail for a spell.
Atheists and other anti-creationists have antipathy toward Bible-believing Christians and biblical creationists. We are not succumbing to post-modernism, but are standing on the truth and authority of God's Word. Theistic evolutionists and many old Earth creationists will team up with atheists and Deists, riding for the materialism brand and slapping leather with those who have the temerity to say, "God's Word is true, and evidence supports recent, special creation".
Those folks look for excuses to hate Christians and creationists, but what they are doing is distracting themselves from the fact that they know God exists (Rom. 1:18-23) and will have to stand before him at the Judgement (2 Cor. 5:10, Rom. 20:12, Heb. 9:27). In fact, the Genesis Flood is God's judgement on the world at that time, which is supported by the geological evidence. Atheists and compromisers hate this. They hate us. Not so much for who we are, but whose we are — they hate God who is in us, and our testimony of unwavering truth.
I see we've come back to the main trail again.
Atheists and anti-creationists claim a high moral ground. In doing so, they constantly misrepresent the Bible, Christians, creationists. Their "truth" is relative, and yet, they are absolutely certain that we are wrong. They need us as objects of hatred and scorn in their attempts to justify themselves in their own eyes — like Tony Montana claimed about the people who looked down on him in that restaurant. To the haters of Question Evolution Day and biblical creation science, we are anti-heroes of sorts, and we are authentic. They seldom admit that we have any good qualities, however. As people (and even aspects of ministries themselves), biblical creationists are flawed. We know that, and those who oppose us seek to exploit those flaws as if they negated the truth of what we are saying. They also appear to be building up their egos at the expense of others, but never mind about that now.
This anti-creationist presented a graphic that was made by another fool of his ilk. (Yes, they are fools, do a Bible word search and you'll see why, especially about mockery.) It is about how scientists do great things, but creationists do nothing for science. Atheopaths are giddy with joy when "Christians" attack biblical creationists. The pernicious lie of the graphic leaves out the fact that there are creationists in many scientific fields, doing research, publishing in journals, contributing to society, and so on. No sense going to biased blackguards to find out the truth about creationists, you savvy?
Question Evolution Day has many layers, but one simple feature is that we are hoping to prompt honest inquirers to see the profuse evidence that evolution has intractable problems, and the evidence is instead upholding special creation. From there, they may be open to the ultimate message that God is the Creator, he makes the rules, we are accountable to him, and we'd better find out what he has to say. Those honest seekers are not going to learn the truth about what creationists believe and teach from atheists and anti-creationists, and that's a natural fact! We can hope and pray that sincere seekers will want to find out what we have to say from creationary sources, and not what they are told to think from those who love to hate us.
This article was strongly influenced by "Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself", but obviously I left out the political material. You may want to take a look, it's really quite interesting.