Feb 27, 2007

Creationist Ken Ham speaks at local church

by Natasha Kormanik, Life! Reporter
Australian creationist Ken Ham, one of the most sought-after Christian conference speakers in the U.S., spoke at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Hyland Heights Baptist Church, giving his audience cutting-edge messages, perhaps the most delicate of which was on racism.
He spoke throughout the day on such subjects as believing in Genesis and defending one’s faith in today’s world, leaving time at the end for people to wait in line and ask him a few questions of their own. Mainly, his talks all focused on how compromising the Bible’s authority has led to the demoralization of society and the church.

Throughout his message on racism, Ham challenged people to look past the genetics and to look at the person.

“I believe we should get rid of the evolutionist term ‘races’ and talk about people groups or ethnic groups,” said Ham.

Leaving his job as a public school biology teacher, he ventured to the U.S. in 1987 to spread his belief that the Bible is flawless, that it is the word of God and that the evolutionary theory is false. With his sense of humor, brilliant techniques, colorful and concise illustrations, and his Australian accent, he stands out as one of today’s most effective speakers.

According to www.AnswersIn Genesis.org, Ham is the founder, President and CEO of Answers in Genesis. He is also the author of several books on Genesis, including his best-selling “The Lie: Evolution.”

Some of his books are even used in the creation studies classes at Liberty. He also speaks daily on the radio program “Answers… with Ken Ham,” which is featured on over 850 stations worldwide, and he has appear-ed on such TV-talk shows as “CBS News Sunday Mor-ning,” “The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.”

With respect to  racism, Ham ex-plained how the biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1850. Such evidence was noted in several books, one of which was “A Civic Biology Presented in Problems” by George William Hunter that said, “At the present time there exists upon the earth 5 races…the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.” 

Ham gave many examples of textbooks used in the public schools which contained such comments and references to racism. He even explains how, at one point, Aborigines in Australia were thought to be animals.

However, according to Ham, he is not the only one who traces the roots of racism back to evolution. Today, many scientists and authors have attributed the two to each other as well. In the book, “Do Races Differ?,” Natalie Angier mentions how labels, which are used to distinguish people by their “race,” have little or no biological meaning.

“We are all descendants of Adam, so biologically, there is only one race — the human race,” said Ham.

Ham stated that in this culture, people are programmed to look at skin color. He even ventured as far as the matter of interracial marriage, and in terms of biology, Ham claims it is non-existent. He explained that, according to Malachi 2:15, the primary purpose of marriage was to raise godly offspring.

He then clarified how there are two spiritual races — the only difference is the direction that they are racing — which is in conjunction with 2 Corinthians 6:14, that states a person is either spiritually light or dark. Again, Ham emphasized the one race, citing Acts 17:26, which says that God “hath made one blood of all nations.” Ham then continued to give more references dating all the way back to the Tower of Babel.

Speaking to his audience, Ham said, “Isn’t it interesting how the secular world is catching up to the Bible, but we wouldn’t have had such a problem if we stood by the Bible in the first place and defended it.”

Ham, who travels back and forth between the U.S. and the U.K., and only visits Australia about once a year, challenged his audience as he challenges everyone he comes in contact with, telling them to look at people and think, “They are my relatives, and they need the Lord.” Citing 1 Samuel 16:7, he said, “For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Ham challenged audience members with one main thought, “It’s not just culture that determines truth — it’s God’s authority. Don’t compromise God’s Word — stand on it.”

Contact Natasha Kormanik at nnkormanik@liberty.edu.
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