Joseph Hubbard, Dip. (Zoology), B.Sc. (Palaeobiology) is the Director of Creation Research UK, and an international speaker, writer, researcher and trainer.
Answer by Joseph Hubbard
Many would struggle to call the country we live in a Christian nation. We now live in a nation where science has become a god. Of course, much of this ‘science’ is the same kind that the Apostle Paul warned Timothy about – false science (1 Timothy 6:20). That is not to say that all science is false by any means, but it certainly has become rooted in peoples mind as the all-correct philosophy. Evidence, likewise, has become essential for people to believe anything. That is not unusual, nor unbiblical – think of Jesus and Thomas. When confronted with doubt, Jesus didn’t abandon him, but simply presented the evidence – the wounds on His hands, the mark of the spear on His side.
Likewise, think of Jesus’ words when telling the account of Lazarus and the Rich Man. When the Rich Man is cast into Hell, he begs Abraham to let him go back to warn his friends and family. The reply? “If they do not believe Moses and the prophets, then neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:31).
Here you have the reason for so much rejection of Jesus Christ in the West today. Virgin birth? Rising from the dead? Water into wine? Such things are foolishness if you don’t believe Genesis (Moses). But let’s put Jesus’ words into reverse. If they do believe Moses and the prophets (Genesis), they can be persuaded of one (Jesus Christ) rising from the dead! Christianity is based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without these facts, our faith is dead (1 Corinthians 15:20). But the reason for His death? To be the final sacrifice for the atonement of our sins, and ultimately, to destroy the final enemy that is death (1 Corinthians 15:26). But where was the origin of sin? The origin of death? It all goes back to Genesis. The world, a perfect creation of God’s, with mankind in His own image and corrupted by man’s sin is the explanation the Bible gives for the reason Jesus needed to die.
The Creation Research Centre’s ministry is there ultimately to save sinners, spread the gospel, and strengthen the believer’s faith. It does this by providing evidence of Genesis as real history, that the Bible can be trusted, thereby equipping Christians with the evidence they need to combat the false sciences of evolution and humanism. One thing we make sure of is to always make the connection between Genesis and Jesus – the whole reason the ministry exists for in the first place. We are sent to make disciples of Christ, not creationists!
However, there is also a major need to have hands-on practical teaching and learning, for both adults and children alike. As any teacher trainer would tell you, active learning and hands-on experience are so brilliantly effective at getting points across, something that Creation Research has observed over and over again! A museum ministry fulfils this in ways that a simple presentation and lecture cannot do.
The desire for a museum project in the UK has been in the heart of John Mackay and Joseph Hubbard (Creation Research directors) for many years. The collection has incredible potential, and there is a desperate need for this ministry in the UK right now, as we move further away from a godly nation, and into deeper sin. With the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of our ministry, along with equipping Christians, adults and children alike, with real evidence for their faith, giving them fuel for their fire of evangelism.