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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
The dual challenge drove me into a determined
almost night-and-day research. That intensive study
continued for six months before I found the proved
answer. Yet the study has never ceased
to
this day.
Both challenges focused on a common starting
point-the book of Genesis in the Bible and the subject
of origins-although that was only the beginning.
These challenges came at a period in life when I had
ample time on my hands. I plunged with intense
concentration into the study.
Researching the Bible and Darwin
I did not begin the research in Genesis. First I delved
thoroughly into the works of Darwin, Lyell, Haeckel,
Huxley, Spencer, Vogt, Chamberlin and More, and even
into the earlier works of Lamarck and his theory of "use
and disuse," which preceded Darwin's "survival of the
fittest" hypothesis.
Immediately those writings appeared convincing.
(They necessarily are, to have won virtual universal
acceptance in the world of higher education.) I readily
understood how the field of education had been gripped
in the clutch of the evolutionary concept.
Evolution is the agnostic's or atheist's attempted
explanation of the presence of a creation without the
preexistence of an intelligent Creator.
This initial stage of my research rudely shook my
faith in the existence of God. It brought me to
realization that I had
assumed
the reality of God,
because from childhood I had heard, and therefore
assumed, it. For a while my head was swimming. Was all
I had ever believed mere myth and error, after all? Now
I was determined to know the
TRUTH!
My mind was
being cleaned out from ideas and beliefs previously
taken for granted.
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