My Testimony as a Creationist

Exploring our World

Exploring our World

For the last twenty-five years, I have been on a quest seeking the meaning of life. This quest began on a snowy night while I was a senior in high school. Within that night was a moment where I questioned if death would be better than life. At the time, I did not understand the many factors which had brought me to that point, but at the base of it was a secular education. This type of education focuses on the physical while ignoring the spiritual and, therefore, excludes religious concepts and beliefs. This education came not only through the school system, but also included a large amount of fiction and fantasy from books, movies, and video games. At the same time, my religious education did little to give an alternative. I grew up in a liberal protestant denomination and perhaps I could have been described as a Sunday morning christian myself. Ultimately, life was not understood and it, therefore, was given little value.

In the months prior to that moment, I had begun trying to improve my life by following the wise sayings of those who have lived before me. I had no goals in life other than trying to live without pain or boredom. Following that night, the search for meaning to life began in the realm of philosophy. Concepts of life and death, physical and spiritual, pleasure and pain, morality and law, and even art and aesthetic beauty were all topics of interest. The Epicurean philosophy, which stressed the pleasures of the mind over the pleasures of the body, became the norm for myself and guided daily life. Eventually, I realized that all of philosophy is based on assumptions and that it only produces a lifestyle rather than leading to the meaning of life.

During my college years, I also started exploring the world in the sciences. I have always had a special interest in the outdoors and eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree for a Conservation Biology major and a Geography minor from Kent State University. At the time, I thought I was doing well. However, I did not realize that I was being taught a secular form of science based on the concepts of Evolutionism. Within the classroom, I was never told of the problems with the Theory of Evolution or the evidence against it. I simply accepted it and then helped teach it to others through my work in the Ohio State Park system. After years of studying science and nature, I was still empty inside. The meaning of life was not to be found in science. Not only that, but I had begun to notice that life was not matching up with what I had been taught. Instead, it was much more complex and had deeper levels to it than those the sciences were allowing.

The peace that a believer finds is one of the greatest testimonies one can share with others.

My attempts to learn the meaning of life finally turned toward the Scriptures. Beginning with the book of Ecclesiastes, and expanding from there, I found an explanation of life, regarding aspects both physical and spiritual, which matched up with what I observed and experienced. Many new questions formed. Am I able to have a relationship with the One Most High? Did I genuinely understand and believe that salvation and eternal life come only through the Messiah? These questions and many others needed to be answered. The greatest change in my life came when I decided to start praying. Prayer about issues in my life was treated somewhat like a three month experiment, but the results were amazing. By the end I found that the things I prayed about generally went better than what I had been accustomed to in the previous thirty years of my life.

A lot has happened in my life since then as I have grown as a believer. Perhaps the greatest influence in starting to understand the value of life came when the scriptural account of Creation and the secular concept of Evolution came into conflict. I knew what was taught about evolution. However, I did not know about creation. The next couple years were spent studying and comparing both as scientific theories. When all the evidence was taken together, it became quite clear that Evolution does not work and that the Creation account fits with what happens in life. Furthermore, when I read the Scriptures it now had at its base the concept of a Creator, His creation, and His relationship with mankind. This understanding actually brought an increased focus on the need for salvation and the work of the Messiah in fulfilling this need. The great questions connected with the meaning of life were beginning to be answered.

Todd Elder - Field Research

Todd Elder – Field Research

For fifteen years I have been exploring life through the eyes of a believer. In many ways, I have had to start over and relearn what I thought I already knew about life. I abandoned the pleasure seeking of the philosophers and instead found the peace, joy, and hope that the Eternal offers His people. During this time, I had to give up many things I held dear. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and expected to make a living working in a park or forest system. During college I started photography as a hobby and it quickly grew to a semi-professional status; this also seemed a possibility for a career. In order to pursue the Kingdom of Heaven, I had to give up the outdoors and photography. Selling, throwing away, and burning up years of work was required. Looking back, it is clear that I needed to sever myself from the personal pride and spiritual implications of the work I had previously done.

Not surprisingly, it was this same enjoyment for the outdoors and joy of recording things with the camera that the Eternal brought back into my life with a new purpose. The recent years of my life have included a calling to spend time living in a tent while traveling across the United States in order to study His creation first hand. Similarly, the photography was no longer about the pride of an artist, but instead became a tool to share an understanding and appreciation of His creation. It has been a journey of faith which has been rewarded with a closer relationship to the Heavenly Father and Son. It has also brought about new concepts in understanding the Almighty’s creation, in both science and the Scriptures, which I share in this book.

Twenty-five years ago, I was suicidal and I started a quest to see if there was meaning to life. At this time, I can say yes there is meaning to life and understanding His creation has allowed me to appreciate it all the more. Perhaps the greatest thing I learned about genuinely living life, rather than having only a lifestyle, is to value life and love others. Relationships suddenly became important while the pursuit of physical things like possessions, wealth, and knowledge are now found quite lacking in terms of value or goals. When life itself becomes the focus, the many virtues mentioned in the Scriptures become clearer and I understand why they help so much physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. These are concepts that cannot be truly appreciated by a secular world and they simply do not fit into an evolutionary point of view on life.

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Todd Elder

While growing up, I learned a little about creation in the church and I was taught much about evolution in the school system. It was not until I was a young adult that I really understood the conflict between these ideas and the deeper issues they represented in answering the great questions of life. When I delved into the creation and evolution debate, I soon saw that there are many scientific problems with the Theory of Evolution that I had not been shown in school and that the philosophies behind Evolutionism were misguided. The years since then have been a wonderful time of discovery of both our Creator and His creation. Examining Created Kinds within Scripture reveals that He created everything and deserves our honor, worship, and obedience. Baraminology, the scientific study of Created Kinds, helps us understand what He created and the incredible complexity of life. Together, they show an amazing beauty and value for life that cannot exist in an evolutionary worldview.

The journey to explore life continues. The final conclusion to the meaning of life is still out there. However, knowing the Creator of the Universe and a growing relationship with Him helps to focus the value of life and is a base upon which to build.

Last Updated: 06 / 2017
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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