by Dave Powell
Truth of Genesis Founder and Ministry Director
The story goes like this… An atheist sues the government claiming that their faith has no holiday celebrating what they believe. The judge says that is not the case because atheists have a holiday that is on the calendar every year. Puzzled, the atheist’s lawyer asks for clarification. The judge replies, April Fool’s day is the “Atheists national holiday”! Why? Psalms 32:1, “The fool says in his heart, there is no god.” Easter, also on April 1st, 2018, rises above the lesser day of pranks like the best steak rises above cheap, garbage filled hot-dogs.
Easter burst on the world-scene magnifying God’s love and leading humanity back on a clear path to Him. Whereas April Fool’s day is another historical trick whose actual origin is doubtful. Like atheism itself, grounded in evolutionary faith, interesting stories abound around the day but not much foundational truth.
One story has “All Fools Day” going back to 1582 when the French changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian. The New Year began sometime during the last week of March and people who failed to make the switch to January 1st earned the jeers and jokes of the well-informed. Another story says that the day replaces, Hilaria, a Roman celebration for spring and the end of winter. The celebration boasted both get-ups and gags. Weather fans suggest that it has something to do with the capricious weather during that time of the year which often fools us with snow overnight and fifty-one degrees by the end of the day!
Like the evolutionary thinking, none of this is verified, and comes from the creative mind of man. Regardless, the contrast of choices in worldviews this year couldn’t be clearer while at the time being immensely symbolic and relevant for our lives today. Celebrate the most documented, studied, verified and life-changing event in history and faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus or join the fools. The great evangelist and creationist Henry Morris said, “Indeed a wise person will ‘hearken’ unto good counsel and thus someday ‘inherit glory’.”
Easter is the celebration of a prophecy fulfilled, i.e. trusted and verified. Its foundation is Genesis which tells us the need for a Savior, and is the bedrock of the gospel message. That’s why creation and the cross go hand in glove. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christians have one foot in both worldviews. Many “Christians” have been taught secular worldviews that use humanistic religion taught as science. They don’t realize that the same peddlers of millions of evolutionary years also say humanism is not compatible with the gospel!
Easter is the day to stop being a fool and kneel at the foot of the cross. I say kneel because we need to acknowledge Him as Lord and repent of our sins. No matter who you are, what you’ve done or believed in the past, Jesus is there to meet you. As the Bible says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near”. (Isaiah 55:6)