Gary Bates Talks to The Old Schoolhouse’s Paul and Gena Suarez
Paul and Gena Suarez have been passionate home schoolers of their five children (ages 2 through 19). While raising their family, they have built one of the largest homeschooling magazines in America, and indeed, the world. Since the launching of our CMI–US office, the Suarezes have also been passionate about helping CMI’s creation message penetrate the US church so that Christians can be better equipped for evangelism. To this end they have been immensely helpful in promoting CMI’s resources, and in particular Creation magazine.
What would motivate a very normal mom and dad to such an undertaking? Especially when, as most parents know, raising children is a full-time job in itself? They explained that the creation/evolution issue was so vital, they wanted to help other parents immunize their children from the constant evolutionist barrage in public education and the media.
Paul was raised in a strong religious environment but believed in evolution. Although he attended a mainstream liberal church every week, he readily admits that he and his friends were into lots of ungodly behavior.
However, the parents of his equally rebellious friend were genuine Christians and they would often read to Paul from the Bible. This got him interested, and he began to see differences between some of his church’s practices and the Bible. Eventually, at age 22, Paul received Jesus Christ as his Saviour. He had always accepted evolution as a fact and says, “When I became a Christian it created a conflict within me. I started to try to reconcile evolution and the Bible. I initially believed in the day-age theory*, and thought that the reference to Adam only meant that he was the first Homo sapiens to appear after a long evolutionary process. I was becoming confused.”….
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