This is a follow-up to something we wrote almost a year ago with the same title. Today we have yet another lament by Ken Ham on the same subject.
It appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Ol’ Hambo is the impresario of imbecility, the authority on absurdity, the producer of poppycock, the tycoon of tomfoolery. He’s the brains behind the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless.
Hambo’s latest is Going, Going . . . Gone, Why Are Young People Walking Away From Our Churches? We assume he means they’re walking away from his own peculiar reality-denying sect. It’s the same troubling phenomenon he’s written about before. This time he puts it like this, with bold font added by us:
I have met so many young people who do not see the church as relevant and do not consider the Bible a real book of history that can be trusted. I have found that most parents have delegated the training of their children to the Sunday school, youth group, or other Christian organization.
Whenever I ask a church audience if they have any questions, I find that they usually ask the same questions regardless of what country or church (conservative or liberal) I visit: How can we know the Bible is true and is God’s Word? Where did God come from? Where did Cain get his wife? Can’t Christians believe in millions of years, the big bang, and evolution as long as God was involved? Are the days of creation ordinary days or millions of years, and does it really matter? How could Noah fit all the animals on the Ark? To name but a few.
We think this is encouraging news, but it’s very upsetting to Hambo. Here are some excerpts from his analysis of this “problem.” Hambo discusses the results of a poll he commissioned. Questions were put to young people (ages 20–29):
… who had gone to church regularly as children but no longer attend. They had to have come from a conservative church background so the results would reflect what’s happening to children from Bible-believing churches. And what did we find?
There’s a chart of the findings. When asked “Do you believe all the accounts in the bible are true?” 44% said “no,” and another 18% said they don’t know. Asked when they first had doubts, 40% said in middle school and 44% said in high school. Here’s Hambo’s explanation of why this is happening:
Overall, the answer is the lack of teaching apologetics. The younger generations are not being raised to be able to answer the skeptical questions of our time, and so they begin doubting from a very early age whether they can trust the Bible.
Introduce apologetics curricula at all levels in church programs and at home. Parents need to take responsibility for their children’s education and teach them from the moment they are born.
That’s the answer! Teach ’em to recite, believe, and defend the creationist stuff that’s routinely posted at places like AIG. Let’s read on:
We take the words of that book as God-breathed, letting them speak to us from God. But these young people have been brought up in a culture where Genesis, in particular, has been attacked. They have been taught the world was formed in millions of years through evolution. And sadly, most Christian leaders (Sunday school teachers and others) have told these kids that Genesis doesn’t matter, that they can believe in secular history over millions of years as long as they trust in Jesus. Ninety percent of these kids go to a public school where God, the Bible, and prayer have been thrown out. They are being educated in a secular philosophy — in naturalism.
Naturalism! Gasp — that’s non-mysticism! How horrible! One last excerpt:
These children have been led to doubt that the Bible can be trusted in the beginning. They are not being taught how to take a stand for its authority from the very first verse. They are not taught the answers to the skeptical attacks on the Bible. So when the message of Jesus is taught to them, they don’t really believe it because they don’t believe the Book from which it comes.
Let’s begin equipping the next generation to stand solidly on the authority of God’s Word!
Yes, the kiddies need to learn not only the spiritual insights of the ancients, but also The Truth™ of Babylonian-era science. Only then will they see things Hambo’s way.
Hambo is in a desperate struggle. If the next generation doesn’t grow up to be creationist, then there won’t be any market for his Creation Museum. This is an important struggle.
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