We always try to bring you cutting-edge research from the world of creation science, so we must tell you about the latest from 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.
Their article is The Big-Bang God or the God of Scripture? It’s rather long and we could comment on virtually every sentence, but that would become tedious. Instead we’ll just give you the highlights, trusting that you’ll click over there to read it all for yourself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Some people have suggested that God (or a god) used a “big bang” to create the universe. The big bang is the secular model of how the universe formed. However, the consistent Christian has no need to speculate on how and when God might have created the universe.
No need to speculate? That’s great! AIG continues:
The Creator himself has left a written record that summarizes His creative acts — a record that contradicts the big-bang model on many points. Sadly, many people are inclined to ignore what God has said about what He did. Instead, they rely on secular philosophy to reconstruct a past that contradicts the recorded history and eyewitness testimony of the Bible.
Secular philosophy? How horrible! Let’s read on:
Can you imagine if people applied such thinking to other fields of study? What if someone rejected recorded history and claimed that World War I never happened because his philosophy does not allow for the possibility of a world war. Would this be reasonable?
Uh, no. That wouldn’t be reasonable. Nor is it even remotely a reasonable comparison. We continue:
These days, it is common for people to reject the possibility of a supernatural, biblical creation simply because they embrace the philosophy of naturalism — the belief that “nature is all that there is.”
Naturalism [the absence of unevidenced miracles] and uniformitarianism [application of the observed unchanging laws of nature] are the driving philosophies behind the big bang. That is, the big-bang model attempts to describe the formation of the entire universe by processes currently operating within the universe. Stars, planets, and galaxies are all said to have formed “naturalistically” — by the laws of nature currently in operation. The expansion of the universe is assumed to be naturalistic and uniformitarian in the big-bang model.
The big bang is simply one of many incorrect conclusions derived from secular assumptions. It is not compatible with the Bible. Therefore, Christians should reject it.
Obviously! Moving along:
The big bang accepts the secular order of events, not the biblical order. For example, stars come before the earth in the big bang, but the order is reversed in the Bible. The big bang teaches that the universe is billions of years old, whereas the Bible teaches only thousands of years. The big bang teaches that the first stars formed by natural processes, but the Bible teaches that God made the stars.
The choice is clear. Another excerpt:
Many people don’t realize that the big bang is not only bad theology, but it is bad science as well. Is the big bang the same kind of science that put men on the moon, or allows your computer to function? Not at all. The big bang isn’t testable, repeatable laboratory science.
Wow — they’re right! Scientists can’t duplicate the universe in the lab. On with the article:
It doesn’t make specific predictions that are later confirmed by observation and experimentation.
Uh … what about the prediction and later discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation? Well, never mind. Here’s one final excerpt from the article’s last paragraph:
There simply is no rational reason to believe in the big bang. It is not compatible with the Bible, and it’s not good science.
So there you are. It’s either the big bang or literal Genesis. But be warned: The big bang leads to the Lake of Fire. It’s up to you, dear reader.
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