Marketing schemes are usually built around the promise that the offered product will assist you in making money, improving your health, attracting the opposite sex, or enhancing your life in some other desirable way. These are all understandable and time-tested sales techniques.
Creationism, however, seems to be unique — It’s All About Death. In that post we quoted the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — as saying:
[I]f physical death was here before sin, then it could not really be the “wages of sin” since it is indeed the key to man’s evolution. In evolution, death produced man by causing less fit types to go extinct over time. Thus, death is regarded as good, and by extension Christ’s death paid no such penalty.
That’s not the only time ICR has been explicit about their sales pitch. More recently, in Plants Are Not Alive, we quoted this from one of their articles:
If God designed death into creation, then death is as “good” as all other factors — and the atheistic evolutionary doctrine is right. Death is the “good” force that brings about the ultimate “fittest” in our universe. Death, therefore, is not “the wages of sin,” and our Lord Jesus’ death was not necessary for salvation — it was just the wasted effort of a deluded martyr.
See? Evolutionists actually like death, but creationists don’t — unless they’re referring to it as a punishment or a threat. Therefore, dear reader, you can see who has the better argument. Today, ICR is pitching death again.
Their latest post is No Backdated Punishment in Eden. It’s by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. He has two middle initials, which is very classy, and he not only has a law degree, but he’s also a Doctor of Theology. He’s described at the end as “Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.” He’s a true creation scientist, and we’ve written about his work before, most recently: The Key To Understanding Biology. Here are some excerpts from today’s offering, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
At the end of Day Six, God said all was “very good”, which means no death existed on earth because death is not good [they have two scripture sources for that]. No animals died or were eaten before Adam sinned. Likewise, the Bible doesn’t mention the existence, much less the death, of any pre-Adamite subhuman primates before Adam sinned.
Okay, they’ve made their point — there was no evolution so there was no death before Adam. Let’s read on:
Adam’s sin triggered the curse of death, fulfilling God’s warning. Only then did Adam experience the death that God had warned about. But dying was not limited to Adam! The animals under his authority also became cursed with death.
We wonder if, upon seeing all the animals starting to eat each other and everything suddenly dropping dead, Eve looked at the apple core in her hand and uttered a “Oooops!” Perhaps she did, but it was too late. The universe was cursed! We continue:
Theistic evolutionists argue that animal death existed before Adam sinned, alleging that because God foreknew Adam’s sin, He justly imposed death on creation before Adam actually sinned (retroactive punishment). Yet the Bible never says that God punished Adam or animals before Adam sinned — to do so would be unjust. To punish a bad choice in advance would negate the decision as a true test of faith and loyalty.
Yes, it would be unjust to punish before the sin. That’s why little babies — oh, never mind. Here’s more:
So why do theistic evolutionists teach death before Adam’s sin? They reject the authoritative truth of Genesis and Romans in order to accommodate evolutionary teachings (e.g., eons of death before Adam sinned).
The creation scientists at ICR are definitely not accommodationists. Moving along:
Why does it matter? The New Testament directly links sin’s cause and its cure by tying the gospel of salvation to Adam’s sin. … The gospel depends on the Old Testament being true!
Indeed, the Old Testament is authoritatively relevant, true, and perfect—every “jot and tittle” of it.
It would be crazy to even think of arguing with that. One last excerpt from the end of the article:
What we believe about death being the consequence of Adam’s sin in Eden is a test of our own loyalty to God.
So there you are. Evolution never happened. Death is unnatural. Adam & Eve, the forbidden fruit, Noah’s Ark, all of it — that’s the true meaning of death. And that’s the creationists’ sales pitch.
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