We’ve all been wondering what happened to Jason Lisle since he left Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), in order to become Director of Research at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR).
While he was at AIG, Jason provided us with much to think about, including Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper, and also Jason Lisle Tells Us How To Think, and most recently Jason Lisle: Mathematics is Creationist.
At ICR, Jason seems to be working on the mind-boggling contradictions between what astronomers have been telling us, compared to the simple universe described in scripture — with a flat, unmovable Earth in the center, where humanity was designed as the ultimate goal of creation. It’s not an easy task.
Jason’s latest article is elegantly titled The Solar System. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted
One of the wonderful things about astronomy is that it is so different from our everyday experience. Things are not what they might seem at first glance. Who could have guessed that those tiny little specks of light in our night sky are actually “suns” hundreds of times larger than Earth? Who would have suspected that the “evening star” is actually a rocky planet about the same size as our own?
None of those who wrote scripture ever guessed such things, which is why, for example, there’s only one mention of planets in the entire bible (in 2 Kings 23:5) — a derisive reference to those who burn incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets. Otherwise, they’re never mentioned at all — the phrase used is always “the sun, the moon, and the stars.” It’s also why — according to scripture — The Earth Is Flat! and The Earth Does Not Move! Jason continues:
How unexpected to find that the solid earth beneath our feet is actually moving at 67,000 miles per hour around the sun, all the while spinning like a top! God has constructed the universe in a truly marvelous way. As we study it, the universe continually surprises and delights us by challenging our understanding of how things work.
Be careful, Jason. Those “unexpected” discoveries that challenge our scriptural understanding can get you in trouble — big trouble. Next thing you know you’ll be thinking that evolution makes sense — and you know where that kind of thinking will get you. Yeah, the Lake of Fire!
Let’s read on to see how Jason navigates through this minefield of scientific surprises and delights:
Our solar system is a great example of this. We can actually see much of the solar system on a cloudless night. Most of the planets are visible to the unaided eye — appearing as tiny points of light. In reality, they are enormous spheres, some comparable in size to the earth, while others are much larger.
Then why doesn’t the bible tell us that, huh? Come on, Jason. What’s going on here? He continues:
The stars, sun, moon, and planets rise and set with clockwork precision. They seem to pay tribute to the earth as they respectfully circle around their master. But the truth of the matter is that Earth rotates as it moves around the sun. Every new discovery in astronomy is a surprising and delightful revelation that God is even more amazing, creative, and powerful than we previously supposed.
This is an outrage! How can Jason accept all these Satanic teachings that contradict scripture just by waving aside everything that’s written in the Good Book and then saying: “God is even more amazing, creative, and powerful than we previously supposed”? That makes heresy just too easy, and there’s no limit to where it can lead.
The next several paragraphs are elementary school stuff about the planets, which we’ll skip. But Jason’s not done with his scripture twisting. There’s this:
The orbits of all the planets are nearly circular. Creation scientist Johannes Kepler, in the 17th century, discovered the true shape of these orbits. He analyzed data from the orbit of Mars that had been obtained by Tycho Brahe. Kepler discovered that planets orbit in ellipses — “squashed” circles.
Kepler was a creation scientist? So that’s how he did such important work! Here’s more:
It was another creation scientist who discovered the principles behind Kepler’s laws. Isaac Newton, a brilliant scientist and Bible scholar, discovered and rigorously proved that gravity is the cause of the orbital motions of planets.
Where would we be today were it not for the contributions of creation science? Moving along:
Bible critics sometimes view laws of nature as a replacement for God’s power. But that certainly is not a biblical view. The Bible teaches that God directly controls the universe — that by the expression of His power everything is upheld . God is not a god of confusion, but upholds the universe in a consistent and often predictable way.
That’s good to know. Another excerpt:
Laws of nature are not a substitute for God’s power; rather, they are examples of it. God’s consistent and law-like sovereignty over the universe makes astronomy possible.
By golly — he’s right! No God, no astronomy! Nothing could be more obvious — especially to astronomers. Here’s how the article ends:
The solar system is a lesson in humility. When we contemplate the sizes of these worlds, the distances involved, and the God who holds every atom in its place, it is amazing to think such a God would show so much compassion and mercy toward us. [Scripture quote.]
So there you are. Now you know how to reconcile the differences between astronomy and scripture. And although he didn’t mention it, we are confident that Jason’s reconciliation technique will not work with biology — so stay away from there.
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