The world’s greatest theologian and scientist seems to be Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo clears up a great mystery for us today. In his latest essay, The Devolution of a Creationist, he discusses a blog post written by a young man named Jacob, who Hambo says is:
a recent homeschool graduate who describes his switch from accepting young-earth creation to believing in old-earth, evolutionary ideas. He claims, “My shift away from young-earth creationism began not due to convincing answers from the evolutionist crowd, but because of the unconvincing and confusing answers of the young earth crowd.”
What turned Jacob away from young-earth creationism? Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s answer, with bold font added by us and his scripture references omitted:
The objection that supposedly first made Jacob begin to question God’s Word in Genesis was about dinosaurs. At one point he asked someone why dinosaurs weren’t on the Ark and was told, “There were dinosaurs on the ark, but they died out shortly after exiting it … This led me to think, why did God save them at all if they were just going to die out anyway?” [Ellipsis in Hambo’s post.]
That’s a good question — why take up valuable Ark space with huge creatures who would soon go extinct anyway? According to Hambo:
The Bible tells us that God commanded Noah to take animals aboard the Ark “to keep them alive with [Noah].” There is nothing about God promising to preserve them after the Flood, and since Scripture is silent on the issue we must make speculations based on what we know of His character. Actually, lots of animals — not just dinosaurs — have died out since the Flood. [Brackets in Hambo’s post.]
This is neat. Even though scripture is silent, Hambo knows the answer anyway. Let’s read on:
God knows all things and His ways and thoughts are far above ours. We also know that God doesn’t always choose to protect us from the consequences of the choices we make.
So let’s apply this kind of thinking to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other species. Animals are constantly going extinct from loss of habitat, environmental changes, human predation, and other reasons — because of the effects of sin, the curse, and the Flood. Should God not allow these creatures to suffer the consequences of living in a fallen world? Of course not. Sin brought death, and part of that death is animal extinction.
Ah yes, that explains it. But wait — it’s more complicated than that:
Moreover, we do not believe dinosaurs died out shortly after the Flood. We have evidence of recent cave drawings of animals that we think could possibly be dinosaurs, which means the people who did the paintings would have actually seen living dinosaurs!
Uh huh. Okay. Hambo continues
What Jacob is ultimately doing is questioning the mind of God, thinking that his ideas are better than God’s. He did not become an evolutionist because his study of Scripture forced him to change his interpretation. Jacob became an evolutionist because he chose to accept man’s words over God’s Word.
Jacob is making a big mistake! Here’s more:
It’s not degrading and dishonoring for us to trust God’s words in Genesis. As biblical creationists, we don’t limit God — we limit ourselves to letting God tell us in His Word how He created, and we don’t impose our fallible ideas on God’s Word!
What actually is dishonoring and degrading is sinful, fallible, created beings thinking that they know more than the Creator and can tell Him how He did something — even if it completely contradicts His perfect Word.
Hambo isn’t just describing Jacob, he’s also talking about you, dear reader. You are sinful and fallible, and your science is “dishonoring and degrading.” But Hambo hasn’t given up on Jacob — or you. He concludes his essay with this:
It certainly is sad to see this young man turn away from trusting God’s Word and turn to believing in man’s opinions. We pray that someday he will realize the error of trying to conform the Bible to man’s word and will repent and put his trust in all of God’s Word — including the first chapters!
Now you have a perfectly clear understanding of why the dinosaurs were saved on the Ark and went extinct later.
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