It’s amusing to learn what bothers the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). They just posted Top 15 Illustration Problems in Genesis 1–11.
It was written by Bodie Hodge, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. Instead of pursuing an engineering career, he’s a speaker, writer, and researcher for AIG. Not only that, but ol’ Hambo has said here that Bodie is his son-in-law. Powerful credentials indeed! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and some of the scripture references omitted:
From time to time people write books or articles with illustrations on the early pages of Genesis. Oftentimes, I see illustrated Bibles, particularly children’s Bibles or books on Genesis, that make the same classic mistakes. In fact, I’ve seen so many of these books that I decided to list the classic mistakes in the illustrations (and a few extra ones dealing with the text) in hopes that artists and authors can use this in the future to make their books more accurate and effective.
We want people to realize the Bible is true right from the start, so it is good to avoid common mistakes and correct some of the artwork depicting the events of Genesis 1–11 — the foundational chapters of Scripture. Here are some of the common problems I have found in the first eleven chapters of Genesis:
Isn’t this wonderful? Bodie is going to give us a list of “classic mistakes” made by illustrators of bible stories. This should be very educational. Although Bodie’s title says “Top 15 Illustration Problems,” his article actually lists 19 items — and they’re not all illustration problems. No problem. We weren’t going to list all of them anyway — just a few to let you know how shockingly bad some of your favorite books may be. Let’s get started. Oh, the bold titles for each item are in the original post:
1. The globe looks like it does today: This would specifically be before the Flood in Genesis 6–8. The Earth was destroyed and rearrangements on a continental scale resulted from the Flood. In light of Genesis 1:9, many believe there was only one continent originally. Though we should not be dogmatic on this position, we know the Flood caused vast changes, leaving us with the seven broken continents we have today.
We’re puzzled by that one. The bible doesn’t mention continents — either before or after the Flood. But it’s very clear and consistent that The Earth Is Flat! For some reason, Bodie overlooks that vital point. Anyway, let’s read on:
2. Leaving open evolutionary ideas: There is no need to impose evolutionary ideas on the Bible. These ideas come from the religion of humanism, and it contradicts the Bible. Sadly, some artists do mix humanistic thinking [like astronomical evolution (big bang as in progressive creation), geological evolution (millions of years as in the gap theory or progressive creation), chemical evolution (chemical origin of life without God) or biological evolution (like theistic evolution)]. … There is no need to take secular ideas and force them into the Bible. This removes the Bible as the authority when it comes to the age of the Earth. One common example is showing stars in the background in pictures showing the creation of Earth — the sun, moon, and stars were created on Day Four, after the Earth.
Bodie is right! Astronomical evolution shouldn’t be tolerated. His list continues:
3. Not including extinct creatures like dinosaurs on Day Six: Dinosaurs were land animals after all, so they were made on Day Six just before mankind. The same is true with land-based insects. Also, there should be pterosaurs, bats, and flying insects with all of the birds and sea creatures like the plesiosaurs on Day Five with the fish and whales.
He’s right again. According to the bible, it was just like the Flintstones. Here’s more:
5. Drawing Adam and Eve with very light skin and blond hair and blue eyes: Adam and Eve were likely middle brown, having the information for both darker skin (which is largely based on more melanin production in skin) and lighter skin (likewise, less melanin production in the skin). Thus even in one generation they could have had children that were darker or lighter in skin shade. The same sort of thing is likely true with Noah.
Well, yeah, but we like pictures of a scantily-clad blonde Eve. Moving along:
7. Having a serpent without some form of upright posture or appendages during the deception: Genesis 3:1 calls it a serpent. Part of the Curse was that the serpent was to crawl on its belly. This may indicate that the Curse produced a snake or a serpent with shortened legs. So it is better to have a serpent more upright prior to the Curse and lower (i.e., crawling on its belly) after the Curse.
Yes, the Curse is so important! Another excerpt:
16. Not using biblical dates: Why use secular timeframes instead of biblical timeframes when publishing a Bible? For example, don’t use BCE and CE; use BC and AD to honor Jesus as the focal point of history. Also, use biblical dates from a respected chronology like Ussher or Jones, not questionable dates that come from faulty assumptions like secular mythology or radiometric dates that are repeatedly in error. Stick to the biblical age of the Earth and dates given in the Bible.
Now we’ll jump ahead to the last item:
19. Placing the Garden of Eden based on post-Flood geography: Many try to put the Garden of Eden in the Middle East, in Iraq. However, the Flood destroyed the Garden of Eden, and the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were later merely named for these pre-Flood rivers. The geography doesn’t match — direction of flow, and so on. There was one river in Eden that broke into four headwaters, so these modern rivers cannot be the rivers mentioned in Genesis 2.
You will undoubtedly want to click over there to study the entire list. This is how Bodie’s article ends:
Hopefully, these will help get you started as you evaluate teaching materials or seek to develop your own. But keep in mind there may be other mistakes, and all these must be checked against the text of Scripture — the authority when it comes to these matters.
In this world of confusing and blasphemous scientific teachings, it’s comforting to have a reliable source of information like AIG.
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