This is good advice from one of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). The article is Dealing with Skeptics. It’s an oldie from 2008, but the wisdom is timeless, so they’ve posted it again.
The author is Dr. Andrew A. Snelling, described as “Geologist, Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal.” They say he’s AIG’s director of research. Very impressive! AIG’s biography page on him on him says his PhD is in Geology from the University of Sydney, in Australia. Here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:
I vividly remember arriving at a church in Melbourne, Australia, one Sunday night several years ago to preach on the relevance of creation. As the congregation and I entered the church, we were greeted by vocal anti-creationist skeptics who were handing out flyers denouncing me as not being a real scientist.
Gasp! How disrespectful and disgusting! Snelling says:
Why? You see, I wasn’t a true scientist because I believe the Bible and therefore teach that the earth is young and that its geology was shaped by the global Flood cataclysm.
But Snelling wasn’t troubled. Let’s read on:
When I stood to preach on “Creation and the Scoffers” (from 2 Peter 3), the skeptics were sitting in the pews right in front of me! Undeterred, I went straight into the sermon, pointing out how we can identify who the scoffers are that the apostle Peter prophesied would come in the last days.
That’s how to handle them! The creationist geologist continues:
These scoffers would be those who would deliberately reject the geologic evidence that the world was destroyed and rebuilt by the global, mountain-covering Genesis Flood. They would instead believe that only present-day slow and gradual geologic processes could have shaped the earth and deposited the fossil-bearing rock layers over millions of years.
Those scoffers are fools! Here’s more:
We had a question time after the church service. Not surprisingly, these skeptics took this further opportunity to denounce me as a fraud. They pointed to supposed scientific evidence that “proved” it had taken millions of years for slow geologic processes to deposit the fossil-bearing rock layers.
What a challenge! How did Snelling deal with their “supposed scientific evidence”? He explains:
I already knew, however, that no amount of counter evidence would convince them. Just as I had preached from 2 Peter 3, these scoffers were willingly ignorant of the overwhelming geologic evidence for the Flood. Their root problem was instead spiritual. They did not want to “retain God in their knowledge,” so their “foolish” hearts were “darkened, professing themselves to be wise, they (had become) fools” (Romans 1:18–32).
Ah, he knew it was useless to give them his evidence. Snelling is a smart man! Moving along:
Thus, the answer to their problem was not to try to somehow convince them with more scientific evidence. Instead, they needed the Holy Spirit to convict and convince them of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Creator and Redeemer. Only then would they accept the authority of God’s Word in every area it teaches on, including the earth’s origin and history.
Brilliant! He didn’t bother giving any evidence to them. Another excerpt:
… God has always existed and is infinite and all-knowing. God’s Word, the Bible, is His eyewitness account of the earth’s history. The geologists weren’t there when God judged the whole earth with the Flood. Thus, ultimately I know without a doubt that the global Flood cataclysm really did occur — because God’s Word says it did!
Well said! This is how the article ends:
Even if I couldn’t see any evidence, I would have to accept God’s Word for it! Of course, God has left us with so much stunning evidence for the Flood all around us, but it can only be seen through the “biblical glasses” we acquire when we totally accept the authority of God’s Word.
That was very inspirational. When you, dear reader, are confronted with scoffers and you’re wondering how to handle them, now you know how it’s done.
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