The holiday weekend is over, and now the fun begins again. Here’s a good one from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
AIG’s new essay is Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years, written by AIG staffer Dr. Terry Mortenson, who “earned an MDiv (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a PhD in history of geology (Coventry University).” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his links and scripture references omitted:
There is an intensifying controversy in the church all over the world regarding the age of the earth. For the first 18 centuries of church history, the almost universal belief of Christians was that God created the world in six literal days, roughly 4,000 years before Christ, and destroyed the world with a global Flood at the time of Noah.
Those were the good old days — the best of times. Now, however … well, judge for yourself:
But about 200 years ago some scientists developed new theories of earth history, which proposed that the earth and universe are millions of years old. Over the past 200 years Christian leaders have made various attempts to fit the millions of years into the Bible.
The fools! Let’s read on:
A growing number of Christians (now called young-earth creationists), including many scientists, hold to the traditional view, believing it to be the only view that is truly faithful to Scripture and that fits the scientific evidence far better than the reigning old-earth evolutionary theory.
They’re the smart ones! Mortenson continues:
In this short article (which can be purchased as a booklet to share with others), we want to introduce you to some of the reasons we think that Christians cannot accept the millions of years, without doing great damage to the church and her witness in the world.
We looked at Mortenson’s list of 7 reasons. The first four are based on scripture, so we’ll leave it to you to read those for yourself. Here are the three other reasons:
5. Belief in millions of years undermines the Bible’s teaching on death and on the character of God. [Tale of Adam & Eve comes first, then:] To accept millions of years of animal death before the creation and Fall of man contradicts and destroys the Bible’s teaching on death and the full redemptive work of Christ. It also makes God into a bumbling, cruel creator who uses (or can’t prevent) disease, natural disasters, and extinctions to mar His creative work, without any moral cause, but calls it all “very good.”
That was also a scriptural reason. Ah well, there are two more to go. Moving along:
6. The idea of millions of years did not come from the scientific facts. It was developed by deistic and atheistic geologists in the late 18th and early 19th century. These men used anti-biblical philosophical and religious assumptions to interpret the geological observations in a way that plainly contradicted the biblical account of Creation, the Flood, and the age of the earth. Most church leaders and scholars quickly compromised using the gap theory, day-age view, local flood view, and so on. to try to fit “deep time” into the Bible. But they did not understand the geological arguments, nor did they defend their views by careful Bible study. The “deep time” idea flows out of naturalistic assumptions, not scientific observations.
That too is a scriptural reason. There’s only one more left. Perhaps Mortenson will do better with that one: He says:
7. Radiometric dating methods do not prove millions of years. Radiometric dating was not developed until the early 20th century, by which time the whole world had already accepted the millions of years.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s because when the study of geological evidence revealed that the world was old, we didn’t yet know about atomic theory and isotopes. That subsequent knowledge confirmed what geologists had already learned. Then he mentions what he claims were a few erroneous dating results, and finishes by saying:
[D]ecay rates were orders of magnitude faster in the past, which shrinks the millions of years dates to thousands of years, confirming the Bible.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s creation science at its best! And now we come to his conclusion:
These are just some of the reasons why we believe that the Bible is giving us the true history of the creation. God’s Word must be the final authority on all matters about which it speaks: not just the moral and spiritual matters, but also its teachings that bear on history, archeology, and science. … If the early chapters of Genesis are not true literal history, then faith in the rest of the Bible is undermined, including its teaching about salvation and morality.
Well, dear reader, if that’s not enough to shake your faith in millions of years, then there’s no hope for you.
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