We have previously written about the glaring scriptural problems which are somehow ignored by creationists like Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Ol’ Hambo stridently insists on the truth of what is written in the bible (young Earth, six-day creation, Noah’s Ark, etc.), yet he ignores the inescapable, multiple statements that The Earth Is Flat!, and The Earth Does Not Move! We also wrote about a pathetic attempt by Jason Lisle (when he worked for Hambo) to explain away The Scriptural Value Of Pi.
Today, at the website of Hambo’s creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), they just posted Contradictions: Hanging on Pillars of Nothing? It was written by Erik Lutz, about whom we know nothing, but we can imagine the jokes about his name he must have endured in school. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. He begins by quoting two clearly contradictory scriptural passages:
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them. (1 Samuel 2:8)
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7)
Actually, the bible has other references to the pillars of the earth. In addition to the one Eric mentions, there are also these:
Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. (Job 9:6)
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? (Job 38:4)
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. (Psalm 75:3)
It’s interesting that the Book of Job not only mentions the pillars of the Earth, but it also has that cryptic phrase that the Earth hangs on nothing. One could reconcile them by assuming that the Earth is sitting on its pillars, and the whole rickety assembly is resting on nothing. That could have been what they thought, back in the days of the Babylonian empire. Anyway, Eric then says:
At first glance, these verses appear to contradict each other: how can the earth rest on pillars and at the same time hang on nothing? In addition, the idea of earth having “pillars” and “foundations” seems to defy observations made by astronauts who have seen our planet from afar.
Yes, that’s a problem for scriptural literalists like AIG. It must bother them a lot, because they posted this same article more than five years ago, and we wrote AIG and the Pillars of the Earth. As we noted then, Eric “clears up” the problem like this:
The supposed contradiction quickly disappears when we examine the context of each passage and recognize it as figurative language. … We know that the earth does not literally have foundations and a cornerstone like a building; instead, God uses this figurative language to create a mental picture for Job.
Oh. But we also know that the universe isn’t 6,000 years old, and the Earth with its various species weren’t created in six miraculous days. But AIG says that stuff is different. Why is it different? Because it’s The Truth™.
Eric desperately attempts to explain why the creation scientists at AIG have a solid reason for making the choices they do:
Critics of our ministry often ridicule Answers in Genesis because we endorse the historical-grammatical hermeneutic. They claim that we must take everything in the Bible in a wooden literal sense. However, the historical-grammatical hermeneutic recognizes figures of speech are used in everyday language, and we should interpret them as such. When we interpret Scripture, we strive to find the author’s intended meaning. Just as we use figurative language today, so also the writers of Scripture often used figures of speech, especially in passages written using poetic language like the examples above.
Got that? AIG knows what they’re doing. Really they do. And now we come to the end:
So, God hangs the earth on nothing, but it’s not just dangling in space. He has firmly fixed an orbit for our planet and upholds it securely in its proper place in our solar system.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Earth has an orbit and a proper place in the solar system — just as it says in the bible. Somewhere.
How long can this kind of nonsense go on? When will the undeniable facts of reality overwhelm AIG’s fantasy empire? And if that should ever happen, what will they do then? Will Hambo command his few remaining followers to follow the example set by the Heaven’s Gate cult and the Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Jonestown? Who knows? Most cults endure for centuries, even millennia, without that kind of ending. Creationism has been around for a long time. It will probably be around for a while longer.
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