This is very instructive. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia — the creation scientists give us their strongest arguments in 7 Wonderful Reasons Every Christian Should Be a Biblical Creationist. The author is Joel Leineweber, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
There are many Christians who think that the issue of how God created the world doesn’t really matter, that this type of intellectual bickering doesn’t affect how we live our Christian lives. There may be intellectual arguments that have little effect on our lives, but creation is not one of them. Here are seven wonderfully practical benefits of being a biblical creationist. Biblical creationists, in particular, can take comfort and joy in these things. And anyone who isn’t or doesn’t think that creation really matters should take the time to seriously consider the seven reasons below.
We’ll give you all of Joel’s arguments, but as you consider each item, we ask you to think about whether anything may be missing from the list. Okay, here we go:
1. God is always good. God used the word good seven times in Genesis 1 to describe His creation. … He is always good. In fact, God is the very definition of good [scripture reference].
We assume that was the best reason of all. Now for the others:
2. God always keeps His promises. In Genesis 6:5–7 God said that He was so grieved by the wickedness of man that He would destroy all men, beasts, creeping things, and birds from the face of the earth. Go read the account yourself. … If God didn’t keep all of His promises, all other promises would be brought into question. But if God meant what He said, then we can put our trust in Him, because God always keeps His promises [scripture reference].
Joel is just getting warmed up. Here’s more:
3. Strong faith is rooted in God’s Word. If we place too much faith in man’s word, then we will be “tossed about by every wind of doctrine” [scripture reference]. Every scientific report that doesn’t seem to fit with the Bible will make us question whether God meant what He said in His Word. … God shouldn’t be blamed for the bad things that happen in this world. He created the world very good, but man’s sin brought death, disease, bloodshed, and sorrow into it [scripture reference].
4. Worship is based on creation. When we value God’s written Word as our highest authority, we also have a high view of God. Anything we can do to have a higher view of God will breathe life into our worship.
Joel’s list continues:
5. Jesus is trustworthy. Whenever Jesus talks about history in the Scriptures, it’s clear that He knew it was real history. … God, the Creator, made man unique and in God’s image. If God used sickness and death to drive the evolution of life, why would Christ heal the sick and raise the dead when He came to earth? If evolution is God’s tool for biological progress, then sickness and death are in some sense good things. But Jesus didn’t seem to have that mindset.
Let’s read on:
6. Jesus conquered death. Jesus lived a sinless life, died physically, and rose from the dead physically. But if sin only brought spiritual death and not physical death, then why did Christ have to die physically? Christ’s physical death and resurrection demands a young earth where a literal Adam and Eve sinned against God and brought death into the world.
This is the final reason:
7. Our hope is sure. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8 that “the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs.” If God called millions of years of death, disease, and bloodshed “very good,” then why would the new heavens and new earth be free of death, disease, and bloodshed? But if we take Genesis plainly, we can also have a sure hope that when Christ returns He will “wipe away every tear” and create a new heaven and new earth [scripture reference] that are indeed very good!
So there you have it, dear reader — the very best arguments for creationism from ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists. Now then, as a bit of an intellectual challenge, see if you can identify anything that might be missing from Joel’s list.
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