Every hell-bound evolutionist should read this new article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG). That’s the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. [Addendum: The title of your Curmudgeon’s post is in error. It should be “AIG Explains …” rather than “ICR Explains …”]
Their title is Can We Trust the Bible Is True? It was written by Tim Chaffey, described as “content manager for the Attractions Division of Answers in Genesis.” We don’t know what a “content manager” is, but Hambo obviously has a high opinion of Tim, and that’s good enough for us! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
From archaeology to astronomy, evidence from many fields points to the veracity of God’s Word. Though written in several genres and three languages by approximately 40 authors with various backgrounds, writing styles, and purposes, the Bible maintains a consistent message without contradicting itself. At Answers in Genesis — the parent ministry of Answers magazine — our statement of faith declares, “The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs.” Those are bold claims, but how can we be so confident?
Good question — how do they know the bible is true? Tim has the answer for us! He says:
Some people claim that the Bible is riddled with errors. [Gasp!] Their charges against Scripture generally center on scientific and historical matters, such as the age of the earth, the origin of man, and the evidence for the flood and other major events described in the Bible. [Those people are fools!] … But while we can’t examine all the Bible’s details by scientific or historical inquiry, we can investigate plenty of evidence that corroborates biblical details.
Tim has “plenty of evidence”! He tells us:
Archaeologists have located scores of buried cities located precisely where the Bible describes. Excavations have also uncovered an abundance of evidence for events and individuals mentioned in the Bible.
Egypt existed. Babylon existed. Therefore … well, isn’t it obvious? Then Tim’s article gets even more interesting:
Scientific evidence for the Genesis creation and flood accounts abound within other disciplines as well. [Wow!] Astronomical research on short-period comets in the solar system yields data consistent with the biblical timeline. Because they break down relatively fast, these comets cannot survive for millions, let alone billions, of years, as evolutionists imagine. [Amazing!] The biblical flood account is corroborated by geological evidence around the globe. [Ooooooooooooh!]
Your teachers lied to you, dear reader. Tim continues:
Anthropological investigations among ancient cultures have revealed hundreds of flood legends sharing an uncanny number of details with the biblical record. Similar legends correspond with the Bible’s account of man’s creation and fall and of Babel.
It’s not surprising that there are numerous old tales of floods, because people tend to settle on the seacoast and on river banks. Creationists have attempted to subsume them all into the Noah tale. We wrote about it once — see ICR Resolves Chaos Over Multiple Flood Myths. As for non-biblical accounts of the Fall and the Tower of Babel, we have our doubts. Let’s read on:
Biological research, particularly in the field of genetics, has shown that one “kind” of animal (such as the dog kind or cat kind) can never be transformed into another kind of animal over time because it does not possess any mechanism to acquire the necessary new genetic information to evolve into another kind. This observation that one kind does not change into a different kind and that variation is only produced within a kind matches Genesis 1, which repeatedly states that God made the animals as distinct kinds, to reproduce “after their kind.”
We won’t bother to rebut that old clunker. Here’s another excerpt:
In addition to evidence from scientific disciplines, the Bible is filled with unique proofs of being inspired by the Holy Spirit. Hundreds of detailed prophecies were written centuries before the events they accurately described. [Ooooooooooooh!]
We’ll skip Tim’s list of prophecies. Instead, you may want to read what Wikipedia says on the subject — see Bible prophecy. Tim then claims:
In addition, the central events described in Scripture — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ — have as strong historical support as any event in ancient history.
Again, no rebuttal. Here’s one last excerpt:
All these reasons and many others provide compelling evidence that the Bible is true. However, even without these supporting evidences, we should believe the Bible primarily because it is the Word of God. Since it is impossible for God to lie (Titus 1:2), the Bible must be true in all that it affirms. [Wow!] In fact, it is the Bible that reveals to us the proper grounding for knowledge: God made us in his image with the ability to learn about him and his world. And unless we base our thinking on the truths revealed by God, we couldn’t prove anything at all.
That’s enough. Now you know why we should trust the bible — because it speaks The Truth™!
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