This is a good one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Watch Ken Ham Debate Jeff Zweerink of Reasons to Believe. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Do we live on a young or an old earth? That question was the subject of a recent debate on a Christian radio show in the United Kingdom, Unbelievable. [Hee hee!] For over an hour, I debated Dr. Jeff Zweerink of Reasons to Believe (an old-earth organization). I challenged listeners to start with God’s Word as their authority as I exposed the problems with old-earth beliefs.
A video of the debate is embedded at Hambo’s post, so if you want to watch the thing, just click over there. Your Curmudgeon never watches that stuff, so we’ll carry on without it. Hambo says:
I encourage you to watch the debate (embedded above). What stood out to me was the obvious difference in our choice of authorities. Throughout the debate, Jeff kept appealing to certain Hebrew scholars and differences throughout history on how to interpret Genesis chapter 1. While insisting he believed in biblical authority, he told the audience that, because Hebrew scholars and theologians have not always held to one common view of Genesis throughout history (although, until fairly recently, most of the church viewed Genesis as historical narrative and the earth as young), there is room for differing interpretation, and so we cannot be dogmatic that the earth is young. But is this true?
Well? Is it true that we can’t be dogmatic? You already know Hambo’s answer to that question. He tells us:
No. [Surprised?] I often hear this argument that it’s just a difference in interpretation, so we should just agree to disagree. But Scripture is abundantly clear — God created everything in six, literal days, just thousands of years ago [scripture references omitted].
Why am I so passionate about this issue? Why did I debate another believer on an issue so many people see as a minor one? Because I’m passionate about the authority of God’s Word and the gospel. This topic isn’t a minor matter and not an issue of interpretation. It’s an issue of authority — is God’s Word truly your authority, or is man your ultimate authority?
If you start with God’s Word, and nothing else, there’s absolutely no room for millions of years in Genesis. You just won’t find it in Scripture! The only reason people like Dr. Zweerink try to add those years in Genesis is because of influences outside the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is not their ultimate authority — man is. This compromise undermines biblical authority and, ultimately, the gospel message (which is grounded in the history in Genesis).
You see the problem, don’t you, dear reader? According to everything Hambo is saying, he ought to be a flat-Earther. But he’s not, and the consequences will be eternal! Anyway, let’s read on:
I encourage you to watch the debate and consider the following for yourself — who will your authority be? The ever-changing opinions and ideas of man? [Oh no!] Or the rock-solid, inerrant, unchanging, eternal Word of God?
Hambo goes on and on, but you get the idea. This is an important issue, dear reader — perhaps the most important issue there ever was. So what will your decision be?
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