We were having a difficult time finding entertaining material today, but then we got lucky. Answers in Genesis (AIG) just posted a repeat of an article from 01 October 2012. It was written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
The intriguing title of Hambo’s oldie is What Was God Doing Before Creation? That’s a question you’ve probably been wondering about, and now, at last, you’ll have the answer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Because of my stand on a young universe, a man approached me and said, “But it makes no sense to believe in a young universe. After all, what was God doing all that time before He created?”
You probably think that’s a great question, but ol’ Hambo is never stumped. He tells us:
I answered, “What time do you mean?” [Huh?] The person answered, “Well, it doesn’t make sense to say that God has always existed, and yet He didn’t create the universe until just six thousand years ago.” Apparently, he was worried that God once had a lot of time on His hands with nothing to do.
How is Hambo going to get out of this mess? Pay attention and learn, dear reader. He says:
I then went on to explain that because God has always existed, then it is meaningless to ask, “What was God doing all that time before He created?” No matter how far you were to go back in time, you would still have an infinite amount of time before He created! So even if the universe were billions or trillions or quadrillions of years old, you could still ask the same question.
Yes, and it’s still a good question, so how is Hambo going to deal with it? Here it comes:
I then answered, “But you are missing the fact that there was no time before God created.” [What?] Time is actually a created entity. The first verse of the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
And what does that say about time? Hambo continues:
A study of this verse reveals that God created time, space, and matter on the first day of Creation Week. [Ooooooooooooh! That’s what “a study” reveals!] No one of these can have a meaningful existence without the others. God created the space-mass-time universe. Space and matter must exist in time, and time requires space and matter. Time is only meaningful if physical entities exist and events transpire during time. “In the beginning . . .” is when time began! There was no time before time was created!
So god was doing nothing because there wasn’t any time in which to do anything? Oh wait — now he explains it in simpler terms:
When I’m teaching children, I like to explain it this way. There was no “before” God created. There was not even “nothing”! There was God existing in eternity.
All clear now? No? Perhaps this next excerpt will help:
This is something humans, as finite created beings, can never really understand. That’s why the Bible makes it clear there is always a “faith” aspect to our understanding of God. [Ah yes, faith!] Now, biblical faith is not against reason, but such things go beyond our understanding. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
This is a very long essay, so we’re going to skip around, excerpting only what we think is the best. For example:
So what was “before” creation? God existing from everlasting to everlasting — God existing in eternity.
And this is from near the end:
One final point: Nowhere in the Bible do we find any suggestion of millions or billions of years. Belief in millions of years is really part of secular man’s religion, which attempts to explain life without God, instead of believing the true account of origins in Genesis that begins “In the beginning . . . .” Our ability to trust God’s promise of salvation relies upon our ability to trust everything He says about history, from beginning to end. If we can’t trust His claims about the past, how can we trust His promises about the future?
Okay, dear reader. Now — thanks to ol’ Hambo — you know all you’ll ever need to know. Isn’t that wonderful?
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