Way back in 2008 when this humble blog was in its infancy, an amazing article appeared at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), 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.
The title of Hambo’s post was A Mature Universe, sub-titled “God created the universe mature. Instead of giving just an appearance of age, God created it fully functional, according to the Bible.” We missed the article when it first appeared, but fortunately, Hambo re-published it today. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
When God finished creating the heavens and earth, everything was fully formed. The stars burned brightly, the trees were laden with fruit, and animals were ready to bear young. The earth and its inhabitants were designed to last forever, without aging or dying. The first animals and humans were ageless — you couldn’t even tell whether they were alive only one day or alive for one thousand years. In short, God created a mature universe.
Then he criticizes creationists who say that the universe was created with the appearance of age — even though it wasn’t old. He says:
My response often shocks these speakers: “By saying the universe looks old, you are trusting that dating methods can give us an apparent old age for the universe — but they can’t.” [Ooooooooooooh!] Let me explain. When people say the universe has “apparent age,” usually they are assuming, for whatever reason, that the universe “looks old.” I have often found that, unconsciously, such people have already accepted that the fallible dating methods of scientists can give great ages for the earth. So if they believe what the Scripture says about a young universe, they have to explain away this apparent great age.
Isn’t Hambo brilliant? Next he tells us:
Does the universe really look old, or have we simply been indoctrinated to believe it looks old? [Wow, what a question!] Would the Creator God of the Bible, who does not lie, really deceive us into thinking that the universe looks old — when according to the Bible’s account of history, He created it only about 6,000 years ago? What would a “young universe” look like, anyway? Creation scientists have written many articles to clearly show that all dating methods (other than the record of history given in the Bible) are based on fallible assumptions and can’t be trusted to give absolute dates about the past.
There is no way you can trust those secular scientists! Hambo continues:
When God created the stars, He obviously created them mature and fully functional and for a specific purpose — to be for signs and for seasons. When God created Adam and Eve and told them to be fruitful and multiply, He gave them mature bodies that were ready to produce children.
That makes sense! Let’s read on, as Hambo explains why we’re so confused today:
When doctors look at the human body today, they can estimate age from various evidences in the body. But before sin, nothing aged — everything was created “very good.” The human body did not experience the effects of sin or aging. What would a doctor from today’s fallen world say if he looked at Adam and Eve’s bodies just after they were created? This doctor would be very confused. Such perfect bodies would show no degenerative aging, and he would be shocked to learn that these adults were less than a day old.
Hambo’s article goes on and on. No doubt you’ll want to click over there and read every precious word. After you do, you’ll never be confused again.
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