If you were asked to decide which is more wrong: (a) the tale of Adam & Eve, or (b) the tale of Noah’s Ark, how would you respond? You can’t, because how does one decide the relative incorrectness of those tales? Well, today we have a question of that nature — and an answer.
We found it 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. Hambo’s article is titled Evolution or Millions of Years — Which Is the Greater Threat? It first appeared at his website back in 2012, but somehow we missed it. We won’t make that mistake again! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Christians are quick to speak out against evolution but often fall silent on the age of the earth. It just doesn’t seem to matter. But when you talk to an evolutionist [The hell-bound fool!], which subject arouses the strongest reaction? Why is this so?
Interesting question, huh? Hambo says:
When the secular media visit the Creation Museum to interview me, they rarely ask about biological evolution. [Why is that?] Typically they will start by asking, “Why do you believe dinosaurs and people lived at the same time?” or “What do you believe about the age of the earth?” or even, “Why do you reject science and believe God created the universe in six days only thousands of years ago?”
Typical of the secular media! What does Hambo make of it? He tells us:
I believe they start this way because they know biological evolution is impossible without billions of years of history. [He’s right!] In fact, I find that secularists are very emotionally committed to the millions and billions of years. They almost go ballistic when told the earth is only thousands of years old. In my experience, I have found that secularists don’t really care if Christians reject evolution. [Huh?] Yes, they still mock. But the minute people reject billions of years, they are labeled antiscience, anti-academic, and anti-intellectual. The pressure to believe in an old earth is extremely great.
Interesting observation. Is that your experience, dear reader? Hambo continues:
Secularists understand something few Christians seem to grasp — biological evolution is not the heart of the issue. [Really?] “Millions of years” is. If they accept a history timeline as outlined in the Bible (around six thousand years), secularists are forced to abandon evolution, and creation is the only viable alternative. But by accepting an old earth, it is easy for them to justify their rejection of God and the trustworthiness of His Word.
Those secularists are a sneaky bunch, but Hambo’s got ’em all figured out! We’re skipping a load, because it gets repetitive. Ah, here’s some more good stuff:
“Millions of years” flies directly in the face of the history God’s Word clearly reveals. Ultimately, belief in millions of years attacks the character of God. If the fossil-bearing layers were laid down slowly over millions of years, then these layers contain the remains of dead creatures, fossil thorns, evidence of diseases (e.g., brain tumors), and animals eating each other — all before humans appeared on the planet. [Gasp!] How can a Christian fit this into God’s Word, which tells us that everything was “very good” after God finished creating man? How can a good God call brain tumors “very good”? How could such history fit with Scripture, which tells us that thorns came after sin and that humans and animals were originally all vegetarian?
Wowie — millions of years is a biblical catastrophe! Let’s read on:
The old age of the earth is a much bigger problem than biological evolution. Not only is it a direct attack on the authority of Scripture that drives away the next generation, but it is also the child of the pagan religion of this age — naturalism [Oh no!], the atheistic philosophy that everything can be explained by natural causes without God. Secularists must cling to long ages in order to explain life without a Creator.
Hambo has clearly identified the enemy — it’s millions of years. Another excerpt:
Without the belief in millions of years, Charles Darwin could never have successfully postulated his ideas of biological evolution. One figure who probably did more than anyone else to popularize belief in millions of years is Charles Lyell, who published his ideas in The Principles of Geology (1830). Darwin took Lyell’s work with him in his five-year voyage aboard the ship HMS Beagle. Lyell’s book convinced Darwin and gave him the foundation to propose millions of years of small changes in biology.
All that is true. Here’s more:
As an analogy, the idea of millions of years is like a disease (although we know sin is everyone’s ultimate disease). Biological evolution is merely the symptom. Many Christians are treating the symptom but fail to recognize the source disease.
Very clever! And now we come to the end:
Time may be the hero of the secular evolutionary plot, but the hero of real events is God. In Scripture He has given us the infallible record of the true history of the universe, which shows how He has been working out His plan to redeem sinners since Adam brought death into the world around six thousand years ago.
That was a really brilliant essay! We’re certain that you agree, dear reader. You do agree, don’t you?
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