This is another reprint from Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). Today’s oldie-goldie is from 1995, but it’s still good, because their stuff is timeless. The title is Creation and the Appearance of Age.
The author is David Menton — that’s a link to AIG’s bio page about him. And this is his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons: David Menton. Okay, here are some excerpts from his old essay, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
I am often asked if I really believe that God created everything in six, literal, 24-hour days — and I freely confess that I do find it difficult to believe uch a thing. Why, I wonder, would God spend an entire six days doing a miracle that would require of Him literally no time at all? … Still, the Bible clearly reveals God took six whole days to initially create everything to perfection; so, we must either take God at His Word, or presume to stand in judgment of all Scripture.
No one would dare to do that! Then he says:
Some Christians seem to have just the opposite problem with six-day creation — they find it difficult to believe that God could get the job done in only six ordinary days. They prefer to believe that the days of Creation were vastly longer than 24 hours — even over a billion years longer!
They’re fools! After that he tells us:
Still other Christians do not seem to doubt that God could have created everything in six ordinary days, yet insist that He didn’t because the universe just looks older than that. They point out that expert cosmologists have concluded that the universe gives every appearance of being at least 12 billion years old, and that the earth appears to be about 4.5 billion years old. … Is God then trying to fool us, or perhaps testing our faith by making things appear older than they really are?
This is so confusing! David continues:
The appearance of age in the things that God created is a much-debated issue in contemporary Christian scientific circles. Can God — or more accurately — would God create something that at the very moment of its creation has the appearance of age? The short answer to this question may be: How else? How, indeed, could God create anything that did not appear to us to be aged (like a fine wine) at the moment of its creation.
Huh? If he wanted creation to look new, then it would look new. What’s going on here? Let’s read some more:
Think of any one thing that our omnipotent God might instantly create out of nothing by the power of His Word. [Skipping some examples.] Maybe you thought of a visible star — depending on its distance from the earth, its light might appear to have been traveling for over a billion years to reach your eyes. All of these things would have the appearance of age and an ongoing process at the very moment of their creation.
Ah, that’s David’s solution to the distant starlight problem. Another excerpt:
Nowhere is the appearance of age and pre-existing process more interesting than in the sudden creation of the first human being. The Bible tells us that Adam was completely formed (presumably as an adult) before there was ever a woman on the earth. At the very moment of his creation, Adam would surely have appeared to us to be the product of a long growth and development process. … It’s no wonder that for centuries artists have been at a loss to portray just what the first couple’s abdominal region looked like — did they or did they not have a belly button? (You will note that artists generally avoided the whole issue by conveniently covering their midsections with nearby foliage.)
We’re left wondering about Adam’s belly button. Here’s more:
This whole line of thinking gets us into what is called a “first cause” problem. We live in a “cause and effect” world, where every action causes a reaction and is itself the result of a previous action. Everything appears to be an ongoing process for which we are incapable of really grasping a beginning. This is all popularly expressed in the age-old question: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” If we say the chicken, we will be asked from whence the chicken came; yet if we say the egg, we will be asked from whence the egg — and so round and round we go. Somewhere, there had to be a beginning to this cyclical process we call the chicken and the egg. The Bible tells us that God created every bird out of nothing on the fifth day of the creation week, and that they have been reproducing after their kind ever since [scripture reference].
Is you head spinning, dear reader? Don’t worry about it. Just keep reading:
Of course, none of this will satisfy the crass materialists who will demand to know where God came from and will scream foul if you tell them that God is eternal. … If you ask the materialists where the material of the Big Bang came from, they will either tell you it came into existence out of nothing, or it’s eternal!
You can’t argue with those people! And now we come to the end:
We may conclude that the Lord is captive to neither time nor process. The Psalmist says of God, “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past” [scripture reference]. How much time after all does a yesterday take?
David has solved the problem. It’s quite simple, really. You gotta believe!
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