Monday, April 25, 2011

An Old Earth God is not the God of Scripture

The writer of Hebrews tells us that belief in the creation is the first test of faith a human must face: "By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible" (Hebrews 11:3) "And without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6)

The secular, non-theistic worldview is in direct opposition to a Creator. It knows and acknowledges nothing of the need for eternal redemption. It speaks only of self-centered appeasement. Naturalism at its core is atheistic, and the thrust of evolutionary theory is to tell the “story” of our origins without God.

Those who hold try to compromise with evolutionary theory through "theistic evolution" believe in a “god” who would use the random, cruel, inefficient, and death-dependent processes of the naturalistic evolution. This contrasts so radically with the God described in the pages of the Bible. How could the two ever be thought to be the same being, as some evangelical leaders are claiming today?

God’s holiness demands that the creation not distort anything about God—or about the creation itself. God could not create a lie; He could not make anything that would inexorably lead us to a wrong conclusion, nor could He create processes that would counter His own nature or that would lead us to conclude something untrue about Him.

Everything that we see revealed about God, both in the universe and in the Scriptures, shouts the message that God is a God of order, purpose, and will. There is no hint of randomness in God. God does not react to circumstances; He’s never caught off guard. He never has to correct Himself and change His mind about His reason for doing something. He does not alter His plan for eternity, nor does He get confused about His design, His pleasure, or His purpose.

The very character of God confirms the creation of an earth and cosmos without sin and death, which is the plain meaning of Scripture, God's Word.

(for more, see Henry M. Morris III, Being Biblical, Acts & Facts April 2011, Institute for Creation Research)

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