Monday, January 21, 2013

Creation and Truly Good News of the Gospel

My friend Dave T. asks the following question: "Could you write me a brief, poignant and concise defense of a six day literal creation, and refutes other perspectives?"

The Argument from Science

As spelled out in the article “Evidence for a Young Earth”, (with references given at there are at least 22 clocks, or indicators, given to us by nature that the Earth and Universe are young. The vast majority give an age estimate of less than 10,000 years. They include clocks based on:  
  • Receding Moon
  • Oil Pressure
  • The Sun
  • The Oldest Living Thing
  • Helium in the Atmosphere
  • Short Period Comets
  • The Earth's Magnetic Field
  • C-14 Dating of Dino Bones
  • Dinosaur Blood and Ancient DNA
  • Unfossilized Dinosaur Bones
  • 165 Million Year Old Ligaments
  • Axel Heiberg Island
  • Carbon-14 in Atmosphere
  • The Dead Sea
  • Niagara Falls
  • Historical Records
  • The San Andreas Fault
  • Mitochondrial Eve
  • Population Growth
  • Minerals in the Oceans
  • Rapid Mountain Uplift
  • Carbon 14 from "Old" Sources
  • Dark Matter and Spiral Galaxies
  • Helium and lead in Zircons
The Argument from Philosophy

So-called “science” that leads to Old Earth  conclusions is based on completely unbiblical presuppositions. In the words of Francis A. Schaeffer How Should We then Live? (1976 ed p.146) “scientists … [have] pushed God more and more to the edges of their systems.… [They] moved to the idea of a completely closed system. That left no place for God. But equally it left no place for man. Man disappears, to be viewed as some form of determined or behavioristic machine. Everything is part of the cosmic machine, including people.” This is falsehood!

The Argument from the Bible

The truth is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel has at its foundation the truth of a Creator God, who created all things in a literal period of six days, with the corollary of a global flood in Noah’s day.

Here are some great Good News verses that should only be ignored or hermeneuticized (by our theological professors) at our peril:
  • Romans 5:12: "Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned."
  • Exodus 20:11: "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." (in the Fourth Commandment, written by the finger of God on a tablet of stone)
  • Matthew 24:39: "And they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." (direct words of Jesus)
  • Genesis 1:31: "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
The Christian who wants to grow ever closer to Christ should aspire to these words of Paul:

“I want to know Christ, and the POWER of His Resurrection, that I may share in His sufferings, and be like Him in His death” (Philippians 3:10)

The power of the Resurrection to make all things new is the same power of our Creator, who originally made all things in six days, and who sent a cataclysmic judgment over all of the Earth in the flood of Noah.

To sum it up, if the Gospel is truly Good News, the Earth must be young!

(written by Marko Malyj)

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