Among Christians there should be no questions or debates about the origins of life, the earth or the universe.
– How important is this for Christians to deal with?
Dr. Danny Faulkner, Author, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, retired and now on staff with Answers in Genesis and its Creation Museum responded:
True, but Dr. Faulkner misses the elephant in the room. Dr. Hugh Ross, Astronomer and best-selling author responded:
Dr. Ross’ answer not only misses the elephant in the room, but it is also very misleading. Why do the biblical creeds not mention the time of creation? (More importantly the duration.) Because that is not one of the issues they were dealing with at the time. In the first few centuries after Christ’s resurrection, the church was besieged with Christological issues – docetism (Christ only seemed to have a body but was really just spiritual), gnosticism (a whole range of errors regarding God from which we get the phrase “children of a lesser god”; errors regarding Christ; and the nature of good and evil), monophysitism (Christ had only one nature), and so on. So they were concerned with clearly and correctly defining who Christ was – that he was “very God from very God” (from the Nicene Creed) and “one person with two natures” (From the Definition of Chalcedon). The Nicene Creed was written in 325 AD; the definition of Chalcedon was written in 451. The issue of the length of creation didn’t come up until needed for evolution, and Darwin didn’t publish “Origin of Species” until 1859. So of course the creeds don’t deal with that.
Dr. Ross also states big bang cosmology identifies the who of creation as the God of the Bible. Really? Perhaps he should tell that to cosmologist and Big Bang advocate Lawrence Krauss who is telling everyone who will listen that there was no creator – everything came out of nothing2. And while he’s at it, he should tell cosmologists and Big Bang supporters Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok – whose Brane cosmology theory (brane – short for membrane – a theory that is a result of their work with M theory; which is a culmination of String theory – states the Big Bang is just one of many recurring Big Bangs going back endlessly – and thus no creator is needed – the unverse is eternal.3
Thus contrary to the assertion that the big bang identifies a creator, the fact of the matter is the standard Big Bang theory only implies a beginning; and not even that for cosmologist who see the big bang as one of an infinite series. Moreover, it says nothing about how that beginning came about, or who or what had a hand in it’s beginning. And if Dr. Ross doesn’t think we should get hung up on the “when”, then why doesn’t he just go along with the 6 day creation? He won’t because it is, in point of fact, very important to him because as a scientist, he’s trying to reconcile evolution with scripture and his solution is Theistic Evolution – another incorrect theory that requires millions of years. Thus he wants to keep long ages in creation to preserve the millions and billions of years needed for evolution. But as a Christian, the truth regarding the length of creation should be important to not only Dr. Ross but all Christians, because of what Dr. Faulkner pointed out – the importance of the integrity and veracity of the Bible.
But there’s more to it than just incorrect views of the big bang. There’s the aforementioned elephant in the room that no one seems to want to mention: Darwinian evolution. Materialistic science needs to keep Darwinian evolution because that’s the only mechanism they have to explain the origin of life on earth, though in truth – Darwinian evolution doesn’t explain that – Darwinian evolution can not work until you have already existing two reproducing members of a species. To explain life, you need neo-Darwinism with a boost from chemical evolution theories. But that’s a topic for another time.
The main point here is those who reject the 6 day creation account do so in order to keep a “millions of years” time frame for the age of the earth and universe. The elephant in the room is the need of scientists who only believe in the material realm, whose theories require millions and billions of years. For them “Time is the hero” for it allows (in their mind anyway) things to happen that are normally impossible, and thus it is the only mechanism which allows even a semblance of plausibility to any of their already implausible theories of origins (namely the big bang and Darwinian evolution).
But why are we afraid to speak against the theories of scientists which are not only incorrect but irrational? (Standard Big Bang cosmology requires a universe to pop into existence out of absolute nothingness. Is that a rational concept?) John Lennox nails our reluctance on the head in his book 7 Days that Divide the world. Lennox wants to have his cake and eat it too: he attempts to hold to both 24 hour days, and millions of years in between them. But he nails it on the head as to why we’re afraid to speak up against the nonsense of scientists who propose irrational theories like “a universe from nothing” :
And all the while our kids are falling away from the faith because we can’t come up with reasonable answers to the questions they pose based on the scientific stories they’re being taught. How many times do we have to hear stories of people turning away from the faith after learning about Evolution? This should not, and need not be the case. Clearly evolution can not be true if the creation is young – so evolutionists fight creationists tooth and nail on this point. But in house between Christians – there should be no debate because scripture is clear.
Host Julie Roys closed with two points: 1) She wasn’t there and honestly doesn’t know. and 2) Doesn’t believe there is only one interpretation of the Genesis account.
But we’re often called upon to make judgments on things we didn’t personally witness, and we can do so confidently given enough evidence – as when we sit on a jury. So since this is an in-house discussion (the house of God), let me provide the evidence that should make this a slam dunk, no brainer case for Christians on why the Bible means what it appears to mean in Genesis 1 when it talks about “evening and day” the (nth) numbered day:
1. In the context of Gen 1 –
2. God himself restated it when giving the 10 commandments
God then wrote it on tables of stone (Ex 24.12). Either this is a regular week with 6 days for work and 1 day for rest, or God is expecting the Israelites to work 6 million years (or multiple millions of years for each “day”), then rest 1 million if you insist on saying the days represent millions of years ages. As Dr. Faulkner said, whenever “day” is used, we know what it means because the context determines the meaning. Both here and in Genesis 1-2, a day is clearly a 24 hour period.
3. Millions of years puts death before Adams sin
Why did God tell Moses the earth was first if the stars were first? God is not a God of confusion. (1 Cor 14.33) Why would he bring in confusion here?
I submit that our desire to please the Lord should be greater than our fear of man, or more appropriately our own fear of appearing foolish before man. We who live in the 21st century are blessed in that fear is mitigated because there are many scientists – Christian and otherwise – who are coming up with many scientific evidences that validate what scripture has taught all along (like a
As for me and my house, we’re going to be faithful to the word as God gave it.
Duane Caldwell | posted 4-21-2014 | print format
|1. The rest of Dr. Ross’ statement:
While perhaps not crucial for salvation, as shown above, an incorrect theology of creation makes death a needed tool in God’s arsenal instead of an enemy to be overcome.
2 Krauss, an atheist, is author of “A Universe from Nothing” – believes in the Big Bang, but doesn’t believe it implies a creator
3 Steinhardt and Turok give a summary of their theory in Through the Wormhole Episode What happened before the beginning?
4 Lennox, John C Seven Days that Divide the World Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011 p. 31