Ken Ham Today: Verdict and Recommendation!
- Wasn't Ken Ham recently whining about being misrepresented; and now he comes with this misrepresentation? Also, Ken has still not responded regarding my invitation that he take up my "Goliath of GRAS" argument. Here's the gist of the following article, as taken from the text of the article:
> "God's Word clearly teaches a youngIsn't that what "we" have been saying all along, and doesn't that explain why young-earth creation-science promoters have failed in their scientific pretensions and legal challenges!
> earth and that settles the matter".
The Verdict and Recommendations
by Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle
March 1, 2012
The Lord holds Christians to a high standard,
and so does the world.
The use of uninformed and misleading arguments
does not bring honor and glory to the name of
Only when fellow believers are treated with
respect and dignity will progress be made in
this important debate.
Christians have no need to compromise the Word
of God with the opinions of man.
When science can help clarify gray areas of
Scripture, then it should be used cautiously;
this is called the
> "ministerial role of science."However, science should never be set up as equal
to or above Scripture; that is, science should
never be used in a
> "magisterial role."Old-earthers are charged with compromise in
the area of the age of the earth and the
extent of the Flood.
They have accepted the majority view among
scientists and have attempted to make the
Bible fit this view.
Yet the Bible cannot incorporate these views
without contradicting itself.
As such, these views cannot be correct.
Old-earth creationists are hereby found guilty
of compromise concerning the age of the earth
and the extent of the Flood.
However, old-earthers are sternly warned to
stop trying to accommodate the false philosophies
of the day and learn to fully trust in the Word
of the omniscient God.
Recommendations for Improving the Debate
Debate can be healthy for the Church.
There are three major areas that must be
worked on from both sides of this debate.
Only then can "iron sharpen iron" (Prov. 27:17).
First, both sides need to practice academic
Christians need to continue to develop scientific
models that fit the evidence.
For example, Dr. Russell Humphreys' white hole
cosmology uses the scientific data available today
to construct a viable framework that is consistent
with the evidence.
Dr. John Baumgardner has used computer modeling to
demonstrate rapid plate tectonic movement as a result
of the Flood.
Further scientific research in these fields and
others can only help the young-earth creationist
For the old-earther, this recommendation will be
a tougher pill to swallow.
The many weak and misleading arguments refuted in
this book must be abandoned.
Old-earthers must learn to base their theories on
the words of Scripture rather than on fallible men
whose theories are constantly changing.
Old-earth creationists must also stop using arguments
that have already been answered by mainstream
Finally, academic integrity demands that old-earthers
stop attacking the arguments made by those on the fringe
of young-earth creationism and treating them as if they
are the mainstream arguments.
They need to deal directly with the arguments from the
leading young-earth organizations, such as The Institute
for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and The
Creation Research Society.
Second, personal attacks are unnecessary and unbiblical.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of any debate occurs
when one or both sides resort to ad hominem attacks to
advance their particular agenda.
Arguments should be evaluated on their merit, and not
on the person making the claim.
In the same way, old-earthers must refrain from
labeling young-earth creationists as unscientific
and on a level of those who hold to geocentricity
and a flat earth.
Christians, both old-earth and young-earth, should
be above this type of argumentation.
Finally, old-earthers must endeavor to develop a
coherent theological position that is consistently
supported by Scripture.
We contend that it is not possible to do this
within an old-earth framework.
However, old-earth creationists are welcome to
attempt to refute our position using legitimate
hermeneutics, sound logic, and appropriate ministerial
use of science.
Rather than basing their view on questionable or
unlikely interpretations of the text, they must
show that the Bible provides strong support for
Old-earth creationists must be able to conclusively
demonstrate that Scripture repeatedly not only allows
for, but also implies, an age of the earth in excess
of 10,000 years.
Non-specific comments about the antiquity of the
universe simply do not accomplish this.
What the old-earth creationist has to be able to
show is that the Bible speaks clearly for his or
her position and at the same time conclusively
against the young-earth view.
This has never been accomplished.
(I)t is clear that young-earth creationism is the
only viable biblical position.
It has the support of the New Testament writers and
the majority of leaders throughout Church history.
It even has the backing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is time for pastors, professors, and laypeople
to stop being intimidated by arguments for an old
God's Word clearly teaches a young earth and that
settles the matter.
(O)ld-earth creationism simply cannot stand up to
biblical and scientific scrutiny.
As such, it must be rejected.
We hope that you have read enough to convince you
that the young-earth position is the only viable,
biblical stance one can take.
However, if you have not changed your mind, we
encourage you to help improve this debate by
utilizing sound arguments in a loving manner.
The billions of years and evolutionary theories
are simply houses of cards.
When dealing with the question of the age of the
earth, the best place to find answers would be
from a history book.
In the Book of Genesis, the Bible provides a record
of the very beginning of time and space.
His record shows that He made everything during a
span of six days of approximately 24 hours each and
that this occurred about 6,000 years ago.
Let's Get Practical
Often we have been told that it just is not that
important because it is not practical or is merely
a side issue.
Before jumping to this conclusion, please consider
the following real-life testimony of one of the
Cancer has affected the lives of so many people.
It nearly took my life and has harmed or killed
millions of people and animals around the world.
Yet, if the old-earth view is correct, then cancer
must be "very good."
Think about how this attacks the goodness and
holiness of God!
We know that cancer is not "very good."
I can tell you from personal experience that it
is an awful disease.
Fortunately, most old-earth creationists do not
carry out their viewpoint to its logical conclusion.
If somebody accepts unbiblical teaching, such as
old-earth creationism, then he accepts an unbiblical
view of God.
Nothing could be more practical than making sure
that our view of God is correct.
It is time for the Church to stop compromising with
an unbiblical theology that views God as a God of
death, disease, and suffering.
It is time to stop compromising the clear words of
God's inspired Word and start trusting fully in what
He said He did.