he following is a post I recently placed on Facebook. It's really more of a quick rant than a detailed blog post but it gets to the heart of an issue that is getting out of hand today in Christianity. Hope you enjoy.
Reasons.org (Reasons to Believe) is a ministry that seeks to give "reasons to believe" Scripture based mainly on discussions of the Bible and science, much like Answers in Genesis. However, after a very brief look at their website (very brief - like 5 minutes), I am convinced that there is a severe problem with their view of the accuracy of Scripture. Ministries like theirs will eventually lead people away from the truth in more areas than one. Consider this:
Quote from reasons.org:
"One of the most powerful arguments in favor of the day-age (old-earth) interpretation of the Genesis creation account is what we might call the argument from the sixth day. Put simply, too many events occurred on creation day 6 to be squeezed into 24 hours." End quote.
And yet, these will often be the same people who will quote 2 Peter 3:8 in saying that the days of creation need not be 24 hour days but rather long periods of time.
Wait... Isn't it ironic that I would mention that verse now? Am I not, in effect, lending support to their view? No. And here's why. If we understand that God does not operate within the confines of time, then it is unnecessary to restrict how much He can do within a 24 hour period. Remember, although "with the Lord one day is as a thousand years," 2 Peter 3:8 also says that "a thousand years [are] as one day". Rather than saying that God accomplished in a long period of time what He says He did in one day (which casts doubt on His integrity), we can take this same verse and argue that God is able to accomplish, in one day, what should take a very large period of time. (Either of which, by the way, is taking the verse out of context anyways because it's not talking about Creation, it's talking about the Second Coming...)
What we have before us, with the reasons.org ministry, is a group of people who do not believe in the omnipotence of their God. They believe He is powerful - even the most powerful being in existence - but they cannot say with integrity that they believe He is omnipotent (all-powerful) because they do not believe He is capable of doing what Genesis 1 and 2 say He did. Don't believe my interpretation? Read the words of the article again: "Put simply, too many events occurred on creation day 6 to be squeezed into 24 hours." There you have it; God couldn't have done it.
If God is unable to do what the Bible says He did in Genesis 1 and 2, then I have to ask myself if He is able to do what it says in John 3:16? The Bible says He raises the dead. But we know, scientifically, that this is not possible. The Bible says Jesus walked on water. But we know, scientifically, that He could not have done so. Perhaps Reasons to Believe and their followers have not begun to deny these truths yet but, following their example so far... It's only a matter of time.
Maybe I seem a little harsh and a little quick to judge. But here's the thing - I believe that my God is all powerful and I believe He has the ability not only to create all that exists in 6 literal 24-hour days, making the earth only about 6,000 years old, but I believe He has the ability to accurately record His actions in a book. Let's face it - what people are really saying when they deny a literal interpretation of the Bible is that God either cannot or does not wish to communicate clearly with His people. Once again, how can I trust John 3:16 then?
Yes, some of the science out there would seem to contradict the Bible. In that case, I choose to believe the God who created the scientists, not the scientists who wish to find some other explanation for their existence. But I am also thankful for such ministries as Answers in Genesis and others that teach the Bible as historical, scientific, theological fact, show us that science (honest science) actually agrees with the Bible, and refuse to compromise just because of a little pressure and ridicule.
Imagine what some people would compromise if they were persecuted like Paul was. No thanks. I'll stick to my Bible.
Here's the link to the article I'm referring to: http://www.reasons.org/articles/the-sixth-creation-day-biblical-support-for-old-earth-creationism
When you're done there, try http://www.answersingenesis.org.
Thanks for reading. God bless.
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