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Creationism against False Knowledge
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Wednesday, 22 July 2009 05:07

 

 Creationism  against  False  Knowledge  

 

“O Timothy!  Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and vain babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it, some have strayed concerning the faith.  Grace be with you. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:20-21)

The apostle Paul wrote this warning to Timothy to avoid profane and vain babblings, and “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.  In the King James Version of the Bible the word "knowledge" is translated "science" from the Greek “gnosis”.  Paul evidently is warning Timothy against any so called knowledge whether religious or secular that would turn Christians from the faith. That warning is needed as much today as it was when Paul wrote to Timothy.   

 

I knew a bright high school student who was a fervent believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He went to a certain university in Texas to study civil engineering.  Due to his lack of church attendance and heavy involvement in a science-based discussion group that questioned the veracity of the Bible he had lost faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He insisted that Christianity is not compatible with modern science. During our brief encounter I tried to answer some of his questions and I shall try to share the biblical answers with you here.    

 

Q1.   The universe could not have been created in six literal days when modern Carbon-14 dating   of the fossil records show the earth is millions of years old.    

 

A1.    The Holy Bible states very plainly: “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all the work which God had created and made.” (Gen. 2:1-3)    

 

There are several theories concerning the days of creation.  One of them is each creation day could be an unspecified long period of time.  Others use King David’s poetic Psalm 90:4  “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.” (ref. 2 Pet. 3:8)   When Moses, under the inspiration of God, wrote the Creation account in Genesis 1, he used the Hebrew word yôm for 'day'.  He combined yôm with numbers ('first day', 'second day', 'third day', etc.) and with the words 'evening and the morning', and the first time he employed it he carefully defined the meaning of yôm (used in this way) as being one night/day cycle (Genesis 1:5). Thereafter, throughout the Bible, yôm used in this way always refers to a normal 24–hour day.  There is thus a clear exemplary model that, when God used the word yôm in this way, He intended to convey that the days of creation were 24 hours long.The only meaning which is possible from the Hebrew words used is that the 'days' of creation were 24–hour days.  God could not have communicated this meaning more clearly than He did in Genesis 1.  

 

The divine confirmation of this, if any is needed, is the Fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:8-11, where the same word 'day' is used throughout:“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your Go. In it you shall do no work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.' If each “day” of Creation is not the literal twenty-four hour day but a long period of time or the figurative one thousand years then God had misled the children of Israel by giving them the Fourth Commandment and expected them to keep it every week, and also Moses must have deceived them in the wilderness by telling them; “Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath . . for today is a Sabbath to the LORD.” (Ex. 16:23-25) If the Creation day is not twenty four hours long then the Sabbath commandment is meaningless.    All the Jews throughout the ages, including the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul and all the saints in the New Testament Church would have kept the Seventh Day Sabbath in vain. Think! If one of those creation days God is talking about here is really a thousand years long, then every Sabbath mentioned in the Bible would occur once every seven thousand years.  That is absolute nonsense!    

 

Now concerning the carbon dating of the fossils I must admit that I am not a scientist or a geologist so I have to refer to experts in that field to explain what it is.  Willard F. Libby discovered the Carbon 14 system in 1947.  It measures the percentage of unstable carbon 14 isotopes in once living objects.  The results of the tests are supposed to give the number of years that have passed since the specimen died.  The whole system depends on a steady, unchanging rate of radiation through the atmosphere for at least the last 30,000 years.    

 

Many things can alter the decay rate of Carbon 14 such as these.  Atmospheric pollution from volcanic activity over the ages or industrial burning can cause the rate of decay.  There could be Solar activity or changes such as Solar Flares or sunspots.  Cosmic radiation from extra-ordinary events in our galaxy like the supernova (explosion of a star) can occur.  Meteors or larger cosmic bodies falling to the earth can affect the Carbon 14 rate of decay.   An example of how meteors have affected C-14 readings occurred in Siberia on June 30, 1908.  Read about the “Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion” in Readers Digest, August 1977.  According to reports the Carbon-14 measurements of tree rings around the world were greatly altered as a result of the blast, giving inaccurate readings.   

 

The apostle Paul wrote this warning to Timothy to avoid profane and vain babblings, and “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.  In the King James Version of the Bible the word "knowledge" is translated "science" from the Greek “gnosis”.  Paul evidently is warning Timothy against any so called knowledge whether religious or secular that would turn Christians from the faith. That warning is needed as much today as it was when Paul wrote to Timothy.

 Creationists stand on the side of testable-repeatable science.  Evolutionists quietly disregard science when convenient!  Rocks do not come with dates stamped on them, nor has anyone witnessed them aging over (the believed) millions of years.  Radiometric dating is one-third fact and two-thirds assumption, and it is unreproducible.  Lava flows occuring in recorded historic times have dated radiometrically at millions of years old. This does not give us confidence in the current guesstimates of the earth's allegedly long age.How can we measure any sample and calculate in the effects of environmental changes of the past?  The system depends on the idea that there have not been catastrophic events of the past.  If conditions on Earth were very different in the past, C-14 is worthless.  

 

Q2.   If the earth is only 6,000 years old, how do we see stars billions of light years away? 

 

 A2.    There are three things we need to consider when answering the starlight question.   

1.      Scientists cannot measure distances beyond 100 light years accurately.  

2.      No one knows what light is or that it always travels the same speed throughout all time, space and matter. 

3.      The creation was finished or mature when God made it. Adam was full-grown, the trees had fruit on them, the starlight was visible, etc. A star may have been created in the outer space so distant that its light would take a long time to reach the earth, and yet the age of the star does not affect the age of the earth.  The Bible did not state that all the galaxies in the universe were created at the same time.  God has an eternity to create the universe.   The One True God created light by just speaking the word and everything, including the stars, were created instantly in that way.  “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3)  “Ah, Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm.  There is nothing too hard for You.” (Jer. 32:17)     

 

Q3.   Is it not possible that the earth could have existed millions of years before God created Adam?   This would explain the very old age fossil records and make them compatible with the Scriptures.  

 

A3.    For centuries nearly all Christians believed and taught that the earth was approximately 4,000 years old as shown in the King James Version of the Bible. In the early 1800s, some unbelievers began to teach that the earth was "millions of years old."  This old earth teaching laid the groundwork for the evolution theory, which became popular a few years later.    

 

In an effort to blend both beliefs, some theologians invented the "gap theory" which allowed "millions of years" to be placed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2)  Theologians that wanted to fit creationism into atheistic evolution invented the “gap theory” with the idea that a long period of time existed between God’s initial creation in Genesis 1:1 when "God created the heavens and the earth" and Genesis 1:2 when “the earth was without form and void." Most gap theorists believe that Satan and demons as well as the mysterious dinosaurs had inhabited the "first" earth prior to Genesis 1:2.  A pre-Adamite race of men is also thought to have populated the earth at that time. Many gap theorists teach that the world existed in this manner for millions, if not billions of years. The gap’s end is believed to have occurred when God, finding iniquity in Satan’s heart, was compelled to destroy the earth and make it "without form, and void" (Genesis 1:2).  God then proceeded to "re-create" the earth in six literal days as described in Genesis 1:3-31.  

  

 

The “gap theory” on the surface appears to make the biblical account fit modern science.  When we examine it in the light of Scriptures we find that it undermines our faith in the One True God in the Lord Jesus Christ.     

 

1.      The gap theory violates the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and Adam.

 

I Corinthians 15:45 states, "The first man Adam became a living being.  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit." Clearly the Scripture not only recognizes Adam as being the "first man," but more importantly links him to the Lord Jesus Christ. Adam brought sin and death into the world; Christ brought righteousness and eternal life (Rom. 5:12-21). The gap theory teaches that a race of people that had previously populated the earth were destroyed before Adam. This means Adam was not the first man that God created. This is not what the Bible teaches.   

 

2.      The gap theory attacks the Credibility of Jesus Christ.In Matthew 19:4 and Mark 10:6, Christ declares that the creation of Adam and Eve occurred at the beginning. In Hebrews 1:10 it is written, "You, LORD, In the beginning laid the foundation of the earth," something that did not occur until day two or day three. Clearly, according to Scripture, the beginning was the Creation week. Gap theorists, however, attack the credibility of Christ by claiming that the beginning is a reference to a point in time much earlier than the six-day Creation.   

 

3.      The gap theory denies the purpose of the cross. The atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross is the very foundation on which our salvation and hope rests.  God created a perfect, sinless earth and placed upon it a perfect, sinless man.   At the end of each Creation day “God saw that it was good”, and after creating Adam and Eve, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31)  Adam had enjoyed close fellowship with his Creator until he sinned and broke the perfect relationship between God and man.   Ever since that time, death and degradation have plagued God’s once-perfect creation, and man has been separated from God. However, the perfect sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and His shedding of blood on the cross can restore man’s fellowship with God and provide him eternal life. Through Adam’s sin, death entered into the world; but through Christ’s sacrifice, salvation is made possible (Romans 5:19). Therein lies the gap theory’s greatest error, the placement of sin and death prior to the existence of Adam. If death existed prior to Adam’s sin, then how could it be the result of sin?  We reject the gap theory because it is Satan’s lie against the truth.  

 

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May God bless you   

 

A Sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong

to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on May 17, 2003 

This article was published on this Website on July 22, 2009 

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