Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ken Ham on the News

When one of the AiG gang claims that science undermines Christian morality, my response is that using lies to promote Christian morality is not only hypocritical, but worse is counter effective. This was recognized by Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine) as well as Thomas Aquinas. When young people are lied to (the Earth is 6000 years old, there were humans and dinosaurs together on the Ark, even that there was a Noah's Ark) they are more likely reject the entire Christian message.

Further, there are millions of Christians who see no conflict between evolution or any science and their faith. Ham and his gang are insisting scientists resolve this theological debate by suppressing science. Rather than a scientist and a fundamentalist debating this, the argument is between competing branches of co-religionists.

Finally, creationism does violate scripture in several ways.

Young Earth Creationism implies that the universe is an untrustworthy witness because the universe testifies without any reservation that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, and that the solar system is 4.55 billion years old, that dinosaurs and humans never lived together, and that there was no global flood in historic times or any other times.

Scripture insists that the creation is trustworthy, and is in fact a true witness to God. For example;

Psalm 19:
1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge. (New American Standard Bible)

Psalm 85:11 reads, “Truth springs from the earth; and righteousness looks down from heaven” (NASB). The Hebrew word for truth, emet, basically means “certainty and dependability.”

Addressing his three friends, Job challenges them: “Ask the animals, they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.” — Job 12:7-8.

The New Testament also reiterates this;

Mr. Ham and his ilk had better consider Romans 1:18-20 with more care;

18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19. because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Ham and the other YECs refuse the evidence of the creation, and even of scripture to preserve their interpretation of the first few pages of the Genesis. If the creation does not fit their failed interpretation of these few pages they insist that the rest of the Bible must be rejected.

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