Wednesday, March 25, 2009         No. 0903



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What Is Wrong With Millions of Years?

If people believe that the earth is billions of years old, then they also must accept that the fossil record, with all its death and evidence of violence and disease, was laid down over millions of years before man.

Thus, the world today, with the same death, disease and violence, was created that way by God millions of years ago.  Even non-Christians understand the problem here.  One secular scientist said the following:

“Whatever the God implied by … the data of natural history may be like, He is not the Protestant God of waste not want not.  He is also not a loving god who cares about His productions … The God of the Galapagos is careless, wasteful, indifferent, almost diabolical.  He is certainly not the sort of God to whom anyone would be inclined to pray.”

– Hull, David, The God of the Galapagos, Nature 352:486, 1992.

However, when Christians take Genesis literally, then the God of the Bible is the One who created a perfect world that is now marred by our sin.  Christians cannot consistently believe in a loving God and also cling to millions of years.  Doing so makes God a monster.



Did Jesus Allow For A Gap?

If you carefully study the words of Christ Jesus, He made it plain that there cannot be a gap of billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.

In Mark 10:6, Jesus said, “But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.”  In these very words, Jesus clearly teaches that Adam and Eve were created in “the beginning of the creation”, not after billions of years had passed.  Also, the expression “beginning of the creation” rules out any “re-creation” or “second start” as taught by many gap theorists.

The main reason that people try to place a gap between the first two verses of Genesis is to accommodate the supposed billions of years for the earth’s age.  When one does this, he is essentially placing more faith in secular (i.e., without God) understanding than in God’s infallible Word.

Christ Jesus made it plain that such a compromise cannot be done!  We should follow His understanding and His words.  Because, after all, He is the Author of creation and the Word made flesh!


What Did Jesus Say About Death and Suffering?

The Bible helps us to understand everything going on in the world today, including widespread death and suffering.

During Jesus’ day, a terrible tragedy occurred when the tower of Siloam collapsed, killing eighteen Jews.  Christ Jesus mentioned this to explain why God allows suffering and death.  Luke 13:4–5 records Christ’s words:

“Those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and slew them, think you that they were sinners above all other men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.”  KJVER

Jesus was making two crucial points about suffering and death: Bad things that happen to people are not always related to personal sin, but all of us suffer and die because of sin.  We each need to look at our own sins, and repent, lest we perish.

Genesis gives the only good answer to the question of disasters, death, and suffering: the sin of our father, Adam, and the sins of his descendants (including us), have brought tragedy.  Rather than blaming God, we need to repent and turn to the One who can save us from eternal disaster!



Evolutionist Quote of the Month

“When paleontologists see Archaeopteryx, they see an earth-bound dinosaur that somehow mysteriously sprouted feathers for swatting insects or some other purpose, and they say flight originated from the ground up.  However, when most ornithologists see Archaeopteryx, they see a flying bird because everything about feathers says flight to them.  The conclusion we have drawn is that flight originated from trees down, which makes a lot more sense.”

– Alan Feduccia (professor of biology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), News Notes, Geotimes, p. 6, April 1993.

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