Am I nuts?
I don’t think I am. Then why would I hold a position not only is not held in secular society, but is also not embraced by all Christians?
Why I am a Young Earth Creationist
There isn’t a short answer, other than to say that I believe what Biblical scripture plainly indicates – that God created the universe, and everything in it, in 6 days, around 6,000 years ago.
Why would I believe a collection of writings from over 2,000 years ago, that were compiled over hundreds of years, by at least 40 writers?
Because of the overwhelming evidence! Don’t misunderstand me. Ultimately a belief in God takes a certain amount of faith of course. But so does an unbelief in God. For in that instance you must have faith that the many unproven, and in many cases unprovable, scientific explanations of our world are true.
Not a Blind Faith
Christianity is not a blind faith, as many mistake it to be, because the evidence truly does support what the Bible plainly says. Scripture has been around for thousands of years and has never been proven wrong. There have been many attempts, and all have failed. Historical and archaeological evidence has backed the Bible time and time again, even when experts dismissed some historical aspects of the Bible as simply untrue. But the Bible wasn’t wrong, the experts were wrong.
A Great Discovery
Historians at one time dismissed that there really was a King David of the Bible because no other documentation, outside of scripture, could verify he existed. You see, when it comes to Biblical issues, a lack of evidence is proof something didn’t exist in many historian’s eyes. In 1993, a stone slab (the Tel Dan Stela) dated to be from the 9th century BC was found in northern Israel, with an inscription referencing the “House of David.”
This find, along with thousands of others over the decades, have continually confirmed that scripture is true.
In addition, hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled that were predicted and recorded long before they occurred. In fact, every prophecy that has targeted an event that has come to pass has happened just as prophesied.
The Bible also possesses a depth of wisdom that seems to be beyond mere human writing capabilities.
What About Science?
Is there a God? Aside from the evidence from His word, there is undeniable evidence that we and all other life on earth are the result of an intelligent designer. This is due not only to the vast complexity of life, even down to the most insignificant single-celled organism, but also due to the fact that every living thing contains the information needed to for that organism to exist in the first place. And that information further enables that organism to survive and ultimately reproduce, thus passing that information on to the succeeding generation.
Why is this significant? Because information can ONLY come from intelligence. It doesn’t magically appear out of thin air, as secular science would have you believe. Even Richard Dawkins, outspoken atheist author, admits that everything in nature appears designed. He just refuses to admit that the designer could be God.
In regards to the origin of life, scientific observation has always confirmed that life only comes from life. Thus, there is no way that life could have started on its own, as many scientists claim. For more on this topic, refer to my blog post on the origin of life.
I believe most Christians would not disagree with me up to this point. At least I hope not. One of the areas that we Christians begin to diverge however, is in the early chapters of Genesis. The primary issue is a matter of time. Did God really create everything in six separate twenty four hour periods? If so, how long ago was this creation week?
There are many theories as to how we Christians can try to make the creation week, as described in Genesis 1 match up with what mainstream science claims today. Those claims are that the Earth formed billions of years ago, and life has slowly evolved, becoming more complex, over the supposed past hundreds of millions of years.
But when it comes to trying to coax God’s word in Genesis 1 into sliding into agreement with the secular science models, the competing Christian theories all fall flat on their face when other areas of scripture are taken into account.
Exodus 20:11 states, For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. This verse, given to Moses as part of the Ten Commandments, clearly confirms that the entire universe was created in six literal days, from start to finish. Otherwise, it makes no sense to base the Hebrews work week and day of rest on the creation week.
How Long Ago?
How long ago was the creation week? Based on the Genealogies found in Genesis chapters four and eleven, anyone can easily add up the time between Adam and Abraham to be about two thousand years. Historical evidence places Abraham’s time to be about four thousand years ago. Thus, the creation week should date to about six thousand years ago, according to scripture.
This clearly is in disagreement with the assigned age of the earth of at least four billion years ago, according to mainstream science. And this is why so many Christians scramble to try to explain away Genesis 1 as myth, allegory, poetry, etc. But as I will be discussing in future blog posts, there is ample evidence that the Earth is young, as well as ample problems with the dating methods that scientists employ derive ancient ages.
Perhaps the most remarkable evidence of a much younger earth, which in and of itself is continued proof that the Bible is to be believed literally, is that the layers of sediment we see laid down around the earth is overwhelming evidence of a global flood, which would have laid down multiple layers quickly, ruling out the long ages scientists have assigned to these layers.
These points are just the tip of the iceberg, really. The reason I created this website and speaking ministry (and podcast to come soon) is to continually expose the problems with the mainstream science stories regarding these topics (because they sure aren’t telling anyone) and also share the exciting and reassuring evidence that supports what the Bible has said all along.
Occam’s razor is a philosophical principle that says if there are two possible explanations for an occurrence, the one in which you have to make the least amount of assumptions is the one most likely to be true. I am not much into philosophy, but that sums up my position fairly succinctly. Not only does real world evidence support a young Earth created by God, but the scientific claims are embarrassingly lacking in evidence and rely on far too many assumptions. To be honest, I don’t have enough faith to believe in those claims.