Deep Time: It’s ‘Discovery’, Promulgation and Use Against the Biblical Worldview: Part 6

Dear hijas,

The upshot of believing for the Christian that the earth and cosmos are millions and billions of years old is that this places suffering, death, disease, blood, gore, killing, chaos, and destruction before Adam’s sin and rebellion.

It impugns Christ as Creator and maligns His Holy character with these things during his act of creation before Adam. It makes Christ guilty of a creative process that involved death, disease, suffering, decay and destruction in the animal kingdom in the process of arriving at man millions of years later. Millions of years of death, disease, decay and destruction then become the work of Christ in creation, the outflow of His very being. But how can this be? It is totally backwards!

The Curse of Genesis 3, wherein God cursed the land, cursed the animals, cursed the man, and cursed the woman came after Adam’s sin. Romans 8: 20-21 tells us the entire cosmos was cursed at this time and subjected to futility and corruption. If Adam didn’t come on the scene until the last 6000 years or so, (or according to secular anthropologists the last couple hundred thousand years), and one believes in millions and millions of years of prehistory before Adam, then by logical inference one must believe that death, disease, decay and destruction were happening on earth in the animal kingdom and the rest of the biodiversity of life long before Adam and his sin. So, what effect was the Curse on Adam then? If death, disease, decay, and destruction were happening on massive scales long before Adam, what did God’s curse of Genesis 3 do? In effect, nothing!

We must ask the question, ‘What did the first Adam do that the last Adam (Christ) had to undo? What did Christ have to rectify, fix, stop? Since Jesus is the Promised Seed of Gen. 3:15, what did He come to fix as the last Adam? If we define incorrectly the results and consequences of the first Adam, then we are redefining incorrectly the effects of the last Adam. If death, disease, decay, and destruction existed for millions and millions of years  before Adam, and Christ is the author of these things in the first place in His work of Creation, then His work on the Cross doesn’t alter anything. May this never be!

Christ’s work on the Cross changed everything! He died to not only redeem mankind from the consequences of sin and the Curse in Genesis 3, but He died to redeem the entire cosmos from the consequences of the Curse. He was pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, chastened for our well-being, and scourged for our healing (Is. 53) as judgment for the consequences of Adam’s sin, and not only that, but as judgment on the consequences of sin and the Curse for all of creation.

We must remember, mis hijas, that the gospel begins in Genesis. A proper theology of the first Adam is a requirement for a proper theology of the last Adam.

As always, I remain,

Dear ol’ Dad

Vaya con Dios mis hijas!

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Deep Time: It’s ‘Discovery’, Promulgation, and Use Against the Biblical Worldview: Part 5

fuzzy clock Dear hijas, Why is this issue important? Am I making a mountain out of a mole hill? Is ‘deep time’ and it’s millions and billions of years that big a deal in the whole scheme of things, and does it really affect the gospel we preach to the unregenerate? Why can’t we just focus on the ‘simple’ gospel, and leave all this other stuff about millions and billions of years out of it? The reason, mis hijas, is that there is no such thing as the ‘simple’ gospel. Yes, you can boil it all down to ‘Jesus died on the Cross and was resurrected on the Third Day to save you from your sins and to bring you back into a right relationship with God’, but without the history of why she’s (the unregenerate) a sinner, or who God is as her Creator and her relationship to Him; without the history of an actual space-time Fall in an historical Adam and Eve and the Curse that resulted from this Fall into sin; without an answer to this sin problem in the person of Jesus Christ and His death as substitutionary and propitiatory satisfaction for her, the ‘simple’ gospel makes no sense. In other words, actual history is important. There has to be a back-story to how she got to be where she is today, and she needs to know this, intellectually, for her mind to grasp that she’s a sinner in need of saving. This only happens through the work of the Holy Spirit, but it is our responsibility and pleasure to be the means that the Holy Spirit uses to open up her mind. And we better have the history right, or the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.

So where do millions and billions of years come into this you ask? Why do long eons of time destroy this gospel back-story? John 1: 3 states:

All things came into being by Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Colossians 1:16-17 states,

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Who is the ‘Him’ these verses are talking about? Jesus the Christ, the 2nd person of the Trinity. Christ is revealed to us here as Creator. It is Christ who has brought all things into existence that have come into existence. He is the agent in Creation. work When we come to Christ’s work then,  we must consider not only His work on the Cross in redeeming us, but his work in Creation in bringing all of the great biodiversity of life and all things, both animate and inanimate into existence. This is where millions and billions of years destroys the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. That good news encompasses the totality of who Jesus is; His goodness, love, and mercy. It encompasses the totality of His character; His justice, peace and righteousness. The question then becomes when one looks at the work of Christ in Creation, ‘How is His love, mercy, goodness, justice, peace and righteousness reflected in what He has made?

Consider the hurricane. Its destructive power can stretch across hundreds of miles, maiming and killing, uprooting and stripping everything in its path. There is some speculation in the current scientific community that a series of ‘hypercanes’ resulting from an impact by a large asteroid or comet contributed to the demise of the dinosaurs.

Consider the asteroid and large meteorite impacts evidenced upon the earth. A large impact called the Chicxulub crater on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf of Mexico is thought to have been the event that brought the demise of the dinosaurs. This impact is not the only one on earth in evidence from ages past.

Consider disease. Cancer, tumors, influenza, infectious necrotic hepatitis, malaria, Sudan ebolavirus, foot-and-mouth disease, and coccidia. Consider volcanoes. Not just the regular ones we see today, but the massive super-volcanoes the size that sit under Yellowstone National Park today and was thought to have erupted in the past.

Consider all manner of natural evil in the world today, and in the world of ages past and ask yourself this question, mis hijas: Do death, disease, destruction and decay represent the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in His act of creation? Do death, disease, decay and destruction on massive scales happening all over the globe tell us how Christ created through the biodiversity of life over eons and eons and finally arrived at man? Is the God of death and disease, decay and destruction the God we sing about in Church on Sunday? Is He the God we worship and hold up in wonder and awe, praising Him for His great works and altogether Otherness?

May it never be! But this is the God and Christ of millions and billions of years. The Christ of millions and billions of years is impugned with death, disease, decay and destruction all before Adam came on the scene and sinned. They become part and parcel to His Holy character. Do you see how this utterly destroys the gospel? It smashes completely the God of perfection and love and goodness and kindness, wherein no evil dwells. It robs Christ of His HOLY and RIGHTEOUS character, creating a world of wholeness, goodness, and completeness, and impugns Him with creating a world of suffering and pain, death and disease, and destruction in overwhelming abundance. This is certainly not the Christ we worship, is it?

With love I remain

Dear ol’ Dad

Vaya con Dios mis hijas

The Age of the Universe: Dr. Albert Mohler

Dear hijas,

In the interest of our discussions on ‘deep time’, I encourage you to view the video and read the transcript of this talk and presentation by Dr. Albert Mohler from the 2010 Ligonier Ministries National Conference, found here:

http://www.credomag.com/2013/06/25/why-does-the-universe-look-so-old-albert-mohler/

As always, I remain,

Dear ol’ Dad

Vaya con Dios mis hijas