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. 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