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From whence comes thy criticism?

Dear hijas,

It is often noted that those Christians who criticize the recent creation and young earth position (the orthodox position of the Church for 1800 years), vying instead for the secular version of earth history and it’s billions and millions of years, almost never offer their criticism from Scripture. The criticism usually comes from unwarranted belief in supposed secular interpretations of astronomical age, radiometric dating, tree-ring dating, varves, ice cores, and the like, ad absurdum.

But very rarely does a criticism come from the Scriptures and from a theological rendering of the Biblical text. The reason is that you can’t find theological support from Scripture for billions and millions of years. It just isn’t there. And if one’s final authority is not in Scripture, then where is it? Obviously in something other than Scripture (man’s autonomous ideas), which for the Christian poses a big problem; a big 2nd commandment problem; a big idolatry problem.

…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…(Ex. 20:5)

Few Christians today who accept an old earth and old cosmos understand this connection. They honor and accept autonomous secular man’s ideas of how old the earth and cosmos are, never investigating and understanding where these ideas came from and the impetus behind them in the first place, and in the same instance dishonor the God they say they have placed their trust in.

They get their knowledge and base their salvation on the words of Scripture in the Gospels concerning Christ’s death and resurrection and solution for their sin problem, yet on the other hand disbelieve and discount these same Scriptures in Genesis when it comes to Creation in six days and a young earth. It’s a sad and harmful intellectual schizophrenia.

Few realize they are dishonoring the Christ they say they love, for He Himself in His work of Creation was Holy, and pure, and blameless. Attributing to Christ the deaths of millions and millions of His very own created creatures, let alone the natural evils of killer earthquakes, asteroid bombardment, mega-tsunamis, disease, decay, and massive destruction against His very own work in Creation over billions and millions of years, and all before Adam sinned, is a charge against Christ that is nothing but unadulterated blasphemy.

We are told to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt. 22:37), yet few realize what loving God with all your mind requires. It requires an evaluation of one’s intellectual thinking on any matter whatsoever and slicing and dicing it up against the words of God Himself in Scripture. Does it comport, or is there variance? If variance, what warrant is there for believing man’s ideas against the almighty and omnipotent Creator of the universe? Does the creature have warrant and justification for shaking his fist at God and saying to the Almighty he thinks he knows better; that the Almighty doesn’t really mean what He says He means? He does so to his own jeopardy and peril.

With love, I remain,
Dear ol’ Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas

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The Rise of the Apemen: Support for Evolution?

ape to man

Dear hijas,

People are fascinated by the story of their origins. We want to know where we came from, how we got to be who we are. On the one hand is the evolution myth, that humans find their origin in an unidentified apelike creature that lived millions of years ago and this from tracing a lineage back to a single-celled organism that allegedly lived billions of years ago. On the other hand is the Creator God Himself, who has revealed to us in propositional form (the Scriptures) that He created everything that exists, out of nothing (ex nihilo), including man, and that man was made in the very image of God. This propositional revelation tells us that we are not apes who have evolved over time, but a special creation of the Creator, the altogether grand other, the infinite, omnipotent, and sovereign Elohim. A man’s own nature tells him that this God exists, and he is held accountable for accepting or rejecting this knowledge within and about him.

Does what you believe about who you are (your origins) influence the way you live and view those around you? Do you think that if you view yourself as nothing more than an intelligent ape, kicked up slowly over millions of years from the primordial pond scum, that you might act like an ape (animal) in daily living? That this belief (that we are no more than an intelligent animal), might express itself in lawless animal behavior? (An interesting side-note is what the Nazi’s did based on this belief, but we’ll save that for later).

For years we’ve been taught that human evolution is fact and that the human evolutionary chain contains “links” of fossil skulls and fragments of bone that “prove” our progression from a supposed apelike creature several million years ago. We’ve heard accounts that “Lucy” and “Ida”, and others, are the missing links, now found, that show how this is true. We’ve watched TV documentaries like the BBC Walking with Cavemen (2003), or National Geographic’s The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (2003), or The Mystery of Us (2005).

But what is the real evidence for human evolution? What evidence are we not hearing? Are these purported claims of presumed ape ancestry “proof” of evolution? Far from it, and what we will see as we examine the details is that anthropologists are either making man out of a monkey, or making monkeys out of men. The evidence will point to the conclusion that man is a unique creation of God, and made in His image.

Vaya con Dios mis hijas,

Dear ol’ Dad

Did God Create or Evolutiate?

Dear hijas,

Your sister has suggested I start a series on creation vs. evolution; specifically the evidences from the natural world that show scientifically how evolution is a non-starter and can’t possibly be true.

You’ll notice I coined an imaginary word in the title: evolutiate. For purposes of our discussion, I mean by this term, in contrast to create, that God used the process of evolution to bring about the universe and all of the biodiversity of life on this planet. Thus specifically, did God create ex nihilo (out of nothing) and de novo (afresh, from the beginning), or did He evolutiate stars and planets from a singularity and life from non-life over billions and millions of years? This last view is called theistic evolution.

Darwin's Tree of Life

Evolutionist D.J. Futuyma has clearly stated the issue here:

Creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms either appeared on the earth fully developed or they did not. If they did not, they must have developed from pre-existing species by some process of modification. If they did appear in a fully developed state, they must have been created by some omnipotent intelligence. (D. J. Futuyma, ‘Science on Trial’, Pantheon Books, New York, 1983).

To move our discussion along, we must have a proper definition of evolution. Evolution as we will use it is the “descent with modification”, or “descent from a common ancestor” model. Starting with single-celled organisms, life supposedly followed a chain of development from marine invertebrates, to chordates, to fish, to early reptiles and amphibians, to various stages of mammals, and finally through various hominids to modern Homo sapiens. This enormous chain of development was brought about by time, chance, struggle, and death, without any help from a supernatural ‘god’ or an ‘intelligent designer’. Mutation and natural selection accomplished everything.

We must remember that the evolutionary system arose and was elaborated on by those wishing to replace the Christian concept of special creation. Evolution is a replacement paradigm. It sought, in its original objective, to do away with Christianity once and for all. In this it is more of a philosophical system than a scientific one; a faith-based belief system with religious dogma like any other system of thought. Dr. Michael Ruse, one of evolution’s chief spokesmen has candidly admitted the following:

Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion–a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint…the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today. (Michael Ruse, ‘Saving Darwin from the Darwinians’, National Post, May 13, 2000, as quoted in John Morris and Frank Sherwin, ‘The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life’, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX 2010)

With that as backdrop to our discussion, we will compare and contrast the claims of evolution with that of a special creation ex nihilo by God. We will run the gamut of cosmological, geological, and biological claims by evolution that God has nothing to do with our existence, doesn’t even exist in and of Himself, and has no claims on how we live our lives here on earth. We will touch on the compromising and accommodationist positions of those within the Church whose views distort and twist the clear meaning of Scripture on its foundational doctrine of creation. We will see how God’s revelation to man on how He did it is paramount to the gospel we preach to fallen sinners.

As always, I remain,

Dear ol’ Dad

Vaya con Dios mis hijas