I watched the debate between Ken Ham of the Creation Museum in Kentucky and Bill Nye of “Science Guy” fame. Judging the debate between a clear winner or loser I would have to say it was a draw. Bill Nye was a little more forceful in his presentation of his beliefs but Ken Ham was much more respectful in his manner of debate. Ken Ham was in a precarious situation. He was wanting to defend the creation view point but also wanting to do so in a respectful and intelligent manner so he would not turn someone away from God.
I personally believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible. I believe if you believe the Bible is God’s word you can’t pick and choose what parts to believe and what parts not to believe. You either believe it all or don’t believe any of it. The Bible has proven to be 100% accurate in all the verifiable areas it contains, so I have no reason to doubt the validity of the areas that are not provable. Those areas I believe by faith.
Those that believe like Mr. Nye in the “Big bang theory” and evolution also, whether they want to admit it or not, choose to believe in those things by faith. Like Mr. Ham said there is no way to prove definitively either viewpoint or belief.
I will explain how I came to have confidence in the creationist viewpoint. Take it how you may. I have no way to really prove most of it, but some of it I can prove with Bible verses. I grew up going to public schools getting taught evolution and the big bang, but I also grew up faithfully attending church and learning the Bible version of our origin. The two in my mind then and in a lot of minds now seemed to clash.
I am a very logical thinker. I love math and science. Those were the subjects I excelled in. English not so much excelling in that subject. To me if you could not prove it by experiment or mathematical equation I did not trust, respect or even believe it. That is why I did not excel in English class. There was no way to mathematically prove the rules of punctuation or grammar. It was just because so and so ages ago said so. That did not stand up to my logical reasoning. I needed proof.
Until one day something dawned on me as I was reading the creation account in Genesis. The two viewpoints and beliefs in my mind could both stand together and both be correct as far as the age of the universe that is, not evolution – I never believed that. Evolution in my logical thinking made absolutely no sense at all. But the age of the universe that scientist say they can test and “prove” verses the 6 to 7 thousand years the Bible says we have been here, in my opinion, can coexist without contradicting each other.
How you say? Well this is based on extrapolation from a couple Bible verses. Genesis 1:27 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” & Genesis 2:7 – “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Notice in these verses God created “man” not a new born babe not a mass of cells that would eventually grow into a man but God created a man. Adam at his creation was just 1 second old but he was a full grown adult man.
God created Adam with the appearance of age. God created all full grown animals. They all were just 1 second old but full grown mature adult animals. God created the plants and trees. Again after God created them they all appeared decades if not hundreds or thousands of years old. But they were just a few seconds old in reality. The same with the planets, moon, and stars. All fully created not just forming but fully created.
You see God created all these things with the appearance of age in them. If you were to examine and test Adam you would say he was probably 25 to 30 years old. He would tell you God just created me a few seconds ago. I am not even a day old yet. Same thing with the trees if you could scientifically examine one of the original trees God created you would say this huge tree on the edge of Eden according to our tests it has been hear 1000’s of years. But God would tell you he just created that tree a couple days ago, the same thing with the earth itself, with the rocks on the earth. All of God’s creation was created with the appearance of age built into it.
This is how both views of the age of the universe can both be correct. Yes Mr. Scientist your tests indicate this earth is billions of years old and your tests may be correct. But the actual age is 6 to 7 thousand years old. Both are correct when you factor in God created all things with the appearance of age built into them.