Textbook Tuesday: “The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years” by Ken Ham – Part: 3

When it comes to interpreting the same data given to both parties, it all comes down to presuppositions and starting points.

After my wife and I got married in the summer of 2012, I had the great opportunity to visit the Creation Museum with her in Kentucky. Her parents were very kind and gracious to us in providing the funds for us to go on a honeymoon. Now, I’d always been passionate about apologetics, especially defending the faith in regards to evolution vs. creation. The fact of origins is the battleground of our day for atheist and Christian alike.

The reason this is so important is that Christians and atheists have exactly the same information presented to them in regards to how we got here. The past has passed us by, and now we are left with looking at what is currently here. This is the information that is left to us. How do we interpret this in accordance with observational science and historical science? The problem is that the mystery of origins is a matter of historical science, not observational science, as discussed previously in this series.

When it comes to interpreting the same data given to both parties, it all comes down to presuppositions and starting points.

This is something that the ministry of the Creation Museum really hammered home in my wife’s and my visit there. They wanted to make sure that the visitors were able to understand that our worldviews shape how we interpret all data presented to us. There are two lenses with which we see the world around us. These lenses are polar opposites of each other and therefore, one is skewed, or rather, one makes what we see skewed. That, ultimately, has been the purpose of my review of Ken Ham’s book, “The Lie”. To show that science and faith are not at war, just misunderstood, or rather, taken hostage might be a better term. Christians need to understand that science is being ripped right out from under our noses. We need to look through the lenses of Scripture and see the science in front of us through the lens of Scripture and God’s word. Historical science, like all mankind, must bow before the authority of God’s word. This is the worldview that Christians live with. This is why we think what we do. To understand what is said on this blog theologically, please try to understand this worldview.

Those diametrically opposed views, are God’s word vs. man’s word. Whether you’re an atheist, or a Christian, I highly recommend attending. It is a sight to see. Prepare to believe. With that said, let’s begin a review of chapter 3 of “The Lie”.

Chapter 3

This chapter is a quality explanation of how creation and religion work together, and how science is corroborated by Scripture.

“Biblical creation is based on the Genesis account of origins from the Word (the Bible) of the One who is a witness of past events — who has always been there (and who is, in fact, outside of time).” page 53

What this quote is saying, in essence, is that the theology of creation is based entirely on the witness of God who has communicated it to us through His written word (Scripture). Ken Ham, and myself, believe that God communicates this truth through 7 C’s. This is a prominent feature of the Creation Museum as well. The purpose of this creation theology is that it carries itself throughout all of Scripture. From cover to cover, this theology is seen throughout. These C’s, and their definitions, are as follows: (these are taken from pages 53-56; some of my thoughts are sprinkled in).

1. Creation: When we refer to creation, we are meaning that God created everything from nothing in 6 literal, 24-hour days. Because God is a God of unity, we believe that all of creation is designed to work perfectly together in harmony. God created all plants, animals, and the first two people whose names were Adam and Eve (the first marriage. These beings were placed in the Garden of Eden, where there was no death of nephesh creatures (nephesh is the Hebrew word referring to the life principle, or soul). People and animals, all people and animals, were vegetarian.

2. Corruption: Sadly, we have to talk about the bad news, and where it went wrong. Regrettably, Adam and Eve fell into sin, and we fell with them. Adam, as our representative, failed, and as a result, we fell with him. We went from living in perfect harmony with God, to living in opposition to him. As a result, death and struggle entered the world. Creation was cursed. Darwin called this death and struggle natural selection, and he replaced this with the need for a Savior. As this theory was fleshed out, accidental hereditary changes were added, known as mutations, which brought disease, defects, and decay, as opposed to creating. But God had a plan to bring us back to fellowship with Him. In Genesis 3:15, God promised a redeemer. (Romans 8:22).

3. Catastrophe: The effects of sin on mankind were devastating. So devastating that every thought of man at the time of the global Noahic flood was only evil continually. God chose to destroy the world with a global flood, and punish mankind because of the evil depths they had sunk to. God promised He would never do this again. Humanity would be preserved through a man named Noah, and his family. Animal kind would be preserved through the animals that were brought on board the ark. The fossil record is a reminder to us today of God’s judgment on sin. Creationists see the fossils as the graveyard of a flood roughly 4,300 years ago that struck the earth. Evolutionists see the fossil record as the evidence for millions of years.

4. Confusion: When Noah and his family stepped off the ark, they were given the same command that God gave to Adam and Eve — be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The people that proceeded from Noah failed to fulfill this command. They congregated together to build what would be called the Tower of Babel, a structure designed to reach to the heavens and bring people to God. It is entirely possible that these people were wanting to worship the heavens, rather than God Himself. Because they failed to do what God had commanded them, God confused their languages (Genesis 11) and forced them to separate because of their divided speech. It was here, in Genesis 11, that humanity started to develop people groups, and cultures.

5. Christ and Cross: This one counts as two of our 7 C’s. Now we come to the cure for sin, promised in Genesis 3:15. God was not going to leave man without any hope. God promised mankind that He would provide a way for them to fellowship with Him once again, and He provided it through God the Son, Jesus the Christ, the God-man, fully God. Fully human, Christ, by His death on the cross and resurrection defeated death, and restored those of mankind who believe to fellowship and eternal life with God. (Genesis 3:15; Romans 10:9).

6. Consummation: It is without doubt that God destroyed the world with a flood, and it is without doubt that this same God who created the world will destroy this same world with fire in the last days. For those who have repented and trusted in Jesus Christ, there will be no more curse because God has removed it. Those who reject the salvation offered by Christ, suffer the second death, the most terrible death of all — eternal separation from God. (Revelation 20:14; 2 Peter 3:10).

It is these 7 C’s that give us an adequate framework with which to read and interpret Scripture. In the Christian worldview, the Bible tells us that God knows everything, or that God is omniscient (omni = all, science = knowledge).

“This means the Bible is the Word of someone who knows everything there is to know about the past, the present. and the future.” page 56. Because of this, our understanding of origins is based off of the eyewitness account of the being with absolute knowledge, who was there for it all as it happened. We must judge what people say on the merit of what God’s word says — not the other way around. “If the Bible is not the infallible Word of the One who knows everything, then we can never know for sure that we can come to right conclusions concerning the origins issue.” page 57.

What do we learn from all this then? We can learn that the Bible and science are not at war. Let me explain. For decades, Christians have come to believe that religion and science don’t go together. We have been brainwashed into thinking this to be the case. But the Bible is a book, to a large degree, on historical science.

When scientists use historical science, science of origins, we look at the Bible and what is says about history and see if the evidence of present does fit. Ham uses the following example: “We are too that God created living things ‘after their kind’. We can postulate, therefore, that animals and plants should be found in groups or kinds, and that one kind cannot change into a totally different kind (as proposed by evolutionists, i.e., molecules to man evolution). In fact, this is exactly what we do find (in living as well as fossil organisms) — animals and plants exist in groups or kinds.” pages 58-59.

Creationists acknowledge that there are adaptations happening within the family level (biblical kind) in the classifications system. Though there may be different genera, and species within a family, these changes or adaptations occur only within a kind. In other words, there are boundaries that cannot be crossed. Natural selection (adaptation) while observed, does not in any way lead to molecules-to-man evolution. Such changes are the opposite of those needed to such a process. Ham states, “This example of observational science that confirms the Bible’s account of created kinds, but it is evidence against Darwinian evolution.” page 59.

We see how creationists use observational and historical science as well in interpreting the data of the flood, and the human race. When we look at fossils and how they have to be formed, a global catastrophic flood is the best explanation for that occurrence. Observational science is confirmed by the historical science of Scripture. In 2000, through the work of Dr. Venter and his team, the human genome project confirmed that there is one race of humanity — the human race. page 59

There are no Darwinian higher and lower races, for we are all descended from one race — the human race, stretching all the way back to Adam and Eve. pages 60-61

So science and religion are not feuding families after all. They must work in harmony, and be used to strengthen the faith of Christians everywhere. Ham stresses in this chapter that Christians need to understand what science is, observational and historical, and learn how to think biblically for themselves. By doing this, they will learn how to sniff out when secularist teachers are enforcing their own presuppositions without any real evidence, and without actually using the proper method of science in the first place.

From creation to consummation, God’s caring hand is present in this beautifully designed world. The more I learn about science and dive deeper into the Word of God, the more I learn that this world I’m living in is logical, orderly, and scientifically made.

Ham spends the rest of the chapter giving further examples to prove his point. The examples are quite powerful, and if you want more details on them, I recommend that you buy the book, or simply ask in the comments below and I will provide them for you personally.

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If you can spare 35-odd minutes, check out this video from Ray Comfort and Living Waters Ministries. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ

interested in Ken Ham’s book? Purchase it here! http://www.answersingenesis.org/store/product/lie-25th-anniversary-edition/

Curious about Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum? Need answers to bolster your faith? Check out these websites! http://www.answersingenesis.org and http://creationmuseum.org

– Just

Sources:

answersingenesis.org/articles/nab2/why-sixty-six

answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v3/n2/world-graveyard

answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v3/n2/world-in-revolt

answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v3/n1/zonkeys-ligers-wholphins

answersingenesis.org/articles/ee/natural-selection-vs-evolution

nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/do-races-differ-not-really-genes-show.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

“One Blood, One Race” by Ken Ham.

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