Old-Earthers and Theistic Evolutionists: Are You Prepared to Call God Incompetent or a Deceiver?

There’s lots of debate among Christians and theologians these days as to whether the Bible teaches a young or old Earth, and whether the early chapters of Genesis are literal history or symbolism/allegory. To me, the text of Genesis is clearly literal history that clearly teaches a young Earth. And it is a fact that most Christian scholars and thinkers through the centuries affirmed the Scriptural support for a young earth.

Something else, however, that people need to consider in this debate but usually don’t: What does it say about God if the opening chapters of Genesis are merely symbolic or allegorical but God nonetheless let his people carry on for thousands of years thinking that they were literal? And what does it say about God if He used long ages and evolutionary processes to create, yet let his people believe, for thousands of years, that the opposite was true?

It would mean one of two things: God is incompetent, or He’s a deceiver. If God created us using long ages and evolution, but couldn’t create us in such a way that we could understand those truths from the very beginning of our existence—straightforwardly and without symbolism—He’s not the all-powerful God the Bible says He is. And if God created us using long ages and evolution and WAS able to make us understand those truths from the beginning but simply didn’t—instead letting us go on blathering about 6 days and special creation and looking like fools—then He’s a deceiver and not very nice.

So long-agers and theistic evolutionists, etc., need to ask themselves: Do I believe that God is incompetent? Do I believe that God is a deceiver? To me, the answer is a clear and emphatic, “No, God is neither,” and the implications of that answer are also clear: God is powerful enough to not only create us, but to create us as intelligent beings capable of understanding truth in a straightforward manner, from the very beginning of our existence; and He loves us enough to not deceive us, and to not mislead us and make fools of us.

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Creation.com: An Excellent Resource

Genesis : Creation of Eve; marble relief on th...

The creation of Eve from Adam's rib, as depicted on an Italian cathedral. ... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just wanted to give a quick plug for a favorite resource of mine: Creation.com, online home of Creation Ministries International.

I receive no funding, advertising or other form of sponsorship from CMI, and I have no official affiliation with it—I’m just a big fan of their work, and refer to it quite often in my columns here on my site. CMI is one of the leading Young Earth Creationist organizations in the world, dedicated to showing, through the sciences, the accuracy, validity and literalness of the Genesis creation account.

CMI is staffed with many highly qualified scientists who know their stuff—scientifically and Biblically. And since I’m already talking about CMI, let me recommend to you today’s featured article at Creation.com, one that illustrates an important point in the fight against evolutionary thought. Enjoy!

The Beauty of Genesis

The Creation of Adam

In the beginning, God created. ... Image via Wikipedia

The defense of the Bible’s Creation account is one of my passions, as some of you may already have noticed. I hope to post many more articles on Creation vs. Evolution, some original and some the work of others that I feel is particularly good, but right now I want to do something a bit different than the usual proof- or debate-style post. I want to simply talk about the beauty of Genesis.

The longer I’ve studied the Creation vs. Evolution issue, the more I’ve dug into Scripture’s account of Creation, and the more I’ve dug into Scripture, the more I’ve been amazed at its depth and its elegant simplicity. In the beginning, God created. Plain and simple, yet vibrant. How did He do it? Without revealing the details of what transpires when an omnipotent God exercises his power, the Bible does tell us He spoke everything into existence. God said, “Let there be … ,” and it was—the stars, the sun, the moon, all plant and sea life and land creatures, and then finally mankind. Out of literally nothing (focus on what that means), he made something. Lots of somethings, actually. Before He spoke, neither the material universe nor anything in it was.

He created us humans in perfection, in a physical paradise. He built into us a reminder of our frailty, of our utter dependence on him, by creating us out of dirt—the stuff we step on every day. Yet He also built into us a reminder of His wonderful love and of how much He cares for us by making us in His image: that is, more than just material, more than just animal instinct—as personal, relational, social, creative, highly intelligent beings capable of communion with Him, our perfect Creator God.

This is so much more glorious and transcendent than the evolutionary, Darwinian, atheistic theory, which imparts no intention, no purpose, no destiny, no vibrancy, no creativity (only destructivity), and no meaning. In Genesis we see a deliberate, intentional act of Love, a happening in which Love Himself brought us into existence for the sole purpose of knowing and enjoying Him.

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