Why I Am A Biblical Creationist – A Reprise

00Galaxy_NGC1300A number of years ago I read an article entitled “Young Earth-ism Cost Her Faith” posted on a friend’s Facebook page. The author stated that “many apologists for young-earth creationism (including the writers of my Christian textbooks) actually appeared to have misrepresented evolutionary theory and the evidence for it in a way that I can only describe as dishonest.”

Coming to this conclusion caused her to ” ‘lose my faith,’ as it were.”

I was curious about the direction the responses to this article would go, but the website proprietors closed comments which also apparently hid them.

In the sidebar was another article that I thought might explore a similar subject, this one entitled “Why I Am A Darwinist–Mary Catherine Watson” , so I turned there.

In similar fashion to the writer who lost her faith, Ms. Watson came to her belief in Darwinism through exposure to it after growing up with a creationist education: “I took AP Biology and found myself convinced that evolution made more sense in explaining the world around me than did the Bible.”

The irony is, I had the reverse experience. I grew up with evolution, the Big Bang theory, Darwinism, taught in school as if there were no other possible answers.

But I was fortunate. I also grew up going to church where I learned the Bible was God’s authoritative Word, His revelation. Consequently, my experience was quite different from Ms. Watson’s.

From her study, she concluded,

And no, it is highly unlikely that every scientist is simultaneously deluded by this theory. Science is one of the most intellectually intense fields of profession [sic] around, and its workers have some of the highest IQs, they are not that naïve.

From my study, I concluded that God, who is omniscient, the Creator of all those high IQs, revealed that which only He could know with certainty.

Ms. Watson says she went to the Bible and found more questions. She admits evolution doesn’t answer all questions either but concluded, “in light of all the information I’ve come across from both sides, it [evolution] seems to me to be the more logical option.”

On the other hand, I went to the Bible and found more and more facts that made the big picture come together in a logical whole, outstripping anything science can answer. Evolution has no answers for the big questions like why are we here? and where are we going? and what happens after we die?

Ms. Watson changed her opinions in part because of her questions about the flood recorded in Scripture:

such a flood would require steady, worldwide rainfall at the rate of about 6 inches per minute, 8640 inches per day–for 40 days and nights–so as to cover the entire earth with an endless ocean 5 miles deep, thus burying 29,000 ft. Mt. Everest (the tallest mountain) under 22 ft. (15 cubits) of water, made me think again. That is a lot of water, where did it come from, and where did it go?

Her study of Scripture seems to be less complete than her math computations. According to the Biblical record of creation, there was “a lot of water”:

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters . . . Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. (Gen 1:2, 6-9)

Then in the account of the flood, this:

on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Gen 7:11-12)

In other words, this was not the typical modern-day rain storm we’re familiar with.

Herein lies the divide between people like Ms. Watson and people like me—when the Bible records something that is outside my experience, I don’t conclude it was fabricated, mythologized, or inaccurate. I believe it is outside my experience and outside today’s scientific observation because things were different from what the scientists assume. And clearly, assumption plays a huge part in “observing” what transpired thousands of years ago.

The bottom line is this: Ms. Watson and the anonymous “lost her faith” writer read the same science I read, read the same Bible I read, and yet we have arrived at vastly different places. I am far from thinking that I know all the details about creation, but I’m pretty confident that the scientists who deny a Creator have made a serious error. If you start with a wrong hypothesis, it’s pretty hard to draw closer to the truth if you persist with that line of reasoning.

Hänsel_und_GretelIn the end, I’ll take the word of omniscient, eternal God over finite, limited Man when it comes to the origins of the cosmos. After all, without God’s revelation, we’re trying to follow a trail of bread crumbs back to the first cause. As Hansel and Gretel discovered, bread crumbs aren’t so reliable.

This post is a revised version of one that appeared here in June 2013.

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4 Comments

  1. “I believe it is outside my experience and outside today’s scientific observation because things were different from what the scientists assume. And clearly, assumption plays a huge part in “observing” what transpired thousands of years ago.”

    You have bitten off a huge statement and a massive assumption of your own with this statement.

    For a start, scientists do not get to be publishers of scientific facts in science journals unless they are backed by multiple testing of the hypotheses and conclusive evidence that directly or indirectly supports what they have discovered. The age of the Earth, the events ranging over billions of years, when the dinosaurs existed and when Homo Erectus evolved is all supported by evidence that has been re-evaluated many times by many scientists over hundreds of years and is still being tested. And then you turn around and believe the flood was real only because the Bible says so? This does not make sense.

    You admitted. “I took AP Biology and found myself convinced that evolution made more sense in explaining the world around me than did the Bible.”

    If I am not mistaken, you therefore disregard the Genesis creation account because you were taught evolution properly and it makes more sense, and that thinking is a logical and sound decision.

    This surely must indicate clearly that the Bible has mythical stories that are not to be taken as literal. If you see that, why do you insist that the stories you like in the Bible are real?

    As you can see it takes only some real education to have you believing the truth about biological evolution. This indicates that you should re-educate yourself on scientific methodology and the scientific results from other Biblical stories and claims. For example, Noah’s Ark is a fable, a story taken from a previous older religious order called the “‎Epic of Gilgamesh” between 2800 and 2500 BC.

    There are many prescientific descriptions of tsunamis, from earthquake-triggered waves and great floods that can hit without warning. Of course, attempts to bring science to uphold relating ancient tales to actual events are fraught with speculation, but it is clear that many stories from many countries of great floods are some of humanity’s oldest.

    You may state that something is “outside my experience” however you know first hand that science does not make up stories, make guesses or assume anything.

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  2. sklyjd says to Rebecca:
    You admitted. “I took AP Biology and found myself convinced that evolution made more sense in explaining the world around me than did the Bible.”

    Please reread what Rebecca said. You have, I’m sure inadvertently, terribly misread her statement.

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  3. Tiribulus, I thank you for pointing that out. I often hurry to much and it tends to creep up and swiftly kick me up the backside.

    Sorry about that Becky, I promise to read your comments far more carefully in the future. I know I did read it quickly a couple of times and I was quite surprised that you had studied biological evolution (or so I had thought) and believed it, however I have blogged many Christians who have believed in evolution but then they just stick God on top of the creationist triangle anyway.

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  4. “I have blogged many Christians who have believed in evolution but then they just stick God on top of the creationist triangle anyway.”

    A very unfortunate concession to unbelief, which I am happy to see, is not shared by Rebecca.

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