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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Introduction To Creationism---A Few Basics

  • Description Of Creationism:
         -The belief that God created the universe, as described in chapters one and two of the Book of Genesis. However, creationism has been divided into two major, basic categories. These two main categories are young earth creationism and old earth creationism. Both methods of biblical interpretation affirm that God created the universe during six, literal twenty-four hour periods. While both metaphysical perspectives uphold the same content, the difference between them is based on when the earth was created. Young earth creationism affirms that God created the earth around six thousand years ago, whereas old earth creationism affirms that God created the earth several million (if not billions of) years ago.
  • The Darwinian Theory Of Evolution:
         -To "evolve" means to change. Microevolution is the rapid change within a particular animal species or a small group of living organisms (proven scientific fact). Macroevolution is the very gradual, major evolutionary transition which takes place among the different species of organisms (not a proven scientific fact). According to the Theory of Evolution, a single source of life brought about all the existing life forms that we see in our world today. This allegedly took place through the processes of genetic mutation and natural selection. But this theory has a number of problems:
           1.) Life cannot come from non-life (The Law of Abiogenesis); something cannot come out of nothing.
           2.) New genetic information cannot be added to an organism's genetic code (which is what is required for evolution). We have no observable process for such activity in nature.
           3.) We have never seen life forms reproduce different life forms. In other words, all life forms produce after their own kind. Thus the life reproduction pattern laid out by the Book of Genesis is more consistent with the modern scientific realm than evolution.
           4.) Even if abundant evidence could be provided to support the secular humanist notion of evolution, the concept in itself does not automatically rule out the existence of a supreme deity. It is still logically possible for a supernatural entity to have used the evolutionary process as a means of creating all existing life forms. Thus it is wrong to assert that evolution refutes religion.
  • Darwin Himself Saw Problems In His Theory Of Evolution:
          - "...why, if species have descended from other species by fine graduation, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Why is not nature all in confusion, instead of species being, as we see them, well defined?" -Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1859) 
  • Theistic Evolution:
          -This liberal theology has developed as a result of Christians attempting to reconcile popular scientific theory with the straightforward teachings of their religions professions, as revealed through the Bible. They maintain that the Genesis creation accounts are to be interpreted metaphorically, despite the fact that the contexts of the passages clearly present themselves in a literal manner. But if the teachings of Scripture are true, then it follows that the process of evolution is negated because that would mean that God directly created them. Theistic evolution is untenable because it is a self-contradictory worldview.
  • Christians Need To Defend The Literal Interpretation Of The Genesis Creation Accounts:
           -If we can embrace the possibility of the Genesis creation accounts as being metaphorical, then what is stopping us from questioning the validity and literalness of other essential articles of the Christian faith such as the resurrection, virgin birth, and the divinity of the Holy Ghost? What people who profess to be Christian need to recognize is that they are opening up a door to heresy by taking such a liberal approach to interpreting Scripture. Not only is the scientific model of the origin of life set forth by the Book of Genesis very simplistic, but it is also rational, for the basic facts of science do not contradict creation.