The Acceptance Of A Young Creation Is Important!
by Dr Grady McMurtry – Creation Scientist
I am inundated by questions about the age of the earth and universe; and, why is a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) position so important to the Christian faith. Many people ask, why does CWM stress the importance of believing in a young creation? After all, many people seem to want to take the Rodney King approach to the issue: “Please, we can get along here.”
So why is the acceptance of a young creation, based upon the Bible’s account of creation about 6,000 years ago, so important to the Christian faith? Why should Christians care whether or not the earth and universe are young or old? Does the acceptance of an old or young earth and universe really have any bearing on the Gospel?
In one word, the answer is yes, it does matter. It matters a great deal. CWM is unequivocal in its support for, and belief in, a young creation. The reasons are based, as they should always be, in the character of the God of the Bible, the inerrancy of the Bible and in the scientific support for a young creation.
Yes, it matters, because it is important to God:
“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” John 5:45-47 [Emphasis added]
I want to stipulate that a Christian who believes in an old creation may go to Heaven. Their acceptance of an old creation is not the salvation issue. They do not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, and they may be ignorant of the overwhelming scientific evidence for a young creation (270+ Geochronometers supporting a young creation), but these are not salvation issues.
Even if we were to push the scientific evidence for a young creation to one side and not take it into account; there are five major theological reasons that Christians should believe in, and adamantly support belief in, a young creation.
ONE: If anyone, especially a Christian, believes in an old creation they are saying that the God of the Bible is not omniscient; that He is not smart enough to create it all whole and complete to begin with. They would believe that God does not know everything to start with; that He has to learn over time. Such a position would mean that God supposedly had to turn a wrench here, turn a screwdriver there, over a long period of time in order to arrive at the final product that we now see – the universe.
BUT: The God of the Bible is an omniscient God.
“For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” Job 28:24
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” Ps. 147:5
TWO: If anyone believes in an old creation they are saying that the God of the Bible is not omnipotent; that He is not strong enough to create it all whole and complete to begin with. They would believe that God is a weak God; that He is incapable of creating things whole and complete all at one time. Such a position would mean that God supposedly could not speak things into existence; that He is not totally sovereign in His powers and knowledge.
BUT: The God of the Bible is an omnipotent God.
“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You” Jer. 32:17
“Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.” Ps. 135:6
“And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Mt. 19:26
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Lk. 1:37
THREE: If anyone believes in an old creation they are saying that the God of the Bible is a liar; that He is incapable of clearly, accurately and adequately expressing Himself to us with an eyewitness account of the original creation. They would believe that God does not know how to communicate with the only creatures in the universe that are made in His own image; an oxymoron if there ever was one. Such a position would mean that God supposedly could not tell the truth and that He had to make up some tall tale; a fairy tale, an analogy, a myth; about the creation, because we could not understand a straight forward description of the actual creation account.
BUT: The God of the Bible cannot lie.
“God is not a man, that He should lie …” Num. 23:19
“… in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie …” Ti. 1:2
“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie …” 1 Sam. 15:29
To read more on this subject and other subjects about Creation vs Evolution, go to: www.creationworldview.org