April 2012

Creation Series

Topics in Biblical Creationism

Biblical Creationism -The true account for the creation of the Universe, the Earth, life, and the early history of mankind is con­tained in the Bible. It is a first person, reliable account, from God, by the inspiration of God. Thus the Bible is our foundation and framework for understanding history, archeology, scientific origins theory, and observations. The Bible tells us that everything was originally good (Creation); corrupted by Sin (Fall); scared by judgment (Flood); and is in a state of change (decay).

Dinosaurs - The Bible says that all land animals were created on the sixth day with man. No known living animal fits the vivid descriptions of the Behemoth (Job 40:15) and the Leviathan (Job 41:1) adequately. The Hebrew word tannin, translated "dragons" in the KJV, occurs 28 times in the Old Testament. Over 200 cultures have detailed stories and artwork about "dragons". For fossils from every geologic stratum, we find animal examples alive today. The lungfish concerned Darwin enough that he called them "living fossils." Recently, dinosaur soft tissue remains have been discovered that are more likely thousands, rather than tens of millions of years old.

Radiometric Dating - Radioactive decay is used like a clock to measure age. Several assumptions are necessary that are invalidated by water. Dating of lava flows extending into the ocean reveal that the same flow can differ by millions of years with the deepest samples yielding the oldest ages. This demonstrates the dominate influence of water, not age. Any radiometric age calculation that ignores the global flood is going to be in error by millions of years or more. In 2007, creation scientists measured Carbon-14 (half-life of 5730 years) in diamonds. Diamonds are impervious to contamination and assumed to be billion years old from the evolution perspective, thus only creationists expected to find any Carbon-14.

Building a Biblical Ark - God gave Noah precise instructions on how to build the ark. It was a design for a specific purpose, and dimensions were given to maximize strength, seaworthiness, stability, and even comfort. Marine engineers today design ocean going freighters using the same dimensions as found in the Biblical record. Once again, the Bible had it first.

All the Animals on the Ark - There is a common belief that all the millions of known species could not have possibly fit on the ark. And that is true, because not all the species needed to be on the ark. Basically only the land breathing "kinds" of animals were taken (Gen 6:17). Plus, there was no need to take the largest of each "kind". The Biblical "kind" refers to animals that can interbreed, not the individual variants of each species. Reasonable calcu­lations indicate there was plenty of room for each "kind".

The Flood - According to well-known creationist Ken Ham, if there was a worldwide cataclysmic flood, we should expect to find billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. In fact, this
is exactly what we find. Both the rock record and the fossil record support the Biblical account of a global flood. "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished" (2 Pet 3:6).

The Ice Age - Warm oceans are needed for Ice Age levels of snow precipitation, which are explained by pre-flood conditions and extreme volcanic activity (heat) when the "fountains of the deep" were broken up. Evolutionary models cannot explain how the oceans became warm, or why large areas of Siberia and Alaska were not glaciated. Only the conditions following the Flood explain it.

DNA and Information - "For you created my inmost being; you knit me to­gether in my mother's womb" (Ps 139:13). The Hebrew word cakak, translated "knit" - to form by intertwining - is the perfect image of the DNA double helix molecule. DNA is the instruction set for all the characteristics and func­tions of an organism. Information is not the result of randomness; it is evidence of a designer. The cell is a complex machine. When we take a closer look at the things God has made, it is glorious! We are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps 139:14).

The Cosmos - "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Ps 19:1). Recent observations by astronomers are difficult to reconcile with the Big Bang narrative. The farthest stars are not the young type expected; the universe is expanding faster (accelerating) than can be explained; and of the hundreds of exoplanets discovered, all challenge the contemporary formation explanation. However, there is mounting evidence that our solar system is in a special place in the universe for life and observations, like it was made for humans to observe the heavens. "The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory" (Ps 97:6).

Conclusions - God, who made the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth. He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth. He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:24a, 26a, 31).

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