Sermon 6 Questions – Creation/Evolution (Part 2)
Two Sunday’s ago I sought to answer the question – How did God create the earth? The topic came from a variety of questions about evolution. During the message I had additional questions texted in to me, and I addressed a few of those already. Here’s the final questions and answers for this topic.
Archeological remains indicate millions of years of existence of creation. How long ago was Adam created and when did the dinosaur age happen?
We do not know for sure about this. There is much debate and little resolution about the carbon dating process along with other means by which scientists determine the age of the earth. I will say that the liberal media and the scientific establishment represented in many places of higher learning are biased toward evolution, regardless of the evidence, those who control media and education will always lean toward anything that supports evolution. I know this sounds like I believe it is all a conspiracy, but there is something to it. We have numerous examples of scientists who hold to anything but creationism even when the evidence supporting their theory crumbles. For example, Dr. Francis Crick, one of the scientist who discovered structure of the DNA molecule, made this statement, “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.” Because Crick believes there is no way life could have evolved on the earth because of the intricacies of his discoveries, he believes there has to be some other explanation for human life. He called it “almost a miracle,” but instead of taking the next logical step saying God created it all, he now says life had to come from another planet. It seems that scientists who refuse to believe in God will go to any length to avoid the obvious: incredible design requires an incredible designer. There are numerous interesting facts that would support a young earth. For example, scientist discovered through tests, etc. that DNA would break down after 10,000 years and not survive. The significance of this is that they were saying one would not find DNA molecules in ancient bones, etc. The problem with this declaration, from an old earth perspective, is that ancient DNA started turning up. Ancient dinosaur bones and foliage that was preserved somehow in strata that was said to be 17 million years old somehow had DNA. Scientists said DNA could not exist past 10,000 years. One could then deduce that the dinosaurs and the magnolia leaf, among other things, had to be 10,000 years old or less because of the existence of DNA. Instead of accepting this based upon valid tests, scientist jumped on another not proven hypothesis that these discoveries must have been preserved in something that halted the disintegration of the DNA. This is an example of the tail wagging the dog. Because these scientist are bent on the fact that the earth is old, when they discover something contrary to this theory, that must alter the discovery instead of change their theory. With all that said, I am comfortable saying we really do not know how old the earth is. I do not always trust scientific discoveries because many of them seem to have an agenda beyond science. At the same time, I do not think creation is dependent upon a young earth. The Bible, nor does science, support evolution, so regardless of whether God created the earth in a literal 6 days or in 6 epochs, He still created the earth. I personally believe in a literal 6 days which would make the earth 6,000 – 10,000 years old. Obviously dinosaurs became extinct in some way. It probably happened either before the flood, or immediately after the flood when the earth did not provide enough nourishment for them (I lean toward before the flood). We should not have such a hard time with an animal becoming extinct and dying out. It happens! You might enjoy reading this article and others on the Answers in Genesis website: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/why-christians-shouldnt-accept-millions
If Genesis says sin came into the world thru Adam, and death entered into the world due to sin…then does alternative creation theories that imply death in the world before Adam negate “original sin”?
If you mean alternative creation theories stating other human beings were made other than Adam, then yes, those theories would discount the biblical doctrine of original sin. I do not believe in alternative creation theories involving other people being created because the Bible is clear that Adam was the first man and sin came through him (Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:45).
Where did God come from?
The Bible says God is eternal – having no beginning or ending. Revelation 1:8 says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Consider Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Frankly, this concept is difficult for us to grasp because from our perspective, everything has a beginning and an ending. I just accept the fact that God does not because the Bible says so.