After last nights debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, I was brought to reflect on why I believe as I do. Here are a few of the reasons, in summary form, why I am an Young Earth Creationist.
1. The simplest reading of the Bible affirms it – Genesis 1 has the universe created in 6 days (“and there was morning and there was evening the xxxx day”). sufficient genealogies, combined with archaeological history paints a picture of a world created around 6000 years ago. Even taking into account some possible variances, you are hard pressed to get a universe older than 10,000 years. Taking the Bible at face value, there isn’t much wiggle room.
2. Other theories create bigger problems – But this doesn’t mean there isn’t a short supply of those who wiggle. There is an extensive list of ways that people try to harmonize the modern dating of the age of the universe (and even evolution) with what the Bible says. But all these fail to satisfy. The primary problem is they take exegetical gymnastics to arrive at them from Scripture. Other problems arrive when a theory has death and suffering taking place prior to the fall. From an evangelistic/apologetic perspective, it sure easier to consistently take the Bible at its word (no matter how out of sync with modern conventions), than it is to argue all sorts of theories to make the Bible seem more palatable to the world. Also, the downfall of very nearly all of these other theories is that they open the door to minimize what Scripture says elsewhere. (For example, if Gen 1 is poetic or typological or figurative, why isn’t Gen 2? If the Bible isn’t really describing how the world was created, is it really describing the first two people who ever lived? Is it trustworthy when it describes Jesus? On we could go with this…)
3. Evidence to the contrary is lacking – Ice cores, tree rings, carbon dating, etc. are always presented as concrete evidence of a universe older than what we find in Scripture. However, significant problems exist with these evidences. The scientific community frequently refuses even to acknowledge these, preferring instead to grab on to supposed evidences that affirm the desired outcome. Perhaps the thing that undermines the dominant scientific view is that there is a never ending train of papers and articles that radically alter the going assumptions regarding the age of the universe and the means of evolution. If the theory has to change so much, so often, I’m not fully convinced that it won’t one day be thrown out the window.
4. Until recent history, you are hard pressed to find any one in Christian history (or secular, for that matter) that held to anything but a young earth. Try it. Read anyone prior to 1800 discussing Genesis or the world. Yet today many Christians are proud to proclaim their belief in the faith once for all delivered to the saints, yet blush when someone says “But scientific consensus affirms…”
5. We have a very poor understanding of time – I don’t think very many people have spent much time pondering how long a million years is, let alone a billion years. How do the Roman ruins in Italy, Greece, and elsewhere look today? (Google it, I’ll wait.) Or what about ruins and artifacts from the ancient near east (Bing it this time.) Yet, we find bones, artifacts, structures, artwork, etc. that are in some cases in much better shape than that stuff and date it from 2 million years ago. Really? Does any one understand how insanely long ago that would have been? Our houses last maybe a few hundred years, but some guys from 2.4 million years ago is still identifiable? I could go on with this issue along for about half a million years just by itself, but I hope you get the drift.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, I could go on, but these are some of the core reasons I am an Young Earth Creationist. One disclaimer: There is no doubt in my mind that one can trust Christ as their Savior and Lord and yet hold to a different model of creation.