Questions: What do you tell a kid who wants to know more about Noah’s Flood...? When he asks how all the species of animals fit on the Ark, what do you tell him? If you are asked where all of the water came from to cover the high mountain ranges, what do you say? He then asks how all the dinosaurs fit on the Ark? These are tough questions…The answers could entail a torturous explanation of billions of years before a merely regional flood, but that wouldn’t really answer his questions, would it?
Answer: In analyzing your questions, and the other information in your letter, you appear to be typical of the "Young Earthers" in the assumptions you make about those whose views differ from your own.
Those who believe the original languages of the Bible and support a gap of unknown length of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 are FALSELY ACCUSED by "Young Earthers", such as yourself. You unfairly "lump" us all in together with others who postulate a "Day/Age Theory," Theistic Evolution, or that so-called "pre-historic" man-like fossils occurred millions of years ago; but had no souls; therefore they were not dealt with by God and his plan of Salvation as given in the Bible. Many good, Bible-believing pastors and teachers have been condemned in this way. Mr. Ken Ham, no doubt one of your peers, does exactly what I have just described. I have contacted Ken Ham back in 1998 as to where he stood on biblical theological issues. My questions to him were:
- Do you believe God predestinates some persons for Heaven and some for Hell?
- Do you believe when you trust Christ as Saviour you are saved eternally; or is there something you could do that would cause you to lose your salvation?
- Do you believe biblical repentance means "turning from sin" or, "a change of mind," or both?
- Do you believe Salvation includes: "committing your life to Christ," "making Christ Lord of your life," "letting Jesus come into your heart," putting "all on the altar," (All of which add the element of works to the Gospel); or, "Do we have salvation by simply believing that Christ died for my sins, and when I trust Him as my Saviour, He gives me eternal life?" (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9).
- Do you believe the Church is raptured before the Tribulation? in the middle? or after the Tribulation?"
- Do you believe that the "tongues" in 1 Corinthians 12-14 and Acts, Chapter 2, are for today?
A representative of his organization responded to me that these issues were not central to their ministry, and would cause division. They do not get into these issues as their ministry is a specific ministry, concentrating on Creation versus Evolution.
He did not mention that, by not clarifying himself on these theological issues, they were guaranteed acceptance into any church or organization, regardless of its doctrine. I thought we were to "Provide things honest in the sight of all men." (Romans 12:17; 2 Corinthians 8:21).) In other words, Mr. Ham would not answer questions concerning theological issues. Then tell me, Mr. Ham, how you are going to help a non-Christian or Christian when you refuse to take a stand on theological issues as presented in God's word. This is compromise to the “Nth degree!” When you have a false teaching such as the "young earth" philosophy, never taught in the Bible, this kind of false teaching always leads to other false doctrines, including compromise.
I believe that the days of Creation were twenty-four hour days, as proven by the Biblical context. (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31). "and the evening and the morning were the first day," "second day," "third day," and etc. God did not say the "evening and the morning" were a geological age. I think God knows the difference between a geological age and 24 hours, don't you?
I do not believe that the Flood was only regional; but, firmly hold to the Bible's teaching that the Flood was a universal flood, covering the tops of the mountains, and destroying all flesh except the 8 persons in the Ark. (Genesis 7:19-24)
I do not believe, nor does the Bible teach, any such fallacy that Noah tried to put "millions and millions" of species on the Ark. For "replenishing the earth," only the male and female of the original species was taken. And for food, Noah took by "sevens" male and female, of the "clean beasts."(Genesis 7:2,8-9; 8:20; 9:2,3).
I do not believe that mankind evolved in any way; nor, do I believe that animals have evolved in any way. There are no changes between species; and adaptations within the species have been falsely used by unbelieving scientists as "a proof" of evolution. In the approximately 4,400 years since the flood, we have many varieties of animals, insects, and plants that have developed from the original species. Many have gone extinct. Concerning your questions regarding the flood, you will find your answers in our Archives. "How Could Noah's Ark Hold All of Those Animals?
I believe that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh, sent to Earth to redeem fallen mankind. He did this by giving Himself as a sacrifice on the Cross to pay for the sin of mankind, past, present, and future. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
I admire the zeal of those who fight against the insidious teaching of Evolution to our children; but, to win the battle, you have to fight it God's way—with His Word! (2 Timothy 2:15). We live in a world where we have only to look at the news of the day to see mankind behaving itself in a purely animalistic way!
It is my contention that the way to fight what is wrong with the education system, government, and mankind is to change the destiny of men. What is the best way to do that? Preach the Gospel, which is the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Genesis 3:15 fulfilled! Only the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can change a person, and this only occurs when you trust Christ as your Savior. (Ephesians 1:13,14). And, we don't have much time! (Revelation 22:20).
I believe the book of Genesis in it's entirety. It is God's Word! I believe it just the way God said it! The fight against Evolution is surely important! But it is SINFUL to falsely portray your "own troops," when you have not taken the time to find out what they actually believe! The Book of Genesis contains 50 chapters, the whole Bible contains 66 books. Get on with it! Stop creating controversy among believers and causing ridicule in the scientific community. Take the Bible at God's word, in the original languages, as it was given! Some of this confusion has been caused by the "King James Only" camp. The King James Translation of the Bible, as we have it today, is the best translation available. It has the best manuscript evidence! But, the translation is not inspired! Only the original! It is idiocy and heresy to take only what is printed in the King James Translation; and not look at the original languages that underlie it. "King James-only" advocates say it comes from the best manuscripts. That is what the translators translated from! It is lunacy not to consult the abundant manuscript evidence which we have in existence! Read what God actually said, or did not say, in the manuscript evidence!
I believe that "Young Earthers" have actually played into the enemies' hands by appealing entirely to Science to prove the Bible. You have lost the battle before you even start by proposing a "young earth" of 6,000 to 10,000 years of age. (Take your pick of your proponents.) And so you go about to prove your points scientifically. (1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16). The Bible can stand on its own! If a child asks questions, teach him from the Bible—the whole Bible! Do not give him little books to read about "Were There Dinosaurs on the Ark!" Many times children have questions—because we cause them to have questions!
The truth is that no one knows the age of the Earth! Time begins with man and ends with man? The Earth was here before man arrived, and I am talking about the literal Adam and Eve, who sinned in the Garden of Eden. Archbishop Ussher was right about many things; but, NOT about the age of the Earth!
Thank you for writing. I shall not correspond again. You should have a local pastor, and be able to consult with him. However, I am wondering if he will have the guts to buck the trend! I believe those who are advocating this "young earth" philosophy will have much to answer for at the Judgment Seat of Christ! Controversy generates cash, does it not!
This "Young Earth" philosophy is a damnable teaching, in dire contrast to the Bible’s teaching. (Colossians 2:8).
"Beware lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and VAIN DECEIT, after the TRADITION of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
The thing that sickens me is, the "Young Earth" proponents use DECEIT in telling other people that those who disagree with them hold to certain things, which they do not! They contend that the only reason to teach there is an undetermined length of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 is to allow time for evolution to occur. Not true! I am a Creationist and believe in the undetermined length of time between these verses because the ORIGINAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT IT! These are the lies and deceits held by these people, which I deplore!
Note: If I had a section entitled "If You Don't Want My Peaches, Don't Shake My Tree," this question would be included. This man was looking for approval on his young earth web site. He commented on my answer by giving me a new nickname, "Mr. Nice Guy."