What Bothers Me Most About Young Earth Creationists

Young EarthAs you may know, there are a number of Christian interpretations of the origins of the universe, earth and life. I was once a young earth creationist but am now convinced of the old age of the earth and universe.

I get frustrated with many (but not all) young earth creationists but not because of their views of the science or the their interpretation of Genesis. There is room within Christianity for us to agree to disagree on some of these things.

My frustration concerns the attitude of young earth creationists, or at least those who get on the debates. Ken Ham is an example in a recent episode of the Unbelievable? podcast.

Instead of having a discussion about different interpretations of the Bible and science, for many young earth creationists it is about those who take the Bible seriously and those who don’t.

Ken Ham often gives off the impression that any disagreement with his interpretation is a rejection of Jesus. That’s dangerous thinking. You can find another example in Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology).

I can appreciate that Ham is passionate about his beliefs but his posture really shuts down conversations and frankly turns many off. I’m sure that there are young earth creationists with a different style but they are drowned out by people like Ham.

I wish we could just discuss these issues respectfully and from a humble posture.

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  1. I am a literalist at heart but recently had the epiphany that what Genesis 1 is describing is heaven and earth as a temple:

    [Isa 66:1 NLT] (1) This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place?

    [Act 7:49 NLT] (49) ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the LORD. ‘Could you build me such a resting place?

    That temple was destroyed in the flood:

    [2Pe 3:5-7 CSB] (5) They deliberately overlook this: By the word of God the heavens came into being long ago and the earth was brought about from water and through water. (6) Through these the world of that time perished when it was flooded. (7) By the same word, the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    The “present heavens and earth” referred to the temple and Jerusalem. The temple and Jerusalem were “the KOSMOS” aka “the world”. They were doomed to destruction when the LORD returned in the middle of the Jewish-Roman war of 70ad.

    Peter looked forward to the temple we enjoy, which is Christ:

    [2Pe 3:5-7, 10-13 CSB] (5) They deliberately overlook this: By the word of God the heavens came into being long ago and the earth was brought about from water and through water. (6) Through these the world of that time perished when it was flooded. (7) By the same word, the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. … (10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed. (11) Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness (12) as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming. Because of that day, the heavens will be dissolved with fire and the elements will melt with heat. (13) But based on his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

    [1Co 3:16-17 CSB] (16) Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (17) If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and that is what you are.

    For more insight, please see:

    https://thebibleproject.com/explore/heaven-earth/

    [2Co 5:16-18 CSB] (16) From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! (18) Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

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