Piper on Creation – What do you think?
My initial impression is that it is quite sensible. I haven’t thought about the idea of a 6000(ish) year old human co-existing with the thought of a million(s) year old earth. Interesting…
Being transformed by the renewing of our minds …
Put together every gap of maximum length that could possibly be stuffed into the genealogies, and I have yet to see anyone extend the Biblical age of the earth to even seven thousand years, let alone “loose at maybe ten or fifteen thousand”.
John Piper says, “…That has the advantage of saying that the Earth is billions of years old if it wants to be. Whatever science says it is, it is…”
There is no advantage here, because the age of the Earth is outside of what science can test; It’s history. Science requires observation, and no one was there to observe the creation of the Earth, but God.
As God said in Job 38:4, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”
Therefore, we should be saying, “Whatever God in His Word says it is, it is.” We should not pick and choose which things we “think we should preach” and which things we are to allow “science” to supersede. If we want to preach science, we should educate ourselves and find out what science really does say, and what it can’t say. But if we educate ourselves on what the Bible says first, we’ll be ahead of science and not behind it.
First, uniformitarianists have tried to push their billions-of-years paradigm into science, and now scientists are taught to do all geological tests using that paradigm for their main assumptions.
Then, many Christians have been duped into mistaking this paradigm for something which science can prove/has proven, and some have tried to force billions of years in between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
In their eagerness to try to make God’s permanent Word (Psalms 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18; 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 16:17; 21:33) conform to the constantly changing ideas of secular man, these compromising Christians carry on about the loopholes they percieve to be in Genesis, but have overlooked other verses in the Bible that are a little more explicit about the age of the Earth, such as Exodus 20:11:
“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
It does NOT SAY, “For the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and then in six days made all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
See also Exodus 31:17.
Don’t even get me started on the Biblical and scientific problems with the Day-Age nonsance!
Study the Bible, and if a claim is made against it in the name of science, and it shakes your faith, don’t run away from it. Face it! Educate yourself. If necessary, repeat the scientific experiments yourself. If all you want is the truth, then what do you have to fear? If you’re just interested in the age of the Earth, and are not sure where to start, I recommend a book called Thousands… Not Billions by Dr. Don DeYoung.
Don’t be bullied into ignorantly compromising the Word of God to conform to man’s ideas.
“I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid Of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?
And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day Because of the fury of the oppressor, When he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?” – God (Isaiah 51:12-13)