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Is this slam at Young Earth Creationists fair?

File:Louis Pasteur by Pierre Lamy Petit.jpg Is this slam at Young Earth Creationists fair?

James McGrath says

Young earth creationists are notorious for two things (among others):

a handful of them have obtained a PhD in a relevant scientific domain, doing research the legitimacy of and basis for which they intend to repudiate as soon as they have the letters after their name, with the sole aim of adding legitimacy to the ideology that they adhered to before ever studying science; and they claim that the overwhelming consensus of those who have PhDs in biology, genetics, paleontology, geology, and other relevant scientific domains is wrong, and that these experts are untrustworthy.

They cannot have it both ways.

No?

I’m definitely not a YEC myself, but Louis Pasteur was trained in a system that accepted, on the authority of countless experts, spontaneous generation. And then, in a famous experiment, in the same year that Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, he destroyed the idea:

This not only settled the philosophical problem of the origin of life at the time but also placed on solid ground the new science of bacteriology, which relied on proven techniques of sterilization and aseptic manipulation.

Guess he shouldn’t have been allowed to do that.

And why do I drink pasteurized milk, not Darwinized milk, to this day? What did Darwin ever do for humanity that was of any similar value?

By the way some think the YECs (and anyone who thinks the universe shows evidence of design) shouldn’t be allowed to get degrees.

(Translation: Welcome to the neighbourhood, O’Leary. Just because you bought the house legally and took possession peacefully doesn’t, of course, mean you can live here in peace … Me: No? Then we need another civil rights movement pronto. I’ll start it today. Another day, I will explain why I am not YEC. A different story. – Denyse O’Leary)

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89 Responses to Is this slam at Young Earth Creationists fair?

  1. On one hand they tell Creationists to learn about stuff before they criticize it. And on the other they don’t want Creationists to even learn about it.

    They cannot have it both ways. :razz:

  2. Yes it was a slam, no it’s not true, and the author was James McGrath, no Alister McGrath.

  3. Yeah, ascribing this to Alistair McGrath is a misnomer. The second link takes you to a blog where, as Sal noted, James McGrath makes the actual statements about YECs.

    From the blog: Either a PhD is indicative of expertise in an area, in which case laypeople ought to accept an overwhelming consensus of the experts where one exists (as it does in relation to evolution and the age of the earth); or it is not, in which case a few young-earth creationists having PhDs does nothing to support their cause.
    No, not really. An “overwhelming consensus” does not prove something to be true (argumentum ad populum); evidence and facts do. Also, stating that a YEC with a PhD is not to be trusted is another logical fallacy (ad hominem).

  4. I want to know too why some Christians want to compromise with old-earth theology. The Bible is clear that death and destruction did not come into the picture until the fall, and that God wouldn’t call millions of years of death and destruction ‘very good’. The only logical way, the only scripturally consistent way to be is YEC.

  5. …the author was James McGrath…

    Well, that makes sense – doesn’t sound Alister’s style. Different name, different specialty, different theology, different continent. Otherwise accurate journalism.

  6. So, does the literature expert who has a PhD in Greek and Roman Mythologies lose legitimacy because he doesn’t have an altar to Zeus in his bedroom?

    This is a weak criticism.

  7. I think the real beef on the part of the Darwinist is that they absolutely hate that a creationist can devote himself to deep studies of evolution and come out on the other side still committed to Intelligent Design. That demonstrates the incredible weakness of their paradigm and indicates that they have little real evidential confidence in their beliefs.

  8. Apparently YEC is an embarrassment. Makes me wonder what other widely held doctrines should be classified as an embarrassment.

  9. Well, it won’t be long before ‘the boot is on the other foot’, except it won’t be from spite born of fear, but as a result of the triumph of truth and reason.

    And it will not be a wish, a hankering that they be denied the opportunity of gaining a degree, but an impossibility – an impossibility arising from their failure to keep up with the progress in science over the past 80 years plus, so that the courses would not be meaningful to their mindset.

    Of course, the reality is that they’ve never had any problem with ‘trimming their sails’, so they’ll just swallow their misconceived pride and knuckle down.

  10. “Another day, I will explain why I am not YEC. A different story.” – Denyse O’Leary

    Surely people at UD, especially YECs, await this ‘different story’ with interest. When will it come? Have you ever explained in public why you are not a YEC, Denyse?

    Another way to ask the question: is *any* slam of YECism as a distorted ideology unfair?

  11. Gregory, I want time to compose a detailed explanation, not available to me at this minute. It is wonderful to think there are people who have more leisure.

  12. It took less than 5 minutes to find and read this thread and less than 2 minutes to write #10.

    Be welcome to take as much time as you need, Denyse.

    Likely more than 30% of UD participants who are YECs will especially look forward to hearing your ‘different story’ of “why you are not a YEC.” Hopefully 2013 is not an unrealistic time frame, is it?

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    sagebrush gardener

    An “overwhelming consensus” has at one time supported spontaneous generation, an expanding earth, phlogiston theory, Martian canals, luminiferous aether, phrenology, Einstein’s static universe, a geocentric universe, the miasmatic theory of disease, the stress theory of ulcers, and the “four humours” theory of human physiology. These were not crackpot theories espoused by a lunatic fringe, but ideas that were widely held and vociferously defended by the best minds of their day. Doubtless their opponents were ridiculed as well. Science occasionally overcomes its ignorance, but never its arrogance.

  14. Gregory, watch it. I am on duty at the news desk just now, which is why I noticed your comment. I might never have. I will take as much time as I need to explain.

  15. …the author was James McGrath…

    Well, that makes sense – doesn’t sound Alister’s style. Different name, different specialty, different theology, different continent. Otherwise accurate journalism.

    LOL (Something else we agree on Jon :) )

  16. Chimel23, who said there was no death and destruction? certainly not the Bible. People have conjured this silly idea that only perfect things can be designed by a perfect designer, I say bollocks. When something is perfect it is impossible for it to be anything else but perfect. I think most people don’t really understand perfection.

    “That which is without flaw, that is perfect”

  17. Chimel23, who said there was no death and destruction? certainly not the Bible.

    The cartoon version does. It’s rated G.

  18. 18
    sagebrush gardener

    Andre:

    Chimel23, who said there was no death and destruction [before the fall]? certainly not the Bible.

    Well, yes… actually the Bible does say that. “Sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin…” and “Death reigned from the time of Adam…” (Romans 5:12, 14)

    Perhaps you may want to challenge the interpretation, but to flatly assert that the Bible does not say what it says is just showing your ignorance.

  19. Gregory -

    “Another way to ask the question: is *any* slam of YECism as a distorted ideology unfair?”

    Why should one trade in slams rather than reason? The original McGrath quote was repudiating YECs for learning the entirety of the evolutionary paradigm, and then disagreeing with it. This should be the paradigm of thoughtful critique, not the subject of ridicule. Isn’t this precisely how one should go about doing critiques – learning thoroughly and then showing the problems?

    There have been extremely few evos who have bothered to do the same. In fact, I would argue that it is much more likely to have a YEC who knows a decent amount about evolution, than an evo who knows anything at all about YEC, except to issue slams.

  20. In fact the Bible does not say there was no death of any kind — not of plants, animals, humans or otherwise — before the Fall, nor whether such a condition was limited to the Garden or was applicable across the entire Earth.

    What the Bible does contain is a small number of references (probably no more than a couple of handfuls and many of them indirect) to the Fall in concert with death, sin and so on, some of which may be figurative and most of which were intended to focus the listener on some other doctrinal aspect (man’s need for repentance, man’s need for a savior, man’s distancing himself from God, etc.), rather than lay out a scientific statement of biological conditions prior to the Fall.

    From these occasional references have grown up certain interpretations that claim far more certainty than they legitimately hold. A careful reading of the Bible, with consideration of symbolism, context, the literary purpose of specific passages, current scientific knowledge, and the text itself leaves, it seems, significant open questions about what, precisely, the biological conditions were and how broadly they held prior to the Fall.

  21. News: A no-brainer. Anytime award of a degree is not strictly based on quality of learning and thought manifested by mastery of content and ability (as opposed to toeing a party line), the degree has become fundamentally compromised and worthless. A Party membership card — sort of like how, reportedly PhD candidates in the USSR had to present a paper in defense of atheism to show their “correct” scientific attitude. Prob is, much the same can be achieved through ideological grading, that undermines freedom of thought. KF

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    Louis Pasteur was trained in a system that accepted, on the authority of countless experts, spontaneous generation. And then, in a famous experiment, in the same year that Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, he destroyed the idea

    The idea of spontaneous generation had become very unpopular well before Pasteur’s experiment (and even before Pasteur’s birth). He just put one of the final nails in the coffin of the idea.

    Lazzaro Spallanzani is also often said to be the person who killed off spontaneous generation, and that was a century earlier (and spontaneous generation was believed by a minority of scientists even in his time!)

  23. 23

    And why do I drink pasteurized milk, not Darwinized milk, to this day? What did Darwin ever do for humanity that was of any similar value?

    THANK YOU!! I’ve been asking darwinists that question for years. I would think Pasteur, who actually did something to HELP humanity, would be more deserving of his own ‘day’ recognized by the scientific community than darwin.

  24. Sagebrush

    Firstly I need to say that I’m not a YEC, If I had to label myself then I would say I’m an OEC. Now here is the reason why this perfect creation for YEC or even OEC does not work.

    If God created angels and humans perfectly as we assume, then there can not have been any sin, you see perfection is just that “without flaw”. If two of God’s perfect creation have been corrupted it pretty much says that the designer sucks! Worse still if He is also perfect and His perfect creations became tainted so can He! The evidence however suggest that we where not created perfectly and there is a reason for that, That reason is free will.

    Tell me can free will exist in a perfect world?

    I’m going to post my article in full here and in it I highlight why this perfect creation is a folly human made story.

    Death, pain and suffering existed before the fall, perhaps not human death yet but Adam knew what death was and Eve knew what suffering was;

  25. God’s Creation, was good, very good, and not so good but never perfect.

    There is currently a very big problem with the idea of a “perfect creation”, I undertake to outline that this idea is non-biblical and it does not support what scripture says.

    Good

    In the creation act God called his creation good six times! Not once did God say His creation was perfect! God Himself only called it Good.

    1. Genesis 1:4 “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
    2. Genesis 1:10 “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.”
    3. Genesis 1:12 “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
    4. Genesis 1:18 “and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”
    5. Genesis 1:21 “And God created great whales, and every living creature that move, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
    6. Genesis 1:25 “And God made the beast of the earth after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after their kind: and God saw that it was good.

    Very Good

    1. Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

    Not so Good

    1. Genesis 2:18 “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

    Genesis 1 and 2 is the description of God’s creation event, not once does He say that His creation was or is perfect, God said it was good, very good and not so good, this is a far cry from the statement “Perfect Creation.” The that God’s creation was perfect is non-biblical.

    How perfect was creation really?

    Weeds, death, pain and suffering existed before the fall of man and I will use scripture to point out that the belief of a “perfect creation” is not supported by any scripture in the bible. This idea of a “perfect creation” has a major implication on the Gospel and is a man made ideology that contradicts the Bible. I will elaborate on this as we analyze what scripture really says.

    Weeds & Work

    Weeds had a purpose in God’s creation and existed before the fall of man, if there was not any weeds why did we have to subdue the earth and cultivate and tend to the garden? If it was perfect why do all this work?

    1. Genesis 1:28 “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
    2. Genesis 2:8 “The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.”
    3. Genesis 2:15 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”

    Did plants die before the fall?

    Some animals only eat the roots of plants, thus the whole plant would have died, in addition sea animals eat diatoms and microscopic plants killing entire organisms, it is clear that plant death existed already by the fifth and sixth day of creation.

    Did animals die before the fall?

    The text on creation event of animals does not explicitly say if these animals are herbivores or carnivores but we can understand what the Hebrew word for beast means, that word is; chayah. When we examine the word as it is used in the Bible it is clear that the Genesis account is referring to carnivores the very same verse also makes a distinction between carnivores and herbivores by including a, herbivore (cattle) and then a beast (chayah). If the animals where all herbivores cattle could be left out because they would have been included as chayah.

    Genesis 1:24-25 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and the beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.”

    Adam named the animals using terms that described their carnivorous activity

    Before the creation of Eve God brought all the animals before Adam for him to name, Scripture makes it clear that Adam and NOT God named the animals.

    Genesis 2:19-20 “Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field”

    What did Adam name these animals?

    Lion: ‘a?ri?y/’arye?h; in the sense of violence
    Hawk: sha?la?k; Bird of prey
    Eagle: nesher; to lacerate
    Owl: cha?mas; to wrong do violence to, treat violently do wrongly

    He named them exactly by his observations of their activities, that he saw first-hand before the fall. It is reasonable to conclude that animal death did exist before the fall based on the names of the animals. Adam also knew what death was and this is evident when God said to Adam;

    Genesis 2:16-17 “But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

    It is absurd to think that God would say something to Adam that he did not understand, has never seen or never experienced. It is clear Adam fully understood what death was he witnessed it first hand in the task God gave him in naming ALL the animals.

    God boasts about feeding the Carnivores

    The Bible indicates that God Himself is implicated in the death of animals. First, God killed animals to clothe Adam and Eve after the fall and then killed many animals during the flood. God set up the system of animal sacrifice for atonement of sin. In addition, scripture tells us that God created carnivores (chayah) on day 6. Contrary to a “perfect creation” doctrine, the scriptures indicate that God provides food for the carnivores of the Earth, therefore condoning the death of some animals for the survival of others. If animal death was not part of God’s “perfect creation” I very much doubt He’d be bragging about it!

    1. Job 38:41 “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment, when it’s young cry to God, and wander about without food?”
    2. Job 38:39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,” [God speaking]
    3. Psalm 104:21 “The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God.”
    4. Psalm 104:25, 27 “There is the sea, great and broad, in which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great… They all wait for Thee, to give them their food in due season.”
    5. Luke 12:24 “consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.

    Did pain exist before the fall

    Pain was part of God’s original creation and therefore creation was not perfect. The passage above clearly states that God increased pain not give us a new sensation or experience that did not exist.

    Genesis 3:16 “Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

    Why a perfect creation is not Gospel and why it matters

    If God’s initial creation was perfect and humans managed to bungle it up then Jesus would be nothing more than God’s plan B for us because it means that His design was flawed from the onset and he had to create a backup plan. On the other hand if creation was perfect and we never sinned because Adam never ate from the tree and there was no death ever in this supposed “perfect creation” then there could never have been a resurrection. Part of God’s original plan involved the defeat of evil. According to the Bible, Satan, God’s highest created angelic being, rebelled against God, taking one third of the angels with Him. These beings attempt to deceive human beings into following them into rebellion against God. Jesus Christ came to earth as part of God’s original plan to defeat evil and redeem mankind. God has a higher purpose for this creation than the prevention of evil and suffering. The Bible indicates that evil and suffering provides believers with a means to witness to others, including angels, about our faith. Suffering also produces patience and endurance and conforms us to the image of Christ, the purpose for which we were created.

    God will not restore original paradise He will destroy it and He will create everything new

    If God’s original creation was indeed perfect as some believe then there would be no reason to destroy it, God can just restore it. The Bible is clear God will destroy this good, very good and not so good creation and will create a brand new perfect creation.

    2 Peter 3:10 “As in the days of Noah, God is giving this sinful world an opportunity to repent before it is too late. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?
    Isaiah 65:17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
    2 Peter 3:13 “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”
    Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

    What does Jesus have to say about his role in this?

    When Jesus spoke with Martha he had the following to say;

    John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life” It is crystal clear that from the start there has been a perfect plan and not a perfect creation. Had it been a perfect creation tainted by humans then it would have been perfectly reasonable that Jesus would have said. “I have become the resurrection so I can save you”

    In Conclusion

    Believing that God’s original creation was “perfect” in every way; that had no weeds, no diseases, no suffering, and no death is incorrect. In reality, the “perfect paradise” paradigm fails in its lack of biblical support and also in the underlying assumptions that it forces upon a “Christian” worldview. Under the “perfect paradise” paradigm, God is relegated to the position of a poor designer, whose plans for the perfect creation are ruined by the disobedience of Adam, Eve and the angels!

    In this “perfect creation” idea God is now forced to come up with ” His plan B,” in which He vindictively creates weeds, disease, carnivorous animals, and death to get back at humanity for their sin. This also contradicts the Biblical teaching that God stopped with creation on day six because God would have had to biologically change all the animals so they may become carnivores, this would mean that God had to extend creation and that is blatantly false. In contrast, the universe was created with a perfect purpose, in which human beings are to choose good from evil and bring glory to God.

    The perfect purpose as opposed to “perfect creation” states that God created the universe as a temporary place, in which evil and suffering fulfill the will of God toward a higher goal than just to give us pleasure or a supposed perfect creation for his creatures to live in.

  26. Thank you Andre. Excellent post! Definitely a keeper.

  27. 27

    As a YEC I welcome these things.
    It gains attention to secret motivation suspicions we can have about the bosses who decide who deserve what.
    They are in practive or building a climate of opposition to YEC getting what they deserve in sciency stuff. Not only us these days.

    Lets remember the intellectual history of the english speaking world. the DNA trail of our superior intellectual accomplishments in everything one can measure relative to the rest.
    it is because of our unique segregated motivations within the british realm.
    it is because of the confident and rebellious sincere believers in the bible, as Gods written word, that double digit percentages of the population raised themselves relevant to existing levels of intelligence.
    In short it was the Puritan/Evangelical Protestants , a minority always, that were, with gods blessing, more motivated to accomplish things on earth as a duty to God etc.
    these people were more represented amongst the English and Scottish people, relatively, compared to other protestant nations etc and the rest.
    Science accomplishment in the last centuries is from the rise in intelligence, not methodology change, within the protestant world and especially the British world.
    Its not a mystery but a reflection on identity.
    YEC peoples created the modern scientific friendly world.
    its our patent and not the johnny come laters.
    YEC is as confident today as yesterday.
    YEC is more likely right on its criticisms of evolutionism and company.
    i love when they attack us. its hilarious. Lets have a debate.

  28. “They cannot have it both ways.”

    “Either a PhD is indicative of expertise in an area, in which case laypeople ought to accept an overwhelming consensus of the experts where one exists (as it does in relation to evolution and the age of the earth); or it is not…,”

    Does his standard apply to “Junk DNA?” “98% Human/Chimp shared DNA?” “Darwin’s Tree of Life?”

    Maybe appealing to consensus is not the best way to argue the point. Especially when McGrath has zero expertise in the field.

    Besides, McGrath makes erroneous assumptions as do many of the commenters. He mistakenly assumes all YECS started out as YECS. Taking time to read Bios and other articles of YECS as well their scientific contributions in the past, often finds YEC Scientist changed after receiving their PhD’s. And after publishing in science journals, sometimes decades later. They walked the evolutionary path. Unlike McGrath they contributed to science and changed their minds as a result.

    Being a YEC is not important in Operational work. Operational Science of Genetics or Molecular Biology is not about story telling of a billion years ago. Nor does it matter in practical matters of finding oil, gas, gold, or diamonds.

    Ask Isaac Newton if he’d care one iota, one jot, one tittle for McGrath’s pompous opinion.

    Or better, ask Dr. John Sanford if long periods of time matter to him. I think a geneticist like Sanford has far more “authority” than a progressive brow beater.

    Dr. John Sanford

    My mind remains open. I might discover real science discovery being done 50 years before ignorant naysayers like McGrath.

    For example, see Eastern Washington. Most “Consensus” thinkers thought it lunacy the area formed via rapid flooding.

    Catastrophism of a large Flood was eventually accepted as cause for the Channel Scabland. Instead of millions or billions of years it happened rapidly. What’s to say one day in the future the Grand Canyon will not be declared a result of Catastrophism via Scientific research? Does someone like McGrath know? Surely not. It will take much research.

    If Eastern Washington flood area was left to McGrath, people would still be ignorant to the truth. Far from his mocking voice, YECS do contribute in broad areas of science.

    McGrath’s comments show me not to blindly trust consensus appeals by non experts. Dr. Sanford teaches me extremely intelligent scientist can change their minds on complex subjects.

    It is important to read what other scientist propose. Important discoveries may yet be seen. Like Junk DNA, Tree of Life, Human/Chimp DNA bubble burst, or the Scablands of Washington.

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    sagebrush gardener

    Thank you for the explanation, Andre. It has given me a lot to think about.

  30. I’ve always been puzzled at how dogmatically YECs cling to their belief in a recent creation. I simply do not, and have not ever, seen Genesis as mandating a recent creation. In fact though many times people will say that YECs are merely interpreting the Bible literally, I find that OECs can be best described as the ones who are most closely reading the Bible ‘literally’. Dr. Ross, who has, besides being attacked by dogmatic atheists, been angrily attacked by YECs (Ken Ham comes to mind), makes this point in several of his videos and books. A book of his that directly addresses this issue is,,

    A Matter Of Days
    http://books.google.com/books/.....QDAAAACAAJ

    And in the following video Dr. Ross maintains that he is indeed reading the Bible consistently,,

    ,,, ‘And if you’re curious about how Genesis 1, in particular, fairs. Hey, we look at the Days in Genesis as being long time periods, which is what they must be if you read the Bible consistently, and the Bible scores 4 for 4 in Initial Conditions and 10 for 10 on the Creation Events’
    Hugh Ross – Evidence For Intelligent Design Is Everywhere; video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4347236

    Rich Deem also has some excellent resources defending a OEC view of the Bible:

    Biblical Evidence for Long Creation Days – Rich Deem
    http://www.godandscience.org/y.....gdays.html

    But what strikes me as most peculiar in these debates is that the Christian Theist has, by far, as far as time itself is concerned, the stronger position. If it were not for the fact that YECs have to constantly wage, IMHO, a losing battle defending their, again IMHO, unnecessary YEC position then they could easily win any debate with atheists as far as time itself is concerned. First off only Theism holds that that there was a beginning, i.e. that God created time as well as everything else. And that is exactly what all our scientific evidence now shows,,

    “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.” -
    Cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts University in Boston – paper delivered at Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday party (Characterized as ‘Worst Birthday Present Ever’)
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....beginning/

    Big Bang Theory – An Overview of the main evidence
    Excerpt: Steven Hawking, George Ellis, and Roger Penrose turned their attention to the Theory of Relativity and its implications regarding our notions of time. In 1968 and 1970, they published papers in which they extended Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity to include measurements of time and space.1, 2 According to their calculations, time and space had a finite beginning that corresponded to the origin of matter and energy.”3
    Steven W. Hawking, George F.R. Ellis, “The Cosmic Black-Body Radiation and the Existence of Singularities in our Universe,” Astrophysical Journal, 152, (1968) pp. 25-36.
    Steven W. Hawking, Roger Penrose, “The Singularities of Gravitational Collapse and Cosmology,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, series A, 314 (1970) pp. 529-548.
    http://www.big-bang-theory.com/

    Ironically, instead of YECs embracing the ‘Big Bang’ and using it as the devastating piece of evidence it is against the atheists’ position, the atheist merely has to focus his attention on the fact that YECs cannot scientifically defend their YEC position, and hammer away on that. This is simply not how it should be. The atheists, since they are in fact the ones who, for thousands of years, had consistently maintained that the universe has always existed, and that time (and space) was infinite, should be the ones who would be greatly ashamed to even bring up the concept of time to a theist because,,,

    The Rolling Stones – Time Is On My Side
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIE2GAqnFGw

    Moreover against YECs, the atheist, instead of defending the fact that he cannot account for the fact that the finely-tuned universal constants are invariant throughout time,,,

    “There is absolutely no reason these constants should be constant,” says astronomer Michael Murphy of the University of Cambridge. “These are famous numbers in physics, but we have no real reason for why they are what they are.”
    http://www.space.com/2613-scie.....-laws.html

    Psalm 119:89-91
    Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans.

    Latest Test of Physical Constants Affirms Biblical Claim – Hugh Ross – September 2010
    Excerpt: The team’s measurements on two quasars (Q0458- 020 and Q2337-011, at redshifts = 1.561 and 1.361, respectively) indicated that all three fundamental physical constants have varied by no more than two parts per quadrillion per year over the last ten billion years—a measurement fifteen times more precise, and thus more restrictive, than any previous determination. The team’s findings add to the list of fundamental forces in physics demonstrated to be exceptionally constant over the universe’s history. This confirmation testifies of the Bible’s capacity to predict accurately a future scientific discovery far in advance. Among the holy books that undergird the religions of the world, the Bible stands alone in proclaiming that the laws governing the universe are fixed, or constant.
    http://www.reasons.org/files/e.....010-03.pdf

    Instead the atheist ends up using these invariant universal constants, which he can’t account for in the first place, against the YEC to argue for an old earth. It is completely bizarre that an atheist could use what is completely devastating to his position to his advantage.

  31. Supplemental notes:

    Lecture 11: Decoherence and Hidden Variables – Scott Aaronson
    Excerpt: “Look, we all have fun ridiculing the creationists who think the world sprang into existence on October 23, 4004 BC at 9AM (presumably Babylonian time), with the fossils already in the ground, light from distant stars heading toward us, etc. But if we accept the usual picture of quantum mechanics, then in a certain sense the situation is far worse: the world (as you experience it) might as well not have existed 10^-43 seconds ago!”
    http://www.scottaaronson.com/democritus/lec11.html

    Quantum physics says goodbye to reality – Apr 20, 2007
    http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/27640

    and from relativity:

    “The laws of relativity have changed timeless existence from a theological claim to a physical reality. Light, you see, is outside of time, a fact of nature proven in thousands of experiments at hundreds of universities. I don’t pretend to know how tomorrow can exist simultaneously with today and yesterday. But at the speed of light they actually and rigorously do. Time does not pass.”
    Richard Swenson – More Than Meets The Eye, Chpt. 12

    Albert Einstein – Special Relativity – Insight Into Eternity – ‘thought experiment’ video
    http://www.metacafe.com/w/6545941/

  32. Andre,

    Not to get into a prolonged argument on Genesis, but why did Isaiah say the future will have carnivores laying down with herbivores? The wolf and the lamb will feed together? The Lion will eat straw like the ox?

    Plus Jesus said, “only God is good.” Maybe “good” loses some meaning in English. If only God is good, Jesus has a point to make. Was meaning lost in translation from Hebrew or Aramaic to Greek, to English? I don’t know. But find it interesting.

    You’re writing off biblical verses as metaphorical, but assuming Adam named all the animals? Why? How do you know he named them? What if the names came later for animals like the Lion?

    Just some thoughts. Remember, there’s been a Flood. If you believed Adam named all the animals. Did he name them in Hebrew? A dialect passed down after Noah? Shem?

    If you believe these names were by Adam. Do you believe in the Flood?

    Just curious. I’m not certain of any of this. But think these historic issues are hard to decipher. If I apply your logic, then Yom does mean Day and 6 days creation. That’ll be all my comments on this off topic subject.

    I think the real issue on this post is discrimination on the part of McGrath. And his bad assumptions lead to stereotyping, oppression and less freedom. Leads to less science, not more. More labeling and mocking, not real discussion.

  33. correction above, dialect = language

  34. DATCG

    Quick reply on Isaiah:

    (a) Predictions about a glorious future don’t necessarily imply a perfect past, especially as Isaiah’s theme is a completely new heavens and earth.

    (b) Few notice that the emphasis in those passages is not on nature, but on peaceful habitation – the Israelite dream of each man dwelling in safety in his inheritance under his own vine and fig-tree. So look at the passage – it’s not about carnivores and herbivores, but about carnivores and livestock (currently prone to being trashed by passing wolves etc) or children (prone to get killed when you thought they were playing safely in the yard).
    (c ) The passages are overtly metaphorical because they include human death (the man who dies at 100 will be thought young), which was not present in Eden and will certainly not be present in the parousia.

    Incidentally I broadly agree with Andre’s overview – emphasising, though, that the creation that includes predation and so on was and is “very good” – and was viewed as such for the first 1500 years of Christian theology, until the fallen creation teaching began to get around … but that’s another story I’ve told elsewhere.

  35. Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1-11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience; . . . Or, to put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the “days” of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know. ~ James Barr

    So far as the days of Genesis 1 are concerned, I am sure that Professor Barr was correct… I have not met any Hebrew professors who had the slightest doubt about this. ~ Hugh Williamson

  36. There is another portion of the letter, “neglected”, to quote where Barr clarifies his position:

    The only thing I would say to qualify this is that most professors may avoid much involvement in that sort of argument and so may not say much explicitly about it one way or the other. But I think what I say would represent their position correctly. However, you might find one or two people who would take the contrary point of view and are competent in the languages, in Assyriology, and so on: it’s really not so much a matter of technical linguistic competence, as of appreciation of the sort of text that Genesis is.

    Notice Barr says that the conclusion he drew upon was “not so much a matter of technical linguistic competence,” which by itself demolishes the argument that the YECs are making that their interpretation is demanded by the Hebrew text itself; not to mention he adds that most of the professors would tend to avoid this issue not saying anything on the topic on one side or the other. He then adds that he “thinks” he represents the position of the others in his field, but that indicates that he really doesn’t know. Ultimately, he ends up making several qualifications; as such, his letter cannot be cited as viable support for the young earth position.
    http://evolutionid.wordpress.c.....pretation/

    also see:

    Whitefield, Rodney. Genesis One and the Age of the Earth: What Does the Bible Say? Available online at: http://www.creationingenesis.c....._Earth.pdf

  37. Related notes:

    Seven Days That Divide the World (John Lennox) – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ge#t=1574s

    Age of the universe – William Lane Craig – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyOZRMIe768

    Also of note:

    Old Earth Creationism and the Fall, William Dembski – Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 4(2011).
    Excerpt: My solution (to Theodicy) in my book “The End of Christianity is to argue that, just as the effects of salvation at the cross reach both forward in time (saving present day Christians) and backward in time (saving Old Testament saints), so the effects of the fall reach forward in time as well as backward. What makes the argument work is the ability of God to arrange events at one time to anticipate events at a later time.,,,
    http://www.equip.org/PDF/JAF4344.pdf

    Please also see Dr. Demsbki’s observation that ‘the Garden of Eden’ was a place that was uniquely set apart in Genesis:

    Finding a Good God in an Evil World – William Dembski
    http://www.designinference.com.....of_xty.pdf

    Moreover, it has been pointed out that insisting the “‘good’ creation meant no plant or animal death” before ‘the fall’ gets in the way of sound Biblical exegesis,

    Perfect Creation Vs. Perfect Plan
    http://www.thetruthenquirer.bl.....-plan.html

  38. bornagain77

    As is the case with the primary Genesis text, the response to Barr (and Williamson) neglects the obvious and milks the niggling edges.

    I believe the choice comes down to accepting the scholarly consensus of empirical observation versus the scholarly consensus of linguistic analysis. One side will have to make concessions. I think the meaning of the text is clear and there is reason to be skeptical of the ‘scientific’ consensus.

  39. I would also like to point out one more very important thing that gets lost in these debates as to whose interpretation of scripture is more sound. What did Jesus himself say about scripture?

    John 5:39-40
    You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    Jesus himself held that getting to know Him personally is what is primary for us since it is He who gives us eternal life and not the scriptures that give us eternal life.,,, I like how our enduring StephenB put it:

    ‘Other than Christ, no other religious leader was foretold a thousand years before he arrived, nor was anything said about where he would be born, why he would come, how he would live, and when he would die. No other religious leader claimed to be God, or performed miracles, or rose from the dead. No other religious leader grounded his doctrine in historical facts. No other religious leader declared his person to be even more important than his teachings.’ – StephenB – UD Blogger

    And although, unlike my both my brothers who have had one, I have not had a deep ‘personal experience’ like this following lady did,,,

    Have You Experienced Jesus – Episode 8 – video
    Excerpt: Kay Sorenson a former Las Vegas Singer at the age of 46 had an amazing born again experience
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNcXkMxQjDU&feature=player_detailpage#t=400s

    That sort of searching is what I envision the primary mission of the christian life to be. i.e. to get to know Jesus personally.,,, I do not envision the Christian life as knowing the Bible better than everyone else so as to win debates but I envision learning more about Jesus personally through the Bible and through living life in general. Without that emphasis it is all vain!

  40. I am presenting my case. Please do not perceive it as an attack. I agree that a personal relationship supersedes biblical knowledge, but this does not leave room for a contradiction between the two.

    Matthew 5.17 Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

    see also: Denny Burk

  41. And bevets, I wholeheartedly disagree with you that your YEC interpretation is as solid as you think it is!,, And since I do not care one way or the other what you personally believe in this particular matter, as it does not pertain to anyone’s salvation as far as I can tell, I’ll let this dog lie since it means so much to you and other YECs to believe as you do and no matter what evidence I produce, much like neo-Darwinists, it will not matter anyway to you..

  42. bornagain77

    On this thread I have pointed out that the interpretation is widely held both in the general population and among Hebrew scholars, and you characterize my case as ‘personal belief’. I suppose it is a personal belief in the same sense that your position is a personal belief, but I dont think YEC should be so lightly dismissed.

  43. Well said Andre! Furthermore, it seems to me God did not intend Earth to be as good a place as heaven. The first Earth could not be perfect relative to the new Earth in Revelation…

    I didn’t realize this till you said it. Thanks!

  44. Re: all the above comments, as I was saying . . .

    “A careful reading of the Bible, with consideration of symbolism, context, the literary purpose of specific passages, current scientific knowledge, and the text itself leaves, it seems, significant open questions about what, precisely, the biological conditions were and how broadly they held prior to the Fall.”

    Lots of interesting discussion. Lots of open questions.

    I think a couple of things drive people to be dogmatic about this or that interpretation of ancient text: (i) a general desire to be right and know what one is talking about, and (ii) a belief that many other doctrinal points, perhaps even one’s own salvation or the evidence for God, intimately depend on the particular interpretation put forward.

    (i) is understandable and there is value in knowing what one is talking about and being right, so far as it goes. As long as it doesn’t lead to arrogance or contention.

    (ii) I have found is simply not the case in most instances. In the few religious-based discussions I have participated here on UD — age of the Earth, worldwide flood, whether God has a physical body, whether we each have some underlying eternal ‘intelligence’ not created by God — it simply does not matter to one’s larger doctrinal position or one’s salvation or one’s ability to defend the existence of God.

    Don’t get me wrong, these things are very interesting and I enjoy debating a good nuance as much as the next person. But what I don’t think is helpful is the occasional tendency to view every doctrinal debate as a zero-sum game in which a line must be drawn in the ground and nothing ceded.

    There is, at least in the Christian faith, a hierarchy of doctrine, from the highest and most encompassing, to the lowest and least applicable. Some might focus so much on a particular doctrinal point that they even self-identify with that point (Young Earth or Old Earth) for example. But, using again this particular example, the age of the Earth probably doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of important Christian doctrines.

    Anyway, good discussion and I’m not trying to shut down any discussion, just commending the civil approach to it. There are many wonderful doctrinal topics that are interesting and useful to discuss — as long as we keep them in the broader context and don’t allow them to overcome what it means to follow the higher doctrines.

  45. Did the flood happen? Jesus specifically talks about Noah and the flood, either everything Jesus said is true or nothing, it can not be both. So yes I believe it, apart from the geological evidence, the designer of the universe himself spoke of it matter of factually.

  46. I confess I soon lose my way when I try to follow those who walk delicately among “types” and allegories. A certain passion for clearness forces me to ask , bluntly, whether the writer means to say that Jesus did not believe the stories in question, or that he did? When Jesus spoke, as of a matter of fact, that “the Flood came and destroyed them all,” did he believe that the Deluge really took place, or not? It seems to me that, as the narrative mentions Noah’s wife, and his son’s wives, that is good scriptural warranty for the statement that the antediluvians married and were given in marriage; and I would have thought that their eating and drinking might be assumed by the firmest believer in the literal truth of the story. Moreover, I venture to ask what sort of value, as an illustration of God’s methods of dealing with sin has an account of an event that never happened? If no Flood swept the careless people away, how is the warning of more worth than the cry of “Wolf” when there is no wolf? If Jonah’s there days’ residence in the whale is not an “admitted reality,” how could it “warrant belief” in the ”coming resurrection?” If lots wife was not turned into a pillar of salt, the bidding those who turn back from the narrow path to “remember” it is, morally, about on a level with telling a naughty child that a bogy is coming to fetch it away. Suppose that a Conservative orator warns his hearers to beware of great political and social changes, lest they end, as in France, in the dominations of a Robespierre; what becomes, not only of his argument, but of his veracity, if he, personally, does not believe that Robespierre existed and did the deeds attributed to him? ~ Thomas Huxley

    Our science of evolution won its greatest triumph when, at the beginning of the twentieth century, its most powerful opponents, the Churches, became reconciled to it , and endeavored to bring their dogmas into line with it. ~ Ernst Haeckel

    In the YEC view there are significant hermeneutical consequences. While the doctrine of creation pales in significance to salvation, it is also far more important than how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. I dont think anyone has been uncivil. Civility should always be remembered, but it should not inhibit discussion.

  47. Andre, may I respectfully interact with your criticisms of YEC theology? I recognize this is a hot issue and tempers sometimes flare. Both sides hold their views with a passion and each side believes they are right. I was reprimanded for sharing my views on the past, but that’s OK. If you can share yours, then I hope I will be granted the freedom to present mine as well. I’m not an authority on the issue, but I have graduated from Bible college and have a Masters from a seminary. I work as a missionary pastor in Japan and have a real passion to protect the authority of God’s Word. I would have no problem with an old earth if that is what God tells us in His Word, but I do not believe that is what He tells us. Please bear with me. Like Bevets said, I’m not attacking you, but just interacting with your views as a fellow believer seeking God’s truth.
    You said

    Genesis 1 and 2 is the description of God’s creation event, not once does He say that His creation was or is perfect, God said it was good, very good and not so good, this is a far cry from the statement “Perfect Creation.” The that God’s creation was perfect is non-biblical.

    Andre, the point you bring up here about being “not good” seems a bit misleading. Here is why. Eve was created on the 6th day BEFORE the creation was finished. The creation of man on day 6 is fleshed out a bit in chapter 2 where we see that God created Adam directly from the dust and Eve from a rib in his side.

    But yes, before the creation was finished, as should be expected, there were still some things that were not yet “good”. Eve seems to have been the last thing created and when she was created from Adam’s rib, THEN and only then, did God rest and pronounce the creation “very good.” So this objection of yours does not seem very persuasive.

    Also, I take issue with your claim that weeds, death, pain, and suffering existed before the fall. The Bible clearly says that weeds were sent as a result of the Fall – as a punishment for sin. I’m not sure how you can get around the clear implications of the text.

    Gen. 3:17-19 state the following: “And to Adam he said,
    “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

    Andre, first of all God Himself tells Adam here that the ground is cursed “because of you.” And He says “thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;” The clear implication is that it didn’t bring forth these things up until that point. Now his physical work will become more demanding and tiring – “by the sweat of your face”.

    And also, please notice that Adam is told that he will return to dust. So physical death too is clearly seen to be a part of the curse. If you try to argue that man would have naturally died before this, then the judgment pronounced on them by God loses all meaning. Death is clearly listed here as a consequence of their sin. This shows us that God had more than spiritual death in mind when he warned them not to eat the fruit in Gen. 2:17. He also meant physical death. The NT backs this up. It refers to both physical and spiritual death as having been brought about through this act of disobedience (Romans 5:12–14; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45).

    In the fourth century a fierce debate broke out in the early church between a British monk by the name of Pelagius and a Roman theologian in North Africa named Augustine. Pelagius believed that Adam’s sin did not result in the corruption of his nature nor did it result in natural death as Adam was created mortal. He had some other strange beliefs as well. In the year AD 418, the Council of Carthage condemned the teachings of Pelagius as did the Council of Ephesus in AD 431. The Council of Carthage even stated: “Whoever says, that Adam was created mortal, and would, even without sin, have died by natural necessity, let him be anathema”. Pretty strong words. They were very clear on this. Adam was born immortal and his sin resulted in physical death.

    This was the traditional belief of the Church all throughout history until the 19th and 20th century when rationalism and uniformitarianism began to have sway even in the Church.

    The early church fathers are virtually unanimous on their belief in a young creation. And the few who weren’t young-Earthers had other seriously unorthodox teachings. Even Augustine who is often quoted in support of old earth ideas, believed in a young earth that God created instantaneously. He allegorized the interpretation, but his young earth views were clear. See Creation and Time by Mark Van Bebber and Paul S. Taylor. See also chapters 3–5 of David Hall’s Holding Fast to Creation (Oak Ridge, TN: The Covenant Foundation, 2001) and Fr. Seraphim Rose, Genesis, Creation and Early Man (Platina, CA: Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2000). Rose (1934–82) was an Eastern Orthodox monk and therefore an expert on the writings of the Church Fathers.

  48. How perfect was creation really?

    Weeds, death, pain and suffering existed before the fall … and is a man made ideology that contradicts the Bible. I will elaborate on this as we analyze what scripture really says.

    Weeds & Work

    Weeds had a purpose in God’s creation and existed before the fall of man, if there was not any weeds why did we have to subdue the earth and cultivate and tend to the garden? If it was perfect why do all this work?

    1. Genesis 1:28 “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

    I assume by pointing out this verse, you think that the word “subdue” means there was evil or bad things in the creation. But I take issue with that assumption for a couple of reasons.

    The command to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it and have dominion over it was given to humans. It implies populating the earth as well as using the resources God has given to us – so farming, education, commerce, even science where we discover God’s design and use it for our benefit. It also implies that we are to be caretakers of God’s world. I don’t believe that evil, weeds, bloodshed, disease, etc. can be induced simply from the use of these words especially give the clear pronouncement that everything is “very good”.

    The second point I would make is that the mandate was given not only to Adam but to all mankind. It has never been revoked. God knew the future.

    In Gen 2:24 where God performs the first wedding, he tells Adam and Eve that they should leave their parents. Why would He say that? They had no parents to leave? Obviously He gave those instructions for future generations. He knew what would happen when Adam sinned so even if you are right in saying the words “subdue” and “Rule” definitely imply imperfection, does it necessarily follow that imperfection existed at that time? Personally, I don’t think so.

    The amount of time that the world was perfect would have been extremely short so it would make sense that this dominion mandate would be given in a way that would apply to all. So, unless you are looking for problems, I don’t see this as a problem at all.

    3. Genesis 2:15 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”

    So cultivating and keeping it means that there were weeds? Sorry, but again, I don’t follow. Aren’t we stretching things a bit here to fit our preconceived notions given what God clearly says in Gen. 3:19 that weeds came later?

    Neither “cultivating” or “keeping” necessarily implies weeds – again, unless you are looking for a way to find weeds before the curse. These words seem to me to imply pruning the trees, tilling the soil to get it ready for planting crops, harvesting the crops, pulling up not weeds, but seedlings of the plants that God created, etc. There was work to be done, but it didn’t necessarily entail weeds.

    Did plants die before the fall?

    Some animals only eat the roots of plants, thus the whole plant would have died, in addition sea animals eat diatoms and microscopic plants killing entire organisms, it is clear that plant death existed already by the fifth and sixth day of creation.

    As you know, the Bible teaches that “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” (Leviticus 17:11). Thus, animals which the Bible describes as having the ‘life principle’ (i.e. nephesh in the Hebrew) are those that are not only air (nostril) breathers but also those with blood. Adam became a “living soul/being” (nephesh chayy?h) when God breathed His spirit into him. However, plants do not have the breath of life in them. Nor do they have blood.

    Neither plants nor invertebrates are ever referred to as nephesh chayyah in the Bible. For more detail on this, please see the article entitled “The Fall: a cosmic catastrophe—Hugh Ross’s errors on plant death in the Bible”.

    It is important to remember that ‘no death before sin’ applies to what the Bible calls death, which is not always the way modern biologists use it. The Bible doesn’t talk about plants dying, even though modern biologists do. Rather, the Bible talks about plants withering. SO plant “death” is not a problem for the ‘no death before the fall’ doctrine.

    Did animals die before the fall?

    The text on creation event of animals does not explicitly say if these animals are herbivores or carnivores but we can understand what the Hebrew word for beast means, that word is; chayah. When we examine the word as it is used in the Bible it is clear that the Genesis account is referring to carnivores the very same verse also makes a distinction between carnivores and herbivores by including a, herbivore (cattle) and then a beast (chayah). If the animals where all herbivores cattle could be left out because they would have been included as chayah.

    These can also be divided into wild animals and domestic animals. Plus, even though the wild animals are called chayyah, it does not mean that in the beginning they ate meat. In fact, Genesis says exactly the opposite thing. Gen. 1:30.

    “And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. ” And it was so.

    It is pretty clear to me at least what God is saying. He says He has given “to every beast of the earth(chayyah) and to every bird of the heavens, …everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”
    Interesting that He says “EVERY beast of the “EARTH”! and “EVERYTHING that has the “BREATH OF LIFE”! (nephesh chayyah) And notice this: “I have give “EVERY” green plant for food.”

    What does this imply? That there were no poisonous plants – yet! Interesting!

    Adam named the animals using terms that described their carnivorous activity.
    What did Adam name these animals?
    Lion: ‘a?ri?y/’arye?h; in the sense of violence
    Hawk: sha?la?k; Bird of prey
    Eagle: nesher; to lacerate
    Owl: cha?mas; to wrong do violence to, treat violently do wrongly
    He named them exactly by his observations of their activities, that he saw first-hand before the fall. It is reasonable to conclude that animal death did exist before the fall based on the names of the animals.

    This I think is your strongest argument. But given the predominance of the other evidence that supports ‘no death before the fall’, I am not persuaded.

    Here is what I would say about this.
    God did create carnivores on day 6, but that doesn’t mean they were carnivores from the beginning. In fact, God clearly tells us they were not. So I start from that position. Even today, there are examples of some carnivores that can survive on plants.

    This means that there had to be some point where these wild beasts changed from plant eating to meat eating, because the fossil record(most of which would have been laid down during the flood), shows clear evidence of this.
    The fall seems to be the best explanation for this.

    As far as the names Adam used for the animals, there are two possibilities to understand this. First of all, the names in the Hebrew Bible for specific animals came after the Flood. This means that we don’t know if they were the original names Adam chose or not.

    I tend to favor that explanation, but I guess one could argue that God gave Adam insight into the nature of the animals when he named them.

    Another point that supports the ‘no death before the fall’ which I see you didn’t refer to is the allusions to the Garden of Eden in Isaiah 11:6–9; 65:17–25 where it says “the wolf will lay down with the lamb”. etc.
    These passages provide further confirmation that there was no carnivorous activity before the Fall. In one common eschatological view, agreeable to many old-earth creationists, they speak of a future restoration (Acts 3:21). The picture painted is one of peace and tranquillity. We are told that ‘the wolf will dwell with the lamb’ and ‘the lion will eat straw like the ox’, etc. ‘They will not hurt or destroy’ and ‘they shall do no evil or harm’.

    Even if it one allows for this to be language of poetry, which is debatable, but even if that were true, would not these passages indicate AT THE VERY LEAST that there is something wrong, unpleasant or imperfect about animals killing and eating each other? Would it be consistent for the God who inspired the writing of Isaiah 11 and 65 to use millions of years of carnivorous activity as a method of creation, and then declare it to be ‘very good’?

    Again quoted from AiG website: “Actually, these passages indicate very specifically that carnivorous activity is an evil—that is, a physical rather than a moral evil. The Hebrew word translated ‘hurt’ in the KJV of Isaiah 11:9 and 65:25 is raa. Elsewhere in the Old Testament, the most frequent translation of this word is ‘do evil’. Other translations include ‘afflict’ and ‘do wickedly’. It is related to ra, the usual word for ‘evil’ in the Old Testament—and that includes both moral and physical evil. As for the word translated ‘destroy’ in the KJV in Isaiah 11:9 and 65:25 (shachath), the core meaning is ‘mar’ or ‘corrupt’. No wonder carnivorous activity has no place in the new creation!”

    “Isaiah 11:6–9 ends with the words, ‘They will not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’
    Summarizing this passage, Nigel Cameron writes:

    ‘Essentially it has two thrusts of teaching—it implies that there is, in fact, something fundamentally awry in the animal kingdom; that the predation and animosity which characterise it are not as they should be. And, secondly, it asserts that it is man’s religious condition that is responsible for this state of things; the absence from the earth of the “knowledge of the Lord”. Human sin and evil in nature are interconnected in a relation of cause and effect.’ ”

    There is a full treatment of these two passages at the following link which gives further convincing evidence for the ‘no death before the fall’ idea. http://creation.com/the-carniv.....of-animals

    Adam also knew what death was and this is evident when God said to Adam;
    Genesis 2:16-17 “But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

    It is absurd to think that God would say something to Adam that he did not understand, has never seen or never experienced. It is clear Adam fully understood what death was he witnessed it first hand in the task God gave him in naming ALL the animals.

    Of course Adam knew what death was, but again, I think you make too much of this. I don’t think it necessarily means that he actually witnessed death in the animal world firsthand.

    God obviously created Adam with a whole range of vocabulary words that he already knew the meaning of from the beginning. Death would have been one of those words. Otherwise, how could God have had any kind of communication with Adam at all if he had to learn a language and the meaning of the words by experience?

    God boasts about feeding the Carnivores

    The Bible indicates that God Himself is implicated in the death of animals. First, God killed animals to clothe Adam and Eve after the fall and then killed many animals during the flood. God set up the system of animal sacrifice for atonement of sin. In addition, scripture tells us that God created carnivores (chayah) on day 6. Contrary to a “perfect creation” doctrine, the scriptures indicate that God provides food for the carnivores of the Earth, therefore condoning the death of some animals for the survival of others. If animal death was not part of God’s “perfect creation” I very much doubt He’d be bragging about it!

    You are not being fair here. This happened AFTER the fall.

    For that matter though, God is also implicated in the death of humans. So what? What is important is what He tells us in His Word. And He clearly tells us they were all vegetarian in the beginning. God is the author of life! He is pro life, but death is the punishment for sin. Sure, God killed an animal in the Garden of Eden, but that was not wrong. That was after Adam sinned and was a clear demonstration to them of the fact that sin brings death. As you well know, it set the stage for the idea of substitutionary animal sacrifices for our sins that eventually led up to the death of God’s Son Himself – whose death also was orchestrated by God!

    Again, His killing of animals was all post-Fall, so I see no problem with this. In the passages you quoted, He is showing Job His power, superiority, and glory over all creation. He is showing that He takes care of the needs of the animals and cares for them as well. God is the great Provider!

  49. Did pain exist before the fall?

    Pain was part of God’s original creation and therefore creation was not perfect. The passage above clearly states that God increased pain not give us a new sensation or experience that did not exist.

    Genesis 3:16 “Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

    Let’s remember that in the new heaven and earth, God tells us that there will be no more pain. This seems to indicate that pain would not have been part of God’s “very good” world. In other words, it seems like it is something to be remedied and fixed and done away with.

    There are two different words for pain used in Gen. 3:16.

    Copied from AiG website: “Both words have similar definitions, meaning “pain” and “sorrows” with other connotations like “hurt” or “labor.” So, their differences are miniscule. But really there is a two-fold aspect to this pain. There is physical pain in the actual birthing process (most mothers can attest to this) and mental anguish (e.g., sorrows) associated with having children in a sin-cursed world.

    Consider that Eve not only went through the pain of child bearing during delivery, but she also had to endure the loss of Abel, her own son, slain by his own brother. Consider also Mary, who saw her son Jesus die on the cross. So, there are two prongs to this, and, of course, seeing one of your children die is an extreme example. But it would be rare, if not impossible task, to find a mother who has not seen her children suffer in some manner, from starvation to sickness, cuts, scrapes, and so on.”

    The article goes on to say that going from a pain free state to a state of pain in childbirth would constitute an increase in pain – zero to whatever. Same with emotional pain. But there is perhaps a better way to look at it.

    Note that as soon as they sinned, they experienced emotional pain. They knew they were naked and they were ashamed. They knew they had blown it big time. And when God came to see them, they hid – more emotional pain.
    So, when the Lord spoke to the woman and said that she would have increased pain and sorrows in childbearing, this is not to be taken as compared to the pre-Fall point, but from the Fall to the point when the Lord spoke. She began feeling pain due to sin, but then Lord revealed there was much more to come (greatly increase the pains). And, of course, it finally results in death.

    Another section copied from the AiG article:
    “But this brings up another point: what changed during the Fall to result in pain?

    There are actually several possibilities, such as:

    1. Sensation, as a whole, intensified at the Fall to permit pain.

    2. Innerworkings of the body (e.g., the pelvis bones for childbearing) no longer function as originally designed, causing increased sensation.

    3. Potential design changes at the Fall (e.g., pelvic bones for childbearing) resulted in increased sensation.

    4. God no longer upholds the world in a perfect state so that extreme sensation can now be felt resulting in pain. [Recall that while the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, their clothes did not wear out and their feet didn’t swell (Deut 8:4; Nehemiah 9:21) Remember that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the fiery furnace where no flame affected them (Daniel 3:27)? Moses died at 120 years old, and yet his eyes were not dim and his natural vigor was not diminished (Deut34:7)? With God upholding everything in a perfect state, there would have been no pain.]

    In fact, pain may be a combination of these or other factors in a post-Fall world.”

    Andre said:

    Why a perfect creation is not Gospel and why it matters

    If God’s initial creation was perfect and humans managed to bungle it up then Jesus would be nothing more than God’s plan B for us because it means that His design was flawed from the onset and he had to create a backup plan. On the other hand if creation was perfect and we never sinned because Adam never ate from the tree and there was no death ever in this supposed “perfect creation” then there could never have been a resurrection. Part of God’s original plan involved the defeat of evil. According to the Bible, Satan, God’s highest created angelic being, rebelled against God, taking one third of the angels with Him. These beings attempt to deceive human beings into following them into rebellion against God. Jesus Christ came to earth as part of God’s original plan to defeat evil and redeem mankind. God has a higher purpose for this creation than the prevention of evil and suffering. The Bible indicates that evil and suffering provides believers with a means to witness to others, including angels, about our faith. Suffering also produces patience and endurance and conforms us to the image of Christ, the purpose for which we were created.

    God will not restore original paradise He will destroy it and He will create everything new.

    If God’s original creation was indeed perfect as some believe then there would be no reason to destroy it, God can just restore it. The Bible is clear God will destroy this good, very good and not so good creation and will create a brand new perfect creation.

    If two of God’s perfect creation have been corrupted it pretty much says that the designer sucks! Worse still if He is also perfect and His perfect creations became tainted so can He! The evidence however suggest that we where not created perfectly and there is a reason for that, That reason is free will.

    God uses both of these words to refer to what will happen in the future. In Acts 3:21, He uses the word “restore”. “until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” (most certainly a reference to Is. 11 & 65.) And in other passages He uses the word “destroy”. It seems that God will completely destroy what now exists and create a new heaven and earth which will be a restoration of what originally existed in many ways.

    God’s original plan before He even created the world was to send Jesus to redeem mankind from their sins. Eph. 1:4 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”
    This shows that God’s plan of redemption had already been established before creation. This plan of salvation was in place before He even created the universe. Like you said, humans had the potential to sin – in other words, they had free will.

    If you think the Designer sucks for creating humans with free will as opposed to creating a world full of suffering, pain, disease, evil, and death, well I guess you are welcome to your opinion. Personally, if that was the world the Creator made, I would think that Designer sucks.

    Likewise, you seem to be saying that free will is a flaw. So for you, a perfect creation would have been one that had robots instead of humans with free will?

    I guess it depends on whether you believe free will was a flaw or not. They had the potential to choose right or wrong, but they themselves were created without sin and in a perfect relationship with God. Does this mean they were imperfect?

    Humans certainly didn’t ruin God’s plan and to claim they did is to bring slander God’s character because you are saying that there was nothing He could do about it.

    The Bible is clear that God cannot sin or change so we needn’t worry about Him losing His perfection.

    It is true that God had a higher purpose for this creation than preventing evil and suffering, but still that doesn’t mean that evil and suffering existed from the beginning as a result of His inability to create a perfect world. These things later came into the world just as God knew they would.

    What does Jesus have to say about his role in this?

    When Jesus spoke with Martha he had the following to say;
    John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life” It is crystal clear that from the start there has been a perfect plan and not a perfect creation. Had it been a perfect creation tainted by humans then it would have been perfectly reasonable that Jesus would have said. “I have become the resurrection so I can save you”

    Try as I might, I fail to see how this verse has anything to do with whether the creation was perfect or not or why Jesus would have should have said what you claim if the original creation was perfect. Sorry, can you please explain this more?

    In Conclusion
    Believing that God’s original creation was “perfect” in every way; that had no weeds, no diseases, no suffering, and no death is incorrect. In reality, the “perfect paradise” paradigm fails in its lack of biblical support and also in the underlying assumptions that it forces upon a “Christian” worldview. Under the “perfect paradise” paradigm, God is relegated to the position of a poor designer, whose plans for the perfect creation are ruined by the disobedience of Adam, Eve and the angels!

    Only if you disregard the clear teaching of Scripture that shows He planned for the redemptive work of Jesus before He even created anything.

    In this “perfect creation” idea God is now forced to come up with ” His plan B,” in which He vindictively creates weeds, disease, carnivorous animals, and death to get back at humanity for their sin. This also contradicts the Biblical teaching that God stopped with creation on day six because God would have had to biologically change all the animals so they may become carnivores, this would mean that God had to extend creation and that is blatantly false. In contrast, the universe was created with a perfect purpose, in which human beings are to choose good from evil and bring glory to God.

    No, all He has to do is carry out Plan A as He planned all along. Nothing took Him by surprise. Funny how you view His punishment for sin as being vindictive, but are completely comfortable to say that God is the author of pain, suffering, bloodshed, disease, and death, and that He is completely good and His creation was “very good”.

    Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical to me.

    Is He a good, loving, and trustworthy God who created everything “very good?” Does that fit with pain, suffering, bloodshed, disease, and death? Not in my book.

    As a righteous God who hates sin and must punish sin, He is certainly more than justified in bringing a curse on the world and on humans who rebelled. Isn’t a righteous God who punishes sin far better than a God who creates a world with pain, suffering, bloodshed, disease, and death? Maybe that is a matter of opinion, I don’t know. I know where I stand on that issue.

    God would not have had to biologically change all the animals because even carnivores can live on plants and do eat plants sometimes. Certainly changes did take place in the biological world and we don’t know exactly how God did that. The Bible is not clear on that.

    He could have created the ability for self-defense and offense as latent genes that simply needed to be switched on at some point.

    He could have created them with the genetic diversity that would allow these things to evolve through adaptation and natural selection over time.

    He could have manually made the changes in each organism as well. After all, He created them all in 3 days so it would not have been a problem for Him to do that. So I really don’t see a problem here.

    Sure, we are to choose between good and evil. Adam did this but made the wrong choice! He made the first choice – the choice to trust God or believe the serpent and trust his own discernment. But none of that means that evil had to exist from the beginning.

    The perfect purpose as opposed to “perfect creation” states that God created the universe as a temporary place, in which evil and suffering fulfill the will of God toward a higher goal than just to give us pleasure or a supposed perfect creation for his creatures to live in.

    OK, that may very well be the case, but why couldn’t it be like this?
    God created the universe as a temporary place, into which evil and suffering made an entrance when man sinned. In this fallen world, evil and suffering fulfill the will of God toward a higher goal than just to give us pleasure, but even evil and suffering can be used by God to bring about good and bring glory to His name.

    This could be true regardless of whether the original creation was perfect or not.

    As you know, the global flood is representative of the future global judgment that God will bring on this earth. It was truly a catastrophic event and would have created havoc with the earth’s geology. There is absolutely no way to believe in a global flood while at the same time viewing the rock layers it would have created as evidence for millions of years of slow uniformitarian geological processes, unless you take a very unscientific view of what the flood was like.

    From AiG: “In the New Testament we read that the Creator and Saviour of the world became flesh and dwelt among us. In Acts 10:38 we are told that Jesus, our Creator “went about doing good.” Some of the good things Jesus did were, for example, feeding the hungry, healing diseases, giving sight to the blind, stopping natural disasters, and raising the dead. The healing ministry of Jesus was a confrontation of evil, suffering, and death. His good work of healing ministry was one that served and benefited humanity. However, the problem here for those who believe these things were part of God’s original creation is this: If these things are all “very good”, why does Jesus do good works to try and counteract them? Why is eliminating them viewed as “doing good”?”

    So, Andre, if Adam’s sin did not bring physical death into the world, if it didn’t bring weeds and disease into the world, if it did not bring a curse on the earth itself, then what in the world did it do?

    How was the earth cursed?

    What does it mean that weeds and thistles will come forth if they already existed?

    Did his sin bring only spiritual death?

    Perhaps the original creation was not perfect in the sense that heaven is perfect, but we can know that there was no pain, no crying, no death, and no curse. God dwelled there in the Garden and men had fellowship with God and there was no sin. At least it was perfect in this sense.

    I’m not sure what sense it would not have been perfect except perhaps the fact that in heaven, humans will no longer even have the capacity to sin in heaven. They will be completely justified and free from sin!

    I believe God’s presence will be more fully felt in heaven than it was in the Garden as well. Certainly, we’re told about the heavenly city of Jerusalem and about streets paved with gold, etc. so that would be another difference, but as far as the things that the two places have in common, both seem “very good” to me.

    Yet if one is filled with death, pain, suffering, disease, and sin, how can it truly be “very good”? That is what does not make sense to me. These things just seem to be opposite each other and I personally am not able to reconcile them in light of the clear statements God makes.

    I know there are still scientific problems for the YEC view, but no side has all the problems solved. I like the YEC view because I think it fits with Scripture and with the character of God the best.

    God bless!

  50. TJGUY

    Very nice responses, but let us start with this? Do you understand what perfect means? How much time have you spent on understanding everything about perfection? We can interpret English meanings of words in and out of context but we may not do so with Hebrew, the original language that God’s word was written in, and always remember it is God’s word. Old Hebrew text only use the word “tov”

    What does “good” mean?

    The first use of this word is in Genesis chapter one where calls his handiwork “good”. It should always be remembered that the Hebrews often relate descriptions to functionality. The word tov would best be translated with the word “functional”. When looked at his handiwork he did not see that it was “good”, he saw that it was functional, kind of like a well oiled and tuned machine. In contrast to this word is the Hebrew word “ra”. These two words, tov and ra are used for the tree of the knowledge of “good” and “evil”. While “ra” is often translated as evil it is best translated as “dysfunctional.

    http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/27_good.html

    So your task to start with, what is the difference between good and perfect?

  51. TJGUY

    Your second point about the ground being cursed, I talk about it in my article, this makes God nothing more than a vindictive and angry knob spiting the people for ruining His “perfect creation” Is this even consistent with God of the bible? I beg to differ, God is not vindictive, spiteful or petty. God is just and its perfectly explainable that his seperation from his creation would increase the growth rate of weeds, BTW weeds do serve a purpose.

    From an agricultural publication

    http://farmprogress.com/blogs-.....rpose-5043

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  53. TJGUY

    Chayyah

    http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/2421b.htm

    It’s literal translation is beast.

    Genesis makes a clear distinction between Chayyah (Beasts) and Beh?ma (Herbivores), God does not mislead, God is truth.

  54. TJGUY

    Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you;”

    It is true that God says to us he gives us all the greens as food, but lets be clear there is no prohibition on eating flesh anywhere. If it was then it would be said. God does not deceive. Also remember “the life is in the blood” means we may not drink blood again no prohibition on eating flesh.

  55. TJGUY

    Last thing for the day;

    God is the unchanging standard, the unmoved mover, You have to explain to me how such a being can curse the world with death and then brag about how he uses death to feed the animals that he never intended in feeding meat in the first place! That god is of double standards if you ask me and certainly not worth following!

    God says No meat! and then he says hey check me feeding them animals meat, I rock! That’s not the God of the Bible! He is the unchanging standard!

  56. One last thing on meat,

    Genesis 8:21 “And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.”

    I don’t think a God that says; NO MEAT! is going to let us know how the aroma of burnt flesh (braaivleis where I come from) pleased Him. That God is inconsistent and I’d rather not worship him because I have to ask Hey God what’s it gonna be? He might change the rules again tomorrow who knows?

    Maybe next week he wants everyone to be vegetarian again (I’m married to one). I don’t trust that God! Do you?

  57. Andre: your post @ 56 brings up a point: is God being inconsistent when he decrees that meat can be eaten (see Genesis chapter 8) or is he adapting to what mankind’s needs are?

    Darwin questioned why some animals are venomous, and wondered if this was part of God’s creation. Consider that existing features [of animals] were put to a different use from what was originally purposed. It’s obviously not possible to establish for a certainty how things were in the distant past by observing the present. Conditions have changed. But we do have a clear statement from the past, namely Genesis 1:29, 30: “And God went on to say: ‘Here I have given to you all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed. To you let it serve as food. And to every wild beast of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving upon the earth and in which there is life as a soul I have given all green vegetation for food.’”

    This does not mean that vegetation was merely the ultimate basis for food supply through a chain of animal life. Obviously it was not the case with humans because later when they were to begin to get some nourishment from animal flesh they had to be given a special concession. (Genesis 9:3) Further, during the Flood of Noah’s day, eight humans and ‘flying creatures and all moving animals of the ground’ were obliged to live on vegetable matter exclusively for more than a year. (Genesis 6:17-21) And the fact that Isaiah 11:6-9 and 65:25 specifically state that former predators will be at peace with other animals, and the lion will eat straw like the bull, would seem to confirm that animals and humans were meant to be vegetation eaters.

    As for the many predators being suited for the chase and the kill, what about humans? They have shown an extremely efficient talent for attacking and killing their fellowman. Does that argue for humans’ being designed that way from the beginning? Yet, it’s plausible to believe that humankind and animal kind were originally designed to live at peace with one another and to get their nourishment from vegetation. That original purpose will be restored during the Messianic Kingdom. We will have to wait and see how those prophecies are fulfilled.

  58. 58
    sagebrush gardener

    tjguy:

    Andre:

    Adam named the animals using terms that described their carnivorous activity.
    What did Adam name these animals?
    Lion: ‘a?ri?y/’arye?h; in the sense of violence

    This I think is your strongest argument.

    Really? I thought this was among the weakest. What evidence is there that Adam spoke Hebrew? Whatever language Adam used when he named the animals was surely lost at Babel, if not before. I would not think that the Hebrew names for these animals had any relation to whatever Adam originally called them.

  59. Andre @50

    TJGUY
    Very nice responses, but let us start with this?

    Do you understand what perfect means? How much time have you spent on understanding everything about perfection?

    We can interpret English meanings of words in and out of context but we may not do so with Hebrew, the original language that God’s word was written in, and always remember it is God’s word. Old Hebrew text only use the word “tov”

    What does “good” mean?

    The first use of this word is in Genesis chapter one where calls his handiwork “good”. It should always be remembered that the Hebrews often relate descriptions to functionality.

    The word tov would best be translated with the word “functional”. When looked at his handiwork he did not see that it was “good”, he saw that it was functional, kind of like a well oiled and tuned machine.

    In contrast to this word is the Hebrew word “ra”. These two words, tov and ra are used for the tree of the knowledge of “good” and “evil”. While “ra” is often translated as evil it is best translated as “dysfunctional.

    http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/27_good.html
    So your task to start with, what is the difference between good and perfect?

    Andre, thanks for your responses. You separated the issues in different posts and that makes it easier to follow. Thanks. First, in post 50, you bring up the translation of the Hebrew word “tov” which is translated “good” in the Bible.

    .
    Here is an excerpt from an article on the AiG website about this word:

    “In Genesis 1:31 God’s appreciation formula (good—Genesis 1:4, 12, 18, 21, 25) is modified in order to show that His creation is not just good but very good. Verse 31 states “all that He had made” instead of just individual items such as light (v. 4).

    When good, tov ???? , is accompanied by very, me’od ????? , it is an absolute superlative implying much more than a beautiful creation.

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    In their commentary on Genesis, the respected nineteenth century Old Testament scholars Keil and Delitzsch, experts on biblical Hebrew, commented on Genesis 1:31:

    By the application of the term “good” to everything God made, and the repetition of the word with the emphasis “very” at the close of the whole creation, the existence of anything evil is absolutely denied . . . (Keil and Delitzsch 1886, p. 67)”

    .
    I read what Jeff Benner says on his website. I don’t really know who he is, but I tend to trust the experts who over time have poured hours of study into the translation of the Bible and they always translate it “good”. If it should be translated functional, then you would think the experts would agree so I have some questions about his claim.

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    Also, he simply asserts that “It should always be remembered that the Hebrews often relate descriptions to functionality.” Even if this is so, I don’t see how it should influence our translation of Genesis 1. The clear meaning of Scripture seems to be “good” as opposed to simply “functional”. The dysfunctional part came about as a result of man’s sin at the fall. This has been the traditional understanding throughout most of history.

    .
    If Mr. Benner is right, then he has come up with an amazing insight that has been hidden from Jewish and Hebrew scholars all through the centuries. If he is right, it seems strange that God was unable to clearly communicate through the written word for all these years! If this is true, what else might we be missing in the Bible?

    .
    Every word has various meanings. Usually a main meaning and then sub meanings, but simply because it can have various meanings does not mean we are free to decide which meaning it should have in a particular passage. The author’s intent is most important. His description of God’s created world and the results of the fall fit quite well with the meaning of “tov” as “good” rather than “functional” in my view. You may disagree.

    .
    Just curious, but what reason do you give for saying the tree of good and evil should best be translated the of function and dysfunction? Why is “ra” best translated as dysfunctional?

    .
    What evidence do you have to back up this claim and why don’t scholars agree with you? If “Ra” is usually translated as “evil”, then there is a good reason for that.

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    It is the main meaning of the word which means that you need a good reason to discard it and choose a different meaning.

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    The Bible says that God’s creation, when finished, was “very good”. I’m willing to drop the word perfect as long as you are willing to admit that “very good” would not encompass evil, death – the last enemy, suffering, disease, pain, etc. I would say it was near perfect, but certainly it was not heaven and humans did have the capacity to choose evil. That seems to be your point in saying that it was not perfect.

    .
    I’ll grant you that point, but that doesn’t mean you can fit in all that other stuff under the meaning of an “almost perfect” world that God Himself declares to be very good.

    .
    Sin, sickness, suffering, and death are things that God is seeking to do away with. They are not very good in any sense of the word no matter how you try and spin it. They do not exist in heaven because they are not good. In fact, as I mentioned, death is the “last enemy”. God hates sin, evil, and wickedness. Jesus healed the sick. And suffering, although God is able to use it to bring about good, is not good in and of itself in any way. Jesus’ suffering on the cross was the ultimate in suffering and it was necessary only because of sin, which God hates. It is never presented as something that is good, let alone “very good”.

  60. Andre@51

    TJGUY

    Your second point about the ground being cursed, I talk about it in my article, this makes God nothing more than a vindictive and angry knob spiting the people for ruining His “perfect creation” Is this even consistent with God of the bible?

    I beg to differ, God is not vindictive, spiteful or petty.

    God is just and its perfectly explainable that his seperation from his creation would increase the growth rate of weeds, BTW weeds do serve a purpose.

    From an agricultural publication
    http://farmprogress.com/blogs-…..rpose-5043

    .

    Andre, I already answered this in my first post. But let me add to it.

    What do you think, Andre? Is it right to be angry at evil and punish sin or not?

    Did Jesus sin when he angrily reprimanded the Pharisees for their sinful hypocrisy? As you know, the Bible says “Be angry and do not sin.” Eph. 4: 26. Is God telling us to sin here? No. Obviously there is a righteous anger that is actually a good thing. In fact, if God hates sin, I think it is safe to say that we should too. So there are times when it is actually a sin not to hate or when hate is moral – not hate of people, but hate of evil.

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    God is a righteous Judge. He is exalted when He judges the world with righteousness.

    Unless you are going to claim that God’s judgment is unfair or unrighteous in Genesis 3, then I don’t see a problem here. It feels like to me that you are impugning the character of God here in order to save your scientific views. That is how it comes across, but I know that is not your intention.

    Speaking of God’s judgment in Isaiah 2:11, we read this: “The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.”

    .
    Why do you assume that God’s judgment is petty? That is never how it is presented in the Bible.

    .
    Why do you assume Adam & Eve’s sin was some silly little thing? Do you think they were punished for eating a piece of fruit that they were told not to eat? For far more than that, although one sin is enough to make us guilty of the whole law(James 2:10) They were punished for their lack of trust and belief in God. They chose to rely on themselves, to be their own bosses, to doubt God, and to rebel against Him in order to try and gain wisdom. It was this direct rebellion against God that brought about the judgment. God fairly warned them ahead of time too, so they can’t claim they didn’t know.

    .
    So you think God’s judgment was nothing more than an increase in weeds?

    I would have no problem with that IF that is what the text says, but it doesn’t say that. It says that “thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;” This is in the future tense.

    .
    I have no problem with the fact that weeds can also serve a purpose, but the implication here is that they serve a negative purpose. They were given specifically to increase the sweat of man’s brow when he works and tries to grow crops. It is a negative thing in view here.

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    Besides, rather than look at God’s judgment here as petty, vindictive, and angry, I think we should look at it as merciful and even loving.

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    After all, God could have killed them both right on the spot and He would have been completely just. No one could argue with Him. The penalty of sin is death, like He warned them. Rather than see pettiness and vindictiveness, I think we should be thankful for His mercy and grace. He allows us to live and even had a prior plan to pay the penalty for our sins with the suffering and death of His own Son!

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    Sometimes God’s judgments in the OT seem harsh, but often they came only after hundreds of years of longsuffering and amazing patience that neither you nor I would be able to demonstrate. In Adam’s case, the judgment was immediate, but it was more lenient that it could have been, so I prefer to look at His judgment here as a plus rather than a minus, something to give thanks for rather than something to criticize Him for.

  61. Andre@53

    TJGUY

    Chayyah

    http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/2421b.htm

    It’s literal translation is beast.

    Genesis makes a clear distinction between Chayyah (Beasts) and Beh?ma (Herbivores), God does not mislead, God is truth.

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    Yes, that is the meaning of the word, but did you notice that He also clearly gives these same “beasts” the plants for food in the beginning?

    .
    Now which do you think better fits the character of God?

    - Creating a peaceful environment where there is no killing, suffering, or bloodshed?

    - Or

    - creating animals who hunt, kill, and eat each other?

    .

    Plants were given to EVERY living thing as food. Although it does not say specifically that they could not eat meat, I think the onus is on you to show why they were created to eat meat from the beginning.

    .
    I mean, if they also ate meat, then why wouldn’t God have also said that He gives them meat for food as well? This whole statement would lose it’s meaning and become unnecessary if meat was also intended for food.

    .
    There would have been no need to say anything about their food. Rather, I think this shows God’s desire for His creation. Again, we have the Isaiah passages that refer to the wickedness of meat eating and to the absence of death, suffering, and pain in heaven which also shows God’s ultimate desire.

    .
    God knew they would soon become meat eaters but this was not a part of His original creation. To implicate God for this is, even though He clearly says that He gave them plants to eat, is a serious problem in my view.

  62. Andre@54

    TJGUY

    Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you;”

    .

    It is true that God says to us he gives us all the greens as food, but lets be clear there is no prohibition on eating flesh anywhere. If it was then it would be said. God does not deceive. Also remember “the life is in the blood” means we may not drink blood again no prohibition on eating flesh.

    .

    Of course God does not deceive. That is why I would rather stick with what He does say than put words in His mouth.
    Andre, you seem to think that since God didn’t clearly prohibit eating meat that it was OK. But you forget what He did give permission to eat – the plants.

    And you forget that He declared His creation to be “very good”.

    And you forget that for humans at least, even though He never clearly prohibited the eating of meat, this was taken as a prohibition for eating meat!

    .
    It wasn’t until after the flood that they were finally given permission to eat meat. If they had already been eating meat, obviously there would have been no need for such permission.

    .

    Yes, I understand that eating blood was/is prohibited and I didn’t bring up that verse to make that point. I agree with you there. It has nothing to do with a prohibition on eating flesh. At that time, God had already given them permission to eat meat, so there was no prohibition on eating meat anyway.

  63. Andre@ 55

    TJGUY

    Last thing for the day;

    God is the unchanging standard, the unmoved mover, You have to explain to me how such a being can curse the world with death and then brag about how he uses death to feed the animals that he never intended in feeding meat in the first place! That god is of double standards if you ask me and certainly not worth following!

    God says No meat! and then he says hey check me feeding them animals meat, I rock! That’s not the God of the Bible! He is the unchanging standard!

    .

    God is holy and He never changes, but that does not mean that He always deals with man in the same way.

    God fully intended for the animals to eventually become meat eaters. Why? Because He knew that Adam would sin and that He would curse the earth as part of the judgment. After the fall, killing animals would certainly have been permissible – not for eating purposes in the beginning, but certainly to protect oneself.
    .
    God’s “bragging” about feeding the animals is to show His care for His creation.

    If you think God is not worth following, that is up to you, but personally, I would have more trouble with a God who before the Fall creates a world full of disease, suffering, death, pain, and evil and calls it “very good”, than I would with a God who takes care of the creatures He created by providing meat for food in a fallen world that has been invaded by sin and death due to man’s sin. But maybe that is just me???

    .
    About unchanging standards. Do you offer sacrifices for your sin? Why not?

    The Bible says you should!

    How is it that Abraham could marry his half sister, Isaac, his relative, and Cain, his sister back then, but was later prohibited in the law of Moses? Why don’t you go to church on Saturday, the Sabbath? (maybe you do, I don’t know.) Why is it OK to eat shell fish now, but in the OT it was wrong?

    .
    The problem is here that the actual eating of meat is not evil in and of itself. In a “perfect” world, it would have violated the peace and harmony and created order so it was wrong, but once that order had been lost, then, the problem prohibiting it disappeared and so eating meat was permitted. At least that is my guess.

    Maybe that is a question you will have to ask God when you get to heaven, I don’t know. All I know is what God tells us in His Word.

    .
    God prohibited the Jews from doing certain things that were not wrong in an intrinsic sense, but were only wrong in the sense that they violated God’s authority. He had reasons for these ceremonial and special laws – they were to set His people apart from the nations so that people would clearly see they were God’s chosen people.

    But Jesus fulfilled the Law so many of these commands no longer apply to us. In fact, Jesus further elucidated the meaning of some of the OT laws that He reiterated in the NT. Not only is adultery wrong, but so is lust in the heart. And yet, Jesus says that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

    .
    God Himself has not changed. His covenant with man has changed numerous times over the past. We now live under the New Covenant and that is different than the Jews who lived under the Old Covenant in the OT.

    .
    So, unless you are going to accuse God of changing because of these things, new rules in new covenants(the permission for eating meat was given in the Noahic Covenant), would seem to invalidate God’s Word. Your position would then mean that God actually does change which is antibiblical.

    But you aren’t really willing to go that far, are you?

  64. Andre@56

    One last thing on meat,

    Genesis 8:21 “And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent
    toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.”

    .
    I don’t think a God that says; NO MEAT! is going to let us know how the aroma of burnt flesh (braaivleis where I come from) pleased Him. That God is inconsistent and I’d rather not worship him because I have to ask Hey God what’s it gonna be? He might change the rules again tomorrow who knows?

    Maybe next week he wants everyone to be vegetarian again (I’m married to one). I don’t trust that God! Do you?

    .
    I see so you are saying that God does not have the right to make new rules for specific purposes as He works out His plan of salvation. I disagree, because I don’t think we can tell God what He can and cannot do.

    .
    Yes, I certainly do trust that God. What He says goes. He has the right to make changes like this and as I showed in my last post, He has done this on many occasions.

    .
    So I guess you will have to decide whether or not you can trust Him or not.

    .

    He has told us that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin so I have no worries about Him changing His mind. If God makes a change, He will let us know and until that time, we have no need to worry about anything.

    Besides, now we have His Word as His final revelation and He cannot violate His Word so certain things cannot now be changed.

    .
    Andre, I guess I don’t take Gen. 8:28 literally. I find it hard to imagine that the actual smell of burnt flesh has any meaning to God.

    .
    But really, do you think He actually smells the burnt flesh and gets happy?!

    .
    In fact, God is a Spirit and I’m not sure if He can really smell or not. This is clearly a metaphor, written in language that we can understand. In the NT, our prayers rising to heaven are said to be sweet smelling incense. It is a similar idea here.

    .
    Also, are you aware of all the verses that say that God does NOT delight in burnt offerings, etc?

    .
    For instance, here is one in Is. 1:11-13. What is it that makes an offering either a delight or a turn off to God?

    Is. 1:11-13 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations — I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.”

    .

    So is this a mistake in the Bible? Is God finicky? One day He delights in sacrifices and the next He does not?
    .
    True, it would be hard to follow a God like that! But I think you need to think about why God does or does not delight in sacrifices to understand this. Look at Is. 1:13.

    Isn’t it that their offerings are given in vain? They are simply going through the motions without approaching God with a repentant spirit? They offer sacrifices but their hearts are far from God. It is like what Jesus criticized the Pharisees for in Mt. 15. “So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;”

    David said this in Ps .51 16-17: “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”

    .
    So here we have the answer. He wants us to bring sacrifices as a means of repentance. Without a broken and contrite heart, the sacrifices mean nothing to God. So really, it is not the actual blood of the bulls and goats themselves that God desires, but the repentant spirit of the one who offers them as a sacrifice for their sins.

    In fact, rather than sacrifices, God desires obedience! Listen to what Samuel says in I Sam. 15:22 “And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

    .
    There are many more references that back this up, but I think you get the point. In the beginning there was no need for death. But when sin came, death became a necessary evil because the principle is that “the soul that sinneth shall die.” And “the wages of sin is death.” Death became necessary to save us from our sin, so God cannot be implicated in death that pays for our sins.

    This is seen right from the third chapter of Genesis where God killed an animal to provide a covering for Adam & Eve. This symbolizes the temporary covering that the blood of bulls and goats provided for us humans until the perfect sacrifice came and completely took away all our sins. So now sacrifices are no longer needed.
    .

    Are you willing to follow a God who once required a sacrifice for sin, but now doesn’t? What if He gets finicky and changes His mind again?

  65. TJGUY

    Very good is still not perfect.

    If od wanted us to know that His creation was perfect He would have told the author of genesis that it was perfect.

    Very Good

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/very+good

    Perfect

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/perfect

    God does not mislead or say what He does not mean, God is consistent!

  66. TJGUY

    At No 60

    God is just. God will punish and discipline but god is NOT spiteful. Changing everything and dropping weed where there was none is spiteful, also it would mean God extended the creation event because he made new stuff that is just false!

  67. TJGUY

    @61

    This is important, in the verse I highlighted God made a distinction between Herbivore’s and carnivores this is important. A Clear distinction. You see God says what he must Her does not confuse or deceive. He makes a clear distinction between the two and this is before the fall.

  68. TJGUY

    @62

    If meat was not allowed then God would have said. “Don’t eat meat!”

    Tell me did Jesus also eat of the fish when he fed the 5000?

    Did Jesus dip his bread in the meat bowl as well at the last supper? Do you think He did not eat it?

    I’m confident that that if the Creator of the universe dipped his bread in the meat dish he ate the meat!

  69. TJGUY

    @63

    See here is where perfect creation people get it wrong…..

    You say “I see so you are saying that God does not have the right to make new rules for specific purposes as He works out His plan of salvation. I disagree, because I don’t think we can tell God what He can and cannot do.”

    Do you know what you are saying here? As we messed up the omniscient all knowing God that is the creator and sustain er of the universe is changing the rules as things develop…. Much like this….

    “I am God and those pesky humans just messed up my creation! How shall I remedy this and save face? O Yes I’ll change my own rules! That will show them!” Yeah I’ll zap em with weeds and pain and mmmmm… let me see they can eat meat and get cancer!” “Then when all is done I’ll kill myself on the cross to show them!” “I think my plan is brilliant!”

    This is not a consistent god… This is a fool I don’t worship a fool I worship the unchanging standard!

    It is through pain and suffering and death that God showed us HIS glory…. Had Adam never ate the fruit Jesus would never have been and this is the Gospel truth

    John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

  70. Andre @69

    Do you suppose it might be presumptuous to say that ‘[If I am wrong] God is a fool’? or ‘You would rather not worship Him’ (56)? I assume there is a parenthetical ‘If I am wrong (and I could be)’, and I suppose I have been guilty of writing similar statements, but (I have to say) I am uncomfortable with the tone of these statements.

  71. Bevets

    If I am wrong I am the fool. The Perfect creation God that is being sold is not the creator of the universe, The perfect creation God makes Jesus plan B. Is Jesus plan B?

    If this perfect creation God created perfect Angels who then rebelled, and he created perfect humans who also rebelled what does it say about his creative power? Can we even trust a God whose perfect creations keeps breaking?

    I trust the God that says to me, What you have here is good, very good but no so good, I however make this promise to you; When you have used your free will and have chosen freely I will honor your will with things much better than you can ever imagine. I promise that!

  72. The unchanging Standard….

    I hope this helps to put what it means in perspective and dare I say, Thank God for His unchanging Standards!

    http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wo.....22012.html

  73. I will close off with this,

    God is the unchanging standard in His word he tells us this, When people make up stories that makes God change his mind more often than a baby changes his nappies then I am rightfully allowed to reject that doctrine as false. God makes it clear test everything and hold onto the good.

    Colossians 2:8 8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after zthe tradition of men, after the * rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

    The creator of the universe created a perfect plan and not a perfect creation. Perfect creation implies God is a poor designer, Jesus is plan B and God had to become vindictive to get back at us, only to after that feel sorry for us and send in his plan B to rescue us.

    The perfect plan shows us the glory of the creator because it was through pain suffering and death that He revealed His glory to us.

  74. Andre@65

    Very good is still not perfect.
    If od wanted us to know that His creation was perfect He would have told the author of genesis that it was perfect.
    God does not mislead or say what He does not mean, God is consistent!

    .
    Andre, I guess you missed what I wrote in response to this the first time. You didn’t interact with hardly anything I wrote, preferring instead to just repeat your argument, so maybe we’ve come as far as we can here. That’s too bad.

    Either that means you have no answer or, you are just not interested in answering.

    .

    Yes, I know the difference between “very good” and “perfect”.

    I need to ask you if you really know what the two words “very good” mean.

    The only imperfect thing I can see that possibly exists in God’s original creation is what you brought up about man having been created with the potential to choose evil. As you know, God thought having a free will is better than being a robot, so I guess this makes God’s world imperfect for you.

    .
    So, since this issue of a “perfect creation” seems to have you side-tracked, I’ll give in and say the original creation was not “perfect” in the strictest sense of the word.

    BUT as I’m sure you can understand, that does not mean that God’s

    original “very good” creation was filled with death, sickness, suffering,

    pain, evil, and bloodshed, does it?

    .

    Do you really think these things are “very good”?

    .

    Do you really think God does too?
    .

    According to your dictionary link, “very” means “in a high degree; extremely, exceedingly, even “truly” & “absolutely”.
    .

    Like I mentioned in the earlier post, when tov (good) is accompanied by me’od(very), it is an absolute superlative implying much more than a beautiful creation.

    .
    And, “in their commentary on Genesis, the respected nineteenth century Old Testament scholars Keil and Delitzsch, experts on biblical Hebrew, commented on Genesis 1:31:
    By the application of the term “good” to everything God made, and the repetition of the word with the emphasis “very” at the close of the whole creation, the existence of anything evil is absolutely denied . . . (Keil and Delitzsch 1886, p. 67)”

    Creating potential for evil/good, love/hate, etc. is very different from creating evil, death, bloodshed, disease, and suffering at least in my eyes. If you honestly think those things were part of God’s original creation and that they were all “very good” in His eyes, then fine. You need to make your own decisions.

    I just don’t think that normally those things would be defined by any person, let alone God, as “very good”!

    Remember that God hates sin and evil. To me, that means that sin and evil could not have been a part of God’s “very good” creation.

    .
    He sent Jesus to destroy death which He calls “the last enemy.” Usually you would not consider an enemy to be something that is “very good”.

    .
    He who heals sickness to relieve suffering. I see no evidence anywhere in Scripture that these things are even neutral, let alone good or “very good”.

    Do you have other Scriptural evidence to back this up?

    .

    I’m not responsible for your interpretation of God’s Word. We will all answer to Him for ourselves.

    “And God saw EVERYTHING THAT HE HAD MADE , and behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. “

    .

    Hallelujah! That’s the kind of Creator I want to worship!

    No wonder He tells us that the creation displays His glory and is a witness to His existence, power, and wisdom!

  75. Andre @ 66

    TJGUY @ No 60
    God is just. God will punish and discipline but god is NOT spiteful. Changing everything and dropping weed where there was none is spiteful, also it would mean God extended the creation event because he made new stuff that is just false!

    .

    I disagree, but you certainly have the right to view God’s judgment as “spiteful” if you wish. That is a matter of opinion.

    .
    Personally, I fail to see how “dropping weed where there was none before” is “spiteful”.

    .
    I explained my reasoning in post number 60 and again you failed to interact with my answer, so I will not repeat myself here as I doubt it would mean anything.

    .

    You bring up a second issue here. It seems that you don’t understand how God could have brought about the curse if He had completed His work of creation on Day 6.

    .
    God rested from His work of creation at the end of Day 6, right?

    OK, my question is this: Could He have cursed the earth without creating something new?

    .
    Perhaps He just switched on some genes that already existed.

    .
    Perhaps He just tweaked the genome of various creatures to allow for self-defense and offense.

    .
    The Bible does not tell us HOW He did it. It only says that He did it.

    So,I don’t know if this is a question that we can ever answer definitively. We can come up with some ideas, but to get a firm answer, we will just have to ask God how He did it when we reach heaven.

    .

    But I fear you prove too much here. If you want to say that God rested from creation after Day 6 was over, can I ask you a question?

    When did Day 6 end?

    .
    Have there been any new species that evolved since that time?

    .
    How does that fit in with God resting from His work of creation?

    This seems to be a problem for ID in my opinion. Dr. Hugh Ross thinks that God created every individual species that exists, but that causes him a great problem. How can he explain the new species that have been documented to have arisen in the past 20-30 years if God is resting from His creative work? That view falls flat on it’s face.

    .
    Creationists believe God created the original creatures with a very rich genome filled with information to allow many different types of sub species to evolve within the original created “kind” as creatures adapted to new and different environments. But we don’t believe that God is involved in this process of micro-evolution in a pro-active way. Creation ended on Day 6.

    .
    But ID seems to require intervention by the Creator all along the way unless you go with everything being front loaded.

    .
    If I’m wrong here, please correct me.

    .
    Front loading the original cell with the ability to evolve into all the individual life forms we see today just does not seem to fit with what God tells us about how He created the world in Genesis 1 & 2.

    How could anyone prove the idea of “front loading”?

    How would that bring the Creator glory if no one could ever really be sure if front loading is true or not?

  76. Andre @ 67

    TJGUY @61
    This is important, in the verse I highlighted God made a distinction between Herbivore’s and carnivores this is important. A Clear distinction. You see God says what he must Her does not confuse or deceive. He makes a clear distinction between the two and this is before the fall.

    Andre, what do you think?

    Is it possible for animals that are carnivorous in our world today to have survived in a pre-sin world without eating meat?

    I think it is not only possible, but I think that is what happened. After all, we have the Creator’s instruction to these “carnivores” that God gave them plants to eat.

    The straightforward and obvious meaning of Genesis 1:30 is that before the Fall, every green plant was edible, and every animal ate green plants.
    .
    Please tell me why God gave them this instruction if they are carnivores.

    - Why does He only give them plants for food?

    - Why didn’t He also tell them they could eat meat?

    - Why tell the herbivores they should eat plants if they were herbivores?

    - Why tell mankind and every living thing to eat plants?

    AND

    - In Gen. 9, why does God say this to them if they were already eating meat?

    .
    “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”

    Can you please explain this verse for me Andre?

    Why does He say “as I gave you the green plants?”

    Why does He say “I give you everything.” If they were already permitted to eat everything?

    .
    Andre, doesn’t this verse teach that immediately after the Flood, God said to man that He was giving animals to him for food, just as He had given vegetation previously (at the time of creation)?

    The clear and logical implication is that man and all animals were herbivorous at the time of creation, is it not?

    .
    As I said in my original post – and again you seem to have simply ignored – Isaiah 11:9 and 65:25 indicate very specifically that carnivorous activity is an evil – that is, a physical rather than a moral evil.!

    “Actually, these passages indicate very specifically that carnivorous activity is an evil—that is, a physical rather than a moral evil. The Hebrew word translated ‘hurt’ in the KJV of Isaiah 11:9 and 65:25 is raa.

    Elsewhere in the Old Testament, the most frequent translation of this word is ‘do evil’. Other translations include ‘afflict’ and ‘do wickedly’. It is related to ra, the usual word for ‘evil’ in the Old Testament—and that includes both moral and physical evil.”

    .
    Isaiah 11:6–9 ends with the words, ‘They will not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

    .
    Summarizing this passage, Nigel Cameron writes:

    ‘Essentially it has two thrusts of teaching—it implies that there is, in fact, something fundamentally awry in the animal kingdom; that the predation and animosity which characterise it are not as they should be. And, secondly, it asserts that it is man’s religious condition that is responsible for this state of things; the absence from the earth of the ‘knowledge of the Lord’.>/b> Human sin and evil in nature are interconnected in a relation of cause and effect.’—Nigel Cameron on Isaiah 11:6–9.

    For a loving God, who created a world which He declared to be ‘very good’, evolution seems to be an amazingly cruel and wasteful method of creation.

    It was also totally unnecessary, as He is omnipotent and could easily have done it in six literal days without any kind of suffering and destruction—precisely as the book of Genesis appears to say He did do it.

  77. Andre@ 68

    TJGUY@62
    If meat was not allowed then God would have said. “Don’t eat meat!”
    Tell me did Jesus also eat of the fish when he fed the 5000?
    Did Jesus dip his bread in the meat bowl as well at the last supper? Do you think He did not eat it?
    I’m confident that that if the Creator of the universe dipped his bread in the meat dish he ate the meat!

    .

    TJGUY@63
    See here is where perfect creation people get it wrong…..
    You say “I see so you are saying that God does not have the right to make new rules for specific purposes as He works out His plan of salvation. I disagree, because I don’t think we can tell God what He can and cannot do.”
    Do you know what you are saying here? As we messed up the omniscient all knowing God that is the creator and sustain er of the universe is changing the rules as things develop…. Much like this….
    “I am God and those pesky humans just messed up my creation! How shall I remedy this and save face? O Yes I’ll change my own rules! That will show them!” Yeah I’ll zap em with weeds and pain and mmmmm… let me see they can eat meat and get cancer!” “Then when all is done I’ll kill myself on the cross to show them!” “I think my plan is brilliant!”
    This is not a consistent god… This is a fool I don’t worship a fool I worship the unchanging standard!
    It is through pain and suffering and death that God showed us HIS glory…. Had Adam never ate the fruit Jesus would never have been and this is the Gospel truth.

    Andre, as you know, I have no problem with Jesus eating meat. After all, God Himself told mankind they could eat meat in Gen. 9:3 so there is now no problem with that. However when He gave the Law to the Israelites, He again restricted what they could eat. They could not eat certain kinds of meat or certain kinds of fish. But in the NT, God tells Peter that now he can eat all of the things that He prohibited them from eating in the Mosaic Law.

    I think you have a problem with this because you think meat-eating is a moral issue. It is not. It was only wrong because God said it was wrong. There is nothing inherently immoral about eating meat.

    It is like making a rule that your child to go to bed at 9 pm. There is nothing inherently wrong with staying up past 9pm, but that is the rule you have made for whatever reason so it is wrong for them to disobey.

    If you change the time to 10pm when they get a little older, then they can stay up until 10 without committing a moral offense. Are you being inconsistent? No, you are showing wisdom in your dealing with your kids.

    When the need for the rule disappears, it is fine to take the rule away or change it. Or when the need for a new rule appears, He is certainly allowed to make a new rule – ie Old Covenant & the Law of Moses and then the New Covenant

    .
    God never changes His mind on murder or on moral inherently moral issues, but on this type of thing, He has the right to change the rules because He is God just like you are the parent.

    As I just demonstrated, God changed these types of laws when He made various covenants with men and this did not violate the fact that God Himself never changes. It does not make him inconsistent or impugn His moral character.

    “I am God and those pesky humans just messed up my creation! How shall I remedy this and save face? O Yes I’ll change my own rules! That will show them!” Yeah I’ll zap em with weeds and pain and mmmmm… let me see they can eat meat and get cancer!” “Then when all is done I’ll kill myself on the cross to show them!” “I think my plan is brilliant!”

    This is not a consistent god… This is a fool I don’t worship a fool I worship the unchanging standard!
    It is through pain and suffering and death that God showed us HIS glory…. Had Adam never ate the fruit Jesus would never have been and this is the Gospel truth.

    .
    Andre, I take real issue with your caricature of God here! He doesn’t look at us as pesky humans and to insinuate He does, is just plain wrong!

    Yes, He changed the rules and allowed man to eat meat and then in Moses day restricted their diet, and then in Peter’s day changed it once again! If that causes you to reject him because He is being inconsistent, then so be it, but that sounds petty to me!

    What does eating meat have to do with getting cancer?

    .
    Why would getting cancer be bad if God put disease into His original “very good” creation?! See, you show that even you think cancer is not something that is “very good”. I seriously doubt God does either!

    Andre, you seem to have a real misunderstanding of God’s plan of salvation. It had been made before He even created humans so He is simply acting out His perfect plan of salvation here. Jesus was not Plan B, but part of Plan A!

    The curse on the earth was part of it! He prophesies the coming of a Savior in Gen. 3:15, but it was not a last minute plan to save His world. He was not taken by surprise by their sin as you seem to indicate.

    .
    “killing Himself on the cross to show them!” Andre, are getting angry here? You are not making sense! He didn’t die for us because he loved us to redeem us from sin, but He committed suicide to show us something as if in spite? You are making a mockery of the cross and your Savior and calling God a fool!

    So you worship the unchanging standard? I see.

    - The unchanging standard that told Peter he could eat anything?

    - The Unchanging Standard who told the Gentiles they need not be circumcised?

    - The unchanging Standard who told the Jews they had to restrict what they eat after He had already told Noah that they could eat every moving thing that lives?

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    You worship that unchanging standard? I see.

    When you say that there would have been no Jesus, I assume you mean that Jesus would never have become man and come to the earth. The Bible teaches that He is eternally God, not that He came into existence when He came to earth.

  78. Andre @ 71

    If this perfect creation God created perfect Angels who then rebelled, and he created perfect humans who also rebelled what does it say about his creative power?

    Andre, if God chose to create the world so that humans and angels have free will, doesn’t He have that right?

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    Why do you have trouble trusting such a God who thinks creating morally responsible creatures with free will is better than robots?
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    Can we even trust a God whose perfect creations keeps breaking?

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    Can we even trust a God whose “very good” creation includes death, disease, suffering, pain, evil, etc?

    Which presents a bigger problem?

  79. Andre@ 73

    I will close off with this,

    God is the unchanging standard in His word he tells us this, When people make up stories that makes God change his mind more often than a baby changes his nappies then I am rightfully allowed to reject that doctrine as false. God makes it clear test everything and hold onto the good.

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    Colossians 2:8 8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after zthe tradition of men, after the * rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

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    The creator of the universe created a perfect plan and not a perfect creation. Perfect creation implies God is a poor designer, Jesus is plan B and God had to become vindictive to get back at us, only to after that feel sorry for us and send in his plan B to rescue us.

    The perfect plan shows us the glory of the creator because it was through pain suffering and death that He revealed His glory to us.

    Yes, He created a perfect plan of salvation, BUT He also created a “very good” world – which means that it could not have been filled with death, disease, suffering, pain, and evil.

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    A perfect creation would not at all imply God was a poor designer! Rather I think that a world full of death, disease, pain, suffering, and evil implies that!

    That is a common argument launched against ID so I’m not the only one who feels that way.

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    God certainly has the right to curse the earth as judgment for sin if He thinks that is right! He is God, not us.

    He revealed His glory to us through the pain, suffering, and death of His creation?

    I’m sorry, but I fail to see how these things reveal God’s glory.

    Sure, Jesus endured pain, suffering and death in order to redeem us,

    but that could have been done regardless of whether God’s original creation was filled with death or free from death so it is irrelevant to the point.
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    In what way to you think that Jesus’ death relates to the issue of what the original creation was like?

    I myself, don’t see the relationship.

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    Andre, I do want to at least thank you for interacting with me. More often than not, when it comes to YEC arguments, they are just ignored on this website, so thanks for taking the time to write!

    God bless!

  80. Tjguy

    You are almost there, it was a perfect plan not a perfect creation. Jesus is plan A, try and reconcile plan A with perfect creation. They are incompatible….. Plan A and a very good creation, that works. But you see when something is very good it is still not perfect….

    Perfect is your Favorite sports team winning every weekend, and that is everybody’s team always winning all the time…. How is that gonna work?

  81. Andre, actually, I think you are almost there. I think it is quite telling that you never interact with my arguments.

    Jesus was plan A – we agree on that.

    We agree that the orignial creation was not “perfect”, but it was very good.

    Now please tell me why you think that God’s very good creation was filled with death, evil, bloodshed, pain, and suffering.

    I have been waiting for your answer and you just keep harping on the “perfect” thing. I granted you that point.

    Now please respond to my point.

  82. Tjguy

    I have shown in the verses I cited in my article that even before the fall, death, pain and suffering already existed, evil obviously too because the angels rebelled before the universe was even created.

    It is through pain, suffering and death that the creator of the universe, showed us HIS glory. He had to go through all of that before His resurrection.

    We agree then, Jesus is plan A (pain suffering, death, resurrection) and we have been created to bear witness to that.

    We then also agree that creation was very good but not perfect.

    That settles it then.

  83. I have shown in the verses I cited in my article that even before the fall, death, pain and suffering already existed, evil obviously too because the angels rebelled before the universe was even created.

    And I have shown from Scripture that death, pain, evil, and suffering” can in no sense of the words be understood to be “very good”.

    You refused to interact with any of my points which is quite telling. I however did respond to your points and showed you why they don’t hold water.

    As to the question of evil existing already, I don’t agree.

    Angels must have been created on or before the first day of creation, because Job 38:1-7 makes it clear that “the sons of God shouted for joy” when God laid the foundations of the Earth (vss. 6-7). This certainly indicates that the angels were present as eyewitnesses to the creation of the Universe and we know from other passages that God created everything in 6 days so they had to have been created at the beginning of Day 1.

    You seem to imply that Satan’s rebellion also took place during the creation week, but that does not make sense of God’s proclamation that His creation is “very good” does it?

    Last I checked my dictionary, evil is the opposite of good!

    So, why couldn’t Satan have rebelled after creation was finished?

    Do you have a biblical reason for claiming it happened before or is it just your assumption to justify your position?

    If God says it is very good, then I’m sorry, but I am going to believe that it is very good.

    And “evil” does not/can not ever equal “very good” by the very definition of the word.

    It is through pain, suffering and death that the creator of the universe, showed us HIS glory. He had to go through all of that before His resurrection.

    I agree, but this all happened after the Fall. Do you think that God did not know that man would sin? That’s silly. He had His plan made before He even created.

    Does that mean He thinks that death, pain, suffering and sin are “very good”?

    Of course not. Death is the unavoidable result of sin. This means that in order for Jesus to redeem mankind, death was necessary. But it is an ENEMY! How can an enemy be good?! Why would God create a world filled with such an enemy?

    Now, if God planned for death, pain, suffering, etc to happen before the fall, then you would have a point, but that is not what we see.

    He threatens that death would occur once they ate the fruit, but He didn’t plan for or allow any of that until after the Fall.

    God is able to bring good out of evil, but surely you don’t mean to insinuate that simply because He is able to use evil to accomplish His purposes that He is responsible for that evil do you?

    Andre, it is obvious the only reason you have the guts to actually try and claim that death, pain, suffering, evil, and disease are “very good” is that you need billions of years for your old earth views to coincide with what science tells us.

    The Church never saw things the way you do.

    And certainly, any child can see that you are way off in labelling these things as very good.

  84. TJGUY

    Pain, suffering and death for humans are awful, I agree with you, but it is through pain suffering and death that God gave you grace. Pain and suffering is very good!

    We are to suffer for Christ hold any meaning to you?

  85. God is responsible for natural evil God is not responsible for moral evil, but out of moral evil God can turn things for the good.

  86. TJGUY

    I don’t need billions of year to understand what this means!

    Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

    Philippians 1:29 “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him”

    1 Peter 4:16 “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”

    1 Peter 3:14-17 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

    Now please tell me TJGUY is suffering for the sake of good very good or not so good in God’s eyes?

  87. TJGUY

    I don’t understand what this means;

    “He threatens that death would occur once they ate the fruit, but He didn’t plan for or allow any of that until after the Fall.”

    God did not have a plan if He’s creation faltered? Are you really saying that? That means in your view Jesus is in fact plan B! This is false my friend, Jesus is plan A and everything else is secondary including you, we have been created to bear witness to the Glory of God, and again it is through pain suffering and death that we witnessed this glory.

    Everything is about Jesus EVERYTHING… Through Him and For Him all things were made!

  88. 88

    I would just like to say that YEC does not depend on the theology of the Fall. It’s something that YECs apparently throw out there in an effort to appeal to common ground, but it’s not really the reason YECs take Genesis at face value. Really, I just stated the reason: We are taking Genesis at face value. The age of the earth comes not from Genesis 1 or any theological considerations but directly from the genealogies in Genesis which take us in an unbroken line from Adam’s TOTAL lifespan all the way to ancient Egypt, the beginning of non-biblical recorded history.

    In response, in the last couple hundred years or so, some too clever by half Christians have decided to make ridiculous interpretations of Genesis 1 in order to come up with all this extra time before the creation of Adam and the beginning of the genealogical timeline. Unfortunately, the debate now focuses on Genesis 1 because of that, when the strength of the YEC argument is our straightforward interpretation of the genealogies in Genesis 5, 11 and the lifespans of the patriarchs in later chapters. Crazy interpretations of Genesis 1, such as the one currently being discussed here: (http://www.uncommondescent.com.....n-genesis/), have a long way to go before they make sense of these genealogies, which clearly show that at least the sixth day of creation and the creation of Man happened around six to seven thousand years ago.

  89. Andre @ 84

    Pain, suffering and death for humans are awful, I agree with you, but it is through pain suffering and death that God gave you grace.

    Pain and suffering is very good!

    You seem a bit confused. I think the dictionary will confirm that you were right the first time in what you said and wrong the second.

    True, it is through pain and suffering that God gave us grace, but what does that have to do with the state of God’s original creation?

    That doesn’t mean that pain and suffering are viewed as good things to God. I think the Bible teaches that pain and suffering was the result of our sin, not a part of God’s original creation. You want to make God responsible for death, pain, and suffering but that is not necessary or right in my view.

    Claiming God created these things and pronounced them very good is totally different than saying they were part of the curse. Yes, they were part of God’s original plan as punishment for sin because God knew Adam would sin and bring a curse on all mankind, but don’t misunderstand! It is Adam who is responsible, not God Himself.

    We are to suffer for Christ hold any meaning to you?

    Sure, but again, that is a separate issue!

    Let me ask you a question. Does “very good” have any meaning to you?

    Just because we too are called on to suffer for our faith like Jesus did, does not make the death, pain, and suffering you claim existed in God’s original creation by the hand of God “very good”.

    It is true that suffering for doing right is a good thing. It is good in that it shows that we are willing to put God in front of ourselves and follow Jesus, but this type of suffering is totally different than the type of suffering you claim God allowed into His “very good” world.

    Suffering for doing good is only possible if there is wrong in the world!

    That was not the case in God’s original “very good” creation.

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