A Few Questions For My Creationist Friends


From what I can find most creationists believe the Earth to be between 5700 and 10,000 years old.  I think the most important questions they need to answer is:  “Why would God create a universe, and the science that goes with it, and play a trick on us?”  The trick is that the very science He had to create allows us to date the Earth at approximately 4.5 billion years of age.  Another question which needs answering is: “Why would God create an entire species, dinosaurs, and then destroy them?”  He also makes us believe them to have died out about 250 million years ago.  Does this mean that He loves being the trickster, the magician, who relies on sleight of hand?  Even more importantly, why not keep the entire human race at a relatively low level of intelligence so we would not confuse ourselves with what appears to be facts?  The creationist credo says God does not make mistakes and that all human are created in His image.  How does that explain human beings who are born so developmentally impaired that they not only can never care for themselves, there is good reason to believe that it is impossible for them to comprehend the existence of their maker?

Creationist hate Darwin and his theories of evolution.  I can understand how the concept can be difficult to comprehend but that does not make it fantasy.  If there is not constant evolution, how does the creationist explain that the average height of a man during the time of Jesus was about 5 feet 1 inch but today it is 5 feet 9 inches.  That is close in evolution pure and simple.

Here’s a mind blower.  Our nearest neighbor in the universe, to our Milky Way Galaxy, is the Andromeda Galaxy.  It is 2.5 million light years away.  Why would God bother to create other galaxies in the first place and then place the nearest one 2.5 million light years away, about 13,540,372,670,807,453,416.15 miles away. And that is just the closest one.  There are other galaxies which are billions of light years away.

pillars

The above picture was taken by the Hubble telescope.  Astronomers have named it “the Pillars of Creation.”  But the creation they are talking about is of stars.  It is a star nursery, if you will.  They are 7,000 light years away.  The height of each of the pillars is measured in the 100s of light years.  But the laws of physics, created by God of course, tells us that what we are looking at is at least 7,000 years old but even more, took millions of years to create in the first place.  But even more, those “stars” you see in the background are actually more galaxies so far distant that they look like tiny specs of light.

I believe that God is sitting, where ever He sits, and is mumbling to himself, “I created all this, gave you high intelligence, and the best you can come up with is that it has all only been around a few thousand years?  I also gave you an imagination, try using it to consider that I actually created this a very long time before that!”

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5 thoughts on “A Few Questions For My Creationist Friends

  1. I’m glad you asked. God did not create science. He created man. We developed what we now call science, and then we decided that science can tell us things about the distant past which we have neither observed and cannot replicate. I’m not saying we never try to explore our past, but be honest about the limits of doing so.

    Science tends to take observations made in the present and basically extrapolate those processes and rates back through unseen history to declare when they began. I am not arguing that is not logical, it is. But it isn’t without inherent assumptions. Let me give you an illustration about radiometric dating…

    If you walk in a room and see an hourglass overturned with sand falling through at a constant rate, you might assume you can figure out how long it has been falling for. But you MIGHT be wrong. You don’t know how much sand was at the bottom when it first got turned over (perhaps the world was created “fully mature”/aged, but actually young), AND you don’t know if the rate has ever changed in the past (perhaps the supernatural forces of the year-long global flood had an effect on atmospheric conditions which affected decay rates). You assume it started with all the sand in the top, and you assume the rate has remained constant. But you don’t really know that. You see corroboration from different hourglasses in the same room, but the same assumptions apply to those as well. Now assume you find a handwritten note in the room with the hourglasses that reads: “I am the one who started the hourglasses. I turned them over 4 hours ago. When I turned them over there was already some sand in the bottom. Two hours ago, I came back in the room and shook the hourglasses up.” Now, what do you do? Your calculations said they had been running for 12 hours. Do you ignore the note (new evidence) and stick with your 12-hour calculation or do you rethink your assumptions?

    I hope you can now see the limits of historical science. It’s like forensics. The results make sense (and can even convict a person of a crime) until new evidence comes forth – often times in the way of an eye-witness. It doesn’t mean the data from the forensics is all together useless, it just means it has to be reinterpreted in light of the new information.

    “Why would God create an entire species, dinosaurs, and then destroy them?”

    Umm… this question really doesn’t make sense. Species of animals go extinct every single day. I think you are saying “why would God create species for them just to go extinct”… right? You need to understand death from a Biblical perspective for the answer to that question. In the Biblical/YEC view – God did not create a world full of death and extinction – he created a perfect world. Our sinful actions changed the world into what we observe today (another reason we can’t assume the past worked like what we see today). NOW the world is full of death and suffering. That was not an invention of God, but a consequence of man’s sin.

    • Well, first of all, what you call radiometrics is one of the 4 forces of nature, a law of physics, as opposed to a theory. It is what physicists call the “weak force.” The weak force, however, is a constant. That is, the rate of decay is constant, not subject to change or outside influence. Therefor your hourglass example is simply wrong. The rate of decay is of such accuracy that the element cesium is used as the standard measure of time. That brings me to the dinosaurs. Creationists put the age of the earth at no more than 10,000 years and yet carbon dating, using the weak force, positively puts the age of the dinosaurs at 250 millions years ago. That brings me to my question of why would God give us such an accurate measuring tool, cesium, carbon dating, etc., only to pull the carpet from beneath us? It is entirely illogical unless you believe God to be some sort of a trickster.

      A final proof, if you will, is the Jesus frequently spoke to his followers in the form of “parable.” A parable, of course, is nothing more than a story which is meant to make a point. The use of a parable was not only very common to the people of his day, but was a traditional method passed down through generations. The Old Testament of the Bible is large parable in nature. Proof of this comes to us in the earliest of books. In today’s Bible it speaks of Moses presenting 10 Commandments to his people. But theological scholars have long accepted the fact that he actually presented his people with as many as 500 commandments. The only question here is, why the discrepancy? Simple, expediency. Can you imagine listing 500 or more commandments in the Bible and not only expecting believers to read and follow them all, but remembering even a portion of them would have been virtually impossible. And if you are a literalist, then you must accept that today’s taboo of incest is entirely acceptable according to the Bible. How else do you explain Adam and Eve having children and those children not having incestuous affairs to procreate? Religion has no good answer for that but science does. The simple answer is, God never intended us to believe in a singular Adam/Eve couple but that we would use our intelligence and good sense to come to an understanding of how He went about creation.

      Scientists, and quantum physicists in particular, are actively proving the existence of God. Stephen Hawking said, and I paraphrase, to understand the big bang is to understand the mind of God. Consider that at the time of Galileo it was considered heresy to believe anything other than the earth being the center of the universe with everything revolving around it. Scientists disproved that of course.

      • I will not reply to your big long comment because you stated that carbon dating puts dinosaurs at millions of years old. You may want to research that a bit. Carbon dating is not used to date dinosaur bones my friend because carbon has a half life of 5000 years. You cant use carbon to date anything more than 100,000 years. BUT they DO find carbon in dinosaur bones!! Isn’t that interesting? Carbon dating actually confirms a young creation.

      • You are right, of course, about carbon dating. I should have put it in the context of carbon and other isotopes are used for dating purposes, uranium in the millions of years. My whole point is that God created science, not the other way around. To understand God, it is useful to understand His science.

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