It is better to use the infallible Word of God for our scientific assumptions than to change His Word in order to compromise with “science” that is based upon man’s fallible assumptions. True science will always support God’s Word.
The above quote comes from one of the most ardent proponents of Young-Earth Creationism: Answers in Genesis. There are simply no words to combat this sort of mentality. But I will try.
Let’s travel back in time – about, oh, half a millenium, shall we?
In the 1500s, a young upstart by the name of Copernicus dared to suggest, after careful study, that the Earth rotated around the Sun. This was a threat to the long
-held belief that the Earth is immovable and that it is actually the Sun that moves around the Earth.
To be fair, Copernicus was not the first to come up with a heliocentric model. In the third century BC, Aristarchus of Samos theorised that the Sun was the centre of the known universe. He even put the planets in the right order! However, his ideas were not taken seriously; Aristotle and Ptolemy’s geocentric models were believed to be correct (and Biblical, to boot!). Nevertheless, Copernicus is often honoured as he is the one who came up with a fully predictive mathematical heliocentric model.
The heliocentric model which Copernicus proposed was against the Church’s teaching. Indeed, careful reading of the Bible reveals that the Earth does not move at all. If Answers in Genesis were around 500 years ago, I have no doubt they would be loudly proclaiming that heliocentrism is against the Bible, the infallible Word of God. Here are some verses which support geocentrism:
- Ecclesiastes 1:5 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
- Psalm 104:5 5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
- 1 Chronicles 16:30b The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
- Psalm 96:10 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
These words come directly from the ‘infallible Word of God’. The Bible is very clear that the world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Cannot. Be. Moved.
And yet it moves.
‘Oh,’ I can hear you say, ‘those verses were not meant to be taken literally. The writers wrote things down as they saw/understood things.’ Wait a minute! You mean they aren’t the revealed word of God?
Here is a statement from Creation Ministries International, the Australian ‘arm’ of Answers in Genesis:
Bible writers used the ‘language of appearance’, just as people always have. Without it, the intended message would be awkward at best and probably not understood clearly. When the Bible touches on scientific subjects, it is entirely accurate.
Does the last sentence there strike anyone else as illogical and designed to fit the author’s agenda?
Five hundred years ago, a geocentric model of the known universe was classified as scientific, backed up by Scripture. Now, most people – including YECs – believe in a heliocentric model. What happened?
And what will YECs do as the evidence for Evolution mounts up?